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Training

God has given us gifts and a purpose. To be the best in that is to honour him. As Christians today, we have a wealth of quality resources available to us. Here are some of the UK’s best Christian training providers offering you the chance to hone your God-given skills and deepen you understanding and effectiveness.

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8

Planning that LASTS
Redcliffe College
Full-time
3 days

This three-day workshop follows on from the Learning that LASTS workshop, and is team taught by facilitators of Learning the LASTS workshops, who bring experience from a variety of contexts. The course is taught in partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL, as part of Redcliffe's Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy (formerly ETP UK). 

The Planning that LASTS workshop is about how Learning that LASTS principles can be applied to to existing teaching content or when you are designing training from scratch. This workshop helps you do that using a series of steps, drawing on the experience of both facilitators and participants, and using the synergy within the group as we identify common challenges. The content is designed based on the needs of participants. Possible topics include:

  • listening to our own motivational themes
  • creating space for interaction
  • matching modules to objectives
  • shaping course structure for your learners
  • evaluating alternative learning tasks
  • identifying common motivational themes
  • developing a plan for change

The workshop considers the application of Learning that LASTS principles at both the event level, looking at overall layout of teaching content, and the module level, looking at how principles could be applied in teaching particular topics. Participants share their designs via a Learning Event Planning Guide or Learning Module Design Guides. They will receive coaching and feedback from their peers and fellow participants

Participants should

  • have completed a Learning that LASTS workshop
  • have a current teaching situation to work on
  • have access to and be familiar with the content that they have been or will be using.

It is preferred (but not essential) to come with a colleague in order to work together on the design of your shared training course.

Leadership - become the leader you are meant to be
Redcliffe College
Full-time
4 days - 12 days

Leadership is a complex and demanding task drawing on a vast array of skills and knowledge. Few of us are naturally blessed with all the abilities we need to lead well. The good news is that there is plenty we can learn - from leadership theory, practical experience, observation and feedback - and from each other.

Lead On...

...is a course for mission agency leaders and leadership teams who want to invest in future effectiveness through leadership development. The course has been used in training over 250 leaders from around the world. It is based on Adair’s task-team-individual leadership model, with an important additional focus on our own leadership journey and some of the internal aspects that affect our leadership. The learning environment is interactive, discursive and practical environment for learning, with a strong emphasis on practice, observation and feedback, and learning from each other.

Course structure:

The course consists of three key modules. Each module is held over four days and learning is greatest if the same people can commit to attending to all three modules. The modules are:
  • Leading people through teamwork
  • Lifelong leadership development
  • Project management

Ideally at least 3 people from your organisation will take part. Although it is possible for people to attend one or two modules, the learning experience is much greater if people attend all three.

 

BA (Hons) in Applied Theology (Youth and Community Work)
Moorlands College
Full-time
3 years

BA (Hons) Applied Theology (Youth and Community Work) including JNC professional qualification

At Moorlands, we have always aimed at leading the field with our Applied Theology courses. We are committed to ensuring that all our students not only succeed academically, but also develop the crucial competencies to become excellent practitioners – serving God as effectively as possible. Therefore, all our degree programmes are in Applied Theology, with the ability to specialise into an area of ministry that you feel called to. This Applied Theology degree, with Youth and Community Studies equips the student to experience a ‘hands-on’ approach to understanding young people and the communities they come from. Critical issues such as adolescent development, youth culture and the value of team-work are covered. You are encouraged to reflect critically on the effectiveness of different models of youth work. Our Youth and Community Work Course carries National Youth Agency endorsement, and students graduate with a BA (Hons) degree in Applied Theology (Youth and Community Work) opening all sorts of opportunities to work with local authorities, agencies, church and Christian organisations. Due the the JNC professional qualification that comes with this course, students need to decide to join this programme from the very beginning. Once the course has begun a student is not able to ‘opt in’ at a later date and the JNC award only comes with the BA (Hons) degree, with a JNC Professional Qualification endorsed by the National Youth Agency.

