This is a course for those engaged in ministry and mission in any denomination. It will offer you the opportunity for advanced reflection on your practice and transformative learning in the light of current theological thinking. You will be stimulated through dialogue with your peers and experienced practitioners. You will study in your own environment, supported by short intensive tuition periods and occasional online seminars. The course is validated by Liverpool Hope University.

Structure

The course is taken part-time over three years. It consists of six units of study of 30 credits each, of which two are studied per year. It begins with a core unit on Theological Foundations for Ministry and Mission and ends with a Reflection Project allowing students to reflect in depth on a situation in ministry or an aspect of their practice. The remaining four units can be chosen from options available at the time. It is possible to specialise in preaching by choosing three preaching options. The taught units build on the expertise and experience of staff and the needs of the ecclesial communities to which the College is affiliated. There is no dissertation.

Compulsory Units:
  • Theological Foundations for Ministry and Mission
  • Reflection Project
Initial Optional Units (offered according to staffing and take-up numbers):
  • Black Theology and Social Justice
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Church Planting and Pioneer Ministry
  • Ethics and the Christian Community
  • Learning from Great Preachers*
  • Multicultural Churches
  • Preaching as a Congregational Event*
  • Preaching – Theology and Practice (required core unit for preaching specialism)*

*These units will be required for those who wish to follow the Preaching specialism and gain an MMin in Preaching.

Assessment

Assessment takes place through a variety of means such as include an appropriate mixture of essays, reflections, textual analyses, oral presentations, and contributions to online media such as wikis or blogs, totalling approximately 6000 words or equivalent per unit. There are no examinations.

Entry Requirements

  • A good second class honour degree in Theology or Religious Studies (at least 55%)
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in Christian ministry or mission, for which a period of training has been completed at least two years prior to the start of the course.
  • A score of 7 or over on the ILETS test for non-native English speakers

Exit qualifications

Students who complete 60 credits can obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry; students who complete 120 credits can receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry.

Cost

The course fee is £8500 including an £850 registration fee.

For more details see the programme specification.