We are now enrolling for the next Introduction to Counselling Course…
The Introduction to Counselling is a 25 hour part time course. It could be useful to you if you are involved in helping others within your church, or if you use counselling skills in your work or you just want to learn how to listen effectively. The next course will begin in March this year.
Our Quiet Day programme is designed to provide space to reflect and to draw closer to God. You may attend any or all of three short services during the day, or you may choose to spend time in quiet contemplation instead. Each attendee is allocated a study bedroom and is free to make use of the College facilities and peaceful grounds throughout the day.
The cost of each Quiet Day is £25 per person. You may arrive from 9.30am onwards and the day finishes at around 4pm. Hot drinks are included in the cost and available throughout. Lunch can either be purchased from our cafe* or you may bring your own.
Quiet Days are now available to book for 2020 as follows:
Spurgeon’s College has a Learning Support Department which
focuses on enabling students with particular learning needs and difficulties to
reach their full potential.
It is staffed by a part-time Learning Support Co-Ordinator,
who works with teaching staff to provide support to those students who are
identified as needing it most. The Co-Ordinator is assisted by a small team of
volunteers who work according to guidelines agreed by the College.
We are looking for additional volunteers to enable us to
maintain and expand the service we can offer to students. Volunteers are not
expected to be proof-readers, but to work with students in such a way that they
can take ownership of their learning and understand how to manage their studies
and present assignments effectively in written form. Support can be offered in
a variety of ways, for example, through scheduled one-to-one tutorials, drop-in
sessions or group workshops. We are
particularly keen on hearing from people who can offer students guidance about
how technology can help them with their written work.
We would welcome expressions of interest from anyone who is
willing and able to give approximately two hours a week during the teaching
semesters, which run from late September to mid-January and mid-February to late
May. Ideally you would be able to come into college to meet students
face-to-face, but some support (especially for distance learning students) can
be given at a distance, e.g. via email or Skype.
We would be glad to hear from anyone who has any
working with students who have learning needs
such as dyslexia
teaching English as a foreign or additional
helping students whose mental or physical health
affects their learning
working with any students in an HE or FE
you do not need to have such experience/training to be able to offer real help
to our students. All you need is a good grasp of the expectations of academic
writing, willingness to spend time to understand an individual student’s needs,
and the ability to relate to them in a practically supportive way.
Volunteers are invited to the meetings of the Learning
Support Committee which are held two or three times a year, and we encourage
them to share in the development of our work in this way.
If you would be interested in exploring whether the role of Learning Support Volunteer might be for you, please contact the Academic Director, Dr Stephen Wright and we will be very happy to have an informal conversation with you.
Spurgeon’s College is pleased to announce that the Office
for Students (OfS), has approved our registration. We are delighted that
following this decision we can continue with increased vigour on our core
mission to train men and women for Christian ministry.
This decision comes off the back of considerable effort
from our staff, Governors and wider family. We would like to thank everyone
including our friends in Parliament, the House of Lords and the wider Christian
community for their efforts and prayers.
Spurgeon’s College, one of the UK’s leading Christian
Colleges and a Baptist institution with almost 100 years’ history in Croydon,
London, has a distinguished and ongoing history of quality theological
education. The College has been training Baptist ministers for over 163 years
and our alumni are working across the world to support their communities. We
thank the OfS for working with us in a constructive way on this matter.
Recently, the College’s Postgraduate Programme Committee has formed a working group to review our postgraduate programmes and how we might deliver them in the future (residential, online, etc.). Therefore, we are rolling out this short survey to investigate the need and interest of our students, staff, graduates, ministers, potential students and friends of the College.
The survey should take no more than 5 minutes, so we would be grateful if you couldfill in this short surveyand share it with your friends who may be interested in postgraduate programmes in theology. This survey will close on 11 December 2019.
