The Diocese of Oxford Local Ministry Programme offers training for ordinands who are to be deployed as curates in their home parish or benefice.

This training has four main strands:

  1. You will be gaining experience and growing in ministry in your parish or benefice, relating this to what you learn on courses.
  2. You will attend evening courses on the Diocesan Local Course programme. These courses are also part of the training for Licensed Lay Ministers and are open to anyone else who would like to attend them – with free places on offer for people from your parish who accompany you. You are likely to have to attend one ten-week course each term; we offer many of these in a choice of venues around the diocese. For further details please see the current programme and ongoing schedule of courses which are provided here.
  3. There is a further ordinand-specific programme of study and formation.
  4. We expect the parish to continue to develop its mission and ministry (as we hope it is doing already), and to reflect on this.

As with all ordination training in the Church of England, this normally lasts three years. However if you already have significant ministerial experience or prior training it may take less time. With everyone we assess prior learning at the outset and tailor the programme to take account of this.
More details on various matters can be found in the LMP Ordinand Handbook 2018.

For information about selection for ordination training, please see vocations.

Oxford Diocese has recently carried out a research project investigating the way that lay and ordained ministers are equipped to enable everyday faith in others. Read the full report here.

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