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“Business as usual” for Welsh theological college

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While consideration is given to new proposals for training ministers in the Church in Wales, a Welsh theological college has declared “business as usual” as it continues the important task of training the Church’s future leaders.

The Bench of Bishops is considering the future direction of training and formation for ministry in Wales. Last year it commissioned a team to look at these issues and to make recommendations about how they might best be provided in the future, and these proposals were received by the Bishops in March.  The Bishops are now consulting within the Church and with others.

However, any changes would not come into effect until 2016 at the earliest.  Those already in training or about to begin training, including those undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, will not be affected.

As a result, staff at St Michael’s College, Cardiff, the only residential theological college in the Church in Wales, are looking forward to working with existing and new students and with its nearby partner, Cardiff University.

The Principal, Revd Canon Dr Peter Sedgwick, says, “Helping to form the leaders of tomorrow is a vital task for the Church in Wales, and we are delighted to be involved in this exciting and rewarding work.  We are fortunate at the College that staff and students work hard to create a real community, and that helps to support all of us inside and outside work.  We look forward to welcoming new faces to that community in September.”