DDO Newsletter, June 2016
Did you know that all of our residential students are placed into highly intentional mentoring church relationships for the duration of their programmes?
Read more here.
- Students set goals for their own growth in a church context, experience different church traditions, gain experience in new areas of ministry, and serve and learn collaboratively with fellow students.
- Students help to select the church to which they will be assigned, based on the type of ministry to which God may be calling them and the areas in which they’d like to grow. They can choose to live in the neighbourhood (city centre, deprived, suburban, rural) where the church is located.
- Students are normally assigned to churches in groups. They meet as a group and individually with their mentoring vicar throughout their training. These groups also meet weekly with an assigned Trinity tutor in pastoral groups for further reflection and deeper growth.
What students are saying:
- ‘My lack of experience is to do with leading and teaching. At the moment I’m working to set up a prayer ministry group and also helping lead Alpha discussions. I find it difficult speaking in front of people, but [Rev Tanya Lord] is very enthusiastic about having students there. This church has been very welcoming and gracious.’ – Jenny Buckler, pictured above, Bath and Wells Diocese
- ‘What I like about this is that it formalises the church training experience. It provides a mechanism for reflection about what you’re doing. You get legitimacy immediately to stand up and lead and preach in a church.’ – Ed Down, Oxford Diocese
- ‘I can see what it’s like for [a vicar] coming in, and significant change has to be effected for growth. I like how [Rev Andy Murray] respects and protects people. He’s a good guy to be watching—even at ministry planning meetings, everything will be biblically led from the start.’ – Sean Sheffield, Canterbury Diocese
EXPLORING ORDINATION, 8 October 2016
This day-long vocations event will be held in partnership with New Wine, CPAS, and the Bristol Diocese. More details to come.
OPEN DAY, 12 November 2016
Prospective students can come and chat with our faculty, meet current students, and consider whether God may be calling them to study at Trinity. For more information, contact Nicola Willcocks or phone 0117 968 0254.
Whether or not you have an ordinand at Trinity, you are always welcome to visit us: call 0117 968 0254 or email Nicola Willcocks.
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