Diploma in theology, ministry and mission

Through a partnership with Ripon College Cuddesdon, we offer a diploma from Durham University in theology, ministry and mission. This is comprised of 12 modules over three years, chosen from those below.

Each year includes:

  • one day a week at CMS in Oxford (about 30 days a year)
  • a residential week


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.

Informal Learning with Young People and Children (Level 4)

Exploring play, informal education and/or non-formal education among young people and children, questioning and articulating their value and impact in practice. Includes conssideration of how childrena nd young people learn and develop and approaches to working with challenging behaviour.

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.

Bible in context (Level 5)

Considers different approaches to interpreting the Bible and how to read in light of both its original and subsequent contexts, looks at how the Old and New Testaments can be related to each other, and applies this learning to your own engagement with the Bible.

Leadership and theology for ministry and mission (Level 5)

Explores theories and skills in leadership and team working, considering them from a theological and mission focused perspective, integrating biblical and pastoral approaches to leadership, and reflecting on how these can inform your practice.

Developing ministry and worship in context (Level 5)

This module links with your own work or placement to deepen your knowledge and understanding of Christian worship, develop practical skills, and equip you in leading worship, preaching and pastoral care in your context.

Mission entrepreneurship principles (Level 5)

An introduction to social enterprise and its relevance in mission, theological reflection on the nature of entrepreneurship, and the opportunity to learn practical skills to set up and manage a pioneering mission project. (This is a residential module also known as Make Good.)

Mission entrepreneurship practice (Level 5)

Putting the learning from the mission entrepreneurship principles module into practice, this module gives you the chance to undertake a pioneer mission project under the supervision of an experienced practitioner.

Missional theology in global context (Level 5)

Considers theology and approaches to mission from global perspectives and examines contemporary culture, seeing how important understanding context is for our own missional practice.

Missional ecclesiology (Level 5)

An introduction to historical and theological perspectives on ecclesiology and the ways in which the missional church has consistently implemented new approaches, including the opportunity to see how this works out in pioneering settings.

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