Christian Ministry


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  • You will reflect upon your experience acquired as a practitioner of Christian mission and ministry, in a structured and rigorous manner.
  • You will generate new knowledge and insights through original research into ministry and mission in the contemporary world.
  • The course will develop your expertise and capacity to think theologically and strategically about concrete issues confronting Christian ministry and mission today.


This MA is designed for lay and ordained Christians with significant experience of working (paid or volunteer) in churches, mission agencies or not-for-profit organisations (faith-based or secular), enabling you to engage theologically and strategically with the contemporary world.

The course will provide you with the opportunity to integrate biblical and theological studies with practice in the context of Christian spirituality. The aim is to engage faithfully and relevantly with existing and emerging challenges to Christian ministry and mission in the twenty-first century.

Students on this course become highly learned and educated professionals capable of providing intellectual leadership in, and adapting to the needs of, contemporary churches. You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the contribution that theological and biblical studies can make to the effective provision of Christian ministry in the community, and be equipped with the knowledge and critical skills to bring advanced academic expertise to professional work in church and ministerial practice.

The course will provide you with an integrated framework for theology and biblical studies in the context of Christian ministry and mission, which you can use to transform your ministerial practice. You will also develop the critical faculties of analytic and research skills, to enable you to create and interpret new knowledge in theological and ministerial studies, and extend the reach of the discipline in society.

Our networks with other local universities and places of learning will give you regular access to a range of extra-curricular seminars and other educational events relevant to the study of Christian ministry. The University’s proximity to the centre of London with its rich religious history, its diverse religious communities, and its many museums, art galleries, libraries and places of worship, makes it an ideal venue for those who are interested in exploring the histories, interactions and influences of religious communities in contemporary culture as part of their studies.

You will first of all reflect theologically and strategically on the character, nature, purpose, and practice of Christian ministry in church and society. You will be equipped to research the practices of ministry and mission, through study of key Missiological texts.

You will study ministry across a range of denominations and traditions including Pentecostal, Charismatic, Methodist, Anglican, Baptist and Catholic. You will explore and evaluate the language, secular/sacred ideas, rituals and cultural norms that nourish spiritualities, ministerial formation, and ministry practice within different historical and cultural contexts. In particular, you will examine how forms of Christian worship, such as prayer, scriptural readings and sacraments, influence conduct, moral behaviour and patterns of life, in order to develop your ministerial abilities within different political, social and economic environments.

You will also be able to take modules which look at the theological ideas from both classical and modern periods, which are of greatest relevance to church ministry and mission in the contemporary world. Using this theoretical grounding, you can pursue your interest in practical areas of ministry such as marriage and family life, or community work. In these complex and demanding areas, the Christian minister and theologian are faced with new challenges. These modules will give students the historical and academic understanding to be able to offer fresh Christian perspectives, and encourage you to develop your own responses.

There will also be the opportunity for you to reflect deeply on a particular aspect of ministerial practice through the dissertation module.

Here are examples of modules you will study as part of this programme:

Year 1

Ministry, Imagination, Identity and Culture
Practising Systematic Theology
Researching Christian Ministry
Public Theology and Community Engagement

Year 2

Christian Ministry in Context
Interpreting the Bible Today
Pentecostal Theology and Practice
Christian Spirituality and Ministerial Formation
Marriage and Family in Christian Theology and Practice


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Students of this course include ordained ministers wanting to pursue continuing ministerial education (CME), and lay Christians seeking careers as practitioners in faith-based or secular organisations. Students may go on to pursue further academic study.

The MA Christian Ministry preparation course is an optional course that will take place on Saturday 30th May 2020 (all day), Tuesday 2nd June 2020 (evening only), and Saturday 6th June 2020 (all day) for applicants to the MA Christian Ministry September 2020 entry.

The preparation course serves as an initial orientation to the study of theology and ministry at level 7 (Master’s level) and is an opportunity to meet other students who will be starting MA Christian Ministry studies in the autumn.  It is especially useful for students who previously studied a discipline other than theology as an undergraduate student, and for those returning to higher education after a break of several years.  The course includes an overview of the university, the programme, independent learning, theological research skills and critical thinking in theology.

The preparation course includes suggestions for guided reading over the summer period to help students get ready for the MA Christian Ministry programme.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.