St Mellitus College, East Midlands

We are delighted that, following approval from the Ministry Division of the Church of England and our Board of Trustees, St Mellitus College will be offering full-time context based training in the East Midlands from September 2019. This provision is being undertaken in collaboration with the Dioceses of Leicester and Southwell & Nottingham and at the invitation of the Bishops.

The new teaching centre will be located in the East Midlands, with the venue in either Leicester or Nottingham. Provision of accredited programmes is subject to approval by Common Awards. Applications for all St Mellitus College programmes are currently open. Students training for ministry with St Mellitus combine their theological training with practical experience gained in their placement church.

Bishop Martyn responded to the news of the approval saying “We’re delighted to be partnering with St Mellitus and our friends from the Diocese of Nottingham and Southwell in this new opportunity for contextually-driven training in the East Midlands. It brings with it the chance for a wide range of candidates in the region to access high quality missional training, and will enable a broader diversity of ministers whose formation will have been both grounded in deep theological study and practical “hands on” experience in their training placements.”

The Rt Rev’d Paul Williams, Bishop of Nottingham and Southwell was equally enthusiastic: “I am very thankful that we will soon be welcoming St Mellitus to the East Midlands to play an important role in the development of our wider plans for growing disciples in every part of the diocese, bringing particular experience in providing full-time context-based training for those preparing to be ordained. We are pleased to be co-sponsors with the Diocese of Leicester and look forward to the ways this new partnership can strengthen the mission we share across the region, along with other dioceses, and the different colleges and courses dedicated to equipping lay and ordained people in our churches.”

Co- chairs of the St Mellitus Board of Trustees, Bishops Sarah Mullaly and Stephen Cottrell speaking on behalf of St Mellitus added “We are delighted to be partnering in the Gospel with the Dioceses of Leicester and Southwell & Nottingham and continuing the excellent work already in place in the region to serve the mission and ministry of the Church”.

First published on: 5th August 2019

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