Christian Vocations

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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

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.

explore
allnations
Part-time, Distance learning
13 weeks

If you are heading for cross- cultural mission service and need some flexibility in your studies, then explore is for you.

explore is a 13 week online course providing a foundation for cross-cultural service. As part of an online community, you will participate in an interactive course written and facilitated by a training team who have current mission experience. Journeying through the four modules of:

1) Who am I?
2) What is mission?
3) Culture and living in community
4) Integral mission
 

the course will provide you with a Biblical foundation for your life and ministry. Examining the issues of effective teamwork and how to develop and maintain healthy relationships will also be studied. You will gain a deeper understanding of culture, current trends in mission and the effects of transition, enabling you to relate and integrate more easily across cultures. A variety of tools will be provided throughout the course including programme planning and management.

explore runs three times a year so you can begin in September, January or April in any academic year. You will need to commit to 7 hours of study per week.

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

London School of Theology has a vision to see Christian counsellors who are both theologically articulate and professionally trained and this need is met through our integrated theology and counselling programme.

The college is privileged to be the only institution in the United Kingdom offering this unique course called ‘Theology and Counselling’, a joint-honours degree programme combining studies in Theology and training in Counselling. The conviction behind our vision for the course is that Christian counselling needs to be solidly based on the Bible and theology - and vice versa - that our understanding of the Bible and of theology deepens as we become equipped, as interpreters, with the insights that counselling gives.

The Theology and Counselling course is offered in partnership with CWR, under a ‘Joint Venture’. CWR was founded by Selwyn Hughes in 1965 and has been hugely influential through its literature, seminars, and training programmes, especially in the field of counselling. Our partnership with CWR, which began in 1998, has produced a counselling training unique in the UK, designed to high professional and theological standards under University accreditation.

Masters in Theology
Belfast Bible College
Full-time, Part-time
1 - 2 years

This one year postgraduate qualification is awarded by Queen’s University, Belfast and is ideally suited to those who place a high value on research and independent study. It is open to those who have a primary degree (2.1 and above) in theology, from a recognised university. For those with a degree in another subject, the Institute of Theology require the successful completion of a Graduate Diploma in Theology comprising one year of full–time study. The MTh can also be completed on a part–time basis.

Full-time, Part-time
3 - 6 years

The research degree of PhD is offered in conjunction with the University of Aberdeen, leading to the award of a University of Aberdeen PhD or MPhil.

The PhD normally takes 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time. It requires producing a thesis of 100,000 words, which should represent an original contribution to knowledge.

BA (Hons) in Practical Theology
Nazarene Theological College
Full-time
3 years

The Bachelor of Arts in Practical Theology is a three-year, placement-based university-validated course designed specifically for those who are preparing for a diverse range of Christian ministries at home and abroad. It provides the essential education for those are preparing to be engaged full-time in the service of the church. In partnership with MOMENTUM, the College has developed a range of new offerings in Church Development and Evangelism, and students can select areas of specialism through the system of elective modules.

The course includes Continuous and practical placement-based learning in an appropriate context of work experience. Placements are integral to the course and offer exciting and stimulating opportunities to combine real and ongoing experiential learning with academic study. Organisations interested in hosting a placement student should consult the Placement Host guide.

Recent graduates from this award have entered chaplaincy work (Prison, Hospital, and the armed forces), global mission work (with a range of para-church agencies), schools work, compassionate and community ministries and social care careers, Church planting, teaching, and pastoral ministry (in a range of denominations).

Candidates for the Honours degree complete a minimum of THIRTY-SIX course units (360 credits) including placements in this course.

Cert HE in Theology, Music & Worship
London School of Theology
Full-time, Part-time
1 or 2 years

This established and newly revised Certificate programme is designed for musically gifted students who want to receive professional coaching to develop their musical skills to a high level and at the same time study a higher education programme combining and integrating theology, music and worship.

NEW this year is the opportunity to specialise in composition as an alternative First Study programme. Students will learn to compose in a breadth of styles across a wide spectrum of music for worship.

Scholarships towards 1st Study fees are available for orchestral instrumentalists and pianists applying for the Theology Music & Worship programme.

Students graduating from this course have taken up staff positions in churches as music directors, worship pastors, creative worship co-ordinators. Some have been accepted into ordained ministry. Others have, for example, taken postgraduate performance diplomas in conservatoires, trained to be music teachers, or worked as freelance musicians.

Bachelor of Divinity
Belfast Bible College
Full-time
3 years

The BD 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. It may be of particular interest to those who have a desire to go on to formal ministry training within a particular denomination, or those who have a strong interest in biblical languages. Students on the BD pathway must study Greek and Hebrew as a compulsory element of the course.

 

Degree Plus Award

Undergraduate students can now also receive a Degree Plus Award from QUB, which accredits additonal learning and skills developed through extracurricular activities.

