Through partnership with Ripon College Cuddesdon, we can offer students a Diploma in Mission, Ministry and Theology from Durham University.
This encompasses 12 modules taught over three years
The modules are selected from:
- Level 4 [Certificate]
- 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
- Foundations for Theology and Reflective Practice
- Informal Learning with Young People and Children
- Basic Youthwork Skills and Practice
- Basic Playwork Skills in Childrens Youthwork Practice
- Introduction to Spirituality and Discipleship [50%]
- Values Policy and Practice in Youthwork [50%]
- Values Policy and Practice in Children and Family Work [50%]
- Independent Study
Level 5 [Diploma]
- Bible in Context
- Placement [50%]
- Missional Entrepreneurship [50%]
- Mission Ecclesiology
- Mission Theology in Global Context
- Developing Worship and Ministry in Context
- Independent Study
Other distinctive components:
- practical elements, where people are challenged to launch new projects as they continue through the course.
- specially designed placements to enhance your learning as you visit other pioneers and communities.
- worship and prayer together
- an annual retreat or pilgrimage
- sessions with pioneer practitioners
- everyone connects with a mentor
- learning as a community
In summary, most people do the course over three years.
In such cases, a year typically includes:
- one day a week at CMS in Oxford (about 30 days a year)
- a residential week
- one weekend visiting other communities or a placement with another community
- a retreat
If you are pursuing the ordained route, there will be additional input mostly at weekends with the Oxford Ministry Course (OMC) each year.
A short summary of the modules:
Level 4 Modules
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?
Foundations for Theology and Reflective Practice
An introduction to basic elements of the study of practical theology – its sources, methods and contextual nature. Students will learn the principles and methods of theological reflection and its central place in reflective professional practice, with application to contexts and issues relating to working with children and young people.
Informal Learning with Young People and Children
An exploration of key pedagogical and andragogical learning theories and applying these to practice with young people and children. Students will develop key skills in facilitating learning among young people and children. They will reflect theologically on learning and on being an educator in their professional and ministerial context.
Basic Youthwork Skills and Practice
Foundational understanding of the professional values, policy and disciplines of youth work. Students will demonstrate a range of professional skills and apply these in practice in their ministry setting. Students will develop as self-aware, collaborative, theologically-reflective practitioners.
Basic Playwork Skills in Children’s Work Practice
Foundational understanding of the professional disciplines of work with children and families and playwork and the relationship between them. Students will develop professional skills in work with children and families and apply these in practice. Students will develop as self-aware, collaborative, theologically reflective practitioners.
Introduction to Spirituality and Discipleship [50%]
Students will explore and experience selected approaches to the Christian life of discipleship and prayer. They will reflect upon their personal life of prayer through self-awareness, practical activities and disciplines. They investigate the spirituality of children and young people and explore appropriate approaches to discipleship.
Values Policy and Practice in Youth Work [50%]
Foundational understanding of the professional values and policies of youth work. Students will explore the methodologies of working with young people in a range of contexts. They will reflect on the values and practices of youth work from the perspective of the Christian faith
Values Policy and Practice in Children and Family work [50%]
Foundational understanding of the professional disciplines of working with children and families and playwork. Students will explore the principles and values of working with children and families and playwork. They will reflect on the values and practices of children and family work from the perspective of the Christian faith.
Independent Study – long
A module where a student chooses a topic to explore that is of particular interest and/or relevance to their pioneering.
Level 5 Modules
Bible in Context
To enable students to develop their understanding of how the Bible should be read in light of both its original and subsequent contexts.
Leadership and Theology for Ministry and Mission
Creative mission and new expressions of church need a different style of leadership, one that is relational and visionary. The teaching content takes secular and biblical models to explore what leadership is and how that relates to being a pioneer. The dynamics of power and how to manage conflict and change are explored.
Placement – Mission Entrepreneurship: Practice – [50%]
Placements in a different context enable a deeper understanding of Christian ministry through observation, reflection and active participation. Students are required to engage in critical theological reflection enabling them to assess the experience in light of theology and good practice.
Missional Entrepreneurship: Principles
In this module students learn about missional entrepreneurship through working up an actual idea into an enterprise. Aspects of that process such as ideation, financial models, business plan, measurement and evaluation are taught and applied through the module which is delivered as a residential week.
In this module we look at some foundations for ecclesiology from both past and future, from the UK and overseas. In particular the relationship between mission and church is explored.
Mission Theology in Global Context
A range of classic theology questions and doctrines are looked at through exploring differing global takes on them. This moves doctrine away from simply a Western way of conceiving of theology and into a live conversation where theology is more contextual and at times contested whether because of cultural identity, gender or ethnicity.
Developing Ministry and Worship in Context
An introduction to Christian worship in relation to pioneer ministry. This will consider the structuring of worship shapes and forms, liturgy and sacraments and how they might be opened up creatively in different contexts and cultures. Communication of the word through preaching or other forms is also part of the module. It is a reflective practice module so the assessment is through planning/curating and leading worship and preaching.