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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

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.

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.

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

Evening, Saturday and Weekend classes
London School of Theology
Part-time, Distance learning
Variable

Evening Classes

Although not currently running, LST Evening Classes provide an excellent opportunity for intensive study of a wide range of topics from Church History to emerging Church.Typically, the autumn term covers a biblical topic and the spring term a doctrinal or historical topic.

Saturday Classes

Designed as a series, but equally accessible as individual days series, Saturday classes focus on understanding and applying the Bible. Past topics for this series include Doctrine and Old Testament Spirituality.

Weekend Conferences

Past topics have included Preaching, Children's Ministry, Introduction to Christian counselling and Leading Small Groups.

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.

BA (Hons) in Applied Theology
Moorlands College
Full-time
3 years

BA (Hons) Applied Theology

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

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.

All Moorlands courses are delievered in a variety of modes, enabling the student to access degree level trainging that fits in with their journey so far. We offer a Campus Based Option and a Placement Based Option, these allow the student either gain the full experience of "College Life" or continue in their current ministry and leanring "on the job".

Campus-based Option

The campus-based programme is designed for the student to be full-time at College, the teaching is spread over the week and the student participates in placememt activities whilst getting to experience life at College.

Our campus-based students are encouraged to develop their spiritual and academic goals through a range of learning opportunities and practical experiences that all form part of the campus community. Life outside of the classroom is a valuable part of the Moorlands’ experience, and we encrouage our students to work and play hard.

We have a wide variety of activities that run throughout term times such as sports groups, social activities, informal worship and fellowship times that students can be a part of during their time as a campus-based student.

Placement-based Option

The placement-based programme is designed for the student to be able to work alongside doing a full-time College degree. The student lives away from the College, working and achieving the placement activities whilst attending College just one day a week for study. This programme is delivered through:

  • One full day per week of study in College, during term-time
  • The remainder of the week is spent in your local community, fulfilling placement requirements
  • Plus three one-week study blocks a year

This pattern allows some modules to be delievered independently of the campus-based programme, while other module are taught concurrently to both groups of students. This is a great mix of College life with experiential learning in placement, with supervisors and tutors to support you throughout your time at Moorlands.

Placement-based Option - Centres

Moorlands now has two Centres, one in the Southwest and one in the Midlands. These Centres offer the opportunity to take the Placement Based option within your local area and not have to travel to Christchurch once a week. These Centres offer the same degree courses by studying in one-week study blocks across the year, with the rest of your time spent in ministry at your placement church or ministry organisation.

 

MA in Aspects and Implications of Biblical Interpretation
London School of Theology
Distance learning
2 years

Since 2001 we have offered the MA in Aspects and Implications of Biblical Interpretation entirely by distance learning. Specifically designed with distance learning students in mind, the study material enables you to engage with a range of issues of exegesis and interpretation. Regularly evaluated and revised it remains an innovative and challenging qualification to help prepare you for your next step.

The course is designed to help you upgrade the analytical and evaluative skills you acquired through your undergraduate studies. You will learn how to use these to relate Scripture to the contemporary world, as well as to your own spirituality, past experience and future ministry. It is especially relevant for Christians in several different types of ministry and work:

  • Teachers and practitioners who want to update their knowledge and acquire skills of interpretation relevant to their roles.
  • Those engaged in, or preparing for, theological teaching in cross-cultural or multi-faith contexts.
  • Theological graduates thinking about undertaking a research degree and wanting to develop their understanding of hermeneutics and biblical interpretation to Master's level.
  • Internationals who trained outside the UK but who want to gain a cross-cultural benefit from the style of academic discipline in theology practised in the British university system at postgraduate level.
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.

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.

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

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

London School of Theology has a vision to see Christian counsellors who are both theologically articulate and professionally trained and this need is met through our integrated theology and counselling programme.

The college is privileged to be the only institution in the United Kingdom offering this unique course called ‘Theology and Counselling’, a joint-honours degree programme combining studies in Theology and training in Counselling. The conviction behind our vision for the course is that Christian counselling needs to be solidly based on the Bible and theology - and vice versa - that our understanding of the Bible and of theology deepens as we become equipped, as interpreters, with the insights that counselling gives.

The Theology and Counselling course is offered in partnership with CWR, under a ‘Joint Venture’. CWR was founded by Selwyn Hughes in 1965 and has been hugely influential through its literature, seminars, and training programmes, especially in the field of counselling. Our partnership with CWR, which began in 1998, has produced a counselling training unique in the UK, designed to high professional and theological standards under University accreditation.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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

MTh in Community Learning & Development with Applied Theology
International Christian College
Part-time
2 years

A professional study programme for CLD practitioners

Increasingly Christians are facing the question of how to engage better with the communities they seek to serve. The diverse field of Community Learning and Development offers a fresh approach to Christian mission by providing the tools to listen and respond to the community being served.

Community Learning and Development has three main branches - youth work, adult learning, and community capacity building.

The Master of Theology in Community Learning & Development with Applied Theology programme offers the opportunity both to explore the principles of community learning and development, and to reflect on and critique these principles theologically:

  • Biblical and theological reflection
  • Integration of theology and the principles of community learning and development
  • Reflection on ongoing practice
  • Opportunity to learn from the practice of community development projects nationally and internationally

Being a Competent Practitioner: the programme is aimed at those involved in youth work, adult learning, community capacity-building, pastoral ministry, work with socially excluded groups, etc. It uses the national competences for community learning and development as a framework for teaching.

Full-time, Part-time
1 - 2 years

These MA paths are 'taught Masters' degrees, offered through the College's partnership with The University of Manchester. The MA involves 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. It is also available by distance learning over a period of up to 60 months - a delivery method which involves 'residential study' visits.

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.

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