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Agents of Change

Welcome to Agents of Change, the Anglican Alliance distance learning programme from Open University.

Agents of Change equips global Anglicans who are on the frontline of community development. 

Here's what Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has to say about the programme:

“The Agents of Change programme is one of the most exciting innovations from the Anglican Alliance. I am delighted to see this collaboration between the Anglican Communion and the UK’s Open University. Over the last 18 months we have seen the potential of this partnership to bring the best approaches in distance learning to strengthen the skills of Anglicans working with their churches in the development of their local communities.

“The Agents of Change modules focus on vital areas of community development, grounded in academic rigour. It is a superb contribution from the Anglican Alliance to strengthen the committed and inspiring work of Anglicans around the world in holistic mission.

“I hear that participants talk of being themselves transformed as they seek to transform their communities, working together with the poorest and most vulnerable. Through the connections of student groups with their Mentors, bonds of fellowship are developing across the Anglican Communion. Together people are discovering a shared vision and mutual inspiration in responding to God’s call to build his Kingdom in the here and now.

“I wish the Agents of Change students every success in their studies. The programme is now going global after its pilot stage and I encourage people from all parts of the Anglican Communion to get engaged as students and as Mentors, connecting through the Anglican Alliance. I pray that together we can, in Christ, become agents of the change God longs to see in the world.”

 The Programme:

Six modules take students through:

  • Consultation
  • Inclusion
  • Protecting vulnerable people
  • Governance
  • Finance
  • Work programming

After completing the six modules you will have the skills and knowledge you need to set up a development project in your local community.

The course is available free of charge for Anglicans or people studying in Anglican schools, colleges or universities, anywhere in the Communion. You need the endorsement of your priest to be able to take part.

Programmes launch in January and July each year, for study groups of four-six students.

Each student in your group needs to register for the programme.  You can do this by clicking the 'Register' link below or by sending an email to anglicanalliance@aco.org to ask for an application form.

Further details:

Download your step-by-step guide to setting up an Agents of Change group. 

Each module can take from one-two months to complete and you need to be prepared to spend about four hours a week studying.

Your programme Mentor is central to the success of your studies.  Your Mentor will be from a different country so that you have the chance to speak to someone from another part of the Anglican Communion!

Each module is submitted to your Mentor and they decide whether you have completed the course to a satisfactory standard, so that you can get a certificate of completion from the Open University.  They provide support and feedback on your workbook submissions, and encourage you through your studies.  

Please note that a limited number of students can apply for each programme.  When we have reached capacity we will be unable to accommodate any more applications, but your study group will be on the waiting list for the next launch.

We look forward to receiving your applications!  

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