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Ordination Training (IME Phase 1)

Is Ordination a Possibility for You?

In the Church of England preparation for ordination on a regional course, such as the LCTP, normally takes three years. The length of training is determined through the selection process, which is nationally run.

Once recommended for training, the Church of England is committed to providing this free of charge, while also offering travelling expenses and a small book allowance. Further details are available from your Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO).

Please note that, from September 2016, the LCTP will be known as Cumbria Christian Learning.


The Programme

Study with the LCTP involves a series of modules, each of which is normally delivered over a term through seven 2-hour local tutorials and a Saturday Day School. In addition to this, you will At Rydal Hallbe required to attend two residential weekends per term. These are held at Rydal Hall in the heart of the English Lake District and run from 7pm on a Friday finishing with Sunday lunch. There is also a Summer School every year, which is usually seven full days and is held at different venues. In the past this has tended to be at Cranmer Hall, Durham; Ripon College, Cuddesdon (Oxford) and the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. The dates are usually available about two years ahead to allow plenty of time for planning.

The programme of study is designed and approved to enable you to be ordained and to enter public ministry. The DipHE pathway includes the following elements, but there are other pathways to suit Ordinands’ different requirements:


Year 1

  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Preaching in the Contemporary World
  • Spirituality and Discipleship


Year 2

  • Introduction to Christian Doctrine
  • Foundations for Ministry and Worship in Context
  • Introduction to Pastoral Care
  • Preparing for Denominational Ministry


Year 3

  • Christian Faith and Ethical Living
  • Bible in Context
  • Mission and Apologetics in Contemporary Culture
  • Reflective Practice in Context


The fourth module in each year is undertaken as part of the residential weekends.


Resources and Other Help

For each module there is a booklet that sets out the content, provides some resources and explains the work that students are required to do and how the module is assessed. This may include essays, magazine articles, recordings of sermons, Bible studies etc.

The LCTP provides book boxes for all tutorials as well as access to Rydal Hall library.

To help you get started, there is an induction day for general information as well as a study skills day, in which we explore how to write assignments and conduct research.



The Residential Weekends and Summer School form a vital part of the learning experience through which friendships are developed and learning is grown. They are surrounded in prayer and worship. In addition to the fellowship, there are ample opportunities for learning and studying.

Over the years, the weekend programme has featured many inspiring teachers, including:

  • Revd Prof. Loveday Alexander (Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at Sheffield University, Canon-Theologian at Chester and Chichester Cathedrals)
  • Prof. Richard Bauckham (formerly Professor of Biblical Interpretation at St Andrew’s University)
  • Prof. Michelle Brown (as seen on Time Team, Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies, London)
  • Revd Prof. Paul Fiddes (Professor of Systematic Theology, Regent’s Park College, Oxford)
  • Rt Revd Robert Freeman (Bishop of Penrith)
  • Rt Revd John Goddard (Bishop of Burnley)
  • Fr George Guiver CR (Prior of Mirfield)
  • Revd Gavin Wakefield (Director of Training, Mission and Ministry for the Diocese of York)


Time Commitment

Learning takes time. Studying is hard work. Normally, we reckon that you would need to allow on average 8-12 hours per week for personal study. However, this may vary from week to week and will depend upon factors such as the speed at which you read.



Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a DipHE. However, there are other award pathways to suit individual Ordinands’ requirements.


Want to Know More?

If you would like to discuss studying for Ordination with the LCTP or would like any further information, please contact Tricia Turner (Administrator) on 01228 815405 or