What is Equipped to Minister?

Equipped to Minister is an established, popular and highly valued course at Spurgeon’s College. It was launched in 2003 with the aim of providing high quality training for those serving in the local church. In the 15 years the course has been in existence over 680 people have attended modules from the course and the course grows in popularity each year. Although the course initially was aimed at churches from the Baptist denomination we now have people from many different church streams attending the course to enable them to develop their ministry in the local church or to grow in their personal discipleship.

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 Baptist Union, when accompanied by satisfactory Association ministerial recognition outcomes, as a pathway of training for those seeking Union recognition as preachers or lay pastors.

Where does the course take place?

Ordinarily, the course takes place on selected Saturdays at each of the following venues:

How does the course work?

Who is this course for?

Equipped to Minister is an ideal starting point for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the Bible, theology, mission, ministry and personal spiritual development, even if they are returning to study after a long break. Many participants find the course a significant step towards developing their service God in their churches. They also find their own personal discipleship is deepened through attending the course lectures. Equipped to Minister has attracted local preachers, Bible study group leaders, lay church leaders, youth workers, pastoral carers and people from a variety of different ministries in the church.

What will I study?

The course is made up of twelve modules:

Module TitleDescription
Module 1: Reading and Using the Bible Part 1 (OT)Understanding the story of the Bible and engaging thoughtfully with it, including with selected texts.
Module 2: Exploring Christian Belief Part 1The framework of Christian faith and belief and its relevance in the contemporary world.
Module 3: Leading WorshipA holistic approach to worship. The development of specific skills, including insights into music and all-age worship. The module includes a practical assignment in worship leading.
Module 4: Reading and Using the Bible Part 2 (NT)Deepening our understanding the Bible story and engaging thoughtfully with it, including further selected texts.
Module 5: Evangelism and MissionCongregational, friendship, servant and relational evangelism in contemporary society.
Module 6: PreachingDifferent preaching skills and the theology behind them. The module includes a practical preaching assignment.
Module 7: SpiritualityExploring what is meant by spirituality with a look at selected texts from the spiritual traditions. Growing as a Christian believer.
Module 8: Exploring Christian Belief Part 2A further exploration of core Christian doctrines and their implications for Christian living.
Module 9: Pastoral CareThe context of pastoral care today. Developing self-awareness and basic counselling skills. A look at particular pastoral issues.
Module 10: Baptist History and PrinciplesAn exploration of where Baptists came from, of the Baptist way of being the church and of contemporary issues such as baptism, membership and the place of children.
Module 11: Church Management and LeadershipLeadership and management in the church. The conduct of church meetings, funerals, weddings. Conflict skills and resolution.
Module 12: History of Christianity: The Story of God’s PeopleThis independent study module is made up of guided reading and assessed through three extended essays.

How much does it cost?

Each module of Equipped to Minister costs £92 and you book in and pay for each module as it comes around.

Course participants are encouraged to approach their local churches and their Baptist Associations for financial assistance.

What are the module dates for the course?

In order to book for a specific module, new applicants must have submitted a complete application by 8am on the date in brackets. Otherwise applicants will be required to wait until the next available module to begin their studies.

Unit name
Dates (Closing Dates)
Unit name
Dates (Closing Dates)
Unit name
Dates (Closing Dates)
Exploring Christian Belief 1
21 January 2023 (18 January 2023)
18 February 2023 (15 February 2023)
Reading and Using the Bible 2
18 March 2023 (15 March 2023)
22 April 2023 (19 April 2023)
20 May 2023 (17 May 2023)
17 June 2023 (14 June 2023)
14 January 2023 (11 January 2023)
11 February 2023 (8 February 2023)
Leading Worship
11 February 2023 (8 February 2023)
4 March 2023 (1 March 2023)
Exploring Christian Belief 2
15 July 2023 (12 July 2023)
16 September 2023 (13 September 2023)
Exploring Christian Belief 2
11 March 2023 (8 March 2023)
15 April 2023 (12 April 2023)
Exploring Christian Belief 1
1 April 2023 (29 March 2023)
13 May 2023 (10 May 2023)
Evangelism and Mission
21 October 2023 (18 October 2023)
18 November 2023 (15 November 2023)
Pastoral Care
13 May 2023 (10 May 2023)
10 June 2023 (7 June 2023)
Reading and Using the Bible 2
3 June 2023 (31 May 2023)
1 July 2023 (28 June 2023)
Church Management and Leadership
16 December 2023 (13 December 2023)
20 January 2024 (17 January 2024)
Baptist History and Principles
8 July 2023 (5 July 2023)
9 September 2023 (6 September 2023)
Evangelism and Mission
9 September 2023 (6 September 2023)
7 October 2023 (4 October 2023)
Leading Worship
17 February 2024 (14 February 2024)
16 Match 2024 (13 March 2024)
Church Management and Leadership
14 October 2023 (11 October 2023)
11 November 2023 (8 November 2023)
4 November 2023 (1 November 2023)
2 December 2023 (30 November 2023)
Pastoral Care
20 April 2024 (17 April 2024)
18 May 2024 (15 May 2024)
Reading and Using the Bible 1
9 December 2023 (6 December 2023)
13 January 2024 (10 January 2024)
6 January 2023 (3 January 2024)
3 February 2024 (31 January 2024)
5 June 2024 (15 June 2024)
20 July 2024 (17 July 2024)

How can I apply?

To apply to join the Equipped to Minister course in either London or Birmingham please use one of these online application forms. New applications must be submitted at least three working days before the module begins. Deadlines for each module are in brackets in the table above. Unfortunately this course is not open for international applications.

You can download a copy of the course brochure for more information.


For general questions about the course please email: etm@spurgeons.ac.uk

For questions about the EtM course Baptist Union recognition as a lay pastor please email the Course administrator: etm@spurgeons.ac.uk