Christian Vocations

Opening doors of opportunity

Training

Here are some of the UK’s best Christian training providers and other Christian organisations offering you a whole range of courses and training opportunities:

  • full-time, part-time and distance learning
  • of varying lengths - from day courses, to a few months, to a few years
  • covering a wide range of subject and ministry areas
  • including options for more practical / experiential training

Use the tools in the left column to refine your search.

Certificate in Theology
Belfast Bible College
Full-time
1 year

This one year foundational course in Theology is offered in partnership with the University of Cumbria. The course includes a range of learning experiences including personal development and a weekly ministry placement. 

Year 1 will provide a series of compulsory modules that will introduce the student to theological study, and provide a solid foundation for further studies and ministry. Year 1 is focused around the following three areas:

1. Personal growth/skills

2. Bible/Theology

3. Mission/Ministry

 

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

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 is academically rigorous but also addresses the changing cultural and intellectual climate. It is a dynamic and innovative programme that does not neglect key foundational principles of an evangelical faith.

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 Theology programme lies at the centre of all our taught programmes and covers a wide range of subjects.  It is dynamic, innovative and seeks to uphold the key foundational principles of the Evangelical faith.

Degree in Theology (Youth and Community)
Scottish School of Christian Mission
Full-time
3 years

Training in Theology, Youth and Community Work

This degree-level vocational and professional training programme will equip Christian youth and community workers for a range of ministries. Carefully tailored to deliver a blend of specialist knowledge and skills training, along with extensive opportunities for putting them into practice, this programme will reflect upon the relationship between theology and youth and community work practice.

Practical experience lies at the heart of this training. A supervised work experience placement will form a key part of your studies, chosen from a selection of ministry opportunities in churches or with Christian youth and community work agencies. This is supplemented by other short term placements which are designed to broaden your experience in other settings.

Full-time, Part-time, Distance learning
1 - 5 years

The MA is a ‘taught ‘ degree, offered through the College’s partnership with The University of Manchester. The courses involve a combination of seminars, essay work, and dissertation, all emphasising group interaction, supported by in-depth reading and reflection. The paths are designed to challenge, resource and inspire those involved in ministry, missions, or teaching, as well as offering a robust foundation for further postgraduate research.

The MA is a 12 month full-time or 24 months part-time taught course, of four taught units and a dissertation.  The award is also available by distance learning over a period of up to 60 months – a delivery method which involves ‘residential study’ visits. More details on all the MA units can be found here: Postgraduate Supplement 2015.

PG Dip in Theological Education
London School of Theology
Full-time, Part-time, Distance learning
1 or 2 years

Th PG CertTE, PGDipTE and MA in Theological Education are a distinctive set of programmes representing 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 are 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.

How you will learn?

In addition to learning through personal study, you will learn by engaging in practical activities, some of which will be shared with a cohort of students through the interactive course website. All the modules will be delivered in such a way that you will be learning with fellow students from all over the world under the guidance of a tutor. The intensives offered during the PGCertTE modules will provide a further opportunity to engage in an effective learning community atmosphere. 

Arrangements will also be made during the programme to be formally observed during your teaching in order to assist you in reflecting on your practice. Assessment will vary within the modules, with a significant weighing on reflective and critical essays, but there will be no need to travel for final examinations.

Open Access
Tilsley College
Part-time
1 week - 1 month

We recognise that many people are not able to take a year out to attend college full-time but many would value the opportunity to do some further studies. If you have a week or month to spare and would like to take one or more of our College courses, we would be delighted to hear from you.

The Open Access programme enables people who may only have short periods available for training to do a selection of our study units. Each study unit contains about 12 classroom hours. The amount of work can vary depending on whether the student wished to do written assignments (a further 8-12 hours of personal study) or merely attend the classes. Approximately two thirds of the lecture programme is available in an open access format.

Full-time, Part-time
2 - 3 years

Like the MTh, the degree is aimed at those who have already completed formal theological training - they might be theology graduates, ministers, missionaries, Religious Education teachers, or business people as well as potential PhD students.

LST offers research supervision for the MPhil degree in collaboration with Middlesex University, which awards the degree. For an MPhil you need to offer a careful and critical investigation and evaluation of an approved topic, and demonstrate an understanding of the research methods appropriate to your chosen field. Your thesis does not need not to be ‘original’; however, it must offer a distinctive independent contribution to knowledge, including the ability to critique new ideas and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and scholarly interpretations which is ultimately worthy of publication. While you would normally be expected to read the language of your primary sources for an MPhil, you would not be expected to engage with untranslated secondary literature. It is possible to transfer to PhD registration with the agreement of the supervisor(s) and the Director of Research.

