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The church is Jesus’ frontline, and the focus of all our training. Placements, therefore, are an essential experience for our students, and we’re very grateful for the many churches and ministries receiving our students on placement.

All undergraduate and ordinand students have a weekly placement which enables them to contribute to the life of God’s people, develop their gifts, apply what they are learning in the classroom and reflect on how God is working in their life and ministry. Weekly placements pitch students into the life of a local church within range of the College, where they will soon feel at home and find fellowship and friendship. Students develop their own learning goals for the placement based on their previous experience and the ways in which they intend to serve in the future. London offers considerable variety, and the College has established connections with many local churches that are less than an hour away.

Block placements usually take place during the summer, and provide all kinds of opportunities for students to see different forms of ministry, in contexts that are sometimes well beyond their existing experience. They are optional, and immensely valuable opportunities which may never be repeated once a student starts work after College. For example, preaching from the life of Abraham in the aftermath of a riot at an immigration detention centre in one of our major airports, is part of the normal pattern of ministry for an Oak Hill graduate who serves there, but new for any student who shadows his ministry. A less volatile experience might involve two weeks at a hospice, seeing the shape of Christian ministry among those who will soon die. There is an ever-growing list of suggestions based on the enriching placements experienced by others.

For more details about how placements work for students, please see the Placements Information document for prospective students below:

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