Formation at YMC
YMC students undertake an integrated curriculum of academic learning, spiritual exploration and reflective practice that builds on previous experience and qualifications. Throughout, students are encouraged to open up their beliefs and practices to critical analysis and new learning, as well as to integrate fresh insights and experience.
Common to each programme are the following components:Class-room learning. Delivered via weekly teaching sessions and regular weekend study days; incorporating different styles of learning and methods of assessment. Modules cover the principal disciplines for ministerial education and formation.
Private study. This is another key component to reinforce and extend newly- acquired learning, as well as to prepare for assignments and course work.
Personal development. In their final year, students are given the opportunity to undertake a research project (dissertation) of their own choice.
All YMC ordinands also take part in the following:
Residential formation. Weekends and an annual Easter school when the community gathers for worship and prayer, for shared meals, social interaction and structured peer support.
In-depth placements. One or more term-long placements in a parish, chaplaincy or fresh expressions.
Tutorial mentoring. Each ordinand is allocated a personal tutor who acts as a companion and consultant, offering support, guidance and encouragement whilst monitoring progress.
Peer-group interaction. YMC ordinands belong to small peer groups which exist to offer prayer and support, or to plan worship.
Spiritual retreat. This is given high priority and students are expected to participate in an annual weekend retreat or quiet day.