All Moorlands courses are delievered in a variety of modes, enabling the student to access degree level trainging that fits in with their journey so far. We offer a Campus Based Option and a Placement Based Option, these allow the student either gain the full experience of "College Life" or continue in their current ministry and leanring "on the job".

Campus-based Option

The campus-based programme is designed for the student to be full-time at College, the teaching is spread over the week and the student participates in placememt activities whilst getting to experience life at College.

Our campus-based students are encouraged to develop their spiritual and academic goals through a range of learning opportunities and practical experiences that all form part of the campus community. Life outside of the classroom is a valuable part of the Moorlands’ experience, and we encrouage our students to work and play hard.

We have a wide variety of activities that run throughout term times such as sports groups, social activities, informal worship and fellowship times that students can be a part of during their time as a campus-based student.

Placement-based Option

The placement-based programme is designed for the student to be able to work alongside doing a full-time College degree. The student lives away from the College, working and achieving the placement activities whilst attending College just one day a week for study. This programme is delivered through:

  • One full day per week of study in College, during term-time
  • The remainder of the week is spent in your local community, fulfilling placement requirements
  • Plus three one-week study blocks a year

This pattern allows some modules to be delievered independently of the campus-based programme, while other module are taught concurrently to both groups of students. This is a great mix of College life with experiential learning in placement, with supervisors and tutors to support you throughout your time at Moorlands.

 

Day courses at Redcliffe College
Redcliffe College
Full-time
1 day
If you have limited time, but would still like to study, you can explore day course options. Day courses run between September and April each year. You will be able to study alongside first and second year students for up to two modules a week, at a fraction of the cost of full-time study.
 
There are a wide variety of classes to choose from, including A missional introdcution to the Old and New Testaments. A Christian response to modernity and secularism, World religions in global perspective, Contemporary communication skills and The journey of personal transformation.
 
Day students can take up to two modules a week. You can also submit assignments for marking, for a small extra charge.
MA in Global Leadership in Intercultural Contexts
Redcliffe College
Full-time, Part-time
1 - 4 years
  • Are you working in or preparing for a leadership position?
  • Are you a member of a cross-cultural team?
  • Are you involved in a Christian organisation undergoing change or transition?

This unique MA is for students working in or preparing for a leadership position. You will be equipped to meet the challenges of leading a global team, and given the knowledge and understanding you need to shape an organisation to function effectively amid the ever-changing challenges of the global world. The optional module allows you to understand your context more deeply, be it global or regional. This MA is validated by the University of Gloucestershire.

You can study full-time (completing all four modules and your dissertation) over one year, part-time over two years or in flexible learning mode over three - four years, ideal for combining work with study.

Bachelor of Theology
Belfast Bible College
Full-time
3 years

The BTh programme is an honours degree, awarded by Queen’s University, Belfast. The course is designed to help you develop critical thinking and to allow you to think deeply about biblical truths that will shape your future life and ministry. The BTh offers students a greater degree of flexibility in module choice, while also providing an excellent foundation for a range of vocations, including teaching, youth work, social work and church work.

Required Modules:

The Biblical Story

Interpreting and Communicating the Bible

Discipleship

Theological Reflection

A Framework for Christian Thought

The Story of Faith

Personal Development

Ministry Placement

Entry Requirements: Two C's at A-Level

For further information please visit our website

MA in Literacy Programme Development
Redcliffe College
Part-time
2 - 3 years

This staged MA programme in Literacy Programme Development will appeal to all who are starting their SIL training with a focus on literacy work in minority language contexts in developing countries, or who wish to complete the initial training in literacy which they have received in recent years.The course also welcomes those who have an interest in literacy programmes in developing contexts but who are not connected to SIL. The MA is taught in partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL, as part of Redcliffe's Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy (formerly ETP UK). This MA is validated by the University of Gloucestershire.

