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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  –5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

April  – 2nd

Easter Holiday

       April – 23rd

       May – 7th, 17th, 21st

How much does it cost?

The course costs £235 per person.

How do I join?

The course is open to all, so simply complete an application form form and our Admissions Department will be in touch.

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)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

It was with shock and great sadness that the Governors, Staff and Students of Spurgeon’s College, along with the nation heard the news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral yesterday the 8th of September 2022. The thoughts and prayers of the Governors, Staff and Students of Spurgeon’s College will join with millions in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and from around the world, for His Majesty King Charles III and the Royal Family at this time of great sadness and mourning. While each person will have their own particular memory from the life of our late Queen, many in the Christian community in the UK and around the world, will remember that Her Majesty The Queen’s life of service and dedication was built upon her living and public faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. From the start of her reign to its end, Christ was her example and her eternal Sovereign. God save the King.

Graduation 2022

The College was delighted to welcome 48 students who successfully completed their academic studies and were eligible to graduate on Saturday 2nd July. The ceremony was an opportunity for the College to recognise the fantastic academic and social achievements of these students during their time spent at Spurgeon’s and within the local Croydon community. The College was pleased to welcome 300 guests and staff to the ceremony to celebrate alongside the graduands.

Reverend Canon Professor Nigel Biggar, the Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Christ Church Oxford as the guest speaker. Reverend Biggar congratulated the graduands on their achievements and the College on achieving full degree awarding powers. Prof Biggar encouraged the College, as a degree awarding power, to be an example in the world of higher education of an institution that lives and operates by its Christian values.

From next academic year, Spurgeon’s College will be able to award degrees in its own name for the first time. This follows the recent decision by the Office for Students (OfS) to award the College Full Degree Awarding Powers – the only higher education institution to be awarded these powers in 2022.

Principal of Spurgeon’s College, Rev Professor Philip McCormack said:
“We were delighted to be able to hold our graduating ceremony earlier this month, recognising the academic commitment and social engagement of our graduating students during their time at Spurgeon’s. They have each shown remarkable perseverance, engaging with their studies while also contributing to the local community, and we now warmly welcome them as Spurgeon’s College alumni. From next year, the College will be pleased to be able to award degrees in its own name to graduates for the first time – an important step in our ambition to expand educational opportunity in Croydon.”

Councillor Sherwan Chowdhury, who attended the graduation, said:
“I was pleased to be able to attend Spurgeon College’s graduation ceremony. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Croydon’s students, marking the culmination of years of hard work from them all. Spurgeon’s College plays a vital role as a key educational institution – with many of its graduates going on to work in Croydon and contributing to the local community – and I look forward to working closely with the College to enhance access to education.”

Spurgeon’s College secures Full Degree Awarding Powers, a key step towards becoming Croydon’s first home grown University

Spurgeon’s College, one of the UK’s leading Christian Colleges based in South Norwood has successfully secured Full Degree Awarding Powers from the Office for Students (OfS) following its assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). Students joining the College on its courses from next academic year will have their qualifications awarded in the College’s name for the first time, marking an important step towards the College’s ambition to become the first home-grown University in Croydon. The award is not subject specific allowing the College to create new degrees in other disciplines.

The College plays an important role in supporting underrepresented groups within Croydon into Higher Education – with 38% of the student body identify as Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) – and delivers courses flexibly as weekday, evening or weekend courses.

In securing Degree Awarding Powers, the College has shown itself to be “an emerging self-critical, cohesive academic community with a clear commitment to the assurance of standards supported by effective (in prospect) quality systems.”

For the theological education sector this is a significant moment, helping to secure the future of theology in the United Kingdom.

Principal of Spurgeon’s College, Rev Professor Philip McCormack said:

“Securing degree-awarding powers marks a critical step in the College’s journey towards becoming Croydon’s first home-grown university, and we are incredibly proud to have secured approval from the OfS. This decision is the result of many years of work at the College to provide high quality teaching and develop a strong community of students and are looking forward to awarding degrees to our students in the College’s name.”  

Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and MP for Croydon North, Steve Reed said: 

“Spurgeon’s College has a crucial role to play in supporting opportunity and access to quality higher education in Croydon. The OfS’s decision to award Full Degree Awarding powers is a vital step in the College’s journey and ambition to become Croydon’s first home-grown university, and I want to congratulate them for this fantastic progress.”

Spurgeon’s College announces the appointment of former Director of Fair Access to High Education as new Chair

Spurgeon’s College, one of the UK’s leading Christian Colleges based in South Norwood is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Sir Leslie Ebdon as the new Chair of the College. As the former Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, Prof Sir Les Ebdon has a wealth of experience in promoting inclusivity across higher education institutions and will play a key role in developing the College’s work to increase educational opportunity in Croydon and achieve its ambition of becoming the first home-grown university in Croydon.

Prior to his appointment, Prof Sir Les Ebdon has worked in a variety of roles across higher education, including as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire between 2006 and 2012 and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Luton between 2003 and 2006. During his tenure as Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, he worked to increase the number of students from under-represented and disadvantaged groups attending universities and colleges. He has also been on the Spurgeon’s College Board for over two years.

