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Cranmer Hall, St John’s College,

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Mixed Mode Training at Cranmer Hall

Rooted in Christ, Nourished by Learning, Branching out in Practice.

Mixed Mode training is a brand-new way for ordinands to train at Cranmer Hall, alongside our residential pathway.

It is called ‘mixed mode’ because it involves a mixture of training where for some days the ordinand is based at Cranmer Hall for lectures, worship and fellowship, and for the rest of the week the ordinand is based in their church context in order to engage on a deep level with practical mission, ministry and reflection.

We believe the North East of England provides a challenging, inspiring, unique and varied context for Mixed Mode training, where we have parishes that are passionate about mission and about equipping and encouraging vocation. This, together with Cranmer Hall’s passion for enabling students to engage with excellent theological education, means that ordinands on this pathway would have the opportunity for a rich training experience, where they have both the opportunity to learn much and give much back to their church context.

Each Mixed Mode ordinand would live in the parish or area close to their context church throughout the week and would learn and serve in their context church four days of the week (which would include a day off).

The other three days (typically Monday to Wednesday) they would travel to Durham City to take part with other Cranmer Hall students in teaching, reflecting, worship and fellowship. Each mixed mode ordinand would be part of a ‘Discipleship Group’ in Cranmer Hall, and would have a Tutor based at college who would support the ordinand pastorally, spiritually, academically and formationally.

The church context would stay the same for the whole of the ordinand’s training. However, during the summer they would take up to four weeks placement in another context.

Ordinands on this pathway will take theological and practical-focused modules; some of these will be taught on site at Cranmer Hall, and other modules will be based in their context church. The modules are geared towards equipping the ordinand for the different types of practical ministry and leadership they may experience on placement.

We can offer a variety of pathways via Mixed Mode training, which include diploma and degree. It is possible to study for an MA, but the days and amount of time spent in Cranmer Hall will differ depending on the modules chosen.

Mixed Mode ordinands wouldn’t be asked to come into college for training over weekends or for summer schools; however, the commitment to serving in the context does extend beyond the normal term time into some of the vacations. Ordinands would still have 6 weeks annual leave, plus a 5 day retreat.

We have many relationships with churches across the North East, a number of which are designated as ‘Resourcing Churches’. Although they are all varied, they generally have three things in common:

I. they are normally located in areas of significant social need and so mixed mode ordinands would be engaged on a deep level with the mission of God in evangelism, loving service and working for justice;
II. they are focusing on growth and creating new disciples and Christian communities, and
III. they value team ministry and so the ordinand would join a team of largely lay disciples working together to serve their community in mission and ministry.

Each context would be discussed with the ordinand and the right placement would be discerned together, along with the potential placement supervisor.

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What kind of things would I be taught?

Besides having the opportunity to explore the Scriptures more deeply, you would also have the opportunity to take classes that explore practical ministry, such as leadership and training others to be leaders, mission entrepreneurship, preaching, evangelism, conflict transformation, pastoral care, digital communication, poverty and the mission of God and school’s ministry.


I’m really interested in the Resourcing Church contexts. Does this mean that I would be trained to be a Resource Church Curate?

Our mixed mode pathway is carefully designed so that you could then be a curate in any and all contexts. Whilst the mixed mode pathway is intentional about giving students more time to learn and serve practically in context and intentional about training students for entrepreneurial mission and leadership, it is also concerned about enabling each ordinand to experience a range of contexts and ministries so that they can flourish in any context.


I’ve got a church context I’d like to stay in: can I do this?

We can certainly explore this further. As long as it is not too far away for you to be able to travel into Cranmer Hall on the days when you have your lectures and other worship or fellowship commitments, then we will be able to contact your incumbent and talk about your training programme.


Will I just be doing my diploma or degree in three days a week?

You will be in Cranmer Hall for three days for some of your training (which would include lectures, group work, personal study time), but your time spent in your context church also counts towards your diploma or degree. Some of the modules you can take are ‘context based’, which means your learning hours are in part the hours you spend serving in your context, supported by one or two study days in context, and your assessment is also in context.


I’d be moving from my home to train here: what kind of accommodation would I be given?

We would work with the church to find you accommodation near your placement church. If you are single and you are the only ordinand placed in that parish then we would endeavour to find you a 2 bedroom apartment or house. If you are single and you are part of a small group of ordinands in that placement church, then we would find a house for you to share together. If you are married then we would look for a suitable home for you.


I’m married to someone else who is hoping to train as a residential ordinand. Can I still train on the mixed mode pathway?

Yes! There are quite a few options that we could talk about to see which one would be best for you both. For example, one option is to find a church placement for you that is close to Durham City – you could then both live in that parish and travel into Cranmer Hall when you need to do so, or you could live in Durham City but then travel out on the three days when you would be based in your church.


I don’t drive – can I still do this pathway?

Yes! We would consider this when finding your church context, and there is also very good public transport.


Can you offer a variety of church contexts?

Yes! We are passionate about providing training contexts in all sorts of churches with different traditions, different styles of leadership, different sizes of congregations, and different ministries.


Will I get a broad enough training?

Yes. Part of the training will include a placement in a different tradition from your training context during the summer months. You will have the chance to do up to four weeks of placement in another church or setting, or two weeks in one context and another two weeks elsewhere.


Will I feel part of the Cranmer Hall community?

Yes. The Cranmer Hall Community is really important to us, and we think it is important for both residential and mixed mode ordinands to have the opportunity to learn together and from each other, to worship and minister to one another, to support and encourage one another. For example, all first year ordinands go away for one weekend on a retreat – this is a really important time of fellowship and formation.

It is exciting to see Cranmer Hall developing a mixed mode training pathway. We are delighted to be partnering them in this through our Resourcing Churches around the diocese. I believe this is a really valuable new route to help grow, train and then deploy a fresh generation of leaders.
The Bishop of Durham

With exciting examples of exponential growth and social engagement across the North East I am delighted to see the mixed mode training at Cranmer Hall launched. In the Durham diocese we have developed one of the most dynamic resourcing church projects in the country with five sites launching in 2019 and another five in 2020. Each of these will offer distinctive opportunities for unparalleled training on the frontline of the work of God in this region.
Revd Canon David Tomlinson, Vicar of Shildon and Senior Resourcing Church Leader, Durham Diocese

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