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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

Foundation Degree in Theology for Children and Youth
Oak Hill College
Full-time
2 years

For the past decade, Oak Hill has been treating youth work as an area of ministry which deserves the best training we can offer. Our new foundation degree, with a specialisation in Theology for Children and Youth, continues what we’ve been doing, but makes some significant improvements.

We're increasing the number of teaching hours you'll receive on the course. You'll have more time to get to grips with the nuts and bolts skills needed for youth work. And we're fully integrating children and youth students with all other students in the College community.

If you have a desire serve among children and young people in God's church, we think you need a theological degree, complete with practical and professional training. We are confident you'll thrive in the training we provide.

Oak Hill's foundation degree is a two-year programme which helps you understand the Bible in depth and apply it in today's cultures. We want you to share the Bible and its rich theology with Christians in the church community, but also with people who are sceptical, suspicious or just not interested in the faith of Jesus.

The subject areas in the degree include biblical theology, church history, doctrine, apologetics and preaching, plus contemporary culture, world religions, ethics, pastoral care and spirituality – among others.

Alongside these subjects, which every student at Oak Hill takes, you also specialise in theology and practice for Children and Youth. The modules include teaching the Bible to children and young people, developing a biblical model for youth work and evangelism and apologetics for young people.

The degree is designed to strike the right balance between training you for ministry in the widest sense and training you specifically for youth work. Our aim is to equip you for a lifetime of ministry, whether you stay in youth work or transition into other forms of church leadership in the future.

 

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.
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 Theology
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).

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

This established and newly revised Diploma 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.

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.

 

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.

 

BA in Practical Theology (ordinary degree)
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. Students who complete an ordinary degree require a minimum of THIRTY course units (300 credits) including placements.

Learning that LASTS
Redcliffe College
Full-time
1 week
If you are involved in training others, anywhere in the world, then this week-long workshop is for you. The principles taught can be applied in one-to-one and large group training sessions. 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 course is primarily based on the principles found in Jane Vella's book, Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach. Each person has an opportunity to practise these principles by working in teams of two to present some learning material in a 40 minute session. Much of the content is based on the expressed needs of the participants.
 
The acronym L.A.S.T.S. stands for the following:
  • Learner Centred: Teachers invest in the success of learners by getting to know them; then selecting relevant content. Respect for learners builds relationships that foster learning.
  • Action with Reflection: Learn by doing, then REFLECT on the outcome and share insights. The quality of learning is related to the quality of reflection on our actions.
  • Solving Problems: Effective teachers provide resources for learners, but they also ask powerful questions to stimulate learners to interact with those resources.
  • Teamwork: Teamwork helps solve problems because it draws on the resources of all group members in a synergistic way.
  • Self Discovery/Self Direction: Effective teachers invite learners to direct their own learning and share the power for shaping their own process of learning.

Learning that LASTS is followed by Planning that LASTS which lets you see what your existing, or new teaching content would look like with the Learning that LASTS principles applied

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.

Part-time
8 weeks

Monday morning classes are short courses which offer an introduction to a particular topic or issue. Each series classes lasts for 8 weeks and are designed to look in an accessible fashion at aspects of Christian faith and how to apply that faith to daily life and ministry. No prior qualifications are required to take the classes, they are open to anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of the Bible, or explore a particular contemporary issue.

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.
 

MA in Contemporary Missiology
Redcliffe College
Part-time
1 - 4 years
The MA in Contemporary Missiology will help you become better equipped to participate in God’s mission in your particular role and context.  You will:

  • grow in your understanding of key approaches and issues in mission
  • develop the ability to reflect on your context and practice in the light of wider mission issues

The MA is ideal if you:

  • Are preparing to work in a cross-cultural mission situation
  • Are wanting a form of professional reflection and development for your role in mission
  • Want to engage in further mission related study or research
  • Are taking time to explore your future options
  • Need to be flexible in your approach to study, or combine work with study.

The MA in Contemporary Missiology* will give you firm understanding of mission approaches and issues while enabling you to develop your broader interests through a variety of topical modules.

If you want to tailor your studies in a more focused way you can choose to follow one of four streams: 

  • European Mission
  • Justice, Advocacy and Reconciliation
  • Bible and Mission
  • Scripture Engagement

You have up to 4 years to complete the MA.  The modules are offered in intensive teaching blocks with online support before and after each intensive. You attend either the MA summer school in May or long weekends throughout the year.  
It may be possible to complete the MA in 12 – 18 months, depending on the timing of specific modules and your own schedule – please contact us for more details. 

All students take two compulsory modules.

  • The first explores approaches to the concept of missio Dei (God’s mission to the world) and holistic mission, and gives a thorough orientation to different approaches to postgraduate missiological study.
  • The second focuses on a number of crucial issues that demand our attention as we participate in God’s mission in the contemporary world.

You will also take two further modules and complete your dissertation.

