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Diocese of Lichfield announces new trainees

Fifteen people are set to begin studying to become members of the clergy after being selected by the Diocese of Lichfield.

With almost half of those starting training under 35, the four women and 11 men will begin their training in September.

The group includes 12 who will be trained for traditional full time clergy posts. They will train for two or three years at a theological college or on a course, which will include temporary placements in a parish, before seeking an appointment as a curate – a three year continuation of training during which they will be ordained first as a deacon and then, usually, as a priest a year later.

The selection process follows an aim by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Lichfield to ensure half of all those in training are under the age of 35.

To help achieve the target, the Diocese of Lichfield commissioned a video news report by television journalist Robin Powell to be shown in churches. The video highlights vocations – and young vocations in particular – and aims to encourage more people to put themselves forward.

The Revd Lesley Bentley, Director of Ministry for the Diocese of Lichfield, said:

“These figures are extremely encouraging.  Not only is the church continuing to recruiting new ministers but we are recruiting younger people with a lifetime of ordained ministry ahead of them.”

Robin Powell’s video can be seen on the Diocese of Lichfield’s YouTube channel pewtube.org.uk.

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