Certificate: pioneer ministry focus

The Certificate of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission can be focused towards pioneer ministry with the six modules which are outlined below.

You can study these over one or two years.

Each module is generally taught over a series of five days, in Oxford or online. The Oxford days run from 10.30am to 4pm to give students time to travel. The online days run from 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 3pm or 3pm to 4pm.

There are a couple of residential components which are detailed in the relevant module descriptor below. There is also an option of an independent study module. 

The resulting award is a Certificate in Mission, Ministry and Theology through Durham University as part of the Common Awards.


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.

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.

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.

Introduction to church history (Level 4)

An overview of church history and its social, cultural, and political context, helping you see how history might have shaped your practice and experience

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