Sabbatical provision for ministers and lay people in ministry and teaching usually takes the form of a term spent at Westminster (although shorter periods are considered).


They are funded by The Cheshunt Foundation and available to those in – The Congregational Federation, Churches in partnership with the Council for World Mission, The Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion, The Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches, The United Reformed Church, Unaffiliated Congregational Churches.

While priority is normally given to those engaged in active ministry in the churches listed above, the Cheshunt Foundation Governors will give consideration to applicants from the wider Christian community who wish to pursue serious study to help them in their work.

For further information see Cheshunt Foundation sponsored sabbatical terms.

The scope for study whilst on Sabbatical is wonderfully broad. Some of the areas chosen are as follows –

  • Private Study, such as academic research or topics of personal interest in your field
  • Continuing ongoing work towards a project or academic qualification
  • Beginning a new research project of interest to you
  • Learning the foundations of a biblical language
  • Attendance at classes (courses or lectures provided by the Cambridge Theological Federation or the Divinity Faculty, Cambridge University)
  • Learning with an ecumenical mix of students preparing for a variety of Christian ministries
  • Worshipping within the Westminster community and in a local church
  • Enhancing devotional life through a rhythm of intentional prayer and bible study
  • Resting and relaxation
  • Enjoyment of the local area in all its richness of cultural heritage and beauty
  • Inspiration – opportunities for personal spiritual refreshment, seeking a new vision and sense of purpose in life

The Cheshunt Foundation will meet the cost of fees and board and lodging charges; but it should be noted that no meals are provided by the college at weekends. A book grant is available and the Foundation will help with travel costs within Britain. Travel costs from overseas are your responsibility. Accommodation is normally in a single study bedroom in the college (a self-contained flat may be available for a sabbatical visitor being accompanied by his/her spouse – a small weekly charge is made for this).

Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis. Offers are confirmed up to 3 years in advance but places are sometimes available at shorter notice. Preliminary enquiries are welcome at any time and applications should be submitted as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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