Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership chosen to deliver training for the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle.


The Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle recently announced that, after an exacting commissioning process, the Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership (LRTP) has been chosen to deliver non-residential training (IME1) for those preparing for Reader and ordained ministry.

LRTP has been involved with both Dioceses through this decade in the delivery of a wide range of theological training. Following the changes to Ministry Training announced by the Church of England last year, LRTP was asked to tender the package that they will now deliver. Other training (IME2 and wider discipleship training) will delivered via the Dioceses themselves and residential clergy training will be delivered by the approved theological colleges.

The Revd Canon Sue Pinnington (acting chair of Lindisfarne) said: "We are delighted to have been awarded a contract to work with the Dioceses to continue to deliver and develop ministerial education in the region. We look forward to working with them to provide innovative and relevant training for other students as they prepare to become part of the next generation of priests and lay readers in the Church of England."

The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, speaking on behalf of the Dioceses, said: "This decision comes after a thorough commissioning process to ensure that we are able to continue to provide our students with a great experience as they prepare for their future ministry.  We are excited by the opportunity to work with Lindisfarne (RTP) to ensure our students get the best possible training for their ministry in the Church. This commission comes at a key time for the Church of England as we look to the future shape of our ministry.”

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