Education & Training Team:

Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh

Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh

Anne Claar is Academic Tutor. She is Dutch, Remonstrant and a Hebrew Bible specialist. Read more.

What students say

What the Bishops say …

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury"STETS provides high quality ministerial training in a local context. The academic theological offer is excellent and so is the preparation for the life and work of a priest. Those who trained on STETS have a realistic sense of purpose that will serve them and the Church well." 

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury

The Rt Revd Jonathan Frost, Bishop of Southampton and Co-Chair of the South Central Regional Training Partnership"STETS offers training for lay and ordained ministries that is creative, biblical and mission-focused. As an active member of the South Central Regional Training Partnership, STETS’ programmes are closely linked with the strategic priorities of the dioceses it serves." 

The Rt Revd Jonathan Frost, Bishop of Southampton and Co-Chair of the South Central Regional Training Partnership

The Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton"It has been good to see how our ordinands grow in confidence, biblically and theologically, during their time at STETS. Training whilst remaining in a work and ministry context gives realism to their theology and their commitment to mission. STETS-trained curates are well-prepared for mission and ministry in a wide variety of contexts." 

The Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton

The Rt Revd Ian Brackley, Bishop of Dorking"I have always found STETS to be somewhere that people enjoy training. The balance of distance learning, group work and residential weekends makes it very flexible and there is a good mix of traditions among the staff and ordinands. STETS continues to widen its portfolio of opportunities to train with postgraduate degrees and an increasingly close relationship with Sarum College and its resources. Our clergy who have trained there have always enjoyed the experience and speak warmly of it. I have no hesitation in commending STETS as a good place to prepare for ordained ministry."

The Rt Revd Ian Brackley, Bishop of Dorking

The Rt Revd Christopher Foster, Bishop of Portsmouth"Across the differences of our region and the diversity of students STETS has been a place for respect, development and learning about the creativity of engaging with difference for individual growth and for the good of the Church."

The Rt Revd Christopher Foster, Bishop of Portsmouth

The Rt Revd Andrew Proud, Bishop of Reading"We live in an exciting time of radical change as a society and we need, more than ever, clergy who are trained for the Church-of-the-Future. I think that means clergy who can work together across the traditions, who have a love of good theology and who are not afraid of missional innovation. The programme offered at STETS ticks all those boxes. The quality of training you’ll get here is high: you’ll be stimulated by great teaching; you’ll grow to love the diversity of the Church of England; you’ll learn to read the signs of the times; and you’ll be encouraged not to settle for ‘business as usual’ for the Church of England. I recommend STETS to you without hesitation."

The Rt Revd Andrew Proud, Bishop of Reading

Recently on the STETS blog:

Important thinking in the Church of England

By Paul Burden

You may have already heard about the recently published reports from the Archbishop’s Task Groups. They are worth looking at to see the direction of travel proposed for the Church of England, especially in training and discipleship, and some other links below might interest you too.


The paper on Developing Discipleship can be found here, offering ten marks of dioceses that are developing disciples.

Personally I welcome this as the institution catching up with a renewed sense of the importance of making disciples that is already around today – certainly in the last few years of my time in Bath Deanery this was very much our focus. The Methodist Church have been working on this in Deepening Discipleship, especially through the Inspire Network, and LICC have some interesting work through their Imagine project.

Ministerial Training

The paper from the Resourcing Ministerial Education (RME) Task Group looks at how the CofE uses its resources in the best way to provide the best training for future ordained and lay ministry.

At STETS, where we are particularly keen on flexibility in training and on blended learning, we are especially in tune with point 31 which says:

“The RME research gives a positive message about current ministerial education provision in that the findings show no distinction between college and course pathways in relation to effectiveness related to numerical and spiritual growth and other measures. The full range of pathways can therefore be used with confidence, recognising that each pathway has its own excellence and offers distinctive benefits.”

Other papers and comments…

There are other papers going to General Synod too, all in the context of the Archbishops’ document ‘”In Each Generation”: A programme for reform and renewal’ which is worth reading. All the papers have comment pages if you wish to join in the debate.

There’s much reaction to all this. Amongst others, one of our Training Ministers David Keen has been blogging at a great rate over the last week, and last Thursday’s post includes a helpful oversight of all the papers that have come out – his blog can be found here.

…so let’s pray!

Finally, the RME paper includes a prayer which they commend to the wider church and we commend to you:

Almighty Father,
Give us grace and strength this day
to build up your church
in love for the world,
in the making of disciples
and to equip the saints for the work of ministry.
Plant your hope deep within us.
Open our eyes to a fresh vision of your kingdom.
Give us wisdom for the common task.
Draw us and all your Church deeper into Christ,
our foundation and cornerstone,
that we may work together as one body,
in the power of the Spirit
and for the sake of your glory. Amen

Where are they now?

Jane Culliford is currently Associate priest in the Dorchester team. Ministry in secular employment as part-time GP .

What she most liked about STETS was that 'I was among a widely differing group with different theological views, which challenged my own assumptions. STETS enabled me to grow in confidence as I learned to think and reflect theologically, study scripture critically and lead worship in the context of the community, wherever I was sent.'

Find out more about other former STETS students.

Practice-Based Training

STETS now has an extra Practice-Based Training route. This offers you greater opportunity to bring together practice and theology and to do ‘reflection in action’.

Students are rooted and immersed in a local, but unfamiliar, church context and gain first-hand experience of a wider range of ministry- and mission-practice. More …

Listen to ‘Calm in the Close’

We have just released a unique forty-minute recording of Salisbury Cathedral Close at dawn, which offers a rare chance to experience profound calm.

At a time of day when the Cathedral Close is shut off from the outside world and undisturbed, all that can be heard are the sounds of birds and, occasionally, the cathedral bells. Read more and listen here.