MA in Integrative Theology
London School of Theology
Full-time, Part-time, Distance learning
Varies

Introducing a unique new Masters-Level qualification that brings an integrative theological model face to face with real life.

Beyond applied theology – the MA in Integrative Theology (MAiTh) can either be accessed and completed online worldwide or studied full or part-time on campus in London – what ever suits your lifestyle or needs better.

A range of ground breaking real world topics can be studied using LST’s unique integrative theological method. It is a theological programme that will equip you with the tools you need to engage theologically with the world around you.

Various influences within postmodern society have resulted in the fragmentation of the major disciplines within and around Christian Theology. LST’s MAiTh emphasises integration of these disciplines through its ground-breaking and unique integrative theological method establishes a holistic approach to Christian Theology with practical implications for life in society and Christian discipleship.

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

Are you looking for a higher education course combining theology, worship and music?

Do you want to develop your musical skills to a high level?

Do you sense God’s calling to worship ministry?

Would you like to plan and lead worship with greater understanding, theological insight, technical, creative and artistic skill?

Theology, Music & Worship, or Theology & Worship

These two combined and integrated honours programmes are the only ones of their kind in Europe. A substantial core programme of theological studies is integrated with a wide range of music and worship modules.

Our established Theology, Music & Worship degree programme is offered at Certificate, Diploma, and Degree level. Specifically designed for musically gifted students interested in taking a combined and integrated study programme in theology, music and worship.

The newer Theology & Worship combined degree programme, also offered at Certificate, Diploma, and Degree level is a music pathway is designed for students who have obvious gifts in music but who come with limited experience in reading music or a confident grasp of general musicianship skills. 

MA in Integrative Theology
London School of Theology
Full-time, Part-time, Distance learning
Varies

Introducing a unique new Masters-Level qualification that brings an integrative theological model face to face with real life.

Beyond applied theology – the MA in Integrative Theology (MAiTh) can either be accessed and completed online worldwide or studied full or part-time on campus in London – what ever suits your lifestyle or needs better.

A range of ground breaking real world topics can be studied using LST’s unique integrative theological method. It is a theological programme that will equip you with the tools you need to engage theologically with the world around you.

Various influences within postmodern society have resulted in the fragmentation of the major disciplines within and around Christian Theology. LST’s MAiTh emphasises integration of these disciplines through its ground-breaking and unique integrative theological method establishes a holistic approach to Christian Theology with practical implications for life in society and Christian discipleship.

Day Release at Belfast Bible College
Belfast Bible College
Part-time
6 or 12 week modules

The Day Release option offers deeper understanding and training in practical skills in specific subjects for:

  • People in part–time employment, retired or semi–retired.
  • People who have completed Certificates through Evening Classes or WSF.
  • Workers with churches and Christian agencies seeking continued professional development.

You will access degree–level teaching alongside our full–time students and have the opportunity to be part of our community life activities.

Individual Modules are available at various times from September – May, and the subjects you can explore include:

  • Family Ministry
  • Leadership
  • Mission in Culture and Context
  • New Testament: Pauline Literature
  • Old Testament: Historical Books
  • Story of Faith (Church History)
Evening classes at Belfast Bible College
Belfast Bible College
Part-time
Variable

Tuesday evenings at BBC are an integral part of our programme of part–time learning, offering those who are unable to study during the day the opportunity to access learning at BBC, along with the option of working towards a College award.  Assessment for these modules is optional.

Click here to see the courses being offered this year.

Click here to download or submit an Access Learning Application form.

BA Hons in Theology and Mission
ForMission College
Full-time, Part-time
3 yrs f-t, 6 yrs p-t

Our undergraduate study programme is focused on missional and biblical theology, with practical application for your chosen placement or training context.

The course combines theological and biblical study with a mission emphasis and practical work experience. You will gain an understanding of missional theology and explore the foundations of Christian belief, practice and missional ministry within your chosen placement or training context. Course content is built around four streams – Biblical Studies, Theology, Mission, and a choice of various electives.

The BA Hons course will take 3 years full time or 6 years part time.

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

This newer Theology & Worship combined degree programme is offered at Certificate, Diploma and Degree level. Designed for students who have obvious gifts in music but who come with limited experience in reading music or a less confident grasp of general musicianship skills.

Students graduating from this course are equipped to serve, for example, as church music directors, worship pastors, song writers, creative worship co-ordinators, freelance musicians and artists.

Bachelor of Divinity
Belfast Bible College
Full-time
3 years

The BD programme is a three years full-time 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.

