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Graduate Diploma

The Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission, also known as the ‘Grad Dip’, is a 120 credit award for Church of England Ordinands sponsored for two years’ study who have a degree in another discipline and a Certificate in theology, or a Diploma level qualification 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:Topics in Christian Doctrine
Semester 2:Mission and Evangelism
Residentials:Key Issues in Christian Faith and Ethical Living
Old Testament Text Study in Context
Independent Learning Project: Islam
Spirituality
Pastoral Practice on Baptism
Pastoral Practice on Funerals
Retreat
Introduction to Christian Worship Study Day
Optional Study Day:Working with Children and Young People
Summer School:Pastoral Care

Year Two:

Semester 1:Independent Learning Project (Long)
Semester 2:Leadership and Theology for Ministry and Mission
Residentials & Easter School:Reflective Practice in Context (Short)
Further New Testament Text Study in Context
Preparing for Ordination
Pastoral Practice on Marriage
Specialist Themes in Christian Worship

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.

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.

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.

Old Testament Text Study in Context
Reading the Book of Job can be daunting – so how can we develop a theological reading which takes account of its many different aspects; human suffering, sin and suffering,
justice, the need for answers and experiencing God?

This module introduces four perspectives on Job and how we might consider the relevance of the book for today.

Independent Learning Project – Islam
This module involves a visit to a mosque and an opportunity to discuss the heart of Islam with an Imam. How does Islam see and critique Christianity, and how might you respond to that in a parish setting?

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.

Independent Learning Project (Long)
An opportunity to immerse yourself in another area of study, in discussion and agreement with your Director of Studies, and the Module Leader.

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?

Reflective Practice in Context
This module looks at developing your ministry through reflective practice.  It is a placement-based module supported through teaching at residential weekends and supervision sessions with your placement supervisor.

This module has three main aims:

  • To develop skills in analysing a context and developing appropriate responses.
  • To evaluate different approaches to reflection and choosing appropriate methods of reflection.
  • To develop greater self-awareness in ministry.

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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