Ordination training


Live like the kingdom is near…

In an age when Christianity is seen as irrelevant or even destructive, how can we lead communities of faith that will live out the good news of Jesus Christ?

At Trinity we’ve found Matthew 6:33 helpful in answering that, as it urges us to ‘seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness’. Through the Beatitudes in Matthew 5, we know that kingdom life involves humility, dependence on God’s comfort, gentleness, hunger for the right ways of God, mercy towards others, purity in deeds and motives, a passion for peace, and a willingness to face opposition, even persecution, for his sake. We want those kingdom values to permeate every area of our lives — how we live and work, how we relate to God and to those around us, and how we lead God’s people in being a light to the world.

At Trinity, we believe that God has given us the task of shaping leaders who live these kingdom characteristics in community for a missional church. So that’s what you’ll be signing up for if you join us: becoming rooted in a diverse, lively, messy family of people striving to become Christ-like leaders, encouraging one another to pursue God and his kingdom so that more people can know the joy of relationship with him.

Explore full-time residential training

Our “gathered learning” ordination training integrates reflection, study, and practice, as you participate in a community of passionate disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Explore non-residential (dispersed) learning

Our “dispersed learning” ordination training allows you to benefit from a full-time Trinity education while remaining immersed in your context.

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Explore part-time training

Our part-time training gives you the ability to prepare for leadership in the Church of England alongside other work and ministry commitments.

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Pursue a research programme as part of your ordination training

Do you feel called to become a future theological educator? Or, do you want to consider that as an option whilst training for ordination?

As an ordinand at Trinity, you can benefit from our large postgraduate research community. Our ordinands have the option to pursue a research programme (MTh or PhD) as part of their ordination training; you would simply complete both our usual application form and our research application form. Questions? Contact admissions@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk. To learn more about postgraduate research at Trinity, click here.

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