South west ministry training course
Ministry Training

Every year training involves five tutor group meetings, six residential weekends, a week-long residential Easter School and evening classes. A very strong sense of community builds up over the years that students study these modules, with friendships formed by students from all parts of the Anglican tradition.

The weekend programme includes:

  • Year 1: The context, shape and dynamics of the local church, pastoral skills, ethics, leading worship and preaching.
  • Years 2 and 3: Mission and service, skills in working in groups and leading meetings, adult pedagogy, communication skills, ministerial, sacramental and pastoral issues and pastoral practice.

Easter School deals in the first year with ministry and the Church in different contexts, and in Years 2 and 3 with pastoral theology and practice, and death, dying and bereavement.

Tutor groups cover spirituality and practical liturgy.

The taught commitment for each year is:

  • 24 evening classes and 2 study days
  • 6 weekends
  • Easter School
  • 5 Tutor groups

For more details of evening classes click here

Personal Tutors
On entering ordination or Foundation training, SWMTC students are allocated a Personal Tutor, who is appointed by the Course in consultation with the sponsoring church and the candidate. The personal tutor meets with the student after each residential weekend and after Easter School to talk through the learning journal the student has completed and to help them reflect on their experiences. They are based in local communities and work independently of the core SWMTC staff.


Home Ministers
In the life of the student training on SWMTC, the role of the Home Minister is vital. The Home Ministers will in all probability have travelled a similar road in the past to the persons they are now accompanying, and can therefore be of significant help and support. He or she will almost certainly know the student already and will probably have supported the applicant during the selection process. The Home Minister is a key person in enabling the growth and development of the student’s vocation towards public representative ministry through the example they offer of an ordained life, the pastoral support they provide (for the student and his/ her family), and the skills they can teach.


Observation Placement
The observation placement provides an opportunity for candidates to learn from a church context very different from their own. The duration of the placement will be 20 hours, including two Sundays and a midweek meeting.


Long Placement
The long placement provides an opportunity for students to learn from experienced ministers about the planning and practice of liturgical, educational and pastoral tasks. The minimum time commitment is 60 hours.

Click here to hear an Ordinand’s experience of SWMTC.




The training I received on SWMTC combined a high level of contextual training (2 placements plus an ongoing 3 year training link to my home church) and a serious engagement in reflective journaling (not just writing journals, but developing in self-awareness and as a reflective practitioner), which have helped me to listen to and connect with the culture that I am ministering in. The breadth of voices within both students and staff ensured that I became comfortable with the diversity of Anglican and Methodist traditions, whilst being encouraged to develop my understanding of pioneer ministry and its role within the ministry and mission of God’s Church. The flexibility of the academic learning pathway meant that I was able to focus on areas that held specific interest for me, whilst also ensuring that sufficient attention was given to those areas where my personal experience was less extensive.
SWMTC: Contact: Administrator Laura McLachlan on 01392 724404 admin@swmtc.org.uk
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