Why get ordained in the Church of England?
Jake Eggertsen reports on a one-day conference on Anglican ordination, held at Oak Hill on Saturday 18 February.
'Brilliant morning @OakHillLondon. They really know how to put on a free lunch. Great hearing from people who love being Anglican!'
So said one person on Twitter who was among the 34 guests attending the 'Why get ordained in the Church of England?' event on Saturday 18 February.
The idea behind the mini-conference was not so much to promote training as an ordinand at Oak Hill, but to take one step back, and to ask whether it is worth training for ordained ministry at all. After all, as one of the speakers, Rev Mark Pickles, put it: 'Isn't the church in decline both numerically and in terms of its influence? ... Isn't it compromised? ... Why would you bother?'
Calling all church leaders!
Dave Baldwin, Director of Theology for Crossing Cultures at Oak Hill, puts out a last call for The Task, a one-day conference for church leaders with a passion for global mission, which takes place at Oak Hill this Saturday (25 February).
Sometimes missionaries are accused of having poor or non-existent ecclesiology they just don't seem to understand how important the local church is.
The Task is a mission conference with a difference. A mission conference deliberately tailored to local churches, asking and answering the global mission questions that local churches are asking. How do we identify potential missionaries in our congregations? How do we teach children about mission? What is the church's role when things go pear-shaped?
The importance of theological education for women
Mel Lacy, Dean of Women at Oak Hill, writes about how theological training matters and makes a difference to the ministry of women in our churches
'Persuade me of the importance of theological education for women' is one of the questions I encounter most frequently. Women come to our open and interview days interested in pursuing training for gospel ministry, but are often slightly perturbed because someone they respect and trust has cast a shadow of doubt across their plans by dismissing the value of rigorous theological training for women.
It's not that they're saying women shouldn't do ministry, but rather that they don't really need the kind of training a theological college such as Oak Hill might offer.