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The Language of Formation in Official Church of England Documents

Sue Groom

Over the last fifty years the word “formation” has been increasingly employed in the context of training for ordination, yet it has rarely been defined. This article traces its first tentative appearance in the de Bunsen report, Theological Colleges for Tomorrow (1968), to its abundant usage in the Hind report, Formation for Ministry within a Learning Church (2003), and the documentation concerning “Common Awards in Theology, Ministry and Mission” (2014) in order to discern its meaning according to official Church of England documents.

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