MA in Church Planting

  • Course Title

    MA in Church Planting
  • Length of Study

    2 Years (Part-Time)
  • Start Date(s)

    September 2021
  • Principal Lecturer

    Revd Trevor Hutton
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

The MA in Church Planting will offer an opportunity for people engaged in church planting and pioneering to critically reflect on their work and experiences, in order to become more effective practitioners.

The MA in Church Planting, delivered in partnership with Asbury Theological Seminary, is part-time, delivered over a two year period. It will provide an opportunity for a cohort community to travel together through each of the five modules, exploring anthropological, contextual, theological, biblical, cultural, urban and missional perspectives that shape and inform missional practice.

The delivery will include intensive residential and blended learning units, making it accessible, and assignments are creative, practical and rooted in missional experience.

Nazarene Theological College is an approved partner of The University of Manchester, delivering programmes developed by Nazarene Theological College, approved by and leading to an award of the University of Manchester.

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Students will receive a minimum of 180 credits while on this course.

Modules & Placements

  • Twenty-First Century Church Planting (PT7710)
  • Socio-Cultural Anthropology for Missional Practice (PT7720)
  • Theological and Biblical Perspectives on Mission (PT7730)
  • Global Evangelism and the Mission of God (PT7740)
  • Urban Church Planting (PT7750)
  • MA Dissertation

Entry Requirements

Applicants would normally hold an honours degree in a relevant subject

Candidates for the Master of Arts degree must normally have a good honours degree in a relevant subject to be admitted to the course.

Those who hold a good honours degree in a non-theological discipline may be asked to complete NTC’s pre-MA foundational course as a bridge into the MA in Church Planting. Details of this can be found HERE. Students are referred onto this programme as part of the MA in Church Planting admissions process.

Those who do not have the formal qualifications necessary to gain entry directly on to the MA courses are able to apply to the Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate. The Diploma is composed of FOUR taught units,  does not require the completion of a dissertation, and  does not require the same standards of achievement. The Postgraduate Certificate requires completion of TWO taught units (60 credits) including required unit(s), does not require the completion of a dissertation and does not require the same standards of achievement. Students who wish to progress on to complete the MA may do so, provided they have performed at the required level.

Non-graduates may be admitted to the PG Certificate on the basis of academic work or a combination of academic and prior experiential learning which indicates that they have reached the level of academic standing equivalent to a graduate. Students who wish to be considered under these provisions should apply to the college for evaluation of their previous experience. In such cases, they may be accepted at the discretion of the Academic Board provided that in addition to the normal requirements of the course of study they attend such course units, prior to the commencement of the PG course, and complete such examinations as may be prescribed by the Academic Board in each case.

Applicants whose first language is not English

All teaching at the College is conducted in English, so applicants whose first language is not English need to demonstrate proficiency in English through completion of an IELTS test with acceptable scores. If you are a candidate for a postgraduate course, you will need a minimum IEL TS score of 6.5, or its equivalent, overall. You are responsible for arranging to take the appropriate test and for submitting the documentary evidence.

International students

We welcome students from around the world! Please read our International Students page for details of application and admissions for students outside the UK.

Fees & Funding

Course Fees: Course fees will be confirmed shortly
The College is supported by gifts and donations from Churches and from individual donors, and this allows student fees to be set at a competitive rate.

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