The appointment of home ministers is the responsibility of the DDO. SWMTC may advise the Diocese but never makes the final choice. A wide variety of factors will inform the Diocese’s choice of home ministers. Normally ordinands retain the same home ministers throughout initial training, but a range of factors may lead the Diocese to appoint a new person to serve. If the ordinand’s parish is in a vacancy, the DDO will approach another minister (sometimes the Rural Dean) to serve as home ministers.
The pastoral responsibility of the home ministers
Ordinands have a range of support through SWMTC, including
- a staff tutor, the member of the core staff responsible for supporting and monitoring the student’s formation
- a personal tutor, who serves as critical friend to the student’s personal and theological development, working with them on their learning journal, and facilitating their long placement
- a spiritual director all ordinands are strongly encouraged to have a ‘soul friend’ to whom they can speak in absolute confidence about their life of prayer and journey of vocation.
Therefore, the home ministers does not have the pastoral care of the ordinand simpliciter, though the home ministers pastoral caring and antennae remain very important, and in any case in which the home minister has concerns, pastoral as well as formational, they are encouraged to contact the student’s staff tutor, and to let the student know they have done so.
A very important area of pastoral care concerns the ordinand’s immediate family, if they have one. The Course does not assume responsibility for the pastoral care of families, and the home ministers is asked to have a particular eye to their welfare, especially at a time when their family member in training is facing considerable demands on their time and energy, and going through a period of growth and change in their approaches to a whole range of issues, and facing the challenge of becoming a public representative of the Church.
The practical responsibility of the home ministers is to enable the ordinand to grow in skills and confidence in a range aspect of ministry, especially preaching and teaching the faith, and all aspects of the leading of worship.
The normal expectation on the ordinand is that they are in some ‘up-front’ role in their home church once a month (when not on placement). This may involve deaconing at the Eucharist, serving, reading, or leading intercessions.
In addition, the home ministers is asked to work with the student to ensure that there is an opportunity for an assessed preach every academic year. This involves both the home ministers (or sometimes another ministerial colleague) and selected congregation members filling out feedback forms. Also, the home ministers is asked to work with the student’s staff tutor to ensure that there is an opportunity for an assessed leading of an act of worship every academic year. Again this involves written feedback from minister and congregation. The staff tutor will attend one of these assessed events during the first two years of training.
In the ordinand’s final year of initial training, the home minister is asked to make possible the student’s leading of four sessions of a course for lay adults (this could be a pre-written course such as Pilgrim or Alpha, or a course written by the student). The home minister is asked to attend one of these sessions and give the student feedback on their teaching and group-leading.
The theological responsibility of the home minister is as a member of a learning community that includes all SWMTC tutors and students. In the first two terms of each academic year, home ministers are invited to an event at which there will be the chance for theological engagement with Course staff sometimes on a ‘hot’ current issue, sometimes on the material that students are taught. The first term’s event will be region-wide, and the second will gather home ministers in the relevant part of the region. We warmly encourage home ministers to attend regularly and join us in our exploration of God’s ways with the world.
In each of the first two years of training, there will also be a three-way meeting between student, home minister and staff tutor, to clarify responsibilities and explore progress.
In addition, home ministers will be asked for a one-page report on their students at the end of each year, in response to a set of questions about formation, theological development and practical skills. The home minister should discuss you the material of this report with the student and the issues that are being raised with the staff. However the actual report is not required to be shown to the student.
Documents for the Home Minister
Core Skills for Liturgy (Anglican) - pdf 72k
Preaching Feedback form for Minister - doc 40k
Leading Worship Feedback form for Ministers - doc 86k
Protocol and feedback forms for leading a course in the local church - pdf 100k
Preaching feedback form congregation - doc
Leading worship feedback form congregation - doc
home ministers report proforma - docx