As Spurgeon’s welcomes Prof Sir Les Ebdon’s appointment, the College wants to thank its outgoing Chair, Sarah King. Since her appointment as Chair in 2012, Sarah has provided the College with invaluable guidance and support, helping the College to secure registration with the Office for Students. She was also instrumental in the institution strategy of the College seeking full degree awarding powers, as it journeys to become the first home-grown university in Croydon.

Speaking on his appointment, Prof Sir Les Ebdon said: “I am delighted to be working with Spurgeon’s College at this important time in its development. The College has become a ceaseless advocate for expanding access to education and supporting the development of its local Croydon community, and I am excited to be able to support it in these missions as the College’s new Chair.”

Principal of Spurgeon’s College, Philip McCormack said:? “We are very pleased to be welcoming Prof Sir Les Ebdon as the new Chair of Spurgeon’s College. His vast experience across higher education will be a vital asset as the College continues to pursue its ambition of becoming the first homegrown university in Croydon, and as we continue to focus on expanding access to higher education in Croydon.”

“On behalf of the whole College, I also want to say thank you to our outgoing Chair, Sarah King who has worked tirelessly to support the development and strategic mission of the College. I know that all of us wish Sarah all the best for the future and I have no doubt that her extensive experience working in the higher education sector will continue to be brought to the fore.”

International Women’s Day – Spotlight on Revd Helen Stokley

International Women’s Day offers us a vital opportunity to celebrate women’s incredible contributions to faith, society, business, and all other aspects of life. This year, the College wants to reflect on the achievements and work of our own Chief Operating Operator (COO), The Revd Helen Stokley. 

As the College’s first woman COO since its beginnings in 1856, Helen has been unrelenting in her work to develop and strengthen the College, both academically and with a view to wider strategic priorities – including our ambition of making Spurgeon’s College the first home-grown university in Croydon. Indeed, Helen has been instrumental in shaping the College’s application to the QAA for full degree awarding powers, while also spearheading our work last year to develop a new BA in Theology – as well as new degree courses in Business Management and Marketing, Media & Communication and Creative Writing, and Social policy and International Relations in partnership with Liverpool Hope University (LHU) – expanding our educational offer.

Spurgeon’s College is not only a higher education institution but is also the largest Baptist College in the UK and includes graduate alumni working in over 35 countries around the world. Since becoming COO in 2019, Helen works closely with the Principal and the Board of Governors to give leadership and strategic direction to the College, ensuring the work of the College in all areas is aligned to our core values and principles. Before taking up the role of COO, Helen worked as the Director of Operations at the College between 2014 and 2019, delivering the operational capabilities of the College and supporting on the development and implementation of key strategic projects. 

Helen is also an accomplished businesswoman, who worked to establish and expand a multimillion-pound business from a two-person office into one of the largest international Christian book publishers. Helen also has a first-class theology degree (Spurgeon’s College), a Diploma in Higher Education in German and History (University of Wales, Lampeter) and a Level 7 award in Leadership and Management (CMI).

As a Baptist Minister and a Trustee of the Retired Baptist Ministers Housing Organisation, Helen is presently undertaking research as one of six co-researchers for the Baptist Union’s Project Violet initiative. Her research focused on enabling women to prepare for ministerial training so they can engage and flourish as Ministers in Training. Helen has also co-founded and directs the Spatial Perceptions Community Benefit Society, highlighting her commitment to strengthening community support networks and developing positive solutions to social needs.

On behalf of the whole College, we want to thank Helen for her incredible work in sustaining and driving forward the College’s priorities and core values. Helen’s breadth of experience and engagement across business, not-for-profit and faith organisations is a testament to her commitment to supporting local development and community progress.

Revd Professor Philip McCormack MBE

Big Croydon Futures Fair

Spurgeon’s College will be exhibiting at the Big Croydon Futures Fair on Wednesday 23rd March 2022. The event will take place between 11am and 3pm at Croydon College’s University Centre.

This event is free of charge but you are recommended to register in advance: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/croydon-futures-fair-tickets-288467743787

Come and meet our friendly team to learn more about our courses. As well as our theology and counselling courses, we are currently taking applications for the following degree programmes, which can be studied in two evenings per week (one evening in College and one online) plus 4 intensive Saturdays per year and 18 hours p/w of independent study. These courses may suit those wanting to study for a degree alongside working and/or maintaining other commitments. See the relevant course pages for more information:

Business Management and Marketing BA (Hons)

International Relations and Social Policy BA (Hons)

Media & Communication and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

We hope to see you there!

New CTI Packs Available

There are four exciting new Church Training Initiative resource packs available in our online shop.

  • Wanting to Write
  • Exploring Generosity
  • Listening with Two Ears
  • Images of Mission

The Church Training Initiative provides practical Resource Packs for churches and individuals in order to develop skills and insights useful in church settings. Each Pack has its own style, depending on the nature of the subject it addresses, but the material is practical rather than academic in character.  Each Resource Pack will require about 6 hours work.

