Appointment of the Reverend Doctor Richard Briggs as Principal of Lindisfarne College of Theology

We are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Dr Richard Briggs as Principal of the Lindisfarne College of Theology [LCT]. Richard will take up his post on 1 September 2024.

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Welcome to Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne College of Theology provides learning opportunities for adults from the Tees to the Tweed. We build upon the vast Christian heritage in the North East of England going all the way back to the Venerable Bede’s account of Christianity written in 731C.E., and to the praying, learning, missional community founded earlier on Holy Island by St Aidan. It is this great heritage of faith that led to the choice of the name ‘Lindisfarne’.

We offer courses that prepare Ordinands to serve as assistant ministers and potential incumbents, and Readers for missional, pastoral and leadership roles in the local church. These ministries may be full time or part time, self-supporting, stipendiary or non-stipendiary.

Our programmes are offered part time and are deeply context-based, with a clear focus on equipping individual students for servant leadership in service of God in the church in the dioceses of Durham and Newcastle.

Training programmes for Ordination and Readers are delivered over 2 or 3 years, with flexibility for longer or shorter periods.

We also offer programmes of study to Independent students seeking to deepen their discipleship and to further their knowledge in theology. Lindisfarne also provides short courses and other learning opportunities for the wider community.

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    "I warmly commend Lindisfarne College of Theology. Lindisfarne offers an inclusive approach to theological education. The staff have significant skills and experience in working with those from a wide variety of theological traditions, and also students from disadvantaged backgrounds and with Special Educational Needs. The College works closely with local dioceses, and is responsive to their training needs and requests. You will find a learning community which has a diverse and rich ecology of people learning together as Christian disciples for lay and ordained ministries. The programmes combine evening, weekend and residential training in a number of centres. These create a rich community of prayer that leads to a deep journey of transformation and growth. The suite of programmes leads to Durham University awards via the Common Awards Hub - from Foundation to MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission. The programmes are supported by excellent theological resources through the North East Religious Resources Centre (Durham and North Shields) and online resources through the Common Awards Moodle Hub."

    The Rt Revd Rob Saner-Haigh, Bishop of Penrith

    "Set in the context of the land of the Northern Saints with its rich heritage of mission, spirituality and learning, Lindisfarne College of Theology provides a unique opportunity for the formation of God’s people, equipping them for the work of the gospel today. Ordinands and Readers from the Diocese of Durham have achieved exceptional academic results through Lindisfarne. Lay training for specific ministries has been delivered to a high standard with flexibility, appreciating that discipleship development requires a multifaceted approach."

    The Rt Revd Sophie Jelley, Bishop of Doncaster