Reader Training – Modules

Course sessions take two main forms – weeknight sessions that run from 7 till 9.30 and weekend study days that generally run from 9 till 3.30.  Trainees do one module across the whole of the year on the weekend study days and do two modules on the weeknights, split into the first and second halves of the year. Each weeknight module is twelve weeks long, including tutorials and support sessions. The weekend module takes place on 6 Study days (Saturdays or Sundays) throughout the year.  Teaching starts in early September and runs through to the end of May.

Click here for a diagram of how the course fits together – below are details of each module.

First year

Weeknights in first half of year –
Worship & Preaching in a Pastoral Context

Introduces you to the study of Christian worship. It will focus on the understanding you need to design worship and preach effectively.

Weeknights in second half of year –
Old Testament

This module introduces the study of the Old Testament texts. It gives an  overview of their content, major themes and the interpretive possibilities they present. This will include preaching on Old Testament  texts.

Weekend study days throughout the year –
Discipleship & Ministry

This module is designed to develop your skills and awareness as a leader  of public Christian worship. You will look at ways of praying, of using  and reading the scriptures, and the practical skills involved in leading public worship.

Second year

Weeknights in first half of year –
New Testament

This module introduces the study of the New Testament texts. It gives an  overview of their content, major themes and the interpretive possibilities they present. This will include preaching on New Testament  texts.

Weeknights in second half of year –
Local Mission

In this module we examine the Bible and mission, the relationship between different dimensions of mission such as the mission of God, the mission of the church, evangelism, social action, dialogue with other faiths and church growth.

Weekend study days throughout the year –
Faith & Belief

This module asks ‘What is theology?” and introduces key areas of Christian theological study such as the Trinity and the work and person of Christ.

Throughout training

The programme has a number of threads running across the whole two years, including:-

  • A requirement to read the whole Bible during the course of training.
  • Regular Preaching (in addition to some preaching assessments linked to specific modules)
  • Working on the pattern of their own spiritual and devotional life (including the Rule of Life exercise mentioned above)
  • Considering the implications of all their learning for mission and disciple-making
  • Relating their learning and practice to working with young people
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