The Certificate of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission can be focused towards pioneer ministry with the six modules which are outlined below.
These are taught over two years. Most students complete four in the first year and two in the second.
Each module is generally taught over a series of seven days in Oxford. The days run from 10.30am to 4pm to give students time to travel.
There are a couple of residential components which are detailed in the relevant module descriptor below.
The resulting award is a Certificate in Mission, Ministry and Theology through Durham University as part of the Common Awards.
- Mission and Evangelism
- Foundations in Reflective Practice in Context
- Spirituality and Discipleship
- Introduction to the Bible
- Introduction to Church History
- Pastoral Care, Ethics and Ministry
There is also an option of an independent study module. Below is a description of each module:
Mission and Evangelism
Introducing the mission of God, pioneering mission theory and practice. We look at current thinking in missiology through a series of frameworks for mission. We explore what part culture has to play and how to communicate cross culturally. And consider evangelism and meet practitioners to hear from their experience. The module includes a weekend where we go and learn from those doing pioneering mission.
Foundations for Reflective Practice in Context
This module runs through the first year with a couple of days a term and includes an introduction to theological reflection and local theology, reading context and culture, and building structures of support.
Spirituality and Discipleship
To enable students to reflect on their own prayer, spirituality and discipleship through exploration and experience of selected approaches: e.g. Ignatian and Franciscan traditions and global traditions such as the Eastern Orthodox tradition. Students also reflect on what it means to be a disciple in the wider context of consumerism.
Introduction to the Bible
A look at the grand sweep of the salvation story told in scripture from Genesis to Revelation. It also defines the different genres that are contained in the Bible and how the historical context affected the recording and interpretation of key events.
Introduction to Church History
The growth of the church depends on the gospel being spread so this module examines how the missionary task was undertaken through the centuries and the impact it had on the development of the church in different parts of the world.
Pastoral care, Ethics and Ministry
An introduction to pastoral care and how it interacts with faith and the social sciences, and to Christian ethics today. How do we foster communities where each person is encouraged to be fully human and nurture their own wholeness and well-being? Can we apply biblical wisdom to issues of sexuality, poverty or bereavement and conflict resolution?
Independent Study – long
A module where a student chooses a topic to explore that is of particular interest and/or relevance to their pioneering.