St Padarn’s Institute, part of the Church in Wales, is committed to supporting and promoting the growth of all God’s people, and to enable all Christian people to be formed into Christ and to fulfil their potential as disciples and ministers.
At the heart of St Padarn’s is ‘formation in community for mission’, looking towards and praying for the growth and flourishing of the Church in Wales and the transformation of our communities.
St Padarn’s has a range of courses and resources (with opportunities to learn in Welsh and English) for those who want to deepen their calling to follow Christ and to grow more into his likeness. St Padarn’s offers pathways of learning for those who have been selected to train for Licensed Lay or Ordained ministry.
St Padarn’s is a bold, innovative, move by the Church in Wales to reformulate formation and training across the whole of Wales.
The Church in Wales is committed to its 2020 vision to live out God’s transforming mission of love for Wales, within the strengths of the Anglican tradition, responsive to the needs to contemporary society.
To do that it needs mission-orientated formation and training for the whole people of God. So it has created the St Padarn’s Institute to be at the heart of all formation and training for the Church – for congregation members growing in their discipleship, for those being locally commissioned for service, for those preparing for new licensed ministries such as Pioneers, Pastors and Youth and Children’s Workers, for those preparing for ordination, and for the continuing development of all its ministers. It is also to give new impetus to research and reflection on Welsh theology and mission, as well as being part of the wider theological thinking and learning of the church across denominational and national boundaries.
St Padarn’s is not a place, or a college in a traditional sense. It is a community of formation for mission, working in partnership with bishops, diocese and local church communities. All that it does is rooted in deepening spirituality as we allow God to form us into people of faith, hope and courage, sustained and inspired in prayer.