Manchester Bible School

Manchester Bible School – 5-week Evening Classes for Those with a Desire to Learn

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.


Course Details and Registration

Autumn 2022 Courses

The Use of the Old Testament in the New: Acts 2, A Case Study

Helping modern readers of the New Testament to read it within its Second Temple context.

Course overview: This course aims to help modern readers of the New Testament  to read it within its Second Temple context. It particularly seeks to highlight the role of interpreting the New Testament in the light of its use of the Old Testament. It will do so by introducing the concept of intertextuality, defining quotations, allusions and echoes and using these in interpreting Acts 2. It is hoped that skills obtained from this study can be used for interpreting other texts in the New Testament.

Course leader: Dr Ezekiel Shibemba leads All Nations Church Oldham and lectures part-time at  Nazarene Theological College. Ezekiel has been part of New Testament Biblical Studies at NTC for seven years. He combines a passion for both academics and practice, a combination made possible by the two roles he currently holds. He is married to Mahongo and they have two sons; he is proud at having recently become a grandfather.

Delivery: On Campus at NTC

Nazarene Pastors LLL Code: 51037  (1 hour per class)

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Understanding Theology: A Guide to Basic Doctrine

Theology for non-theologians.

Course overview: This is an introductory, discussion-based course that will be delivered live via Zoom. The classes are based on a series of discussion starters for ‘theology for non-theologians’ with the conviction that theology must be hands-on, accessible, street-level and grace-oriented, exploring principles rather than ‘laying down the law.’ Questions to be explored include: What is the shape of God?  What does ‘Covenant’ mean? What on earth is the Kingdom? Why the cross, and how does it change us? Why (and how) do we worship?

Course leader: Revd Dr Ken Baker is a teaching pastor at Redcatch Community Church in Bristol. He is an enthusiastic and engaging communicator with a range of teaching and ministry experiences.

Delivery: Online via Zoom

Nazarene Pastors LLL Code: 89556  (1 hour per class)

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Hebrews: How It All Points To Jesus

Encouraging understanding and a sense of wonder about the relationship between the Old and New Covenant.

Course overview: A short trip through the letter to the Hebrews, showing the superiority of Jesus as ‘the better than…’ In this course, suitable for beginners, intermediates and those wishing to dig a bit deeper, we will consider some of the letter’s key comparisons through careful exposition whilst linking its application still today. It is hoped that the attendee will come away with a better understanding (as well as a sense of wonder) of the relationship between the Old and New Covenant and how Christ is the great fulfilment of God’s great plan of redemption. The lessons will be informal and presentational with time made for discussion afterwards.

Course leader: Revd Jamie Kidd is Lead Pastor at Emmanuel Community Church, Stockport. Jamie (an ex-paratrooper and evangelist!) is married with 5 children and loves telling and teaching people about Jesus.

Delivery: On Campus at NTC

Nazarene Pastors LLL Code: 37209  (1 hour per class)

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Spring 2023 Courses

Healing Prayer with the Bible

Learning simple skills in praying for healing, both physical and in the area of hurtful memories.

Course overview: This course is ideal for those who would like to find more confidence to pray for healing with those who are unwell. The course will include teaching on the authority Jesus gave to his disciples, the importance of faith, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Printed booklets of notes will be available for each week with opportunities for practising healing prayer in groups.

Course leader: Bishop Graham Dow is assistant Bishop in the Dioceses of Chester and Manchester.

Nazarene Pastors LLL Code: 26601 (1 hour per class)

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Full Price £35 / Concessions** £25

*We are unable to provide recordings of MBS sessions but will circulate any presentations or handouts that our guest speakers make available

**Concessions include: Students 16+ (NTC students free registration); people with a disability; unemployed; retired.

MBS on the Road

MBS on the Road is a new initiative that brings the Manchester Bible School experience to your church community.

Details of current partners and projects are listed on this page. If you’re interested in partnering with us for a short course at your church, please email Revd Louise Kenyon.


12 Step Bible Study

Time: Fridays at 7.30pm, beginning 27th May 2022

Venue: CHURCH ON THE STREET, 1-7 Hammerton Street, Burnley, BB11 1NA

Course Tutor: Pastor Mick Fleming