You are warmly invited to Spurgeon’s College for a special event on 4th December 2019…
Christian Mission and the Abolition of God –Learning from History
Special guest speaker Professor Alec
Ryrie will give two lectures, the first on the early history of (or
lack of) protestant mission, the second on the recent history of un-belief:
11.15 – 12.45 ‘Evangelicals against Evangelism: Why Early Protestants Were Not Missionaries’
13.45 – 15.30 ‘Jesus, Hitler and the Abolition of God’
The event will be followed by marking the publication of
Professor Ryrie’s new book, Unbelievers – An Emotional History of Doubt (copies
will be available for purchase at the end of the event). (This paper will be followed
by a short response from Nick Spencer, senior fellow of Theos Thinktank).
Alec Ryrie is the Professor of the History of Christianity at Durham University , a co-editor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, and the author of numerous highly acclaimed books. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (2019- ), the Gresham Professor of Divinity (2018-21), and the President of the Ecclesiastical History Society (2019-20).
Both lectures will be open
and free to the public, although donations are welcome. Lunch will be available
between the two sessions. Lunches start at £2 per person. Please confirm your attendance by 12pm on 29 November and let us know
if you plan to purchase a lunch.
Live streaming will be available (by prior request only) for those who cannot attend in person. You will need to book as described above and provide us with a valid email address. A link will be sent to the email address provided within 24 hours of the event start time.
You will need a device capable of streaming a live video feed, access to a web browser and a stable internet connection in order to participate in live streaming. Please note that we cannot be responsible for individual technical issues on the day.
Abstracts of the papers:
‘Evangelicals Against Evangelism: Why Early Protestants Were Not Missionaries’
gospel to all peoples has been part of Protestant and evangelical identity from
the Reformation onwards. But until the eighteenth century, there was very
little Protestant cross-cultural missionary work – and this at a time when
energetic Roman Catholic missions were putting down deep roots all round the
globe. This lecture will ask why, concentrating on the handful of exceptions to
the general rule – attempted Protestant missions in North America, Sri Lanka,
Taiwan, South Africa and even the unsettled fringes of Europe. It will look at
the structural and institutional obstacles to early Protestant mission, at the
theological and conceptual barriers that had to be overcome, and at how the
tempo finally came to change. The story suggests how cultural preconceptions of
what mission is can, in practice, predetermine the outcome.’
‘Jesus, Hitler and the Abolition of God’
‘In the last half-century
the mainstream culture in Britain and many other western societies has, as the anarchist
philosopher Mikhail Bakunin predicted, decided to abolish God. This lecture will
trace the roots of this momentous shift back to the religious crises of the Reformation
and the Enlightenment, arguing that this is a story not about science or metaphysics,
but about emotion and about ethics. In particular, the shattering impact of the
seminal moral event of our age – the Second World War – has left secularism feeling
intuitively and emotionally compelling in much of the western world. This lecture
will trace the story down to our own times and ask where the emotional history of
belief and unbelief might be going next.’
Spurgeon’s College has just
entered into a partnership with Anderson University, South Carolina’s largest
private university. This partnership is a first for Anderson University and
currently, the only partnership Spurgeon’s College has in the United States.
Dr Ryan Neal, Provost of the University said that “We are excited to enter into this partnership with a quality sister institution in the UK, and look forward to many opportunities for joint programs that will serve students of both institutions.”
Dr Michael Duduit, Dean of the University’s Clamp Divinity School commented that ‘‘London is an ideal setting for the next generation of ministry leaders to learn about sharing the gospel in a cross-cultural setting.’’
The Revd Professor Philip McCormack, Principal of Spurgeon’s College said that ‘ our partnership with Anderson University and Clamp Divinity School is full of exciting possibilities and potential opportunities for students and members of faculty of both institutions. Anderson University is an excellent higher education institute and we look forward as a College community to exploring joint programmes with our sister institution.’
Located in the vibrant city of
Anderson, South Carolina, Anderson University is ranked as one of the best
regional universities in the South by both US News and World Report and The
Princeton Review. In addition to our top tier academic ranking, AU has been
recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the #7 Most Innovative Regional
University in the South.
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