Formation of Ordained Ministry
All those taking programmes through St Padarn’s will have an identified learning pathway shaped to their learning and development needs, designed to resource and equip them to grow in discipleship and for particular ministries.
Candidates for ordained ministry will normally:
- undertake theological learning and reflection in a learning group
- undertake apprenticeship learning in a Ministry Area
- develop ministry skills at a summer-school and three residential weekends
- belong to a ‘formational cell’ to support their formation into Christ
Learning pathways will take into account the experience and learning of those for whom they are designed. Identified programmes will build on previous learning and experience and develop existing areas of expertise, as well as developing new ones.
Learning pathways will normally include an expectation of when a minister might be licensed or ordained and how long the process of Initial Ministerial Training will last.
For ministry candidates a learning agreement will be negotiated and signed by the student, representatives from their sponsoring Diocese and St Padarn’s. This agreement will specify the key elements of the student’s pathway, expectations placed on them and those who support and resource them and the framework for ongoing review and evaluation of progress through the pathway.
Opportunities currently exist for candidates for stipendiary ministry to train full-time or part-time. It would normally be expected that candidates who are training full time for ministry will become part of the St Padarn’s community that is based in the St Michael’s Centre in Llandaff for three days a week.