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Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

The Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits) in Theology, Ministry and Mission, is one of two Reader training pathways. The Cert HE currently has seven core modules over two years.

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: Introduction to Christian Worship and Introduction to Preaching (10 Credits + 10 Credits)
Semester 2: Introduction to the Old Testament (20 Credits)
Study Days: Foundations for Ministry and Mission in Context (20 Credits)

Year Two:

Semester 1: Introduction to the New Testament (20 Credits)
Semester 2: Mission and Evangelism (20 Credits)
Study Days: Introduction to Christian Doctrine and History (20 Credits)

Introduction to Christian Worship

In this six-session module we help you explore and develop your understanding, knowledge and practice of designing public worship in the Church of England. Drawing
on the rich heritage of ecumenical liturgical collaboration, it will establish some of the basic principles behind all Christian worship. It will help you to understand and reflect on the nature and purpose of these principles in forming a Christian way of life. Our worship holds up a mirror to our belief, and what we believe determines how we worship. It will draw on the insights that you already have, and those you will have from your participation in worship in your placement church context.

Introduction to Preaching

This module is designed to help preachers explore and develop understanding, knowledge and practice of preaching in pastoral contexts. Sessions include taking a look
at the how the content of sermons might be identified and shaped through exegesis and imagination, how congregations play a role in preaching and how we grow in understanding of ourselves as preachers.

Introduction to the Old Testament

This introductory module helps you to explore the joys and frustrations of this fascinating and often neglected part of God’s word. One of our aims is to help you recognise the different voices in the Old Testament and to draw out the theological implications of its different types of writing. Each week we will do some careful reading of one or two biblical texts, reflect on them and their implications and think about how, as ministers, we could preach on them. If you find something in the Old Testament that excites or challenges you, don’t keep it to yourself, share it with the rest of us through the forums or in the sessions!

Foundations for Ministry and Mission in Context

“Foundations” helps you to explore the bases of ministerial practice and is closely related to your parish placement. It will introduce you to skills, ways of thinking and questions on ministry, mission and leadership which – we pray – you will continue to explore and develop throughout your life. Three questions run through the module;

  • what is required of ministers of the Gospel?
  • how are our ministries to be shaped by our biblical and theological heritage?
  • what skills of analysis, reflection, collaboration and leadership might we need in our ministries?

Introduction to the New Testament

The texts of the New Testament will be familiar to us but we hope this module will help you read it afresh, from different perspectives and in greater depth. During the module
we will explore a range of texts from across the New Testament, examining the context in which they were written and considering different ways that Christians read and
interpret them. You will learn more about the historical, literary, theological and cultural backgrounds from which these texts emerged. You will learn more about the different hermeneutical methods that are applied to the text. Across these texts, topics and themes we will be seeking to understand how God can speak through the New Testament to guide and shape his Church today.

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 Christian Doctrine and History

Doctrine is often defined as a set of beliefs held or taught by a Church, political party or another group. Sometimes it can be seen as a quite dry and intellectual subject.

However, this module will, we hope, convince you that what people believe and why they believe it in the way they do is an endlessly fascinating subject with very practical applications for life and ministry.

In the Theological Reflection sessions we will see how to apply our Christian heritage of doctrine and history to practical issues today.

Our primary source for exploring doctrine is going to be the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds and our secondary sources are what people through the ages have believed, said and thought about doctrinal topics and what you as an individual believe, say and think. All thinking, believing and practicing of the Christian faith is contextual and so gaining an understanding of the history of Christianity and the church is as important as understanding ideas, concepts and notions.

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