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.
The Certificate in Theology (Pioneer Ministry) programme aims to bring coherence to this form of ministry through a commitment to an entrepreneurial approach that takes account of both the biblical texts and the student's own cultural context.
Why study this programme?
• The course will help students develop reflective skills and to apply biblical, theological, historical, sociological and missiological insights to pioneer ministry.
• It will equip students for a range of ministry vocations which fall within what can be described as pioneering ministry. In general, these vocations seek to establish forms of church and ministry that are appropriate to our changing culture and context.
• The course will also give attention 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, informed by Scripture, theology, tradition and history, of the essential missionary nature of the Christian church within society.
• Students will gain skills that will enable them in the undertaking of cultural analysis of contemporary contexts.
• Students will reflect on missional forms and practices of the Christian church within their own immediate context.
• Students will focus on pioneering engagement with wider society in ways that engage with the mission of God in the world.
• Students will be involved in required placements covering a range of pioneering opportunities.
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.
Next point of entry September 2018
Length: one year full-time
Location: Glasgow and Manchester