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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

Language and Culture Acquisition
Redcliffe College
Full-time
6 weeks

This six-week course provides a good starting place if you are expecting to live and work in a community whose language and culture you need to learn. Typically, this will be a language where formal language teaching is not going to be available to you; sometimes there may not be much written down in the language either.

The Language and Culture Acquisition course is taught in partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL as part of Redcliffe's Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy.
 
This course is essential preparation for all who are going to engage in depth with a language and culture in one of the remoter parts of the world. We do not teach any specific language but rather seek to give you skills and tools to learn any language and culture.
 
You will need to be open to:
  • Learning how to organise and manage your own language learning and adaptation to a new culture
  • Learning experientially through personal interaction
  • Reflecting on and developing your own self awareness and interpersonal communication skills

LACA also forms part of the initial training for those working with SIL or can be taken as part of the MA Field Linguistics or MA Literacy Programme Development.

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

Multilingual Education for Minority Language Contexts
Redcliffe College
Full-time
4 weeks

The need to develop educational programmes which allow the speakers of minority languages to learn in their own language and to develop communicative ability in other languages has been recognised internationally. Increasingly new initiatives are being developed to meet this need. Multilingual Education for Minority Language Contexts 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 comprises a four-week intensive seminar intended for those wishing to

  • increase their understanding of multilingualism in minority language contexts;
  • develop basic skills in planning, implementing, and supporting multilingual education programmes in these contexts.
  • develop an understanding of language and education policies and attitudes currently held worldwide
It is based on the two interrelated principles that:
  • children and adults learn best in the language which is most familiar to them;
  • those who live in multilingual contexts value being able to participate fully in the life of their community by making use of various languages spoken in their environment.

Throughout the seminar, the importance of facilitating the transfer of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained through training trainers will be emphasised. The seminar offers participants a superb opportunity to interact with colleagues from around the world who are working in this field. Participants will have the opportunity to work together and share experiences. It will be especially advantageous for participants to come with colleagues with whom they expect to collaborate in the future.

Multilingual Education for Minority Language Contexts may be taken as training towards a role within SIL, but is also open to those working outside of an SIL context. It forms part of the course content for the MA Literacy Programme Development. The usual entry requirements for a Redcliffe College postgraduate level course apply.

MA in Member Care
Redcliffe College
Part-time
3 - 4 years
  • Are you involved in looking after missionaries or cross-cultural workers in your organisation?
  • Do you want to be better equipped to prepare them for cross-cultural life and ministry, and help them cope with adjustment pre-, during and post-assignment?
  • Would you like to learn from experts in the field, while also researching an area of member care in more depth?

Taught by member care experts, Redcliffe’s new MA in Member Care recognises the need to have a Biblical basis underpinning practice, as well as understanding cross-cultural perspectives and their effect on individuals and groups. Challenges such as crisis response and trauma debriefing will be addressed, and there is the opportunity to focus on a specific context or Member Care issue through an optional module. This MA is validated by the University of Gloucestershire.

You will complete the MA part-time over three - four years, in a combination of three-week summer school residential intensives, and self-study with email support.

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.

MA in Member Care
Redcliffe College
Part-time
3 - 4 years
  • Are you involved in looking after missionaries or cross-cultural workers in your organisation?
  • Do you want to be better equipped to prepare them for cross-cultural life and ministry, and help them cope with adjustment pre-, during and post-assignment?
  • Would you like to learn from experts in the field, while also researching an area of member care in more depth?

Taught by member care experts, Redcliffe’s new MA in Member Care recognises the need to have a Biblical basis underpinning practice, as well as understanding cross-cultural perspectives and their effect on individuals and groups. Challenges such as crisis response and trauma debriefing will be addressed, and there is the opportunity to focus on a specific context or Member Care issue through an optional module. This MA is validated by the University of Gloucestershire.

You will complete the MA part-time over three - four years, in a combination of three-week summer school residential intensives, and self-study with email support.

Theology for Crossing Cultures
Oak Hill College
Full-time, Part-time
2 - 4 years

The world church has changed. No longer do the majority of Christians live in the West. No longer are missionaries going out with only a Bible in their hands to preach the gospel to the heathen. We rejoice in millions of brothers and sisters throughout the world with enthusiasm for evangelism.

But there are still large areas of the world where the church is weak or the gospel unknown. Other faiths are not static in their growth or influence. They make themselves evident not only in their homelands, but on the streets of every city in the West. Urban Britain is a multi-cultural society.

Everyone who is preparing for ministry needs training in what it means to cross cultures with the gospel. Those planning to go overseas for a long period of their ministry need specialised tools for the task. They need to understand the scriptures so that they can apply them in new contexts.

They will want to have a good grasp of the original biblical languages so they can understand how translation affects interpretation. They will need to know Christian doctrine so they can state their belief consistently into another philosophical and theological world that is as challenging as that faced by the early church. They will want to have a grasp of the history of the church throughout the world so they can build on the experience of Christians in other eras and places, and not follow paths that have already been shown as false.

