An analysis of the Local Non-Stipendiary Ministry Training Course in the Diocese of Lincoln 1980-1988
The thesis examines the development of the Diocese of Lincoln Local Ministry Course against a background of debate about local ordained ministry, a decline in numbers of stipendiary clergy and discussion of the ministry of the whole people of God. Set in the context of the emergence of non-stipendiary ministry, the theological emphases of the Lincoln Scheme are discerned in its foundation documents, before its educational programme is delineated.Examination is made of how a local ministry team is formed, and the pattern of parish preparation is explored through introductory course materials. Questionnaire responses are used in assessing the role of the local incumbent, who is a key element in the whole learning process. Similarly the role of the tutor is analysed, and questionnaire responses are used in understanding the experience of students, from a wide variety of backgrounds, all of whom have been chosen by their local church. Analysis of the training of incumbents, tutors, and students shows how wide is this educational enterprise.The course's aims and objectives are examined, and the shape of the syllabus, from its outline beginnings in 1980, is explored. Course workbooks, and group notes are used in evaluating the course's teaching style. The development of assessment methods, procedure and standards is examined, and the significance of continuing ministerial education for local ministers is considered. In the concluding chapter reflections are offered, and suggestions for future development are made.The five appendices to the thesis consist of a full tabulation of questionnaire responses, sample programmes for tutor training days, forms for visits to local groups, a paper on common standards of assessment and a map of the distribution of local groups.