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BA (Hons)

The BA (Hons) in Theology, Ministry and Mission is a 360 credit award for Church of England Ordinands sponsored for three years’ study who have a Certificate in theology.   The academic award is validated by Durham University, through the Common Awards framework.

The pathway has been formulated with ministerial formation in mind; it includes both accredited and unaccredited elements.

This is our 2019/20 programme; our revised 2020/21 Curriculum is being finalised following a comprehensive review and will be announced shortly.

Year One:

Semester 1:New Testament in Context
Semester 2:Mission and Evangelism
Residentials:Developing Theological Reflection
Spirituality
Pastoral Practice on Baptism
Retreat
Summer School:Missionary Movements: Gospel and Doctrine in Global Context
Christian Worship: Principles and Practice

Year Two:

Semester 1:Topics in Christian Doctrine
Semester 2:Leadership and Theology for Ministry and Mission
Residentials:Old Testament Text Study in Context
Spirituality 2
Pastoral Practice on Funerals
Retreat
Summer School:Pastoral Care

Year Three:

Semester 1 & 2:EITHER Dissertation OR Extended Project
Residentials & Easter School:Key Issues in Christian Faith and Ethical Living
Independent Learning Project (Short): Old Testament
Preparing for Ordination
Pastoral Practice on Marriage
Further New Testament Text Study in Context
Specialist Themes in Christian Worship

Mission and Evangelism
This module will explore mission theology and evangelism, it will give an overview of the range of Christian patterns – in Scripture, history and the contemporary church – of
relating to the world in witness to Christ. It will aim to equip students with the understanding and basic skills necessary for engagement with, and leadership of, the
church’s participation in the mission of God. Students of this module will explore debates and practices of ecclesial missiology, and contemplate the attitudes, words and
actions necessary to enable people to witness to Christ in a diversity of ways appropriate to his/her vocation.

Introduction to Missionary Movements and the Gospel in a Global Context
This module introduces the world church and global mission. We look at Christian
missions and how Christianity has been encultured in different contexts around the world.
We look too at some case studies on how belief has developed in different areas.

Topics in Christian Doctrine
This module will build on work done on early church and Reformation history and doctrine in earlier modules.

We will look at the relationship between theological developments and their social and historical contexts. We will focus on some key theologians, seeking to understand the contexts from which different theologies arise, how those theologies have developed and how they are relevant to ethical and pastoral issues today.

Leadership and Theology for Ministry and Mission
Part of the point of this module is to explore the ways in which all Christians are called to be involved in leadership and live out the way of service in their churches, communities and places of work. It also explores the leadership role of clergy working collaboratively with others.

A significant issue is linking what is good from “secular” disciplines with a distinctively Christian approach to leadership and service. Christian language (from servant leadership to vision and mission) has been appropriated by secular management thinking. What distinctively Christian approaches to thinking about leadership are there – and what can Christians learn from other disciplines and experiences?

How do we find an approach to leadership that works well with one’s own personality and spirituality and integrate this with a realistic rule of life?

Independent Learning Project – Interfaith Focus
There are two versions of this module; one dealing with Judaism and one with Islam. Both involve a visit to a synagogue or mosque and an opportunity to discuss the heart
of each faith with a faith-leader. The question then, is how does each religion see and critique Christianity, and how might you respond to that in a parish setting?

Other Independent Learning Projects deal with other areas of study and will require some discussion with your Director of Studies on the area of study, and with the module leader on how to approach this.

Pastoral Care
The way All Saints approaches learning together about Pastoral Care in this module is summed up in the introduction to Ewan Kelly’s book Personhood and Presence (2012).

Our purpose:

  • “is to offer an aid to those who seek to understand their individual
    personhood better, with a view to enhancing the quality of the pastoral relationships they
    are in and will enter into” (p.5)
  • ” . . . purposeful reflection on practice, thus deepening self-awareness, is a moral
    imperative for those entrusted with the care of souls.” (p.6)
  • “The dimensions of our personhood are primarily explored through a theological lens, as
    this is what makes the role of spiritual or pastoral carer, who is rooted in the Christian
    tradition, distinctive.”

Following preparation sessions, we use theological reflection to explore aspects of pastoral care.

Dissertation
A dissertation provides an opportunity for you to research in depth an area of theology, ministry or mission that interests you. It draws together the learning and skills you have
developed across your whole course of study. A dissertation provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate your learning and skills as you apply these to your chosen area of study.

You will need particular discipline as you plan your work, gather your evidence and write your dissertation. It is a significant piece of work, which you will need to pace throughout the year. The module leader will appoint a tutor to supervise your dissertation.

Extended Project
The Extended Project provides an opportunity for you to research in depth an area of practical theology. It draws together the learning and skills you have developed across
your whole course of study. The project provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate your learning and skills as you apply these to your chosen area of study.
You will need to plan carefully to make the most of your studies and the Project Proposal / Research Ethics process is designed to help you do this. The module has been designed to support you through planning your research, presenting your findings and reflecting on both the process and the outcomes. At level six, we are looking for a mature level of insight and critical reflection which
presses the boundaries of existing knowledge, perhaps adding to a body of existing knowledge or using fresh approaches to an area of study.

Key Issues in Christian Faith and Ethical Living
Ethics is about deciding what actions are right or wrong, good or bad. We will focus on the practical question “How do we make good moral and ethical decisions based upon
our Christian faith?”

This module focuses on critical theological analysis of an ethical issue in order to develop an in-depth understanding of the theological resources available for Christian
reflection on ethical issues and how to use these resources faithfully.

Further New Testament Text Study in Context
This module will focus on exploring the city and culture of Corinth to assist in examining the ethical issues Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians. We will engage in a hermeneutical process based on social-science and cultural-historical criticism to discern the principles Paul uses in guiding the Corinthians church to investigate how they can shape the life of the church today.

During Easter School time will be spent investigating the Passion and Resurrection texts in the Gospels.

Specialist Themes in Christian Worship
This module gives you the opportunity to develop your expertise in liturgy by researching one or more areas of Christian worship through and in-depth exploration
of the celebration of Holy Week. The research, in which your learning in this model is rooted, will be supported by both group and individual tutorials.

A significant formative aspect of the module is the participation in worship design groups, created to enrich our immersion in the events of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. You will therefore develop skills in designing, leading and critically reflecting on your ministerial practice.

 

 

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