Ministerial Theology (FdA/BTh)

Undergraduate

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Places available for September 2021

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  • Flexible evening and weekend teaching, allowing you to continue with your ministry commitments.
  • Roehampton has historical roots as an institution with strong connections to the church.
  • The option to complete a further year to gain a BTh honours degree.
  • 95% of Ministerial Theology students are satisfied with the course (NSS 2020)
  • Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.

Summary

This is the ideal theology course for those who are already working in Christian ministry and mission. It gives you the opportunity to develop your intellectual and practical expertise, while continuing to work in your local church or community. 

The FdA is foundation degree is specifically designed for people who have little or no previous academic experience but are keen to learn new ideas and skills. There is the option, upon successful completion of the FdA, to study for a further year to gain a BTh honours (Bachelor of Theology degree) in Ministerial Theology. 

Watch this short video testimony from a former student who is now a working pastor.

All students undertake a long ministry placement for the duration of the foundation degree. This will normally be at your home church, where you will be supported by a local mentor. Your mentor will provide supervision and will be someone who knows you and your Christian ministry. Roehampton teaching staff will also visit you in your church. 

You will also have a short ministry placement in another church or ministry context, which is carefully chosen with your local mentor to ensure a rich and valuable experience. The work you do in your local church or community counts towards the credits you need to successfully complete the course. There are also specially-designed study days for evangelists, worship leaders, pastoral assistants and preachers. 

You will join a large ministerial theology student body, ranging from foundation level to PhD, and benefit from Roehampton's historical roots as an institution with strong connections to the church. Chapel is held regularly during term and students are encouraged to attend and participate. All of our ministry students become members of our Whitelands College and benefit from the chaplaincy facilities there. 

Teaching takes place during extended hours, giving you the space to manage your other commitments. Class sessions run on Tuesday evenings (online) and on Saturdays (face-to-face) at our Whitelands campus.

Staff have a wide range of research interests and expertise, but particular specialisms include African Christianity, Christian education, congregational studies, ecclesiology, Pentecostalism, New Testament and transnational churches.

Year one 

  • Develop your understanding of the nature of the Old and New Testament scripture and explore the theory and practice of relating scripture to both the historical and contemporary context.  
  • Address the question ‘What is Ministry?’ and reflect on your own spiritual journey.  
  • Other modules include Navigating Church History and Christian Doctrine. 

Year two 

  • In your ministry placement continue to develop your ability to observe, describe, analyse and evaluate your own ministry practice.  
  • Develop your understanding of ethics, reflect on how Christians theologise about encounters with other faiths, explore Christian worship in its many contexts, and learn about the art and science of biblical interpretation - hermeneutics.
  • A short ministry placement puts you in a different ministry context, allowing you to experience how other Christian traditions do church.

 

Continue onto year three to gain a Theology degree. 

Year three 

  • Investigate the theology and practice of pastoral care, consider how different theologies have developed around the world, and investigate how faith and religion is taught and learned.
  • Choose to study a topic of interest to you in-depth as a supervised project, where you will produce a sustained piece of theological reflection on an aspect of Christian ministry.

Here are some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Compulsory Modules
Scripture 1 (Old Testament)
Scripture 2 (New Testament)
The Contexts of Ministry 1
Study Skills for Ministerial Theology
Navigating Church History
Introduction to Christian Doctrine

Optional Modules
English for Academic Study

Year 2

Compulsory Modules
The Contexts of Ministry 2
Short Ministry Placement
Engaging Scripture

Optional Modules
Christian Ethics
Church and World Religions
Pentecostal Theology in Context
Mission in the 21st Century
Modern Christian Doctrine
Liturgy and Liberty in Worship
Christian Apologetics
Introduction to New Testament Greek

Year 3 (BTh)

Compulsory Module
Either Ministerial Theology Dissertation or Ministerial Theology Special Essay

Optional Modules
Church and Society
Pauline Theology
Theologies from World Christianity
Theology and Practice of Pastoral Care
Christian Doctrine in Ecumenical Perspective
Education, Faith and Society
Preaching
Trinitarian Theology

 

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.

You could go onto work in a wide variety of Christian ministry roles in churches and parachurch organisations, or continue with postgraduate study in theology. You could also work in the charity sector or teaching. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers. 

Dr Richard Burgess  is  a  Senior Lecturer  in  Ministerial Theology. He has experience of teaching theology in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. His current research focuses on expressions of Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity in Africa and the African diaspora, and the interface between religion, conflict and public life.

Dr David Clark  is a Lecturer in Ministerial Theology.  He has served as a missionary in Mexico and Ecuador, and has a directed a missional training centre in the USA.  His primary research interest is focused on the idea of communal identity formation, and finds expression in projects involving historical theology, developing-world hermeneutics, the theology of prayer, and missiology.

Dr Ashley Cocksworth is a Senior Lecturer in Theology and Practice. His research interests gather around the interaction between Christian doctrine and everyday Christian practices, with a particular interest in theologies of prayer. He publishes in the area of systematic theology and convenes the Research Group in Theology, Religion and Practice.

Revd Dr Daniel Eshun is the Dean of Chapel at Whitelands College and Associate Vicar at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Roehampton. He teaches Biblical Studies, Ethics, Psychology of Forgiveness, Christian Spirituality, and Theologies from World Christianity. His research interests include the impact of theological education upon students preparing for Christian ministry and Christian leadership in an African context.

Dr John Moxon is a Principal Lecturer in Biblical Studies. His research interests include early Jewish Christianity and revelatory and other charismatic phenomena in the Graeco- Roman world. He is a personnel advisor for the mission agency BCMS Crosslinks.

Dr R. David Muir is a Senior Lecturer in Ministerial Theology and Public Theology. David’s research interests include political/ public theology, critical theory and apologetics. He was previously the director of Public Theology and Public Policy at the Evangelical Alliance.

Dr Andrew Rogers is a Principal Lecturer in Practical Theology. His research interests include congregational hermeneutics, Bible and practical theology, faith and place, and diaspora Pentecostal churches. Andrew convenes the FdA and BTh in Ministerial Theology.

Dr Clare Watkins is a Reader in Ecclesiology and Practical Theology, with a specialism in the theology of church, sacraments and ministries. She works extensively in ecumenical theology, and is the co-originator of Theological Action Research.

Your application to the Ministerial Theology programme begins with an email; please write to us at MTenquiries@roehampton.ac.uk to express your interest.

Once we hear from you, we will guide you through the following steps:

1. The pre-interview form: We’ll send you a short form that asks you to tell us about your ministry involvement and faith story.
2. The interview: We will contact you to schedule a short online interview with a member of our staff team.
3. UCAS: We will direct you to UCAS (University College and Admissions Site) where you will submit additional application information.

After these steps have been completed, you will hear from us regarding our admission decision. If you are considering the option of applying for financial assistance through Student Finance England, you will be able to do to so once you have accepted an offer for admission.

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

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.

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