Christian Vocations

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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

Bible Storying Course
Redcliffe College
Full-time
6 days

From the beginning of time, stories have formed an important part of how we communicate. Where there is no written language, telling stories helps the listener discover their history and see where they fit within a bigger story. God’s Story as revealed in the Bible is no exception. There are many cultures around the world which rely on oral communication, and many more where large numbers of the population are not literate or do not read – even in the UK.

Our intensive Chronological Bible Storying course will give you the skills to help people engage with God’s Word through the retelling of Biblical Stories. This method has been used with people who prefer audio or visual ways of learning as well as in cultures where the Bible is not available in printed form. It is taught in partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL, as part of Redcliffe’s Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy.

The course is for:

  • Anyone interested in learning about story crafting and biblical storying
  • Anyone already, or planning to, work with Scripture in an oral culture
  • Anyone already, or planning to, work with people who enjoy audio and visual ways of learning.

The course will help you to:

  • Tell a story to a small group, help others to learn the story, and lead a discussion about the spiritual application of the story
  • Understand the worldviews of the group, which stories are most appropriate to the group and and how to adapt your story to a given worldview
  • Begin story crafting with a Bibleless language group, or people already with Scriptures but who need help in engaging with them to understand the Bible’s whole story. They could be somewhere remote or even in your own town in the UK or Europe!
Dip HE in Theological Studies
London School of Theology
Part-time, Distance learning
6 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.

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.

Dip HE in Theological Studies
London School of Theology
Part-time, Distance learning
6 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.

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.

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.

MA in Global Leadership in Intercultural Contexts
Redcliffe College
Full-time, Part-time
1 - 4 years
  • Are you working in or preparing for a leadership position?
  • Are you a member of a cross-cultural team?
  • Are you involved in a Christian organisation undergoing change or transition?

This unique MA is for students working in or preparing for a leadership position. You will be equipped to meet the challenges of leading a global team, and given the knowledge and understanding you need to shape an organisation to function effectively amid the ever-changing challenges of the global world. The optional module allows you to understand your context more deeply, be it global or regional. This MA is validated by the University of Gloucestershire.

You can study full-time (completing all four modules and your dissertation) over one year, part-time over two years or in flexible learning mode over three - four years, ideal for combining work with study.

PG Cert in Applied Theology
Moorlands College
Part-time
1 year

PG Cert in Applied Theology

Moorlands PG Cert follows the first year of taught modules of our MA programme, enabling the student to further their study without the commintment or pressure of the full MA degree programme.

Masters Programme

At Moorlands we have always tried to make our courses relevant to the realities and opportunities of hands-on Christian service. These courses take that principle as far as we have ever taken it. The Moorlands’ Masters programme is all about offering stimulation and encouragement to those who God is currently using to make a difference in the world.

The Moorlands postgraduate programmes are designed to help you fulfil your own personal goals, being part-time, relevant and flexible.

  • Being part-time, they deliver learning opportunities through a combination of study blocks at Moorlands, group discussions and private study while you continue in your job.
  • Being relevant, the programmes focus on your work and give you an opportunity for professional development by reflecting on your own practice.
  • Being flexible, the programmes offer the possibility of doing a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma if you are not sure about committing yourself to the full MA.

The two MA programmes we offer are:

1. MA in Applied Theology focussing on

a. Christian Leadership

b. Preaching, or

c. Family, Children and Community Work

2. MA in Applied Theology: (Youth and Community Work)

(Including the JNC professionally Validated Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology (Youth and Community Work) conferring recognised status for youth work in England.

Master of Philosophy
London School of Theology
Full-time, Part-time
2 - 3 years

This 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.

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.

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.

Women's Study Fellowship - Monday mornings
Belfast Bible College
Part-time
3 years

Women’s Study Fellowship is a three year course for women who are interested in deepening their biblical knowledge and understanding and growing in their faith. The course takes place every Monday morning and is made up of three lecture periods covering various Biblical, theological and practical subjects. The course provides the opportunity for women from a range of ages, backgrounds and denominations to join together not only to study, but also to share fellowship together. A certificate is awarded on successful completion of the course and the required assignments.

The course aims to:

Encourage growth through a disciplined approach to Biblical study.
Deepen knowledge of the revelation of God in Scripture.
Strengthen faith through knowledge and learning.
Enrich fellowship through study with like–minded individuals.
Encourage the discovery of new gifts and explore practical opportunities for service.

WSF is ideally suited to women interested in developing their own personal faith through study and fellowship and women who are interested in joining with other Christian women of a variety of ages and church backgrounds.

Preparing families for life overseas
Redcliffe College
Full-time
1 day
Moving overseas as a family is an exciting and challenging experience!  This day course is specially designed to equip parents and children understand and prepare for life as a family in another culture.

The separate adult and children’s programmes give you the tools to not just survive – but thrive living overseas.

