Baptist Ministerial Training

It’s all about mission and ministry 

Spurgeon's College trains people for mission and ministry from a wide range of denominations and from every continent.  We welcome any student with a calling to ministry, regardless of background, age, gender or denominational allegiance.  We usually accept students only with the recommendation of their church leadership.  At Spurgeon's College you will find a programme tailored to your abilities, needs and aspirations, validated by the rank-topping University of Manchester.

Baptist ministry: what we offer

Training attractive, evangelical Baptist ministers is our core activity.  

All Baptist Union candidates train in mission and ministry; within this overall package they can pursue an emphasis on pastoral leadership, evangelism or pioneer ministry.

Baptist ministerial training takes three years full-time or six years part-time. 

There are two different routes of training, church-based and college-based; a separate leaflet compares and contrasts these two in detail.  Both routes lead to an Honours Degree (BA) of the prestigious University of Manchester.   

For admission to the church-based route it is a requirement that a suitable placement is found; if this proves impossible we will refer you to a different route or ask you to defer for a year.  

In the past ministerial training was always full-time and that is still the preferred option.  But we also recognise and accommodate bi-vocational training.  Another group of students who can study part-time are parents of young families.

An impression of the units which form part of ministerial training is given on the yellow leaflet about the BA course.  Full details on our website 

Baptist ministry: steps to take

If you feel called to the Baptist ministry there are several steps you need to take in the correct order:

1. You need to have been a member of a Baptist church for two years.

2. Discuss your plans with your own minister, or, if your church is without a minister, talk to your church leaders.  These people can help you discern God’s will and calling.  The leaders and congregation of your church will test your calling.

3. Contact one of your Regional Ministers.  If you do not know them, we can point you in the right direction.

4. Your Regional Minister will arrange for you to attend a Ministerial Recognition Committee (MRC).  That sounds a bit daunting but the aim is to affirm you in your calling within the wider Baptist family.  The Regional Minister will guide you through the MRC process.

5. Once the MRC has accepted you, it notifies Spurgeon's College.  We then invite you to attend an interview day at the College.  A mixed interview panel considers whether Spurgeon’s is the right place for you to study and if you have the motivation to complete the programme.  If you are married, we invite your spouse to be fully involved by coming with you.

Already studied theology?

Our flexible approach allows us to accommodate your previous training.  If you have a Degree in Theology from another institution, you can achieve a master’s (the MTh, pathway Advanced Christian Studies, also validated by the University of Manchester) at Spurgeon’s while training for the ministry.  As we said, all ministerial training takes three years full-time or six years part-time.

How to apply

If you want to become a Baptist minister, several steps should precede your application to us, as explained on the reverse.  Yet you can let us know about your interest at any time!  Non-Baptist candidates can complete and submit the application form which is on our website, in consultation with their church leadership. 

Not so sure?

Applying for ministerial training could be one of the huge steps in your life.  Our Admissions Tutor (details below) is happy to help you explore your call.  Attending an Open Day can be an eye opener – or ask if you can attend classes for a day!  And why not browse our website:

Conditions for entry 

Two A-levels (grade C or above) or equivalent.  There are no subject requirements.

Mature students and those with alternative/vocational/overseas qualifications are welcome, as are those who may have a combination of qualifications. Anyone called to ministry can at least be admitted to the programme which leads to a Certificate HE in Theology; once that is successfully completed they can progress to a Degree programme.

A score of 6.5 or over on the IELTS test for non-native English speakers.

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