Students beginning the MA in Contemporary Missiology in Autumn 2014 will begin with the compulsory module 
CM1  Research Methods and Approaches to Missiological Study 

The intensive study weekends for this module are:

  • Friday 3rd October – Monday 6th October 2014
  • Friday 28th November – Monday 1st December 2014

Each weekend is held from 6pm Friday to 1pm on Monday. You will be expected to do reading before the weekend and will be sent this before the beginning of the course.

Application deadline for Autumn 2014:  Monday 18 August 2014

MA in Contemporary Missiology
Redcliffe College
Part-time
1 - 4 years
The MA in Contemporary Missiology will help you become better equipped to participate in God’s mission in your particular role and context.  You will:

  • grow in your understanding of key approaches and issues in mission
  • develop the ability to reflect on your context and practice in the light of wider mission issues

The MA is ideal if you:

  • Are preparing to work in a cross-cultural mission situation
  • Are wanting a form of professional reflection and development for your role in mission
  • Want to engage in further mission related study or research
  • Are taking time to explore your future options
  • Need to be flexible in your approach to study, or combine work with study.

The MA in Contemporary Missiology* will give you firm understanding of mission approaches and issues while enabling you to develop your broader interests through a variety of topical modules.

If you want to tailor your studies in a more focused way you can choose to follow one of four streams: 

  • European Mission
  • Justice, Advocacy and Reconciliation
  • Bible and Mission
  • Scripture Engagement

You have up to 4 years to complete the MA.  The modules are offered in intensive teaching blocks with online support before and after each intensive. You attend either the MA summer school in May or long weekends throughout the year.  
It may be possible to complete the MA in 12 – 18 months, depending on the timing of specific modules and your own schedule – please contact us for more details. 

All students take two compulsory modules.

  • The first explores approaches to the concept of missio Dei (God’s mission to the world) and holistic mission, and gives a thorough orientation to different approaches to postgraduate missiological study.
  • The second focuses on a number of crucial issues that demand our attention as we participate in God’s mission in the contemporary world.

You will also take two further modules and complete your dissertation.

Students beginning the MA in Contemporary Missiology in Autumn 2014 will begin with the compulsory module 
CM1  Research Methods and Approaches to Missiological Study 

The intensive study weekends for this module are:

  • Friday 3rd October – Monday 6th October 2014
  • Friday 28th November – Monday 1st December 2014

Each weekend is held from 6pm Friday to 1pm on Monday. You will be expected to do reading before the weekend and will be sent this before the beginning of the course.

Application deadline for Autumn 2014:  Monday 18 August 2014

Doctor of Philosophy
Belfast Bible College
Full-time, Part-time
3 - 6 years

The PhD is a highly regarded research degree awarded by Queen’s University, Belfast which can be taken over three years full–time or four to six years part–time. Students are expected to have a 2.1 honours degree in Theology, from a recognised university, as well as a Master’s degree in Theology.

Before applying for this programme, interested individuals should contact the College to discuss their research interests. A meeting would then be set up with a prospective supervisor. Supervision is normally available in all the main theological disciplines.

Cert HE in Theological Studies
London School of Theology
Part-time, Distance learning
3 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.

PG Dip in Theological Education
London School of Theology
Full-time, Part-time, Distance learning
1 - 2 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 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 Applied Theology in Intercultural Contexts
Redcliffe College
Full-time
2 years

The 2-year Diploma in Applied Theology in Intercultural Contexts gives in-depth training in biblical, theological, cross-cultural and mission studies. It is validated by the University of Gloucestershire.

If you are planning to serve God in a cross-cultural context, the Diploma combines academic study and time to learn and reflect, with practical experience. Our diploma students go on to serve God in a wide variety of contexts, including church planting in Spain, water engineering in Ecuador, development work in Sudan and working with the homeless in Gloucester. The course explores a wide range of biblical, theological and missiological subjects over two years,. The first year lays a foundation while in the second year, students research subjects in more depth and have the opportunity to critique different viewpoints.
 

The Diploma also forms the first two years of the degree. It is designed to be flexible to suit your training needs, including an independent study option in the second year and several modules that are offered in alternate years. The personal development programme, a six-week term placement and a weekly mission placement in the local community are compulsory both years.

MA in Field Linguistics
Redcliffe College
Part-time
2 - 3 years

This staged MA programme in Field Linguistics will appeal to all who are starting their SIL training with a focus on Linguistics, Dictionary Making or Translation Studies or who have completed the first part of their training in these subject areas during the past few years. 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 to linguistics and translation:

  • Introduction to language and communication

  • Practical phonetics and exploration of culture and language acquisition

  • Theory and analysis of phonology and grammar

  • Areas of anthropology and sociolinguistics relevant to cross-cultural communication

  • Aspects of semantics, pragmatics and the communication of meaning from a cognitive linguistics perspective

  • Translation theory and approaches to translation practice, including exegesis in biblical translation

  • Planning and implementation of translation projects in minority language projects

  • Exploration of how meaning is uncovered in discourse

The taught component of the MA takes place at Redcliffe College. The 18-week Postgraduate Certificate stage is 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 on practical examples and experience in a cross-cultural translation setting.

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