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Changing Church in Scotland

Certificate of Higher Education in Theology (Pioneer Ministry)

What is it about?
The Christian Church in the western world now finds itself operating in what is widely recognised as a radically changing, post-Christendom context. As a result, the Christian Church must consider itself as being in a pioneering and missional environment in a new social reality, leading to the need to reflect upon the practices and presuppositions of both the Church and its surroundings. Pioneer ministry, by definition, is innovative and does not rely on any fixed approach or method. Therefore the programme is devoted to preparing students with skills and knowledge that may be applied to a range of varied and creative settings.


Why study this programme? 

  • develop reflective skills and to apply biblical, theological, historical, sociological and missiological insights to pioneer ministry
  • a commitment to an entrepreneurial approach that takes account of both the biblical texts and the student's own cultural context
  • equip students for pioneering ministry – seeking to establish forms of church and ministry that are appropriate to the culture and context
  • attention given to areas of personal and spiritual development that are essential to the role of a missional pioneer

Features of the course

Students will:

  • gain a renewed understanding of the essential missionary nature of the Christian church within society
  • gain skills to enable them in cultural analysis of contemporary contexts
  • reflect on missional forms and practices of the Christian church within their own context

be involved in placements covering a range of pioneering opportunities

Placement options
Placements are available in a wide variety of contexts within Scotland. These could range from churches and youth projects to innovative work with schools and colleges, streetwork with marginalised young people and creative arts-based projects, such as youth theatre, street art, dance and music schemes. These could be urban, rural or anything in between. By definition, pioneer ministry breaks new ground and so we will work with students to create appropriate placement opportunities that are themselves a form of pioneer ministry. Bring your own vision!

Academic Validation and Professional Recognition
The programme is delivered in partnership with Nazarene Theological College and validated by the University of Manchester. As such it is an internationally recognised qualification.

Additional information on the Nazarene Theological College submission process.

Next point of entry
 September 2018
Length: one year full-time
Location: Glasgow and Manchester

Fees In brief, student fees for 2017/18 are as follows: Tuition fees £6165 per year full-time, plus £600 per year registration fee with Manchester University. Tuition fee loans are available from SAAS for these programmes, with additional loans available for maintenance costs during your study.
For those ineligible for SAAS funding, a bursary of £1200 (equal to 20% of tuition fees) will be provided to students on the Certificate in Theology (Pioneer Ministry) programme.