The Eastern Region Ministry Course is a member of the Cambridge Theological Federation

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Our Regional Partners

ERMC started as an amalgamation in 2005 of the East Anglian Ministerial Training Course and the St Albans part of the St Albans and Oxford Ministry Course. This commitment to integrated regional training then grew to encompass the Norwich Diocesan Ministry Course  and the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Ministry Course, both offering Ordained Local Ministry and Reader/ LLM training. A shared curriculum and some shared residentials enabled those preparing for lay and ordained ministry to be trained alongside one another for part of their training. Soon the Diocese of St Albans Reader Training Programme also began to use some ERMC modules as part of their wider training. 

The advent of the Church of England's Common Award scheme validated by Durham University gave new impetus to the partnerships and a series of discussions starting in 2012 resulted in an enhanced partnership offering Common Awards across the region and now including Ely Readers in Training. 

Our four Centres (St Albans, Cambridge, Norwich and Adobe Online) all contain mixed classes of Readers and Ordinands in Training, working for Common Awards Certificates and Diplomas. These partnerships should also enable us to deliver life-long learning, especially to those in the early years of ministry, in the future.

ERMC works collaboratively with the Eastern Region Training Partnership, which was set up ecumenically to embrace all aspects of theological training (Lay and Ordained) and which has already commissioned and delivered several joint initiatives.

Until 2014 ERMC also trained Methodist ordinands and we were sad to lose these links when the Methodist Church restructured its training. We still have Methodists on the staff and have links with Wesley House in Cambridge. We hope that one day we will be able to expand our ecumenical links again.

Finally ERMC is part of the Cambridge Theological Federation which enables us to maintain our ecumenical links on a broader scale. The Federation includes Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Methodist and United Reformed Colleges as well as the Woolf Institute for Jewish, Christian and Muslim dialogue and the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide.