Below are the award descriptions for the postgraduate programme at All Nations

 

Certificate in Missiology

The All Nations Postgraduate Certificate in Missiology provides students with an introduction to the study of Missiology at the postgraduate level. The certificate is made up of the following modules:

The Mission Reflection & Integration (M1) module provides a foundation for the Postgraduate Programme as a whole. Students are enabled to develop the study, research and reflective skills required to engage in the theological, missiological and research components of the programme. The module encourages the student to think in an integrated way about their studies across disciplines and to develop their skills as researchers and reflective practitioners. It aims to provide the academic skills necessary for effective postgraduate study. It focuses in particular on the development of the analytical, bibliographic and research skills needed to engage in research and provides an opportunity to develop the ability to bring together personal experience, external resources and the acquisition of new learning in a way that encourages reflective practice.

The Biblical and Theological Foundations for Mission (M2) module provides students with the opportunity to explore in greater depth selected themes and concepts in Bible and theology as foundational to the study of Christian mission. The general aim of the module is to develop the student’s understanding of the role of the Bible and theology in shaping Christian mission by means of an in-depth study of certain biblical themes and texts, which have had major influence on the church’s understanding of mission.  This module will enable the students to reflect critically on their own biblical, theological, and hermeneutical convictions as well as their missionary and professional practice.  It therefore serves as a biblical and theological framework for the specialist modules on the MA and MTh programmes.

To complete the certificate students will then study either the module on Anthropological Foundations (M3) or one of the specialist modules.  

The Anthropological Foundations (M3) module aims to provide students with a foundation of social anthropology and give them tools to understand and engage with complex social and cultural issues within the context where the mission practitioner finds her/himself. The theories and issues covered are a necessary foundation to developing cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity to the complexities of living and working with peoples of other cultures. The practitioner’s ability to apply anthropological theory and concepts to their vocational context will be emphasised and enhanced during this module. 

Alternatively, the student can choose one of the following modules:

  • Principles and Practices of Community Transformation (M4), which explores issues of poverty and injustice and how the church can work to bring transformation in a community.
     
  • Planning & Managing for Transformational Change (M5), which explores various development approaches for project design, implementation, evaluation and learning.
     
  • Leadership (M6), which explores theories and practice of leadership, critiquing them biblically for leadership in cross-cultural situations.
     
  • Mission Strategy (M7), which equips students to develop appropriate and effective mission strategies that are relevant for missions in any given context.
     
  • Methods and Models of Contextual Theology (M8), which explores the validity of and evaluates various methods and models of contextual theology.
     
  • Missiological Issues in Contextual Theology (M9), which studies and evaluates missiological issues that are integral to the formation of contextual theologies.
     
  • Contemporary Islam (M12), which equips students to examine the different movements within Islam and issues encountered in missions in different Muslim contexts.

Students successfully completing the Postgraduate certificate in Missiology can progress to the Diploma and / or MA in Missiology or in one of the specialist exit awards.

 

MA / PG Dip in Missiology

The All Nations MA in Missiology provides students with the opportunity to explore the diverse world of mission practice and theory, without the need to specialise in a particular area. This means that students will have the opportunity to build on the core modules by choosing any two modules from a wide range of subjects.

The core modules equip students to study at Masters level through developing advanced study and research skills (M1), establishing a robust theological and biblical basis for missional engagement (M2) and giving students a thorough grounding in the field of social and cultural anthropology (M3)

The core modules can then be built upon by studying any two modules from a wide range of specialist modules:

  • Principles and Practices of Community Transformation (M4), which explores issues of poverty and injustice and how the church can work to bring transformation in a community.
     
  • Planning & Managing for Transformational Change (M5), which explores various development approaches for project design, implementation, evaluation and learning.
     
  • Leadership (M6), which explores theories and practice of leadership, critiquing them biblically for leadership in cross-cultural situations.
     
  • Mission Strategy (M7), which equips students to develop appropriate and effective mission strategies that are relevant for missions in any given context.
     
  • Methods and Models of Contextual Theology (M8), which explores the validity of and evaluates various methods and models of contextual theology.
     
  • Missiological Issues in Contextual Theology (M9), which studies and evaluates missiological issues that are integral to the formation of contextual theologies.
     
  • Contemporary Islam (M12), which equips students to examine the different movements within Islam and issues encountered in missions in different Muslim contexts.
     
  • Education as Mission (M14), which examines the theory and practice of formal and non-formal education in mission and its role in the transformation of individuals and communities. 

