Initial Ministerial Education 1 (IME1) Pathways

Initial Ministerial Education (IME) 1 is a ministerial candidate’s first phase of formation. IME 1 students engage in networked learning, studying locally by means of distance-learning during the academic year, as well as gathering for an annual orientation week, five residential weekends and a bishop’s reflection group. At SEI, emphasis is laid on formation for ministry, rather than theological education per se, although theological education is a key component of IME 1 over the span of three years. Students also undertake context-based field education (placements) under the umbrella of theological-reflection and reflective-practice modules, usually in their own dioceses in a variety of venues, for example local charges and sector ministries. SEI introduced a mixed-mode fulltime training pathway in September 2018, wherein ordinands (for incumbency) are resident in a charge, normally for the three years of IME 1, with emphasis on mission.

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