South west ministry training course



Welcome to SWMTC.
We are a community of theological learning and exploration, united by our shared longing to know God and participate more fully in his life.
We are committed to excellence in training and education for lay people, ordinands and curates in the Church of England. We see this as an outworking of our call to share in the mission and ministry of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Please come and share in our vision. Together, we will strive for the kingdom that is God’s promise to us all.

Professor Christopher Southgate, Principal

”I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Job vacancy, Director of Lay Education

Our offer
At SWMTC, we are committed to theological learning that is deeply rooted in local contexts. We understand the Church in the South West, and offer training and formation that prepares people for ministry in a variety of settings.

For us, theological education and training is about becoming who God calls you to become, and responding to his call upon you with creativity, faithfulness and joy.

Click here to see what Bishop Robert has to say on theological education.

Our training is available for:

  • Those training for licensed or authorised ministry, especially as Readers, Deacons and Priests
  • Curates completing their IME Phase Two training
  • Lay people who want to deepen their encounter with the risen Lord, and discern his call upon their lives, but who do not yet have a clear sense of vocation to a particular category of ministry
  • Independent students who want the challenge of academic theological study in a friendly, supportive and accessible environment

Training in community: our commitment to the South West
SWMTC has always been committed to helping Christian people serve God within their communities. We believe that this is how people are formed for the kingdom, and empowered to participate in God’s mission with joy and thanksgiving.

That is why we offer part-time training, so that students can continue working and maintain the other commitments of family, voluntary activity and membership of a church community. Because of our flexibility, we welcome students from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and traditions, helping us embody the diversity and unity that is a hallmark of the Anglican tradition.

In these ways, we provide a rich training experience, firmly rooted in the local church, and ensuring you belong to an intentional community of formation, worship, prayer and learning.

With study centres in Exeter, Truro and Plymouth, we are able to minimise your travel time while connecting you to a peer group that will nurture your vocation and identity in Christ. All of our academic qualifications are accredited by Durham University through the Ministry Division of the Church of England’s Common Awards programme, and we employ a highly talented staff of academics, experienced practitioners and creative thinkers.

To find out more about SWMTC, please contact us. We’ll be delighted to hear from you.


Click here to hear an Ordinand’s view of SWMTC training.


SWMTC: Contact: Administrator Laura McLachlan on 01392 272544 admin@swmtc.org.uk
South West Ministry Training Course is a company limited by guarantee. Company number 3070559. Charity number 1056606



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