The term-time study evenings take place on Tuesdays at inner-city St Luke's Church. The evening includes a shared meal, worship led by students and formal learning. Weekends and week-long residentials take place at Ripon College Cuddesdon near Oxford.
The student body forms a strong community in itself but St Luke's is also a living and developing community of God's people in the heart of Portsmouth and this setting roots us in all the real-life issues of a growing church in a deprived urban context. It is a rich vibrant place for students to participate in theological reflection and personal formation.
Students are also rooted in their own sending churches, where they integrate their study and training with the reality of belonging to God's people in a particular place. We believe this experience of relating to St Luke's and also to the home church, gives students much greater range and depth in their spiritual formation for ministry.
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As well as the strong bonds students form with fellow ordinands, on this Pathway they also train alongside Readers, adding to the rich diversity that already exists within our student body. With deep roots in the dioceses we serve, students get to know the people, resources and partnerships of their diocese, as well as becoming part of the large and supportive network of the pathway community.
On the weekends and week-long residential held at Cuddesdon, students also encounter other part-time students on the other regional courses, pioneer ministers as they train in partnership with Church Mission Society, people training as licensed lay ministers, as well as visiting preachers and scholars. Connecting with these diverse networks of people helps students to build their appreciation of distinct vocations and prepares them for collaborative ministry in the future.
Before You Apply
If you are interested in joining us, please contact the Pathway Administrator, Claire Loveridge at PortsmouthPathway@rcc.ac.uk, and then come along to a Tuesday evening to meet other students and experience some of the teaching.