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Formation for Ordained Ministry in the Church of England
with Special Reference to a Regional Training Course

GROOM, SUSAN ANNE (2016) Formation for Ordained Ministry in the Church of England
with Special Reference to a Regional Training Course.
Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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The word ‘formation’ has been increasingly employed in the context of training for ordination over the last fifty years, yet it has rarely been defined. In order to explore the meaning of formation, this thesis investigates the Church of England’s understanding of ordained ministry as expressed in its liturgy and official documents (Chapter 1); it surveys the history of training for that ministry over the last two hundred years (Chapter 2); and it traces the use of the language of formation in official Church of England publications (Chapter 3).

Within the literature about theological education, there is much discussion about formation. However, there is little mention of the perspective of those in training for ordained ministry. Through the empirical study of one regional training course, using the method of critical conversation (Chapter 4), this research adds the contribution of the perspectives of those in training to that discussion (Chapter 5). To this end, the participants’ understanding of formation is considered in conversation with educational theories, specifically Mezirow’s transformative learning theory (Chapter 6); their experiences of formation are recounted with an examination of the biblical metaphors they employ (Chapter 7); and their understanding of the ministerial priesthood for which they were being prepared is scrutinized with the differences in understanding between the Church of England and the ordinands being noted (Chapter 8).

The conclusion suggests a definition of formation within the context of training for ordination in the Church of England for further discussion, it notes some implications for the Church arising from this research, and suggests some areas for further study.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Theology and Ministry
Keywords:DThM, formation, Church of England, ordination training, priesthood, theological education, regional training course, ordinand voices, transformative learning
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Theology and Religion, Department of
Thesis Date:2016
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:27 May 2016 15:26

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