The Church of England needs theologically and pastorally adept clergy, as never before. For the Church to be an agent of hope for individuals and society, clergy need deep spiritual, theological and pastoral resources, and the ability to engage with holiness, wisdom and compassion.
Westcott House is uniquely placed to prepare men and women to exercise intelligent and inspiring ministries, now and through the decades ahead. We are a theological college, more than a century old, in the heart of Cambridge. Our students go on to serve as parish clergy, chaplains and missionaries, bishops and archbishops, theological educators and scholars, in this country and across the Anglican Communion.
We have a diverse student body of eighty able and gifted men and women from many and varied backgrounds, who spend between two and four years with us. The daily pattern of prayer and worship, the intellectual rigour that Cambridge affords, combined with challenging pastoral placements, provide a unique combination of elements for their training. This is enhanced by a close partnership with the University Divinity Faculty, membership of the ecumenical Cambridge Theological Federation, and strong international links.
The combination of spiritual and academic discipline with stretching practical experience provides the essential foundation those going on to serve the Church today.
Our current financial situation
We operate on about a £1m budget, nine-tenths of which is provided by the Church central funds. We have no endowment. We have been generating additional income through the use of the accommodation in vacations, but the present standard of accommodation means income is modest.
We have constantly adapted our training to anticipate the future needs of Church and society, but we are now facing challenges that require substantial investment if we are to be able to continue to provide training of the highest standard, fit for the 21st Century.
Our three key priorities for Westcott are:
- maintaining theological excellence;
- providing facilities fit for the 21st century;
- developing our outreach to the wider Church.
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Alternatively, please contact:
The Rev'd Canon Chris Chivers
Cambridge CB5 8BP
Tel: +44 (0)1223 741000