The MA will cover the following issues relevant literacy work in minority language contexts including:

  • Introduction to language and communication
  • Practical phonetics and exploration of culture and language acquisition
  • Contemporary understandings of the nature of literacy and literacy work within international development
  • Principles of working with adults and communities to develop their capacity for language and literacy development
  • Theories of learning, reading and strategies of literacy and curriculum development, particularly in a minority language context
  • Instructional approaches for teaching reading and writing
  • Areas of anthropology and sociolinguistics relevant to cross-cultural communication
  • Developing writing systems for previously unwritten languages, taking into account linguistic and other factors
  • Production of instructional and other literacy materials at local level
  • Planning and implementation of language development projects in minority language projects
  • Principles and practice of multilingual education informal schooling in minority language contexts.

The taught component of the MA takes place at Redcliffe College in Gloucester. The 18-week Postgraduate Certificate stage is normally followed by a supervised field internship of up to two years. To gain the MA, the Postgraduate Diploma and Dissertation stages are then completed. Assignments draw strongly on practical examples and provide an opportunity for reflection on previous experience in multilingual cross-cultural settings.

Diploma in Biblical and Intercultural Studies
allnations
Full-time
2 years

If you are heading for cross-cultural mission service and have two years available for training then the Diploma is for you.

The Diploma is a two year in-depth programme that aims to provide you with a holistic preparation for vocational ministry in Christian mission. By developing your ability to evaluate, understand and apply skills in other cultural contexts, the Diploma programme is designed to enable you to prepare for effective cross-cultural mssion. The first year of study is the foundational route 1 Certificate programme. In the second year you study three core modules and then choose from a range of specialist area modules which help prepare you for vocations in Church Planting and Discipleship; the Arts; Theological Education and Community Development. Alternatively you can opt for a combination of specialist modules to complete your full programme. You will also choose a church placement or practical ministry project, and benefit from a range of practical courses on offer. All students on the Diploma will be required to complete a three week supervised placement to gain experience in a cross-cultural environment. Overall, this programme will enable you to evaluate, understand and apply skills in to other cultural contexts.

BA (Hons) in Applied Theology in Intercultural Contexts
Redcliffe College
Full-time
3 years

Wherever God is calling you, Redcliffe’s BA(Hons) in Applied Theology in Intercultural Contexts provides you with thorough preparation and training, Through in-depth biblical, theological, cross-cultural and mission studies, you are given the tools to apply your faith practically in whatever context you find yourself.

Who is the course for?

Our degree students come from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds, from mature students exploring new directions to school-leavers doing a first degree. Many of graduates go on to long-term, full-time Christian ministry, such as working with a church in inner-city London, school chaplaincy or mission and development work overseas.

Dip HE in Theology
London School of Theology
Full-time, Part-time
2 or 4 years

London School of Theology is the largest Evangelical theological college in Europe with a strong academic reputation. Its identity is defined by four core values – the Gospel, Bible, Church and World.

As a Gospel people, we want our lives, thoughts and actions to be shaped by God’s love for us as proclaimed in the Gospel;

As a Bible people, we believe the Bible to be God’s inspired, living, transformative and life-giving word and made known, personally, to humanity in his Son Jesus Christ;

As a Church people, we want to be involved in building churches that are focused on the Gospel and the Bible in their life, worship and mission and fuelled by the power of God’s Spirit; and,

As a World people, we seek to witness to those of other faiths and none, as followers of Christ, as well as stewarding and renewing our environment, society and geopolitical reality in the light of the Gospel. We want to be part of God’s work in renewing this world.

These core values define who we are, what we aspire to be as an institution and the above-mentioned values are reinforced in our students through the courses we offer.

The church needs Christians who have thought through the implications of their faith and can relate it incisively, relevantly and practically to society. The Theology programme lies at the centre of all our taught programmes and covers a wide range of subjects. It is academically rigorous but also addresses the changing cultural and intellectual climate. It is dynamic, innovative and seeks to uphold the key foundational principles of the Evangelical faith.

