Press Release: OfS registration

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. Today the College regrets to announce that the new regulator, the Office for Students (OfS) has turned down its registration application.

The OfS determined that the College passed 4 of its 5 tests for registration, but did not meet its financial sustainability test. The College fundamentally disagrees with this financial assessment and believes it has been made on seriously flawed assumptions.

This unfair and misguided decision by the OfS means that some of our hardworking students will be negatively impacted. In some cases they will no longer be able to access any kind of student loan or financial help from the Student Loans Company. Those students still eligible for loans will not be able to access the full amount.

It is important to note that no question has been raised regarding the high quality of the College’s educational offer. Despite the OfS decision, Spurgeon’s College will remain open and will continue with its core mission to train men and women for Christian ministry. The College has been training Baptist ministers for over 163 years. Our alumni are working across the world to support their communities. The OfS decision won’t stop this vital work, but it is a significant blow to the College and its students,  and we believe it is contrary to Government policies encouraging diversification of the higher education market.

We are fully committed to doing everything we can to minimise any impact for students arising from this decision. The College is a charity with a robust balance sheet, funds in the bank and plans for the future. We are considering our options in relation to the OfS decision – including possible legal action.

We call on the Minister for Universities, Jo Johnson, to undertake a review into this flawed registration process.

Media Contacts:

Lodestone:

Martha Dalton – Martha.dalton@lodestonecommunications.com

Tel: 07971138459

Harry Padfield – harry.padfield@lodestonecommunications.com

Tel: 07896140920

Fran O’Leary – fran.oleary@lodestonecommunications.com

Tel: 07980582254

Important: availability of online units for study

From 1 August 2019 there will be some changes to the availability of online units of study.

It will no longer be possible to purchase single units for assessment and credit. Anyone who wishes to submit work for assessment and gain Higher Education credit for their work will need to enrol on a course through the normal application process. Courses available are as follows:

  • Spurgeon’s College Award in Theology (60 credits)
  • University of Manchester Certificate in Higher Education in Theology (120 credits)
  • University of Manchester Diploma in Higher Education in Theology (240 credits)
  • University of Manchester Bachelor of Arts in Theology (360 credits)

All these courses are available via both taught and distance learning modes of delivery.

Those who have already completed a ministerial training course but are required, or wish, to supplement it with specific practically-focused units of study may enrol on the Spurgeon’s College Commendation in Ministerial Formation (total credits variable, but normally between 10 and 30). This will be available from 23 September 2019.

Those who wish to study one or both of the biblical languages Greek and Hebrew may enrol on the Spurgeon’s College Commendation in Biblical Languages (total credits variable, but normally between 10 and 60). This will be available from 23 September 2019.

Single units will continue to be available for purchase but this will be for audit only. There will be no assessment or award of credit. Taught students will attend classes and have access to all support materials on Moodle, including recordings of sessions where available. Online students will have access to all the relevant study materials on Moodle, including recordings of sessions where available.

Press Release: BMS World Mission/ Spurgeon’s College Partnership

BMS World Mission and Spurgeon’s College announce major new partnership.

BMS World Mission and Spurgeon’s College have developed a significant new partnership to enable a joint theological and mission training hub to open in September 2019, located at BMS’ campus in Birmingham.

Warmly welcoming the innovative development, BMS General Director Dr Kang-San Tan comments:

“The strategic case for the partnership is strong. Spurgeon’s academic discipline and administration offers potential for course development and reach, as well as quality assurance. The remote learning capabilities that Spurgeon’s will bring to the partnership will enhance the BMS learning and training opportunities for mission workers, both pre-departure and ongoing. Spurgeon’s academic reputation and knowledge will be of great value as we develop BMS for the future.”

Echoing Dr Tan’s comments, Rev Prof Philip McCormack, Principal of Spurgeon’s College, says:

“Having opened a successful hub in Cambridge last year, we are delighted to mirror that in Birmingham. This new partnership with BMS is strategically important to the future of the College and our governors have accepted a plan to invest towards growth”.

BMS and Spurgeon’s intend to move quickly towards the College offering a whole range of courses from the Birmingham hub. Those may include, over time, BA, MA/MTh and DMin programmes, as well as the Equipped to Minister (EtM) programme which is delivered on Saturdays. An option within the BA programme would be a new pathway in pioneering or missional leadership currently being developed by Spurgeon’s with support from the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Spurgeon’s Cambridge hub already successfully offers the EtM course, but a hub of the size envisaged for Birmingham is a significant new venture for both partners.

Philip McCormack adds:

“We are both delighted to have support for the venture from the Baptist Union of Great Britain and from the Heart of England Baptist Association. This is a really exciting opportunity for mission and theological formation in the Midlands and far beyond, through online learning opportunities”.

There is much to do, with a range of developments to complete prior to courses beginning, including a new library, software to enable online and remote learning and a range of other academic infrastructure. But, as Kang-San Tan notes:

“Hopes for our joint partnership are high, and there is a shared commitment in our primary aims to see leaders, churches and wider communities transformed through the good news of Jesus. There is a growing sense that this partnership could make a significant impact in the area of mission and theological formation in the UK and further afield”.

Further information:

For BMS World Mission:

Mark Craig, Director of Communications

email: mcraig@bmsworldmission.org

Tel: 01235 517605

For Spurgeon’s College:

Simon Jones, Vice Principal (Director of Ministerial Formation and Training)

email: s.jones@spurgeons.ac.uk

Tel: 0208 653 0850 (ext 218)

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Congratulations to those of our students who will graduate tomorrow at our annual graduation ceremony. We expect it to be a truly special occasion and the highlight of the College calendar!

The ceremony will take place at Trinity Baptist Church in Croydon and will be followed by a light afternoon tea. We will be honoured to celebrate with our graduates and their guests.

Introduction to Counselling Course

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.

When is it?

Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9:45pm

March  –7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

April  – 4th

Easter Holiday

       April – 25th

       May – 02nd, 09th, 16th, 23rd

How much does it cost?

The course costs £230 per person.

How do I join?

The course is open to all, so simply complete an application form form and return it to our Admissions Department.

Happy New Year!

We would like to wish you a very happy New Year from all at Spurgeon’s College. We are delighted to launch our new website to coincide with the start of 2019. Please check in with us regularly to hear the latest news and developments from the College.

Sunrise over the gardens at Spurgeon's College.
A new dawn at Spurgeon’s College…