Students will also have an opportunity to audit a third specialist module should they wish to do so.

In addition to having the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of disciplines in missions, the MA in Missiology also allows students to undertake an in-depth research on a specific Missional topic that they are interested in through the writing of their dissertation (15,000 words), supported by taught classes on research skills and regular interaction with an experienced supervisor.

Suitable for those with experience in or wishing to engage in missions globally or in their local community, the All Nations MA in Missiology guarantees a rich, stimulating and transformative learning experience together with students from across the globe. The MA is available as a full time (11 month), part time (2 year) or on-line (3 year) course. Students can also enrol for a postgraduate diploma (9 months full time). Technology enhanced flexible delivery means that the course can be accessed by students residentially or remotely.            

 

MTh / PG Dip in Contextual Theology

The All Nations MTh in Contextual Theology is based on the reality that everywhere the Christian church has taken root across the globe, theologies shaped by the local context have been born. This MTh facilitates the study of this phenomenon and equips students to both understand the theological, social, economic and historical forces at play in the creation of contextual theologies, and to be effective in facilitating the development of appropriate contextual theologies in diverse local and global contexts.

The core modules equip students to study at Masters level through developing advanced study and research skills (M1), establishing a robust theological and biblical basis for missional engagement (M2), and giving students a thorough grounding in the field of social and cultural anthropology (M3). 

In addition to these core modules, students doing the MTh in Contextual Theology must complete two specialist modules. Both of these modules are only available through the college’s online learning facility and weekly interaction with tutors is done through this medium.

The Methods and Models of Contextual Theology (M8) module provides students with an introduction to contextual theology and facilitates study of the origins of this discipline and its place within the wider field of theology. Using Stephen Bevans’ Models of Contextual Theology (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2002) as a core text, students of this module 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 models of contextual theology from Asia, Africa and Latin America, with a view to driving home a core objective of the module, which is to make students aware that all theology, including western models, are of necessity contextual.

The Missiological Issues in Contextual Theology (M9) module allows students to study and evaluate the missiological issues that impact upon the shape and context of any contextual theology. The course outline is framed by the two Edinburgh missionary conferences of 1910 and 2010. The changes within World Christianity in this 100 year period are examined in order to determine their impact on mission and contextual theology and particular attention is also paid to how contextual theologies are shaped by the cultural matrices of the differing regions of the world from which they emerge. The specific missiological issues studied in detail are Mission and Identity, Mission and Postmodernities, Mission and Other Faiths, Forms of Missionary Engagement, Mission and Spirituality and Discipleship.

Students will also have an opportunity to audit a third specialist module should they wish to do so from the range of MA modules in areas of development studies, leadership, and contemporary Islam.

Students wishing to complete the MTh will need to write a dissertation (15,000 words) on a specific topic related to contextual theology. In addition to providing a student the opportunity to engage deeply with a subject they are deeply committed to, the dissertation also facilitates the development of skills in research and fieldwork, supported by taught classes and regular interaction with an experienced supervisor.

The All Nations MTh in Contextual Theology is suitable for those involved in any kind of Christian ministry, anywhere in the world, who wish to deepen their understanding of how the dynamics of culture and faith influence our theological thinking and shape our ethics and missional practice as churches. The MTh is available as a full time (11 month), part time (2 year) or on-line (2 year or 3 year) course. Students can also enrol for a postgraduate diploma (9 months full time). Technology enhanced flexible delivery means that the course can be accessed by students residentially or remotely.

 

MA / PG Dip in Multicultural Church in Practice

The All Nations MA in Multicultural Church in Practice Practice provides students with an in-depth exploration of the dynamic nature, opportunities and challenges of the multicultural church phenomenon and of ministry in multi-cultural contexts’ and equips students with the skills and knowledge to be authentic and effective leaders for these contexts.

The core modules equip students to study at Masters level through developing advanced study and research skills (M1), establishing a robust theological and biblical basis for missional engagement (M2) and giving students a thorough grounding in the field of social and cultural anthropology (M3)

The core modules are then built upon through a 40-credit module on Multicultural Ministry (M17). This module facilitates research and analysis of 4 key areas:

  • How the multicultural context with global migration flows influences forms of ministry and necessitates contextual theological reflection
     
  • How this particular context shapes the mission of a local multicultural congregation, with particular attention to issues of poverty, inequality and discrimination, to bring about transformation in the community
     
  • The challenges, opportunities and models of leadership necessary in a multicultural context and the formation of an inter-cultural church
     
  • How local art forms of the various cultures represented can be used to shape worship and liturgy appropriate for a multicultural context

As this module aims to be practical and relevant to ministry in a multicultural context, students of this module will engage in a combination of written and practice-based assignments.