Leadership - become the leader you are meant to be
Redcliffe College
Full-time
4 days - 12 days

Leadership is a complex and demanding task drawing on a vast array of skills and knowledge. Few of us are naturally blessed with all the abilities we need to lead well. The good news is that there is plenty we can learn - from leadership theory, practical experience, observation and feedback - and from each other.

Lead On...

...is a course for mission agency leaders and leadership teams who want to invest in future effectiveness through leadership development. The course has been used in training over 250 leaders from around the world. It is based on Adair’s task-team-individual leadership model, with an important additional focus on our own leadership journey and some of the internal aspects that affect our leadership. The learning environment is interactive, discursive and practical environment for learning, with a strong emphasis on practice, observation and feedback, and learning from each other.

Course structure:

The course consists of three key modules. Each module is held over four days and learning is greatest if the same people can commit to attending to all three modules. The modules are:
  • Leading people through teamwork
  • Lifelong leadership development
  • Project management

Ideally at least 3 people from your organisation will take part. Although it is possible for people to attend one or two modules, the learning experience is much greater if people attend all three.

 

BA / BA (Hons) Theology
International Christian College
Full-time, Part-time
3 years or more

The programme is aimed at equipping Christians for a range of front-line ministries in the UK and overseas. It balances academic strength with spiritual reflection and a practical focus, enabling Christians to think through issues which they will encounter in their ministry in a biblical and creative way.

The Diploma and degree meet the requirements of many mission and Christian service agencies, and since the BA degree is validated by the University of Aberdeen it is an internationally recognised qualification.

Flexible approaches to study

  • The BA Theology may be studied full-time or part-time.
  • There is only one intake of new students at the start of each academic year. However, applications may be considered for Individual Courses beginning in semester 2.
  • It is also possible to study for a time, break from studies to engage in a period of full-time ministry, or to return to secular employment,and then to resume studies at a later date.
  • Each course is timetabled on one morning or afternoon a week, making it possible for those in full-time work to access the programme by taking a morning or afternoon off each week, for the fifteen weeks of a semester.
  • The BA degree attracts mandatory grant status for eligible students.

Ministry specialisms

It is possible to take a designated pathway through the BA Theology which enables you to focus your training on a particular area of ministry, and to have that focus recognised in the title of degree awarded on completion of your programme. Students study the core courses of the BA Theology together with courses which are specifically relevant to the area of specialism. They also undertake an extended placement in their third year. This ensures that students have opportunities to integrate their studies with practical ministry experience. There are five such specialisms:

  • Theology with Children’s Ministry
  • Theology with Cross-Cultural Ministry
  • Theology with Urban Ministry
  • Theology with Pastoral and Preaching Ministry
  • Theology with Missional Leadership
Certificate in Applied Theology in Intercultural Contexts
Redcliffe College
Full-time, Part-time
1 or 2 years

The Certificate in Applied Theology in Intercultural Contexts gives foundational cross-cultural mission training and is the first year of the three year BA(Hons) Degree. It is validated by the University of Gloucestershire.

Students on the Certificate course come from many walks of life. For some, the Certificate is an opportunity to be better equipped for cross-cultural work, while for others it is a time to explore and think about God's calling for the first time.
 
You can study this validated course full-time over one year, or part-time over two years, and begin in September or January. The course includes compulsory modules on biblical, mission and practical subjects, and you choose from a selection of optional modules. 
BA / BA (Hons) Theology
International Christian College
Full-time, Part-time
3 years or more

The programme is aimed at equipping Christians for a range of front-line ministries in the UK and overseas. It balances academic strength with spiritual reflection and a practical focus, enabling Christians to think through issues which they will encounter in their ministry in a biblical and creative way.

