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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

Full-time
1 week

Some of the intensive courses which make up our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are taught during the summer. These provide an opportunity for people who may not be able to undertake a full programme of study at the college but who would like to do some deeper thinking about their faith, and particularly about how they live out their faith in a rapidly changing and secularising culture. Challenges to Christians in Scotland and the rest of the UK seem to be increasing, but with these challenges come fresh opportunities for witness and for forming new patterns of Christian communities and churches. These are some of the themes which we’ll be exploring in the two schools.

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.

Master of Theology (by Research)
International Christian College
Full-time, Part-time
12 - 24 months

This is a research degree offered in conjunction with Aberdeen University, leading to the award of the University of Aberdeen Master of Theology. It involves producing a 40,000 word thesis. Supervision is mainly through ICC staff, with co-supervisors from Aberdeen University:

  • It can be taken in the areas of Old Testament, New Testament, Mission Studies, Pastoral Theology, Youth Work, and Buddhism.
  • Students may study full-time, for 12 months, or part-time, for 24 months.
  • Depending on progress students may be able to continue their research to MPhil or PhD level.
  • The MTh is available to those with a good Honours degree in theology or a related discipline. In some cases other theological qualifications or experience of ministry may be taken into account.
BA (Hons) in Applied Theology
Moorlands College
Full-time
3 years

BA (Hons) Applied Theology

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.

Missional Leadership Studies

The focus of Missional Leadership Studies is to equip and empower church leaders by exploring the opportunities and challenges of church leadership in the 21st Century. We explore the priorities of building Christocentric congregations that offer practical pastoral care and training in discipleship, together with building effective links with the local community so the Christian faith can be effectively expressed in word and action. We look at aspects of the doctrine of the Church, particularly in relation to its overall purpose and mission. We also explore contemporary society in the UK and the cultural mindsets that influence people’s attitudes to religious faith. The relevance and effectiveness of various fresh expressions of church are evaluated together with contemporary methods of evangelsim and church planting. The personal qualities required of pastoral leaders are examined as we look at the type of leaders that build and sustain Missional congregations.

Cross-Cultural Studies

Cross-cultural studies focuses on equipping students to engage in cross-cultural Christian work to a professional standard. This is acheived through engagement with theological, ethical and practical issues relating to living, serving and leading in different cultural settings. Subjects such as missiology, cultural anthropology, folk religions, new trends in mission and worldwide theologies are explored to gain new perspectives on world mission and to train you in appropriate attitudes and skills for the demands of cross-cultural work. Both block placements are in cross-cultural settings.

Children and Schools Work Studies

The opportunities and challenges of working with children and schools are examined against the background of both Christian thinking and government policy, such as that represented by the ‘Every Child Matters’ initiative. The programme helps you to build theologies of childhood, faith development and education that can underpin effective work among children and in support of schools. Placements provide a context for wider learning and critical reflection on practice. Students taking all the specialist children and schools work modules will receive the Moorlands College Certificate in Children and Schools Work, in addition to their BA (Hons) in Applied Theology.

Community and Family Studies

Drawing on biblical perspectives, the course examines all age communities, how families relate, parenting, issues around divorce and co-habitation, the professional skills required to function effectively as a family worker and, in fact, just about everything to do with working alongside families in the context of their community. Carefully chosen, professionally supervised placements give hands -on experience of community and family work. Students taking all the specialist community and family studies modules will receive the Moorlands College Certificate in Comunity and Family Studies, in addition to their BA (Hons) in Applied Theology.

Youth Ministry Studies (available at the Centres only)

We offer a ‘hands-on’ approach to understanding young people and the communities they came 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.

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.

Placement-based Option - Centres

Moorlands now has two Centres, one in the Southwest and one in the Midlands. These Centres offer the opportunity to take the Placement Based option within your local area and not have to travel to Christchurch once a week. These Centres offer the same degree courses by studying in one-week study blocks across the year, with the rest of your time spent in ministry at your placement church or ministry organisation.

