Evangelicals training on ordination courses

25 November 2009


From the Revd Charles Read

Sir, — The Revd Rod Thomas of Reform alleges that Evangelicals are distrustful of regional training courses; but I have just returned from a residential weekend with the Eastern Region Ministry Course (ERMC) and the Norwich Diocesan Ministry Course (NDMC). We were joined by some Reader candidates from St Albans, and some students from Wesley House in Cambridge.

About a third of the ERMC and NDMC students would describe themselves as Evangelical, and a significant number of others are Evangelical in their basic theology, but do not wish to label themselves as such — largely because they do not want to be seen to be allied with groups such as Reform, which they (and I) perceive to have narrowed that label unnecessarily.

Clearly, in East Anglia at least, there is considerable Evangelical support for the regional and diocesan courses. But then many of these Evangelical students are women who are training for leadership in the Christian Churches — and I guess that, for Mr Thomas, this means that they cannot be proper Evangelicals.

Charles Read
Vice-Principal & Director of Studies
Norwich Diocesan Ministry Course
Emmaus House, 65 The Close
Norwich NR1 4DH

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