If you think that you might have a calling to ordained ministry speak initially to your incumbent and then to Philip Sourbut, the Vocations Officer. The next step is to meet with the Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO) or an assistant DDO for an interview. Over the next 9-18 months there will be further meetings and will include meetings with Diocesan Assessors. When the A/DDO believes you are in a good position to move ahead, he or she will arrange for you to meet the Bishop, and it is his decision whether or not you should attend a national selection conference (known as a Bishops’ Advisory Panel).
Training for ordained ministry, whether as a deacon or as a priest, usually involves a two- or three-year course. Depending to some extent on your age, circumstances and the context in which you ministry will be given, you may be advised to train locally on the South West Ministry Training Course (SWMTC), or residentially at a theological college.
Training and formation with SWMTC
As part of a developing Regional Training Partnership (or RTP), we work closely with the South West Ministry Training Course. SWMTC are involved in the training and formation of Readers, Deacons and Priests working across the dioceses of Exeter and Truro in a growing and helpful partnership. For further information go to the SWMTC website.
More information on ordained ministry within the Church of England may be found on the main Church of England Website.