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Inspectors Praise Diocesan Training

by Michael Ford last modified 06 Nov, 2013 11:07 AM

An inspection report on local ministry training in the South, including Salisbury’s Learning for Discipleship Foundation Degree programme, has been published offering a positive and encouraging verdict on the standard of training provided by the diocese.

The intensive and detailed inspection, which took place between March and June 2013, was one of the first to assess diocesan funded lay training provision on the same criteria as are applied to centrally funded ordination colleges and courses.

The Salisbury course, which trains those recommended for Licensed Lay Ministry and others wishing to deepen their theological understanding, was highly regarded amongst the courses inspected. The report awards it the highest grade in 12 out of 16 criteria, a verdict which is a testament to the dedicated, creative and positive attitude of both staff and students, who often combine their studies with full time careers.

Recognising the professionalism of all the courses in the region, the inspectors singled out Salisbury’s course for its ‘clear house style, which exemplifies corporate existence, marked by mutual support’. The growth of students which occurs through their theological study was also highlighted: the report comments that ‘the relationship of study and formation is obvious and sustained’ and that the course ‘values the variety of the unique God-given gifts of individuals within the wider community’.

The affirmation is particularly welcome as ministerial training in the Church of England is about to undergo major change. Welcoming the publication of the report, the Chair of the Learning for Discipleship and Ministry Council, the Rt Revd Dr Edward Condry said, “I am delighted that the excellent work of the diocesan training team has been recognised and endorsed by the Church of England’s national inspection panel. This training underpins our mission in Wiltshire and Dorset.”

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