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New part-time Ordination Training 2018

This is an exciting time of transition for St John’s as we look to a future that will combine ‘treasures new and old’ (Matt. 13:52).

We’ll be offering a new pattern of ordination training from 2018-19. This will be focused on part-time ordinands, who’ll attend evening sessions, residential weekends and an annual residential week. Students on this pathway will benefit from our excellent library and all the other resources and facilities that form part of our extensive ‘mixed economy’ of formation and training. There may be opportunities to share time with students studying undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Children’s and Youth Work and Contextual Ministry from our growing Midlands Centre for Children, Youth and Mission (MCYM).

I gained a huge amount from my time at St John’s and am very grateful for it. I learnt a lot educationally speaking, but also developed resilience which has been a key quality I have needed during the early part of my ministry. Having a cohort of diverse but like-minded colleagues was a wonderfully rich experience. I have made friends which I can envisage keeping for life. I am excited to see St John’s continuing to operate at the forefront of innovation in ministerial education.

Revd Haydon Spenceley
Team Rector Northampton, Emmanuel
ADDO Peterborough Diocese



Part-time ordination training is possible for anyone recommended for training in the Church of England – whether for stipendiary, self-supporting, pioneer, incumbent-level or assistant ministry. The decision to train part-time can be taken for practical, personal or professional reasons.

What is involved?

Part-time students will:

  • either study 80 credits/year, leading to a Diploma (HE)in Theology, Ministry & Mission or study 60 credits/year for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission over 2 or 3 years;
  • attend an induction evening before term starts;
  • come into St John’s one evening a week (normally a Tuesday) for 24 weeks for teaching and formation, sharing a meal, engaging in learning, worship, prayer, fellowship and friendship, plus 2 virtual teaching sessions each term;
  • devote additional time for personal study & assignments;
  • attend 6 residential weekends & an annual residential week (to be held at Launde Abbey, Leics 2018-19);
  • be on placement in a parish context (maybe in existing church) as a part-time ordinand with an agreed pattern of daily prayer;
  • St John’s can offer the opportunity to study a BA Top up and MA by distance learning in curacy.

Key Dates 2018/19

Key Dates 2018/19

Term Dates (Tuesday evenings 18:15 - 21:30)

Induction Evening Tues 18 September 2018

Term 1 w/c 24 Sept - 14 Dec 2018

              Reading Week, w/c 30 October

Term 2 w/c 14 Jan - 29 Mar 2019

              Reading Week, w/c 18 February

Term 3 w/c 29 Apr - 11 July 2019

              Reading Week, w/c 27 May

Weekend Residentials (Friday evening, 18:15 - Sunday late morning, 12:30)

05 Oct – 07 Oct 2018

30 Nov – 02 Dec 2018

01 Feb – 03 Feb 2019

22 Mar – 24 Mar 2019

03 May - 05 May 2019

05 July – 07 July 2019

Residential Week (Saturday lunch - Saturday lunch)

23 Feb – 02 Mar 2019

What will I study?





Diploma HE

Introduction to the Bible

Introduction to Christian Doctrine

Foundations for Ministry and Mission in Context

Introduction to Church History


Reflective Practice in Context (Long)

Using the Bible Today

Topic in Christian Doctrine

Christian Worship: Learning through Tradition


Biblical Studies

Community Formation and Discipleship

Mission and Apologetics in Contemporary Culture

Sacramental Theology


MA Research and Reflections, Resources and Methods

Education and the Learning Church

Advanced Theory and Methods in Practical Theology


Advanced Bible Study

Advanced Study of a Theological Text


Reflective Practice: Mission and Evangelism



How do I apply?

It’s easy to apply, check with your DDO they are happy for you to study at St John’s, complete the application form, email it to . We shall be in touch to arrange a visit and interview at a time which suits you.

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