Certificate in theology ministry and mission – New Housing focus

new housing development seen from the air

New housing is growing fast in the UK with upwards of 300,000 new builds each year. For many pioneers it presents a missional call, a need to welcome, create community and create a safe, flourishing environment.  

So we’re really pleased to be able to offer this pathway in pioneer missional new housing ministry that combines Church Mission Society’s experience of training in pioneering mission and ministry and experience of long-term missional practitioner in new housing developments, Ali Boulton.

The Certificate of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission is accredited by Durham University through a partnership with Ripon College Cuddesdon. It can be focused towards pioneer missional new housing ministry by choosing the modules which are outlined below.

These are taught over one year. The modules are taught either online, in-person at CMS House, Oxford, or in context. Each module has 20 hours’ contact time generally taught over five days, usually Mondays. The days run from 10.30am to 4pm. There is a weekend residential and one week residential incorporated to visit and learn from mission practice.


Missional New Housing (Level 4)

An introduction to good practice in missional new housing ministry, including key skills understanding of a contextual application of your learning to Missional New Housing Engagement. For example, you will gain specific knowledge and skills related to new housing developments, planning, committee engagement, as well as how to minister once on the new estate.

Introduction to the Bible (Level 4)

An overview of the purpose, context and content of the Old and New Testaments, becoming familiar with approaches to biblical study and considering how to engage biblical texts in mission and ministry.

Pastoral care, ethics and ministry (Level 4)

An introduction to key issues in both pastoral care and ethics, giving you the tools and theological framework to approach pastoral situations, as well as the space to reflect on your own views and experiences.

Foundations for theology and reflective practice (Level 4)

An introduction to contextual theology, principles and methods of reflection, and their place in mission and practice.

Mission and evangelism (Level 4)

Puts the Bible in conversation with culture to help us gain greater understanding about our own practice of mission, looks at historical trends and current approaches to engaging with and witnessing to the world around us, along with practical engagement in mission.

Spirituality and discipleship (Level 4)

Explores different approaches to discipleship, considering various Christian spiritual practices and biblical models for prayer and engaging practically with these in your own life.

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