 

Dictionary Making
Redcliffe College
Full-time
3 weeks

An accurate and insightful dictionary is a great help to the language community and expatriate worker alike. In addition, it is a key element of literacy development for any preliterate or semiliterate community. A good dictionary also lays a foundation for a translation project. This short course usually taken as part of Assignment Related Training. Alternatively, if you have previously studied linguistics and have experience of using the relevant SIL software, it may be possible to take the three-week Dictionary Making Seminar as a stand alone course.

It is taught in partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL, as part of Redcliffe's Centre for Linguistics,Translation and.Literacy (formerly ETP UK)

Participants taking this track follow the first seven weeks of the Language Study Skills track when they are introduced to Grammar and Phonology. Following this introduction, a seminar in dictionary making is held during weeks 8 to 10 of the course.

In this seminar, participants will cover the basic principles and methods of constructing a bilingual dictionary. These include
  • Designing a dictionary for a particular audience
  • Gathering and ordering vocabulary data
  • Using appropriate software to store and publish a dictionary.

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

Introduction to Global Leadership
Redcliffe College
Part-time
2 weekends + online

This course is for people who ideally have been in a leadership position, or who are commencing one imminently. Course participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. You’ll learn from each other as you discuss issues together, as well as from lectures and reading.

An Introduction to Global Leadership will enhance your skills for the demands of senior leadership in intercultural contexts, and give you the tools to understand and critically evaluate the personal and organisational challenges of leading. You will study geographic cultural difference, organisational cultural factors and generational differences. You will also use personality type tools to develop and explore how you function as people and how this affects your leadership style.
 
The course structure allows you to study alongside your work. You’ll attend Redcliffe for two study intensives running from Friday to Monday.

Intensive 1: 31 January to 3 February 2014
Intensive 2: 14 to 17 March 2014

Online components will help you to prepare and consolidate your learning, alongside structured reading, lectures and workshops, and visits from experienced senior leaders.

 

MA in Transformation: Scripture, Church and World
London School of Theology
Full-time
1 year

God transforms the world through the Gospel. Back in the seventies, and again most recently in 2010 the Lausanne Covenant affirmed that life-giving power in individual lives, within the church and throughout the world. LST stands firmly within that tradition and the MA in Transformation: Scripture, Church and World seeks to equip graduate students both to experience themselves and to foster God’s work of transformation in others.

Day Release at Belfast Bible College
Belfast Bible College
Part-time
1 year

The Day Release programme at Belfast Bible College offers individuals the opportunity to study in an integrated learning environment with our full–time students. Alongside lectures, Day Release students also have the opportunity to enjoy prayer and worship as part of a lively and diverse Christian community. Those who successfully complete the two semester programme and required assignments will receive a Day Release Certificate from BBC.

The course is ideally suited to anyone in full or part–time employment, those who are retired or semi–retired, and those who work for a church or organisation and would like to study alongside their current ministry involvement.

PG Cert in Theology
Nazarene Theological College
Part-time
1 - 2 years

The Nazarene Theological College has developed University-validated courses for those who do not have the traditional qualifications necessary to gain entry directly on to the MA course.

The Postgraduate Certificate requires completion of TWO taught units (60 credits) including required unit(s), does not require the completion of a dissertation and it does not require the same standards of achievement.

Postgraduate Certificate candidates who perform at Master of Arts degree level or at Postgraduate Diploma level may apply to transfer to the MA or PGDip, and upon successful completion of additional units and MA dissertation will be awarded the MA degree or the PGDip instead of the PGCert.

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.

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

Studying for Personal Development
London School of Theology
Part-time, Distance learning
1 - 3 years

Personal Development

LST is especially well equipped to help people returning to study but not quite sure if it is really 'for them' and need to develop confidence in themselves. Most of those people want to make sure they could switch into a qualification later if that made sense, but for now they just want to learn more about the Bible and the God we meet through it. Our courses are ideally designed for this. You'll get information, encouragement and an open ended learning structure that allows you to follow the path that is of most interest to you. If that's you then please read about the Personal Development programme.

What can I study? Can I choose which modules to study?

You are free to choose any distance learning modules that are of interest to you. However, we recommend that you accompany biblical study modules with theological and applied subjects. This is because your study of the Bible actually improves once you've done some doctrinal studies, a bit of church history, and spent some time considering how you apply it. Take a look at the modules we recommend here.

