If God is calling you to ordained ministry in the Methodist Church as either a Deacon or a Presbyter, your first step is to talk to people in your local Circuit and work through the information and advice on the Methodist Church website about candidating for ministry.
Training for ordination as Deacon or a Presbyter
Once the Methodist Church in Britain has accepted you for ministerial training, the decision about your training pathway will be decided by an Allocations Panel of the Connexional Oversight Committee. Whichever pathway is the one to which you are allocated, Queen’s will equip you to serve a diverse church with confidence and creativity. You will undertake your training in an exciting ecumenical and cross-cultural environment where you will pray, worship, explore faith and test out your call and gifts in ministry together with others.
There are a number of different academic pathways through the training available. For a summary of the pattern of full-time and part-time ministerial training at Queen’s, see the Academic Pathways pages.
You might also find the Methodist Training Pathways information document (candidates forms G8) helpful for more detailed information, including about the Methodist Church’s financial provision for students who are training for ordination.
Queen’s is the Centre the Methodist Church in Britain has chosen through which to train its ministers, so it has a significant Methodist staff team. The opportunities are enriched for Methodist student ministers in one of the largest academic staff teams of any British theological college, with staff from a range of denominations and traditions. Methodist students benefit from the expertise and experience of Methodist staff who work with them in ministerial formation, including:
Director of Methodist Formation and Co-Director of the Centre for Ministerial Formation
As all Methodist students undertake their ministerial training through Queen’s, you will be asked to visit us during your candidating process in order to explore what we have to offer. We normally run a half-day Open Day for Methodist candidates in the autumn (in the morning and repeated in the afternoon). On our Open Day we explore the various pathways to which the Methodist Church may allocate those it accepts for training. Candidates have a chance to see Queen’s, and meet current students and some tutors on this day.
For information about Methodist open days, including booking information, please see the ‘Candidating for Ministry‘ pages of the Methodist Church website.