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 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.