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Manchester Bible School

Do you have a desire to learn?

Why not try one of our 5-week evening classes?

Manchester Bible School aims to provide accessible courses equipping people with a deeper knowledge and practical applications of the Bible and theology in a context of fellowship. No previous academic qualifications are required – just a desire to learn. This is a great and affordable way to experience an introduction to further theological education.

The courses are suitable for Christians with a basic grounding in the faith, but who want to increase their knowledge of God’s Word to help them in their Christian lives and service. Some courses aim to introduce topics, while others will build on previous courses to deepen engagement with the topic.

Courses are offered on Monday evenings over three 5-week periods; one in the autumn, one in the spring, and the other in the summer, from 7:30pm-9:30pm including a mid-session coffee break. They are held in the Emmanuel Centre here at NTC.

We will be confirming the spring and summer 2020 programme once the autumn courses are underway. We hope you find this list of dates helpful and we look forward to seeing you over the coming year.

MBS Autumn 2019 Courses

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Course 1 Title: Christian Ethics in a Messy World

This class is a practical exploration of themes the Church is encountering today. A variety of ethical issues will be discussed, in order to better equip you to navigate Christlike living in a ‘messy world’.

Course leader: Deirdre Brower Latz, Principal of NTC Manchester

Course 2 Title: A Journey through the New Testament

This is a great introductory course for anyone wanting to explore the big picture of the story of God presented through the New Testament of the Bible. Using a range of resources this course will provide space for people to ask questions and learn together in a friendly environment and seeks to help people grow deeper in their encounter with Scripture and understanding the Bible storyline.

Course leader: Mark Tomlinson is a ‘Bible Explorer’ qualified presenter, going into Primary Schools and teaching children the ‘Big Picture’ of the Bible. He is also a Children’s Specialist under the name ‘Primary Focus’, with more than 44 years of ministry involving the leading of children and young people. Mark is a gifted communicator and is as passionate about supporting, encouraging, equipping, and training leaders, as he is about teaching children about God, Jesus, and the Bible.

Course 3 Title: Gazing on Mystery: An Introduction to the Doctrine of God

The word ‘theology’ comes from two Greek words ‘Theos’ meaning God, and ‘Logos’ often translated as ‘word’. Theology, then, has something to do with ‘speaking about God’.  But how do we even begin to think about God? Let alone speak of God! In this course we will explore 5 different ‘windows’ through which we can view God, all helping us to catch glimpses of the divine mystery. From ancient thinkers to current contexts, we will discover how they’re understandings of God informs our own as together we ‘gaze on mystery’.

Course leader: Simon Sutcliffe was ordained as a Methodist minister in 2005. Since then he has served as a circuit minister, superintendent minister, pioneer minister, and a tutor at The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham. He currently serves as a learning and development officer for the Learning Network in the Methodist Church. Simon is passionate about theological education and making accessible to as many people as possible.

Dates and Times

  • September 16th – 7:30pm-9:30pm (including a mid-session coffee break)
  • September 23rd – 7:30pm-9:30pm (including a mid-session coffee break)
  • September 30th – 7:30pm-9:30pm (including a mid-session coffee break)
  • October 7th – 7:30pm-9:30pm (including a mid-session coffee break)
  • October 14th – 7:30pm-9:30pm (including a mid-session coffee break)

October 21st-24th, no MBS but you are welcome to join us at no extra cost for the 2019 Didsbury Lectures with Dr Michael Lodahl


£35 (£25 unwaged)


Emmanuel Centre, Nazarene Theological College, Dene Road, Manchester, M20 2GU

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Dates for spring 2020

  • February 24th
  • March 2nd
  • March 9th
  • March 16th
  • March 23rd

NEW for 2020, MBS Summer Sessions!

We’re excited to announce that we will be creating more choice and flexibility to study through MBS by adding another 5 sessions to our annual programme from June 2020. Save the dates!

  • June 8th
  • June 15th
  • June 22nd
  • June 29th
  • July 6th

For enquiries, please contact:

MBS Secretary, Fiona Montague  fiona_m999@hotmail.com

Nazarene Theological College  enquiries@nazarene.ac.uk