MA in Theological Education
London School of Theology
Full-time, Part-time, Distance learning
1 - 4 years

This distinctive programme represents a unique opportunity for theological educators from all over the world to obtain much desired professional training. It is no secret that teachers in Bible colleges and seminaries all over the world are traditionally trained in theology but not necessarily in education or how to prepare students for ministry and leadership in the church and in personal growth. LST is working together with strategic international organisations involved in theological education to bridge this need and provide a series of highly flexible and internationally deliverable courses in the discipline of theological education, from a foundational Postgraduate Certificate to a full MA.

These programmes are for you if:

  • You are currently a theological educator teaching in a Bible college or seminary;
  • You are a theology graduate who is considering a vocation in theological education;
  • You are involved in leadership or academic responsibilities in a theological college, but have not professionally trained for these roles;
  • You want to deepen you awareness of what is distinctive (and theological) about theological education and re-discover your calling.

No need to leave your occupation, no need to leave your country.

The programmes are designed in such a way that they are best taken while you are actively teaching where you are. Short intensives during off-semester times (either in London or in other venues worldwide), together with web-supported distance learning, have been conceived thinking of those who are already involved in full time theological education anywhere in the world. The programmes may also be taken full time, with residency at LST.

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.

Diploma in Youth Ministry
Nazarene Theological College
Full-time
2 years

The Youth Work and Ministry path of the BA (Hons) in Theology is designed for candidates who wish to prepare for a professional career in youth work or youth ministry, and delivers the foundations for a professional qualification in this area. Students who choose to complete the course after level two may exit with the Diploma in Youth Ministry.

As well as being academically validated by the University of Manchester, the course is professionally validated by the National Youth Agency, giving JNC recognition to graduates - an essential benchmark for youth work professionals. The course includes continuing field placements in appropriate settings of work experience, which begin after the first semester (year one) and conclude before the final semester (year three).

Although most graduates from this degree will find employment in youth work and ministry, the wide range of transferable skills developed in the course ensure that graduates will find that the degree is welcomed by many employers and that it is a good preparation for entry into a wide variety of professions. Graduates with a good honours degree may proceed to postgraduate study. It is also useful as the foundation for a career in teaching Religious Education or related subjects.
 

MA in Integrative Psychotherapy
London School of Theology
Full-time, Part-time
1 - 3 years

With a focus on integrating Christian worldview and philosophy

Come with us on a voyage of discovery – to find out what it might mean for you to be an integrative therapist, with a well-founded understanding of your counselling practice, and of yourself, and of the Christian faith, and how they all fit together.

Integrative Psychotherapy is now well established, with over 50% of counsellors describing themselves as integrative, rather than holding an allegiance just to one therapeutic approach. This MA stands in that movement, seeking to integrate Christian faith, theology, worldview and spirituality into the process. Find out what it might mean to you to be an integrative therapist, with a well-founded understanding of your therapeutic practice, and of yourself, and of the Christian faith, and how they all fit together.

Just like our undergraduate Theology & Counselling programme, the MA is a joint venture between LST and CWR, and can be a one year full time programme, or two and three years part time.

Stepping Out
Tilsley College
Full-time
1 year

Stepping Out is a year-long course which builds upon the foundation of Tilsley College’s Certificate in Higher Education in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry, or equivalent systematic study of the Bible. It offers biblical and theological studies as well as personal and ministerial development which will be of benefit to anyone seeking to serve in a local church. The course also provides a bridge into full-time Christian ministry, both in the UK and abroad. It comprises a ministry placement in a church along with seven weeks of residential study at Tilsley College in Motherwell and a week’s Team Evangelism in a UK church.

Dip HE in Applied Theology
Moorlands College
Full-time
2 years

Diploma of Higher Education in Applied Theology

The DipHE consists of the first two years of the BA degree programme. It is designed to stand on its own and to send you out equipped to engage confidently in Christian service.

The course consists of Biblical and Theological Study allowing you the opportunity to go deeper in your learning of theory whilst providing a range of practical experiences to apply your learning to your practice. This certificate is validated by the University of Glouchestershire and provides a perfect stepping stone for further study at a later date, or the provision of further study for you whilst you assess where God is calling you and equips you for that future ministry.

One of the great benefits of studying at Moorlands is that you are exposed to a range of studies within Applied Theology and you rub shoulders with those training for quite different spheres of work. This adds up positively to a broad appreciation of Christian ministry and a more rounded and mature approach to serving Christ. Students often graduate with key skills and a real passion for their speciality.

 

Women's Study Fellowship - Monday mornings
Belfast Bible College
Part-time
3 years

Women’s Study Fellowship is a three year course for women who are interested in deepening their biblical knowledge and understanding and growing in their faith. The course takes place every Monday morning and is made up of three lecture periods covering various Biblical, theological and practical subjects. The course provides the opportunity for women from a range of ages, backgrounds and denominations to join together not only to study, but also to share fellowship together. A certificate is awarded on successful completion of the course and the required assignments.

