Education & Training Team:

Ben Quash

Ben Quash

Ben Quash (Professor of Christianity and the Arts, King's College London) acts as occasional theological consultant for STETS. 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:

‘Speech and Silence’

I have recently returned from the Society for the Study of Theology conference at St John’s College, Durham. The theme for this year was ‘Speech and Silence’. It was a topic that certainly got people talking. At times we also came up against the limit of words, as we confronted spaces where we do not know how to speak, let alone what to say. One of these moments was the contribution by the black liberation theologian Robert Beckford. His plenary paper presented a room of 200 theologians, almost all of whom were white, with the reality that we still have not constructed a theological language to deal with the experience of empire or to reflect post-colonial culture. Another of these moments was engendered by the contribution from Gerard Loughlin of Durham University, who talked about the history of the Anglican church’s response to societal changes surrounding sexuality. This paper was delivered raw, in the immediate aftermath of the Church of England’s official response to the legalisation of gay marriage. It portrayed the desperation of feeling at a loss for words. In both of these cases, and others, the task of theology is to help the church to learn to speak. Like a patient recovering from the trauma of a stroke, this will be a laborious process. There will be confusion and malapropism, the frustration of feeling tongue-tied. Nevertheless, without it we will become mute; constrained within ourselves, unable to communicate or to be heard, and, ultimately, invisible.

Beth Dodd

STETS Gallery

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.

Where are they now?

Gail Hunt is currently Presbyter in the Methodist Church Knaresborough circuit.

What she most liked about STETS was that 'it offered a relaxed yet focused learning environment. There was a great relationship between tutors and students and wonderful pastoral care. I valued those deep personal moments with God which came through both worship and lectures, and also the fun and friendship that we had together as students. The STETS course balanced practical aspects of the ministerial role with theological study, which gave deep roots for my ministry. Training on an ecumenical course has helped with understanding other traditions and developing relationships ecumenically.'

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 …