Theological colleges

Full-time training for ordinands is provided in the Church of England by a number of independent theological colleges, each with its own governing body.   The syllabuses to which they work must be approved by the General Synod’s Board for Ministry, and they are inspected regularly by representatives of that body.   The fees payable for the education of ordinands at these colleges come from central church funds.   The colleges tend to represent one or other of the three streams of theological thinking referred to in the entry under authority above.   There is pressure, varying in intensity from time to time, for the colleges to lose their independence, as part of a desire to reduce the effectiveness of these individual streams of thought.

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