They will grapple with the teachings of other faiths to see where their best aspirations are both fulfilled and subverted in Christ, and how their false paths are corrected by the gospel. They will want experience in ministering with fellow Christians from other cultures and understandings of what church leadership involves.

 

BA in Theology
Belfast Bible College
Full-time
3 years

This three year honours degree in Theology is offered in partnership with the University of Cumbria. The course has a strong ministry focus, and is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to live, and help others live the life of faith in the contemporary world. The course includes a wide range of learning experiences including weekly ministry placements and international placement opportunities, as well as the opportunity to undertake independent research in an area of interest.

The Binary Course - GDip and MA in Contemporary Church Leadership
Wales Evangelical School of Theology
Full-time
2 years

The Binary Course has been devised as a radical alternative to a conventional seminary education. Recognising the complementary strengths of campus and church-based training, The Binary Course not only provides a unique, express route to a Master’s degree in theology, but also aims to nurture growth in personal holiness and to develop essential ministry skills.

The Binary Course is designed for those who already possess a good honours degree in a non-theological subject and who can provide clear evidence of potential gifting for a role in pastoral ministry or church planting. It would typically suit those who have come through training programmes like Prepared for Service, Cornhill Training Course or Porterbrook Seminary, or those who have completed a church apprenticeship scheme and are wondering what comes next.

'The Binary Course’ is so-called because it involves 2 years, 2 bases (campus and contracted training church) and 2 academic awards (Graduate Diploma[GDip] and MA in Contemporary Church Leadership). It has been devised from the ground up in consultation with pastors and church leaders from across the reformed evangelical spectrum.

The first year is campus-based and highly intensive, working towards the ‘conversion’ qualification of Graduate Diploma. The MA in Contemporary Church Leadership is taken in the second year and involves block teaching at WEST at intervals during the year. Alongside the assessments that flow from the block teaching, a part-time, fully assessed training-church placement – a kind of ‘super-apprenticeship’- is undertaken.

The Binary Course is intended to impart the ability to think theologically, to encourage a commitment to lifelong learning, and to provide a kick-start into significant church leadership roles.

Note that the MA Contemporary Church Leadership requires the completion of a dissertation following the second year. This dissertation requires a minimum of three months to complete

 

 

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.

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

This established and newly revised Certificate, Diploma and Degree 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.

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

PG Cert in Theological Education
London School of Theology
Part-time, Distance learning
1 year

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.

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.

Day courses at Redcliffe College
Redcliffe College
Full-time
1 day
If you have limited time, but would still like to study, you can explore day course options. Day courses run between September and April each year. You will be able to study alongside first and second year students for up to two modules a week, at a fraction of the cost of full-time study.
 
There are a wide variety of classes to choose from, including A missional introdcution to the Old and New Testaments. A Christian response to modernity and secularism, World religions in global perspective, Contemporary communication skills and The journey of personal transformation.
 
Day students can take up to two modules a week. You can also submit assignments for marking, for a small extra charge.
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.

express
allnations
Part-time, Distance learning
5 days or 20 hours

If you are heading out on a short duration cross-cultural mission trip then express is the perfect preparation for you.

express is a short, dynamic course that can be accessed by going to allnations for five days or studying online for 20 hours. It will help you make the most of your mission trip by providing the basics in understanding cross-cultural mission and it will help lay a foundation for the future. There are four cross-cutting themes that run throughout the course helping you to explore biblical foundations, cultural awareness, people skills and practical issues.

The course topics are built around three key questions:
1) Why am I going?
2) What is mission?
3) How can I work well with people from other cultures?

The course will also provide you with practical training in how to go well, stay well and return well.
 

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.

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.
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.

Planning that LASTS
Redcliffe College
Full-time
3 days

This three-day workshop follows on from the Learning that LASTS workshop, and is team taught by facilitators of Learning the LASTS workshops, who bring experience from a variety of contexts. 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 Planning that LASTS workshop is about how Learning that LASTS principles can be applied to to existing teaching content or when you are designing training from scratch. This workshop helps you do that using a series of steps, drawing on the experience of both facilitators and participants, and using the synergy within the group as we identify common challenges. The content is designed based on the needs of participants. Possible topics include:

  • listening to our own motivational themes
  • creating space for interaction
  • matching modules to objectives
  • shaping course structure for your learners
  • evaluating alternative learning tasks
  • identifying common motivational themes
  • developing a plan for change

The workshop considers the application of Learning that LASTS principles at both the event level, looking at overall layout of teaching content, and the module level, looking at how principles could be applied in teaching particular topics. Participants share their designs via a Learning Event Planning Guide or Learning Module Design Guides. They will receive coaching and feedback from their peers and fellow participants

Participants should

  • have completed a Learning that LASTS workshop
  • have a current teaching situation to work on
  • have access to and be familiar with the content that they have been or will be using.

It is preferred (but not essential) to come with a colleague in order to work together on the design of your shared training course.

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