Students will also have an opportunity to audit a third specialist module should they wish to do so from the range of MA modules in areas of development studies, leadership, contextual theology and contemporary Islam.

One of the unique features of this exit award is that in order to complete the MA, students can choose between:

  1. In-depth research on a specific topic related to missions in a multicultural context through the writing of their dissertation (15,000 words).
     
  2. A practice-based project which gives students the opportunity to integrate practical experience with their academic studies. Students will engage in researching an area directly related to their ministry in a multicultural context, designing and implementing a project and writing up of a report (7,500 words) summarising the process and evaluating the project.

In addition to providing a student the opportunity to engage deeply with the subject of multicultural ministry, the dissertation and practice based projects facilitates the development of skills in research and fieldwork, supported by taught classes on research skills and regular interaction with an experienced supervisor.

Suitable for those involved in on-going ministry within a multicultural church or engaged in ministry within a multicultural context, the All Nations MA in Multicultural Church in Practice guarantees a rich, stimulating and transformative learning experience together with students from across the globe. The MA is available as a full time (11 month), part time (2 year) or on-line (3 year) course. Students can also enrol for a postgraduate diploma (9 months full time). Technology enhanced flexible delivery means that the course can be accessed by students residentially or remotely.           

 

MA / PG Dip in Transformational Development

The All Nations MA in Transformational Development explores the role of development and social change in the building of God's Kingdom. It seeks to identify the characteristics of a biblically faithful expression of community and social engagement and the outworking of this in diverse missional contexts in both the global North and South. 

Core modules equip students with advanced study and research skills (M1) for their Masters level studies, a robust theological and biblical basis for missional engagement (M2) and a thorough grounding in the field of social and cultural anthropology (M3). The core modules are built on through two specialist modules.

Principles and Practices of Community Transformation (M4) explores the nature and understanding of poverty, inequality and injustice, from both a secular and biblical perspective and current global trends. Theories of social change and development are reviewed and critiqued in the light of a biblical understanding, and current cutting edge, alternative approaches considered. The concept of Integral Mission and the role of the church in community is discussed. Approaches to community transformation are explored, drawing on practice from a wide range of urban and rural contexts in both the global North and South. Key issues of gender, inclusion and creation care are considered. The role of social enterprise and business, promotion of good governance and approaches to tackling unjust structures (advocacy and civil-disobedience), are also examined.

Planning & Managing for Transformational Change (M5) builds on the conceptual understanding of the M4 module and examines the social development sector: its strengths, weaknesses, and key challenges and the specific issues facing Christian faith-based organisations as they seek to remain relevant and effective into the future. Using a hands on approach students examine cutting edge approaches and tools in the design and management of social change initiatives, including strength-based approaches, Theory of change, and participatory approaches to project design, monitoring, evaluation and learning. Power and systems theories and alternatives to project based approaches are explored together with tools for advocacy and peace-building. The challenges and opportunities of responding effectively to humanitarian disasters is also considered.

Students have an opportunity to audit a third specialist module from the range of MA modules on offer including leadership, mission strategy, contextual theology or Islam, should they wish to do so.

Students wishing to complete the MA in Transformational Development will need to write a dissertation (15,000 words) on a specific topic related to poverty, justice and development. This gives students the opportunity to engage and develop skills in doing in-depth research, supported by taught classes on research skills and regular interaction with an experienced supervisor.

Suitable for those experienced in the social and development sectors wishing to update their knowledge and explore the implications of their faith on their work, or those looking to re-focus their careers to development and the social sector, the All Nations MA in Transformational Development guarantees a rich, stimulating and transformative learning experience together with students from across the globe. The MA is available as a full time (11 months), part time (2 years) or on-line (3 years) course. Students can also enrol for a postgraduate diploma (9 months full time). Technology enhanced flexible delivery means that the course can be accessed by students residentially or remotely.            

 

MA / PG Dip in Global Ecclesiology

The All Nations MA in Global Ecclesiology equips students to reflect on their experience with church, develop awareness of the contemporary importance of ecclesiology as a theological discipline, understand how global ecclesiologies are influencing and shaping local ecclesiologies and develop skills in designing and implementing more appropriate forms of church for local contexts.

