Equipped to Minister
Mrs Anne Kemp
South Norwood Hill
London SE25 6DJ
Telephone: 020 8653 0850
Course Directors: Dr Nigel G. Wright and Dr Antony D. Rich.
Equipped to Minister is a training course for members of local churches which aims to equip them to preach, to pastor and to serve in local churches. The course follows a curriculum agreed by all Baptist Colleges in the UK and the Baptist Union. It is therefore acceptable to the Union, when accompanied by satisfactory Association ministerial recognition outcomes, as a pathway of training for those seeking Union recognition as preachers or lay pastors.
Equipped to Minister is offered primarily to the churches of the Eastern Baptist Association, the London Baptist Association and the South East Baptist Association but welcomes participants from other locations and denominations. It takes place at Spurgeon's College on selected Saturdays. Tutors are staff or associate staff of the College.
Equipped to Minister began in 2003 and has proved to be a very popular and highly valued training programme. It works on the following basis:
Equipped to Minister aims to offer high quality training and preparation to those serving within the local church. It is managed by a course committee of the College's Academic Board which is empowered by the Union to commend participants for accreditation on the basis of work completed. The Course Committee may also recognise portfolios of training and studies previously accomplished.
Modules are pitched at 'Access level' and as such provide a good foundation for those wishing to continue into further study.
Both lay preachers and lay pastors seeking Baptist Union recognition need to complete a set of core modules supplemented by a selection that includes at least one module from each of the three categories shown below. Lay preachers must complete a total of eight modules and lay pastors a total of twelve modules.
Lay preachers need three modules and lay pastors need four modules, both must choose at least one from each category. In effect, this means that lay pastors training at Spurgeon’s need to do all twelve of the modules we offer.
1. Theology and History
3. Personal Development and Formation
Each module of Equipped to Minister costs £88 (prices valid for 2012 -13). Course participants are encouraged to approach their local churches and their Associations for financial assistance.
Spurgeon's College is a registered charity no. 1096721 and a company limited by guarantee no. 04418151 registered in England. We are no longer recruiting new students for awards offered by the University of Wales, however we will continue to run programmes validated by the University for existing students. All new intakes will be studying programmes developed by us, approved by and leading to awards from The University of Manchester. The DMin programme is validated by the University of Chester.