The Diploma and degree meet the requirements of many mission and Christian service agencies, and since the BA degree is validated by the University of Aberdeen it is an internationally recognised qualification.

Flexible approaches to study

  • The BA Theology may be studied full-time or part-time.
  • There is only one intake of new students at the start of each academic year. However, applications may be considered for Individual Courses beginning in semester 2.
  • It is also possible to study for a time, break from studies to engage in a period of full-time ministry, or to return to secular employment,and then to resume studies at a later date.
  • Each course is timetabled on one morning or afternoon a week, making it possible for those in full-time work to access the programme by taking a morning or afternoon off each week, for the fifteen weeks of a semester.
  • The BA degree attracts mandatory grant status for eligible students.

Ministry specialisms

It is possible to take a designated pathway through the BA Theology which enables you to focus your training on a particular area of ministry, and to have that focus recognised in the title of degree awarded on completion of your programme. Students study the core courses of the BA Theology together with courses which are specifically relevant to the area of specialism. They also undertake an extended placement in their third year. This ensures that students have opportunities to integrate their studies with practical ministry experience. There are five such specialisms:

  • Theology with Children’s Ministry
  • Theology with Cross-Cultural Ministry
  • Theology with Urban Ministry
  • Theology with Pastoral and Preaching Ministry
  • Theology with Missional Leadership
Master of Arts in Theological and Pastoral Studies
Oak Hill College
Full-time, Part-time
1 - 2 years

The MA enables you to study theology at a more advanced level. You can take an even more specialised approach to the different disciplines than is possible in the BA(Hons) programme. The modules help you reflect more closely on the meaning and application of scripture and consider important issues in today's world.

Many of the modules focus on evangelical concerns. However, you do not need to be an evangelical in order to benefit from this programme. We value the participation of those from different traditions and believe that we will learn valuable lessons from each other.

Four taught modules are chosen, including intensive study of biblical books, a focus on specific theological and historical issues, and pastoral studies. You also have the option of writing a 15,000 word dissertation, or the combination of a short dissertation and short project.

The programme is normally taken over two years part-time, but can be completed in one year of full-time study.

 

Certificate in Biblical Counselling
Oak Hill College
Part-time
2 years

This two year course will provide a theoretical and practical introduction to the biblical counselling approach developed by the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF).

For over 40 years, CCEF have been setting the pace in biblical counselling. Their insights help apply the gospel effectively in individuals lives in order to bring about lasting change.

Tackling the full range of human problems, this course will be useful to people in both formal and informal counselling contexts. Youth workers, small group leaders, pastors, medical doctors and ordinary church members wanting to be better equipped to help friends will all benefit from this course.

The certificate is designed for anyone who wants to grow in biblical wisdom and see the biblical dynamic for change at work in their own lives and the lives of others.

This course will help you minister more effectively whatever your professional goals or current occupation. While some students may be interested in becoming full-time counsellors, for many others this course will help them in church ministry and other professional work.

The course is built around six of the tried and trusted modules from CCEF. Fortnightly seminars based at Oak Hill will provide opportunities to reflect on this theoretical framework. Peer-counselling, observation classes and case supervisions will focus on the development of practical counselling skills.

BA in Theology (ordinary degree)
Nazarene Theological College
Full-time
3 years

The BA in Theology is a first degree in theology as an academic subject. It contains much of the theoretical foundation for a professional qualification in pastoral ministry. Graduates with a good honours degree may proceed to postgraduate study. Because of its available range of elective units which complement its breadth of theological coverage, it is particularly useful as the foundation for a career in teaching Religious Education or related subjects. The wide range of transferable skills developed in this course ensure that graduates will find that a degree in theology is welcomed by many employers and that it is a good preparation for entry into a wide variety of professions.

Candidates for the Honours degree complete a minimum of THIRTY-SIX course units (360 credits). Students who complete an ordinary degree require a minimum of THIRTY course units (300 credits).

