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)

Format

These courses are delivered as intensive, or modular courses:

Intensive 

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

Duration:  4 - 5 days

Location:  Classroom based and residential

Modular 

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

Duration:  10 weeks

Location: On campus or remotely

Online

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 

    • Multicultural Worship: Intensive

      19 - 22 April 2022
      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.

    • Missiological Issues in Contextual Theology

      19 April - 30 July 2022
      FORUM - ONLINE ONLY
      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...

    • Staff Care and Wellbeing: Issues and Application

      19 - 22 April 2022
      INTENSIVE
      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.

    • Methods and Models of Contextual Theology

      10 January - 18 March 2022
      FORUM
      - ONLINE ONLY
      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

      11 January - 15 March 2022 (every Tuesday, 11am - 2pm 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

      12 January - 16 March 2022 (every Wednesday, 11am - 2pm 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...

    • Leadership

      13 January - 17 March 2022 (every Thursday, 11am - 2pm 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.    

    • Multicultural Ministry

      13 January - 17 March 2022 (every Thursday, 2pm - 5pm 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.

    • Contextual Engagement with Islam

      19 - 22 April 2022
      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.

    • Planning and Managing for Transformational Change

      19 - 22 April 2022
      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.

    • Mission Strategy

      19 - 22 April 2022
      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. 

    • Collaborative Leadership in a Complex World

      11 - 15 July 2022
      Intensive Online, Mon-Fri, 9am-2pm

      This advanced short course examines leadership in the face of new levels of complexity and uncertainty prevalent in the 21st century, which require us to move away from assumptions about the “talented individual” and look instead at how to do leadership together.

    • Vulnerable Children: Biblical and Theological Perspectives

      11 - 15 July 2022
      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.

    • The Practice of Christian Mission in Britain and Europe

      11 - 15 July 2022
      Intensive Online, Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm

      This 5-day intensive course is aimed at anyone involved in the practice of Christian mission in Britain and Europe. The course seeks to help participants to reflect more deeply on their existing mission practice and to expose them to something of the variety of approaches to the challenge of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in Britain and Europe today. 

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