Foundational to this MA are the core modules which equip students to study at Masters level through developing advanced study and research skills (M1), helping students understand how Biblical and theological studies are integral to the development of ecclesiology (M2) and give students a thorough grounding in the field of social and cultural anthropology (M3)

These core modules are then built on through the completion of a specialist module (M16), entitled Church Re-imagined for a Global Age. This is a 40 credit module and allows students to engage in an in-depth study of the essential elements relating to ecclesiology in the global age. This involves becoming familiar with the major trends in global ecclesiologies and examining the theological and sociological factors that are shaping them; understanding how the multitudinous forms of church in the world are shaped by theology and context and how these in turn influence a church’s missional vision and practice; learning the vital principles of mission strategy and how to apply these in creating new forms of church and mission practice; drawing on local art forms to create and establish more culturally appropriate liturgies and forms of worship for specific church contexts.

Students will also have an opportunity to audit a third specialist module should they wish to do so from the range of MA modules in areas of development studies, leadership, contextual theology and contemporary Islam.

One of the unique features of this exit award is that in order to complete the MA, students can choose between:

  1. In-depth research on a specific topic related to the missional implications of ecclesiology through the writing of their dissertation (15,000 words).
     
  2. A practice-based project which gives students the opportunity to integrate practical experience with their academic studies. Students will engage in researching an area directly related to their own context, designing and implementing a project and writing up of a report (7,500 words) summarising the process and evaluating the project.
     

In addition to providing a student the opportunity to engage deeply with the subject of global ecclesiology, the dissertation and practice based project facilitates the development of skills in research and fieldwork, supported by taught classes on research skills and regular interaction with an experienced supervisor.

Suitable for those involved in church-based ministry anywhere in the world, who are committed to deepening their understanding of what constitutes missional church and perfecting their skills at developing more missional forms of church life, the All Nations MA in Global Ecclesiology guarantees a rich, stimulating and transformative learning experience together with students from across the globe. The MA is available as a full time (11 month), part time (2 year) or on-line (3 year) course. Students can also enrol for a postgraduate diploma (9 months full time). Technology enhanced flexible delivery means that the course can be accessed by students residentially or remotely.            

 

MA / PG Dip in Transformational Leadership

The All Nations MA in Transformational Leadership explores the nature, opportunities and challenges of leadership, specifically within a missional and inter-cultural context and equips students to be authentic and effective leaders for these contexts.

Core modules equip students to study at Masters level through developing advanced study and research skills (M1), establishing a robust theological and biblical basis for missional engagement (M2) and giving students a thorough grounding in the field of social and cultural anthropology (M3). The core modules are built on through two specialist modules.

Leadership (M6) focuses on the theory and practice of leadership. Models of cross-cultural leadership are examined and critiqued and the tensions between a common biblical foundation for leadership and how the practice of leadership is worked out in different cultural contexts (and the impact of key cultural variables) is explored. New Testament models of leadership and their implications are examined.  Foundational and cutting edge leadership theories are critiqued from a biblical perspective and the concept of servant leadership is explored in depth. The role of the leader in shaping vision and values and the importance and influence of governance and organisational culture are examined. The module also explores the importance of emotional intelligence in the leader and how leaders effectively bring about change and build resilience for the long term.

Mission strategy (M7) builds on the conceptual understanding of leadership in M6 and equips students to develop appropriate and effective mission strategies in a variety of global contexts. The biblical basis of mission strategy is explored and contemporary strategic planning approaches are reviewed and critiqued. Lessons are then drawn form a review of historical strategies of mission. Contemporary mission strategies are then examined and critiqued and case studies are used to explore how mission strategy works out in practice. To consolidate their learning students then develop and / or critique a contemporary mission strategy for a context of their choice.  

Students have the opportunity to audit a third specialist module from the range of MA modules on offer including development studies, contextual theology or Islam, should they wish to do so.

Students wishing to complete the MA in Transformational Leadership will need to write a dissertation (15,000 words) on a specific topic related to leadership in a mission context. This gives students the opportunity to engage and develop skills in doing in-depth research in their specialist area, supported by taught classes on research skills and regular interaction with an experienced supervisor.

Suitable for those with experience in mission work who are preparing for or involved in leadership, the All Nations MA in Transformational Leadership guarantees a rich, stimulating and transformative learning experience together with students from across the globe. The MA is available as a full time (11 month), part time (2 year) or on-line (3 year) course. Students can also enrol for a postgraduate diploma (9 months full time). Technology enhanced flexible delivery means that the course can be accessed by students residentially or remotely. 

 

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