The course aims to:

Encourage growth through a disciplined approach to Biblical study.
Deepen knowledge of the revelation of God in Scripture.
Strengthen faith through knowledge and learning.
Enrich fellowship through study with like–minded individuals.
Encourage the discovery of new gifts and explore practical opportunities for service.

WSF is ideally suited to women interested in developing their own personal faith through study and fellowship and women who are interested in joining with other Christian women of a variety of ages and church backgrounds.

Preparing families for life overseas
Redcliffe College
Full-time
1 day
Moving overseas as a family is an exciting and challenging experience!  This day course is specially designed to equip parents and children understand and prepare for life as a family in another culture.

The separate adult and children’s programmes give you the tools to not just survive – but thrive living overseas.

  • Parents will be helped to understand the dynamics of bringing up children in another country, and the effects of cross-cultural living on family life.
  • Primary school-aged children will participate in a parallel pre-field orientation programme run by Janet Chapman and Yolanda Jerrard, where they will be able to explore their own feelings about the move and be given strategies to cope. 
  • Babies and pre-schoolers will be looked after in a creche.
BA (Hons) in Theological Studies
London School of Theology
Part-time, Distance learning
9 years
Why study for a distance learning qualification?

Whatever level you choose, you’ll have a solid preparation for ministry in any of its classic forms - such as ordination, mission, Bible translation or para-church work - or for remaining within a secular setting. It is also suitable as the basis for progression to postgraduate study, including a PGCE for teaching RE. It has the flexibility that will allow you to focus the study onto areas of particular interest and relevance to you. Furthermore, our Open Learning materials are written in the knowledge that as a distance learner you remain embedded in the outside world, and so have a distinct perspective on issues and questions. So with an emphasis on the core subjects of Bible, doctrine, and practical application you can be confident that your course will be ideal for whatever training and ministry you have in mind in order to respond to God's call on your life.

en route
allnations
Full-time
10 weeks

If you are heading for cross-cultural mission service and have 10 weeks available for training then en route is for you.

en route is a 10 week programme of essential training that covers the basics of cross-cultural mission. It is aimed at those who are considering cross-cultural work but have little or no previous training. Should you choose this route you will benefit from exploring a wide range of topics such as developing a full understanding of culture and its implications for our life and work, the Biblical basis for mission, current trends and contemporary approaches in mission, exploring the spiritual disciplines, understanding poverty and development, keeping healthy, working as a team, and a whole range of practical issues from friend- raising to practical and creative skills workshops such as car maintenance and first aid.

en route runs 3 times a year so you can begin late September, early January or April in any academic year.
 

Dip HE in Applied Theology
Moorlands College
Full-time
2 years

Diploma of Higher Education in Applied Theology

The DipHE consists of the first two years of the BA degree programme. It is designed to stand on its own and to send you out equipped to engage confidently in Christian service.

The course consists of Biblical and Theological Study allowing you the opportunity to go deeper in your learning of theory whilst providing a range of practical experiences to apply your learning to your practice. This certificate is validated by the University of Glouchestershire and provides a perfect stepping stone for further study at a later date, or the provision of further study for you whilst you assess where God is calling you and equips you for that future ministry.

One of the great benefits of studying at Moorlands is that you are exposed to a range of studies within Applied Theology and you rub shoulders with those training for quite different spheres of work. This adds up positively to a broad appreciation of Christian ministry and a more rounded and mature approach to serving Christ. Students often graduate with key skills and a real passion for their speciality.

 

Bible Storying Course
Redcliffe College
Full-time
6 days

From the beginning of time, stories have formed an important part of how we communicate. Where there is no written language, telling stories helps the listener discover their history and see where they fit within a bigger story. God’s Story as revealed in the Bible is no exception. There are many cultures around the world which rely on oral communication, and many more where large numbers of the population are not literate or do not read – even in the UK.

Our intensive Chronological Bible Storying course will give you the skills to help people engage with God’s Word through the retelling of Biblical Stories. This method has been used with people who prefer audio or visual ways of learning as well as in cultures where the Bible is not available in printed form. It is taught in partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL, as part of Redcliffe’s Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy.

The course is for:

  • Anyone interested in learning about story crafting and biblical storying
  • Anyone already, or planning to, work with Scripture in an oral culture
  • Anyone already, or planning to, work with people who enjoy audio and visual ways of learning.

The course will help you to:

  • Tell a story to a small group, help others to learn the story, and lead a discussion about the spiritual application of the story
  • Understand the worldviews of the group, which stories are most appropriate to the group and and how to adapt your story to a given worldview
  • Begin story crafting with a Bibleless language group, or people already with Scriptures but who need help in engaging with them to understand the Bible’s whole story. They could be somewhere remote or even in your own town in the UK or Europe!

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