YMC provides theological education and ministerial formation throughout the county of Yorkshire and beyond for the Church of England and other ecumenical partners and is engaged principally in preparing people for ordained ministry. Others wishing to do some theological study for their own interest are also very welcome. Most students enrolling with YMC are mature students (30 years and older) and train for ordination whilst remaining in their current employment and home church situation. Other students of all ages are already in a recognised ministry (ordained and lay) and have enrolled on a postgraduate programme in the process of fulfilling their need for further ministerial education (initial and continuing).
Teaching takes place on: weekday evenings (Tuesdays in York and Wednesdays in Mirfield); weekendstudy days and residentials; and an annual residential Easter school; as well as through tutorial supervision and placements. However, YMC is not really a part-time course, or an ‘easy option’ compared to residential training, as any of our students will tell you! It’s not easy studying while still carrying on with your normal job (be that paid or unpaid).
One of YMC’s great strengths is the rich variety of backgrounds and experience of its students and staff. In any one year the community could comprise of people from business, civil service, commerce, education, health, hospitality, law, local government, self-employed or not in employment, the trades and the voluntary sector, as well as those already engaged in Christian service. Every theological outlook and church tradition is also represented which makes it a very rich environment in which to study.