  • Parents will be helped to understand the dynamics of bringing up children in another country, and the effects of cross-cultural living on family life.
  • Primary school-aged children will participate in a parallel pre-field orientation programme run by Janet Chapman and Yolanda Jerrard, where they will be able to explore their own feelings about the move and be given strategies to cope. 
  • Babies and pre-schoolers will be looked after in a creche.
BA (Hons) in Theological Studies
London School of Theology
Part-time, Distance learning
9 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.

Full-time, Part-time
2 - 7 years

The MPhil and PhD are postgraduate awards achieved following the production of a thesis and its successful defence in an oral examination.

Who are these degrees suitable for?

Research students must have the necessary theological and academic background. Their chosen field of research must be capable of edifying the church worldwide and the School must be able to provide suitable supervisory team.

Subjects covered

Acceptable research topics may cover a range of biblical, theological, historical and applied subjects, provided these fall within the areas of research interest of our supervisors.

Diploma in Youth Ministry
Nazarene Theological College
Full-time
2 years

The Youth Work and Ministry path of the BA (Hons) in Theology is designed for candidates who wish to prepare for a professional career in youth work or youth ministry, and delivers the foundations for a professional qualification in this area. Students who choose to complete the course after level two may exit with the Diploma in Youth Ministry.

As well as being academically validated by the University of Manchester, the course is professionally validated by the National Youth Agency, giving JNC recognition to graduates - an essential benchmark for youth work professionals. The course includes continuing field placements in appropriate settings of work experience, which begin after the first semester (year one) and conclude before the final semester (year three).

Although most graduates from this degree will find employment in youth work and ministry, the wide range of transferable skills developed in the course ensure that graduates will find that the degree is welcomed by many employers and that it is a good preparation for entry into a wide variety of professions. Graduates with a good honours degree may proceed to postgraduate study. It is also useful as the foundation for a career in teaching Religious Education or related subjects.
 

Ordination training
Oak Hill College
Full-time
2 - 3 years

Oak Hill's wholehearted commitment is to provide candidates with good theological foundations and the best possible practical training for full participation in the Church of England, with its breadth of different traditions and theological perspectives.

Whatever else is said about full-time ministry, from a New Testament point of view, it is all about enabling missionary congregations by pastoring through teaching. Effective pastoring opens the scriptures to individuals and congregations, enabling them to respond to God and his will in every sphere of life. Oak Hill gives a high priority to training students as expository preachers.

Understanding the Bible and how it fits together is a major undertaking and takes a lifetime of study. Candidates for ordination need time to acquire the right skills in biblical exegesis and theological reflection. They need to engage with the key issues in biblical interpretation, historical study, systematic theology and all the other disciplines that help us apply God's revelation to our context today. At Oak Hill, our overriding aim is to provide this essential foundation.

Certificate in Christian Mentoring and Coaching
Moorlands College
Full-time
1 week

Catalyst Training, The Mentoring Network, and Moorlands College are delivering a course leading to the Moorlands Certificate in Christian Mentoring; this is a five-day course run twice throughout the year. It will comprise of five days of study with two assessment tasks. The course is held at both our Main Moorlands Campus in Christchurch, and at our Moorlands Midlands Centre in Birmingham.

Course modules will include:

  • Definitions and reflections on terms
  • Organisation of the mentor
  • Different forms of mentoring
  • Self-Awareness
  • Action Planning
  • Spirituality of the mentor
  • Using the Bible and prayer in mentoring
  • Biblical basis of mentoring and coaching
  • Key stages in mentoring and coaching
  • Self-reflection and the mentor
  • Questioning skills
  • Mentoring through the arts
  • Passing on the baton
Evening classes at Belfast Bible College
Belfast Bible College
Part-time
Variable

A variety of subject areas are covered in the regular evening classes held at Belfast Bible College.  Check the webpage for up-to-date details.

Full-time, Part-time
1 - 6 years

The MPhil and PhD are postgraduate awards achieved following the production of a thesis and its successful defence in an oral examination.

Research students must have the necessary theological and academic background. Their chosen field of research must be capable of edifying the church worldwide and the School must be able to provide suitable supervisory team.

Acceptable research topics may cover a range of biblical, theological, historical and applied subjects, provided these fall within the areas of research interest of our supervisors.

Certificate in Applied Theology in Intercultural Contexts
Redcliffe College
Full-time, Part-time
1 or 2 years

The Certificate in Applied Theology in Intercultural Contexts gives foundational cross-cultural mission training and is the first year of the three year BA(Hons) Degree. It is validated by the University of Gloucestershire.

Students on the Certificate course come from many walks of life. For some, the Certificate is an opportunity to be better equipped for cross-cultural work, while for others it is a time to explore and think about God's calling for the first time.
 
You can study this validated course full-time over one year, or part-time over two years, and begin in September or January. The course includes compulsory modules on biblical, mission and practical subjects, and you choose from a selection of optional modules. 

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