An alternative way of choosing modules is to study for one of LST’s internal awards. These awards combine a number of modules or credits, which create a coherent package of study.

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.

BA (Hons) in Theology
London School of Theology
Full-time, Part-time
3 or 6 years

The BA in Theology at LST is designed for people called with a view to serving churches, missions, schools and society at large. The programme is academically rigorous and enables you to gain a deeper understanding of Scripture and its relevance to the world around you. It addresses our changing cultural and intellectual climate and how the Christian faith relates incisively, relevantly and practically to society.

At LST you will also have the privilege of studying alongside and interacting with students and staff respectively from different backgrounds and denominations, which enriches the whole study experience. In addition, you will experience personal spiritual growth partly through the taught programmes and the extracurricular activities organised by the student body.

There are 4 broad areas of study: Biblical Studies, Historical and Theological Studies, Missiological Studies and Applied Theology.

Foundation Certificate in Pastoral Care
Moorlands College
Full-time
1 week

Catalyst Training, Moorlands College and Acorn Christian Healing Foundation will be delivering the Moorlands College Certificate in Pastoral Care (which includes the Listening for Life Award from Acorn Christian Healing Foundation). This course is a five-day course held in our Moorlands Midlands Centre.

Course modules will include:

  • An introduction to the theology of pastoral care
  • Listening skills – “Listening for Life” in partnership with Acorn Christian Healing Foundation
  • Using pastoral skills to help and sustain people in distress appropriately
  • Considering using pastoral care skills with children, young people and vulnerable adults – a glimpse at the ethics
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Boundaries and endings
  • Reflection on practice
BA Hons in Theology & Counselling
London School of Theology
Full-time, Part-time
3 or 6 years

LST 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.

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.

Biblical Hebrew Week
Redcliffe College
Full-time
1 week

This popular intensive Biblical Hebrew week is held annually. You can choose from either the introductory course for beginners or the intermediate programme for those wanting to develop their grasp of the language.

Biblical Hebrew for Beginners

If you’ve ever wanted to learn the building blocks of the Hebrew alphabet, vocabulary and grammar - but weren’t sure where to start, then our Hebrew week is for you. You’ll work in groups and on your own, and immerse yourself in a unique learning experience. The intensive week of teaching means that you are exposed to the language in a concentrated form and focussed environment without any other distractions.

The week aims to help you:

  • Cover the basics of the Hebrew Language
  • Work with others on a variety of Old Testament texts
  • Appreciate more the literary character of the Old Testament (poetry, narrative, proverbs, etc.)
  • Gain the skills and confidence to continue learning after the week has finished.

Even if you think you are no good at languages, it is amazing how much you will learn given the right environment.

Moving on with Biblical Hebrew

If you have some knowledge of Biblical Hebrew, but would like to revise and improve your skills, then why not join our ‘Moving On’ group, which will run alongside the Biblical Hebrew for Beginners week. You can choose to work independently or with one or two others, and enjoy time out to improve and consolidate your previous study.

The week aims to:

  • Refresh your knowledge of Biblical Hebrew through giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in language study
  • Give you feedback and expert advice on translation of a variety of Old Testament texts representing the different genres of the Hebrew Bible.
Linguistics for Literacy
Redcliffe College
Full-time
8 weeks

This eight-week course is intended primarily for students who desire to extend their knowledge and expertise in the linguistic aspects of literacy work, particularly those relating to the development of writing systems and literature for previously unwritten languages. It is taught in partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL, as part of Redcliffe's Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy (formerly ETP UK).

Students must have successfully completed a course in Phonetics (as offered in Language and Culture Acquisition) but no other knowledge of linguistics is required.

The course includes:

  • essential concepts in phonology, morphology, syntax and discourse analysis;
  • writing system design, taking into account sociolinguistic as well as linguistic factors;
  • application of linguistic knowledge to the preparation of materials for reading instruction.
Emphasis is laid on the importance of equipping mother tongue speakers with a linguistic understanding of their language so that they can take ownership of the process of language development.

The course forms part of the content of our MA Literacy Programme Development.

Cert HE in Theology
London School of Theology
Full-time, Part-time
1 or 2 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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