The Scottish Episcopal Institute has appointed Richard Tiplady as Director of Mixed Mode Training. This appointment will enable the Institute to offer a new training pathway of contextual learning rooted in congregational ministry, within our existing Common Awards framework overseen by Durham University. Richard was, most recently, Principal of the Scottish School of Christian Mission (formerly International Christian College) in Glasgow. Richard says: ‘I am delighted to be joining SEI in this new role. As Scotland shifts more and more towards post-Christendom, we are in an environment of experimentation and innovation. Established methods of formation and training for Christian mission and ministry are being questioned and new approaches are being embraced. I look forward to developing these with colleagues across the church, shaping new kinds of contextual learning communities which work at discovering together what the new shape of Christian leadership needs to look like’.