Undergraduate students can now also receive a Degree Plus Award from QUB alongside their degree, which accredits additional learning and skills developed through extracurricular activities. Students can undertake BBC’s Certificate in Practical Christian Ministry, which is recognised by QUB as an A route to a Degree Plus Award: www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/degreeplus/RoutestoDegreePlus/RouteA/

 

Cert HE in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry
Tilsley College
Full-time
1 year

This is our main course and it can be taken either residentially or non-residentially (depending on your circumstances). It combines the complete lecture programme with a wide range of practical experiences including a church based student mission week, a cross cultural exposure trip and a field-term. It has proved to be an excellent preparation both for cross-cultural mission work and for Christian service in the UK.

The course includes Biblical Studies, Christian Theology, Personal Development, Evangelism & Outreach, Christian Ministry, and Mission in Context.

Full-time, Part-time
2 - 3 years

Like the MTh, the degree is aimed at those who have already completed formal theological training - they might be theology graduates, ministers, missionaries, Religious Education teachers, or business people as well as potential PhD students.

LST offers research supervision for the MPhil degree in collaboration with Middlesex University, which awards the degree. For an MPhil you need to offer a careful and critical investigation and evaluation of an approved topic, and demonstrate an understanding of the research methods appropriate to your chosen field. Your thesis does not need not to be ‘original’; however, it must offer a distinctive independent contribution to knowledge, including the ability to critique new ideas and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and scholarly interpretations which is ultimately worthy of publication. While you would normally be expected to read the language of your primary sources for an MPhil, you would not be expected to engage with untranslated secondary literature. It is possible to transfer to PhD registration with the agreement of the supervisor(s) and the Director of Research.

Master of Theology
London School of Theology
Full-time, Part-time
1 - 2 years

The degree is aimed at those who have already completed formal theological training - they might be theology graduates, ministers, missionaries, Religious Education teachers, or business people as well as potential PhD students.

It is particularly suitable for those who cannot commit themselves to the regular structure of a taught Master’s course, or to the length of time necessary for a PhD.

Summary

LST offers research supervision for the MTh degree in collaboration with Middlesex University, which awards the degree. The MTh is a first research degree, combining training in research and writing skills. Candidates for this degree follow a programme of study approved by the Director of Research and write their thesis on an approved topic in one of the major theological disciplines. The thesis must be an independent contribution to knowledge by the discovery of new facts or a distinct critical survey of knowledge. It must be well argued and be appropriately presented with clarity and conciseness of expression. It is possible to transfer to either MPhil or PhD registration with the agreement of the supervisor(s) and the Director of Research.

Why embark on an MTh?

It is an ideal course if you want to dig deep into one particular area rather than exploring the wider variety of questions posed by the MA.

The MTh can provide a chance to reflect in more depth on experience you have had in your job or ministry; and for pastors to address their congregations with necessary expertise and critical judgement.

An MTh provides an excellent apprenticeship in research and research writing for those who wish to progress to a PhD programme. It is also ideal preparation for a future in teaching, writing and pastoral work.

Foundation Courses
Veritas College International
Part-time, Distance learning
Varies

This is the starting point of training for church members, ministry leaders and pastors. The training is running in some thirty countries with over 10,000 people currently in training. The training takes the form of four modules with the following characteristics:

  • It emphasises the development of the whole person by bringing the Bible and the practical world together. With a strong emphasis on teaching skills to the participants, Veritas offers the training on different levels according to the needs of the participants.
  • It is run by churches in collaboration with Veritas College that provides the curriculum and all materials. Veritas trains all facilitators.
  • It seeks to integrate the different theological disciplines through the practice of interactive theology. For example, students cover a particular subject by interpreting the Bible. They then apply the biblical answers to the individual and society in their specific context. They then work out how to effectively communicate these answers to others.
  • It is based on our educational philosophy of Integrated Leadership Development.

Content of the training

The sequence of the content is organised to encourage students to do theology themselves and apply it in ministry.

  • Students first acquire the skills to interpret a specific type of biblical literature and then practise their skills by interpreting passages of Scripture.
  • They then apply the absolutes of the passages in their specific context through discussion in small group Bible studies.
  • They then aquire the skills of communication like teaching and preaching to minister the absolutes of the Gospel.

Students repeat this process on all the different types of literature and Bible books throughout the four modules, following a holistic process that runs from the interpretation of the biblical message to its communication.

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

This newer Theology & Worship combined degree programme is offered at Certificate, Diploma and Degree level. Designed for students who have obvious gifts in music but who come with limited experience in reading music or a less confident grasp of general musicianship skills.

Students graduating from this course are equipped to serve, for example, as church music directors, worship pastors, song writers, creative worship co-ordinators, freelance musicians and artists.

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