Who are the courses for?

Our Advanced Short Courses are at postgraduate level and ideal for anyone:

  • Involved in and looking to deepen their understanding of the theory and practice of mission in diverse contexts (both in the UK and beyond)
  • Wanting to update their knowledge of cutting edge theory and practice from a biblical perspective
  • Practitioners who are moving into new areas and contexts in their mission involvement.

Participants should ideally have:

  • A minimum of two years’ relevant experience to the course they are accessing
  • A good level of English Language (equivalent to 7.0 IELTS)


These courses are delivered as intensive, or modular courses:


A mixture of input and discussion, drawing on students' own experience from around the world

Duration:  4 - 5 days

Location:  Classroom based and residential


Weekly lectures (2 - 3 hours) combined with self study

Duration:  10 weeks

Location: On campus or remotely


Guided weekly study with student discussion and interaction via an online forum

Duration:  10 weeks

Location: Online

Please note there are no marked assignments or academic credits for Advanced Short Courses

Looking for something else?

Check out our series of Short Courses 

  • Vulnerable Children: Biblical and Theological Perspectives

    10th - 14th July 2023
    Intensive Online, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-2.30pm

    Vulnerable children or ‘children at risk’ live across the world and face numerous factors that can prevent them from thriving as whole people created in God’s image. This advanced short course aims to ‘upskill’ Christians involved in working with and on behalf of vulnerable children and young people by developing them as informed reflective practitioners able to draw on a rich resource of applied biblical, theological, and missiological thinking.

  • Methods and Models of Contextual Theology

    9 January - 17 March 2023
    This course provides an introduction to Contextual Theology and allows students to study the origins of the discipline and its validity within the field of theology. Using Stephen Bevans’ Models of Contextual Theology (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2002) as a core text, students of this course are able to examine and evaluate the methods and models of contextual theology drawn from a multitude of Christian traditions and from different parts of the world. Particular attention is paid to...

  • Principles and Practices of Community Transformation

    10 January - 14 March 2023 (every Tuesday, 10am - 1pm GMT)
    MODULAR online optional
    This course provides participants with an in depth look at understandings and concepts of poverty, injustice and inequality and examines and critiques approaches to addressing these issues from both a secular and biblical perspective. The course enables participants to evaluate and critique their own experience of development from a Christian faith based perspective and deepen their understanding and practice of approaches that bring about transformational change at the level of individuals, communities and society.

  • Staff Care and Wellbeing: Principles and Processes

    11 January - 15 March 2023 (every Wednesday, 10am - 1pm GMT)
    MODULAR online optional
    This course explores principles of staff care and wellbeing in mission agencies, churches, and other organisations, with especial consideration of their organisational and cultural contexts. The biblical and theological foundations of member care as well as key principles and processes within staff care and wellbeing are examined. The course is suitable for those experienced in member care...

  • Multicultural Ministry

    12 January - 16 March 2023 (every Thursday, 1.30pm - 4pm GMT)
    MODULAR online optional
    This course is particularly aimed at those wanting to explore the opportunities and challenges of ministry in a multicultural context. It is especially relevant for those already involved in an ongoing ministry within a multicultural church or engaged in ministry within a multi-cultural context. Participants will be enabled to study the multicultural church phenomenon in depth, and interact with and learn from those experienced in the area of multicultural ministry.

  • Leadership

    13 January - 17 March 2023 (every Friday, 10am - 1pm GMT)
    MODULAR online optional
    This course provides participants with an in-depth examination of the theory and practice of leadership from a biblical perspective, and examines how this works out in diverse cross-cultural contexts. The course includes an overview and critique of key leadership theories, New Testament models of leadership, the role of emotional intelligence, building resilience in leadership, and the role of the leader in shaping vision, values and culture.  The course is taught by a variety of people all with extensive experience of cross-cultural leadership in a mission context.    

  • Mission Strategy

    17 - 20 April 2023
    INTENSIVE online optional
    This course is suitable for those currently involved in or likely to be involved in the development of mission strategy at a church or organisational level. Delivered by experienced mission practitioners and thinkers, this course will equip participants to develop effective strategies for missional engagement in the current global context. Lessons will be drawn from historical models of mission strategy. Current global trends in mission will be examined, and strategic planning approaches, tools and frameworks explored. 

  • Contextual Engagement with Islam

    17 - 20 April 2023
    INTENSIVE online optional
    This course brings together theoretical and practical components.  The theoretical component examines the existence and development of different movements within Islam. The practical element will look into issues encountered by Christian mission in different contexts.  The course builds on foundational knowledge in order to engage with the realities of lived Islam from a pragmatic perspective.

  • Multicultural Worship: Intensive

    17 - 20 April 2023
    On campus 
    This four-day intensive course is aimed at those involved in or interested in ministry in multicultural settings. It is particularly relevant for leaders who are committed to developing multicultural forms of worship and liturgy. The course aims to give practical opportunities to explore liturgy and worship from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and examine how local art forms can be used to shape liturgy and worship for multicultural settings.

  • Planning and Managing for Transformational Change

    17 - 20 April 2023
    INTENSIVE online optional
    This course is designed for those seeking to update their skills and knowledge in the planning and management of community based programmes, and the running of organisations which seek to have a holistic impact on their communities and wider society, both in the global North and South. The course will be facilitated by Dr Mark Galpin who has extensive experience of development programme design and management, and leadership of faith based development organisations.

  • Staff Care and Wellbeing: Issues and Application

    17 - 20 April 2023
    optional online
    This course examines the theory and implementation of staff care and wellbeing in different contexts, including consideration of non-western perspectives. It will enable students to reflect on and develop their competencies in addressing complex issues of care in a variety of cultural contexts, for individuals, families, and teams. The course is suitable for those experienced in member care.

  • Missiological Issues in Contextual Theology

    24 April - 30 June 2023
    This course focuses on the missiological issues that have an impact on the shape and context of any contextual theology. The changes within World Christianity in a 100 year period are examined in order to determine their impact on mission and contextual theology. Particular attention is also paid to how contextual theologies are shaped by...

Latest News

  • Advanced Short Courses 2023

    2nd January 2023
  • Principles and Practices of Community Transformation

    10th January 2023
  • Staff Care and Wellbeing: Principles and Processes

    11th January 2023

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