What is the Renison Institute of Ministry?
The Renison Institute of Ministry lives out its founding vision of creating a welcome gathering place for inquiry, reflection, celebration, and Christian formation for service and ministry through its program of courses and events.
Founded in 1987 by Bishop Morse C. Robinson, the Renison Institute of Ministry is an extension of Renison University College's service to the community as we offer engaged education for the well-being of the world.
What do our participants have to say?
Lorraine Brooks from Stratford says:
The welcome, guidance, and encouragement I received at the Renison Institute of Ministry was instrumental in enabling my journey, through discernment, for the diaconate.
Rob Lofthouse from Waterloo reflects:
I feel my faith has been strengthened through understanding, and that I am a more fully committed Christian because of the gift that is the Renison Institute of Ministry.
What do you have to say about the Renison Institute of Ministry? Share your thoughts with the Director.
Looking for a well-rounded introduction to Christian basics in a supportive, adult learning environment? This may be the program for you!
Participants may choose to work toward a Certificate in Christian Studies by completing four full courses in:
- Church History
- Old Testament
- New Testament
And an additional optional course (or two half courses) of your choice.
Some courses can be taken for Licentiate in Theology credit through our partnership with Huron University College. Register through Renison and take your course at Renison; gain credit toward the LTh. There will be an evaluation of your work and an additional $85 fee.
Please refer to the Huron University College webpage for further information regarding the Licentiate in Theology (LTh). Should you have any questions, please contact Marilyn Malton, Director, Renison Institute of Ministry.
RIM courses are recognized as preparatory courses for ordination to the diaconate in the Anglican Church of Canada. Speak with the RIM director or check with your Diocese for specific requirements.
Diaconal ministry includes:
- a ministry of service - in the world and the church
- living out the servanthood of Christ in the world, especially with forgotten and rejected people
- interpreting to the church "the needs, concerns and hopes of the world"
- mobilizing the people of God into service
- assisting in public worship
Diaconal ministry is a critical leadership role in the church, whether or not the leaders are known or ordained as deacons.
Ordination to the Diaconate:
Within the Anglican Church of Canada, each diocese sets its own guidelines for discerning a call and preparing for ordination to the diaconate. See the Diocese of Huron and the Diocese of Niagara.
- Completion of Renison Institute of Ministry courses is recognized as part of the preparation for ordination to the diaconate in the Anglican Church of Canada.
- We also offer an Exploring Ministry Discernment workshop to assist individuals discerning a call to ministry of whatever kind, lay or ordained.