- Candidates will usually be training for either 2 years, gaining a Diploma in Theology, Mission and Ministry, or 3 years, gaining a BA in Theology, Mission & Ministry (through Durham University), or Theology Graduates will be on the 2 year MA in Christian Leadership offered by St Mellitus College (through Middlesex) or the 2 year MA in Theology, Mission & Ministry (through Durham University). Candidates join part-time St Mellitus College students for residential weekends and weeks; weekly teaching is based at St Mellitus College's London centre at 24 Collingham Road, London, SW5 0LX, in St Mellitus College, North West at Liverpool Cathedral, or in St Mellitus College, South West at St Matthias Church, Plymouth. In 2017, the MA programmes will not be available in Plymouth, though this will be reviewed in future years. It is assumed that candidates will be engaged in the local church/network 50% of the time, a student 50% of the time – for example, students may be involved with mission and ministry for a local context for Sunday plus two days per week, allowing two or three days a week for study and one day off.
- It is important to ensure that the church is aware of the time constraints and expectations for the ordinand and in full agreement with the proposed terms and conditions of the role. It is recommended that a careful projection is made well in advance of the training and ministry arrangements. This will take the form of a working agreement between supervisor, ordinand and St Mellitus, but can sometimes also be a signed agreement between the diocese (represented by the DDO), the local context (usually represented by the incumbent), the training course and the candidate. This should encompass time to be spent working for the local context, time spent studying and time off, together with a detailed projection of the financial arrangements.
- (i) All tuition costs and the costs of residential weekends and weeks will be met by the block grant funding which comes from the Ministry Division Central Fund for Ministerial Training to the ordinand’s diocese and is then paid to the college.
(ii) Candidates will normally be eligible to receive a Personal and Book Allowance (usually just over £1k pa) which will come from the ordinand’s diocese (from the block grant funding), though this will be calculated according to the candidate’s level of personal savings.
(iii) Travel expenses for weekly travel to college and for travel to residentials will be met by the diocese (from the block grant funding) up to agreed set maximums (mileage or public transport).
(iv) Candidates will receive maintenance funding paid by the diocese, calculated on the same basis as that of candidates in residential training and on an income expenditure basis with set national limits.
(v) As part of that expenditure calculation context-based ordinands are eligible for accommodation allowances, up to a national maximum. (For example, in London £7,815 for a single ordinand, £17,445 for married ordinands; allowances will take into account both interest and capital repayment on mortgages, where appropriate).
(vi) TAP grants may be made, following the usual assessment.
- (i) The calculation of diocesan grants will continue to be made by the diocese according to Ministry Division guidelines. In these cases, there will be consultation with the context as well as the candidate. The diocese will continue to be responsible for covering the difference between expenditure (according to the guidelines) and income from all sources. (In the case of single students, the guideline figures given for lone parents should be used, which are based, as with the figures for married candidates, upon annual expenditure outside of the residential College context).
(ii) Diocesan grants paid within the guidelines under this system will be subject to pooling. (In the case of single students’ grants over the normal limit for pooling, following approval by the Ministry Division Finance Panel).
- The local context will generally be asked to contribute £3000 in 2017-2018, in recognition of the candidate’s contribution to the context; this is the figure that the diocese is not able to cover through the national church pooling system (this will drop to 2k in 18-19, 1k in 19-20 and will be removed entirely from 2020). This would usually be paid to the diocese as the diocese will be covering the full maintenance costs for the ordinand arising from the usual income-expenditure calculation. The diocese may choose to waive the £3000 contribution from the context, for example where accommodation is provided. In some cases, for example where housing costs are significant, and perhaps above the national limits for single or married ordinands, and/or the level of spousal income means the ordinand is not eligible for diocesan maintenance support, a suitable level of financial support from the placement context may be agreed in discussion with St Mellitus and the diocese, if the placement context is in a position to contribute.