In order to take your core studies further, these subjects will also strengthen your understanding of the Bible and theology, while adding vital leadership skills to your ministry toolkit, so you can start empowering others to make a difference.
Old Testament Studies An in-depth look at key texts in the Old Testament, focusing on Exodus and Psalms, analysing and interpreting significant themes and applying them to a contemporary ministry. This subject builds upon the bible study skills you developed in the first year by acquiring basic exegetical skills appropriate for reading Old Testament texts accurately. (40 hours )
New Testament Studies An in-depth look at key books and genres in the New Testament, focusing on Paul’s letter to the Romans and The Gospel of Luke. It will delve more deeply into the cultural and historical settings of both books as it helps you cultivate some early exegetical skills that you can apply to the close study of other books of the New Testament. It will also help you analyse how you might apply these texts to contemporary Christian life and ministry. (40 hours )
Pastoral Care: This subject equips the student with the skills necessary to identify and effectively deal with pastoral care issues that arise in a ministry setting. These topics include identifying issues, effective consultation and referral, an overview of key pastoral issues, such as grief and loss, relational issues and crisis care. It will also help you think through the biblical and theological dimensions of caring for people so that you can grapple with many of the difficult issues that come up in pastoral ministry. (32 hours)
Theology: This subject builds on the concepts and skills you developed in Christian Doctrine and Church History in your first year. It discusses and develops major theological concepts, seeing how they developed through church history, and explores the diversity of theological viewpoints across a range of Christian traditions. The strengths and weaknesses of different positions will be assessed, along with their implications for life and ministry in a modern-day church setting. (40 hours)
Team Leadership: One of the steps up into your second year is the level of leadership responsibility you will be trained to carry. In this subject, you will be equipped with the understanding and diverse skills you need to lead and build teams in a ministry environment. It will help you build your capacity to recruit people to your team, build a great team atmosphere, manage your team to meet challenging ministry goals, and develop the people in your team to fulfil their God-given potential. (40 hours + 170 hours practicum
Leadership Development: This subject combines with Team Leadership to give you a well-rounded understanding of leadership, and your pathways forward as you develop as a leader. In particular, this subject focusses on a range of leadership theories, from the academic and business worlds, and explores their implications and application to Christian ministry and leadership. In the process, you will be enabled to think about your leadership style, practice and potential, so that you can map out your leadership development trajectory. (40 hours + 70 hours practicum )
Ministry Safety Focussing on one of the key responsibilities of modern ministry leaders, this subject equips you with the skills and information you need to assess and maintain safety in a ministry environment.Topics include managing risk, dealing with emergencies and Health and Safety policies and procedures. (8 hours )