Ministry, OLM and Readership training
HTC is an official training provider for the Associated Presbyterian Churches, the Church of Scotland and the United Free Church of Scotland. Our student body is not restricted to these denominations and many ministers and lay readers from other denominations (including Baptist, Congregational, Free Church and PCI) have undertaken study with us, on-campus or by distance learning. Candidates training for Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Ordained Local Ministry (OLM) or Lay Readership should contact the denomination as well as the HTC Registry Officer for advice regarding academic requirements.
The initial procedure for Associated Presbyterian Church ministry candidates is summarised on the APC website at http://www.apchurches.org/ministers/ministerial-opportunities.
The Church of Scotland Ministries Council runs an enquiry process for those who sense a call to any of the ministries in the Church of Scotland. The academic requirements are:
- Full-time stipendiary ministry candidates: must have a theology degree to be ordained.
- Ordained Local Ministry (OLM) candidates: must have a Certificate in Higher Education (CertHE) (to include the Sacramental Theology module) to be ordained, with the further expectation of ongoing learning towards a diploma (DipHE) or degree. In terms of academic credit points, the CertHE is 120 credit points and the DipHE is 240 credit points.
- Readership candidates: must have a Certificate in Higher Education (CertHE), which is the equivalent of 120 credit points.
United Free Church of Scotland candidates should contact the UF Ministry Committee for further information.
"At a recent meeting with the presbytery convenor I was asked why I had chosen HTC instead of another training provider. I have been drawn to HTC for some time but now that I am a student it was easy to answer: I enjoy being part of a community that is not just an academic community, but a worshipping community. To work constituted by collective prayer and in such a helpful and friendly environment is a real joy. It is truly a privilege to be part of HTC."