Packs can be purchased from our online shop and will be delivered immediately via email.

If you are new to CTI then you will need to complete an application form before we can process any assignments for you.

Graduation 2021

On Saturday 30th October we celebrated the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 with a ceremony and commissioning service at Trinity Baptist Church in Croydon. Thanks to everyone who participated in the day. A huge congratulations to all of our graduates including those who were unable to attend.

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Our thanks to Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University, who gave an inspiring address and greeted the graduates as they recieved their awards.

Our thanks also to Trinity Baptist Church and their team for hosting us at the Church buildings.

Spurgeon’s College commits to the Economic Recovery Action Plan for South London

Spurgeon’s College, based in South Norwood and one of the UK’s leading Christian Colleges, has committed to supporting the South London Partnership (SLP)’s Economic Recovery Action Plan, aimed at helping to restore and develop local South London communities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside ten other leading South London higher and further education institutions, the College will work with the five London Boroughs and with local businesses to support innovation, help create new jobs, and promote business development and growth.

Supporting the Economic Recovery Action Plan forms part of Spurgeon’s College’s commitment to supporting its local communities through collaboration with small businesses and other community partners. It builds on the College’s recent work, in partnership with the London Borough of Croydon and the Croydon Business community, to launch the new Croydon Division of the South East London Chamber of Commerce from its campus in Croydon.

Looking ahead, the College hopes to be able to further strengthen and build on its work and relationships with the local business community though its proposed development to improve the campus. This ambition forms part of the College’s wider plans to become the first home-grown university in Croydon, enabling it to offer higher education and developmental opportunities to more people within the Borough.

Principal of Spurgeon’s College, Rev Professor Philip McCormack said:

“We are delighted to be able to support the South London Economic Recovery Plan, as our communities work to rebuild from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Higher education plays a vital role in local economies – both through supporting local businesses and by providing highly skilled graduates for the local workforce. It is now more important than ever that our institutions work together – and in collaboration with the wider community and Boroughs – to meet the challenges created by the pandemic, and the Economic Recovery Plan is an essential step in this direction.

“As a deeply embedded member of the Croydon community, we are proud to be working closely with local businesses to support the economic recovery from COVID and we are committed to accelerating the social, cultural and economic development of our local area. The Economic Recovery Plan marks an important collective call to action which we at Spurgeon’s College are excited to be a part of.”

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Spurgeon’s College sponsors Preventing Knife Crime (PKC) Academy’s summer football tournament to support local youth development

Spurgeon’s College, one of the UK’s leading Christian Colleges, was pleased to sponsor this weekend’s Preventing Knife Crime (PKC) Academy’s summer football tournament at the Selhurst sports arena. The event brought together over 70 young players from the local community to enjoy a competitive and fun afternoon of football.

PKC is a football organisation based in Croydon, set up to make football accessible to all young people. The Academy works to teach young people the transferable skills that they need to be successful in life through football, as well as giving them opportunities and keeping them healthy and active.

Sponsoring the event forms part of Spurgeon’s College’s commitment to supporting the local community through helping to develop youth talent and promote social mobility within Croydon. This ambition forms part of the College’s wider plans to become the first home-grown university in Croydon, enabling it to offer higher education and developmental opportunities to more people within the Borough.


“As a higher education institution and a deeply embedded member of the local Croydon community, we recognise how important it is to provide young people with opportunities and pathways for self-development and success. We were therefore delighted to be able to sponsor the PKC Academy’s summer football tournament over the weekend. The tournament forms an important part of the Academy’s wider mission to promote social mobility and nurture youth talent, particularly for underprivileged groups, and Spurgeon’s College was proud to be able to provide sponsorship.”

Principal of Spurgeon’s College, Rev Professor Philip McCormack


“On behalf of the whole Academy and the fantastic teams who played on Saturday, I want to thank Spurgeon’s College for providing sponsorship for our local community football tournament. It was an excellent day of football which allowed all of the players to showcase their hard work in training over the previous months. As an organisation which relies much on external funding and sponsors, we are truly grateful to the College for their sponsorship and support to enable the tournament to go ahead. We also want to thank Croydon Councillor Patsy Cummings for all of her work to support the organisation of the event, particularly in connecting the Academy and Spurgeon’s College.”

Founder of the PKC Academy, Craig Foster


“It was fantastic to see this year’s PKC Academy football tournament taking place over the weekend. After such a difficult 18 months due to the pandemic, it is more important than ever that young people are given the space and opportunity to develop their skills and social engagement. I want to thank the Academy for hosting such a brilliant tournament, and Spurgeon’s College for sponsoring this great afternoon of football, helping to support and cultivate some of the potential and talent that exists in our local communities.”

Councillor Patsy Cummings, Deputy Cabinet Member for Sustainable Croydon, Culture & Regeneration and Race Equality Champion at Croydon Council