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Top Marks for Sarum College

by Michael Ford last modified 31 Jan, 2020 11:45 AM

The Ministry Council has awarded its highest accolade of ‘Confidence’ to the Sarum Formation in Ministry following its recent review of the College’s ministry training programmes.

The Ministry Division inspects Theological Education Institutions (TEIs) every six years to oversee the selection, training and deployment of ordained ministers, ensuring the Church is well equipped to serve God in living out its mission for many generations to come.

It aims to renew lay and ordained ministry throughout the Church of England by providing advice and support to dioceses, the CofE’s Bishops, and TEIs.

Top Marks for Sarum College- confidence is marked

The Rt Revd Alastair Redfern, Chair of the Sarum College Board of Trustees said:

"This is a great endorsement of Sarum’s teaching quality, the preparation and support through the sponsoring dioceses, and the calibre of those preparing for ministry. We invite all who are seeking to test a vocation to ministry in the church to explore what we can offer."

Sarum College Principal, the Revd Canon Professor James Woodward added:

"We are delighted that many of our particular strengths have been both recognised and affirmed, especially through helping all students reach their own innate abilities. We remain committed to formation which models “a generous respect for diversity within the Church.

"The process helped us to reflect how we can continue to serve the Church to equip a new generation of lay and ordained ministers. While acknowledging that others have seen the many strengths of what we do here at Sarum, we are aware that there is much to do in a world and church that is embracing change and development."

But he added:

"There is no room for complacency. We will continue to build upon our strengths and commit ourselves to deepening and enlarging our model of formation that is imaginative, flexible, empowering and supportive of the nurture of Christian wisdom."

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