MTh in Ministry in an Urbanising World
International Christian College
Part-time
2 years

A study programme for practitioners of urban ministry

With more than half of the world's population living in cities urban values and culture are making their impact felt far more widely than just the inner cities and shanty towns. Christian ministry almost everywhere on earth is now done in a world shaped by urban ideals.

Urbanisation has long been recognised as a central feature of the process of modernisation and has been the subject of specialist studies across a range of academic disciplines, including theology. The Master of Theology in Ministry in an Urbanising World programme offers reflection on theological, sociological and historical perspectives on the city as a means of equipping and developing ministry in the wide variety of urban and urbanising places in the world:

  • Biblical and theological reflection
  • Ministry experience as a tool for learning
  • Focus on the value of learning from the experiences of fellow students
  • Spiritual development

Students continue in their work or ministry as they take the programme, and learning from the diverse experiences of the group is central to the programme.

Course work and assessments relate to aspect of the student’s own urban ministry and involve making concrete proposals for change and transformation within that ministry. It should be stressed that students do not pursue these studies without reference to the views and ideas of colleagues who share ministry with them. Participants must establish an active support group made up of people with an interest in the work and an ability to support them in these studies, and they are expected to consult with colleagues, especially in the final phases of the degree.

The programme is international in scope, not simply studying different urban contexts but also experiencing them through one of the teaching blocks taking place in Nairobi, Kenya. This helps students understand the realities of urbanisation in global perspective, providing opportunity to experience the realities of life as it exists for millions of urban dwellers in the slums of Africa, Latin America and Asia, while also discovering the presence of spiritual vitality and real hope within such contexts.

Language and Culture Acquisition
Redcliffe College
Full-time
6 weeks

This six-week course provides a good starting place if you are expecting to live and work in a community whose language and culture you need to learn. Typically, this will be a language where formal language teaching is not going to be available to you; sometimes there may not be much written down in the language either.

The Language and Culture Acquisition course is taught in partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL as part of Redcliffe's Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy.
 
This course is essential preparation for all who are going to engage in depth with a language and culture in one of the remoter parts of the world. We do not teach any specific language but rather seek to give you skills and tools to learn any language and culture.
 
You will need to be open to:
  • Learning how to organise and manage your own language learning and adaptation to a new culture
  • Learning experientially through personal interaction
  • Reflecting on and developing your own self awareness and interpersonal communication skills

LACA also forms part of the initial training for those working with SIL or can be taken as part of the MA Field Linguistics or MA Literacy Programme Development.

The usual entry requirements for a Redcliffe College postgraduate level course apply.

Dip HE in Theology
London School of Theology
Full-time, Part-time
2 or 4 years

London School of Theology is the largest Evangelical theological college in Europe with a strong academic reputation. Its identity is defined by four core values – the Gospel, Bible, Church and World.

As a Gospel people, we want our lives, thoughts and actions to be shaped by God’s love for us as proclaimed in the Gospel;

As a Bible people, we believe the Bible to be God’s inspired, living, transformative and life-giving word and made known, personally, to humanity in his Son Jesus Christ;

As a Church people, we want to be involved in building churches that are focused on the Gospel and the Bible in their life, worship and mission and fuelled by the power of God’s Spirit; and,

As a World people, we seek to witness to those of other faiths and none, as followers of Christ, as well as stewarding and renewing our environment, society and geopolitical reality in the light of the Gospel. We want to be part of God’s work in renewing this world.

These core values define who we are, what we aspire to be as an institution and the above-mentioned values are reinforced in our students through the courses we offer.

The church needs Christians who have thought through the implications of their faith and can relate it incisively, relevantly and practically to society. The Theology programme lies at the centre of all our taught programmes and covers a wide range of subjects. It is academically rigorous but also addresses the changing cultural and intellectual climate. It is dynamic, innovative and seeks to uphold the key foundational principles of the Evangelical faith.

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