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The Southern Theological Education & Training Scheme (STETS)

STETS provides flexible training for public ministry (ordained or lay). It promotes the renewal and mission of the church by equipping God’s people with a deeper understanding of their faith and greater competence for their varied roles. Ministry and mission change in the face of social contexts - what we aim to offer is a thorough and rigorous training that is innovative, God-centred and empowering: a confident base for whatever form your ministry may take in different social contexts.

STETS serves seven dioceses across the south-central region including Salisbury.  With its base in Sarum College in the Cathedral Close, STETS is an important provider of part-time ordination training for Salisbury diocese.  Its bishops are amongst its Trustees and Governing Body members, STETS is in close contact with Diocesan Officers, and there many close links with local tutors and training ministers throughout the diocese.    

Our courses are mostly part-time and delivered online by tutor-supported distance learning, enabling students to belong to a vibrant learning community whilst having the convenience of studying from home, as well as full access to the resources of Sarum College.

Six types of qualifications, validated by the University of Winchester, are available:

  • HE Certificate in Theology for Christian Ministry and Mission (Cert HE)
  • Foundation Degree  in  Theology for Christian Ministry and Mission (FdA)
  • Bachelor of Arts top-up (Honours) in Theology for Christian Ministry and Mission
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Theology for Christian Ministry and Mission (PG Cert)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Theology for Christian Ministry and Mission (PG Dip)
  • Master of Arts in Theology for Christian Ministry and Mission.

Foundation Degrees are higher education qualifications that combine academic study with work-based learning.   Our FdA and BA (Hons) top-up courses consist of substantial academic modules in which ministerial development and spiritual formation are fully mainstreamed. That is to say, each module helps students to be formed as better ministers, who are informed by thorough study of theology and scripture that is personally and prayerfully grounded in God and God’s mission, and who have developed key ministerial competencies.

Similarly, our Masters programme, which has been applauded for its distinctive contextual approach that enables students to undertake a thoroughly practical theology, offers fully integrated training for mission and ministry. It is popular with a variety of students – including pioneer ministers, curates, probationers and lay preachers. This is a course that appeals because it combines the stringent demands of postgraduate study with an opportunity for creative thinking about the Church of tomorrow.

While most STETS students are sponsored by their churches as ordinands, STETS is also committed to training the whole people of God and is actively exploring different ways of offering training for lay people in the region. We do sometimes take privately-funded students – please feel free to be in contact.

For further details please see the website or contact Annette Young:
01722 424820,

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