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Theology and Models of Evangelism
Sat Jan 25 2020 0:00
Jan 29 2020 Add to calendar
videoconference
From £90

Interested in finding creative and practical ways to share the good news of Jesus in a post Christian…

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Interested in finding creative and practical ways to share the good news of Jesus in a post Christian context?
This course provides an examination of holistic approaches to evangelism, and a critical reflection on the Church’s approaches to evangelism. You will explore contemporary expressions of evangelism in the light of a robust Christian understanding of the gospel, and post-Christian 21st century Britain.

Knowing God in Christ
Tue Sep 15 2020 0:00
15 Dec 2020 Add to calendar
Videoconference
From £90

In this course you’ll learn to think theologically through a careful consideration of Christian beliefs about Jesus Christ….

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In this course you’ll learn to think theologically through a careful consideration of Christian beliefs about Jesus Christ.
You’ll discover that theology is not a list of facts about what you believe, but a whole way of thinking about God and the world. This is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the heart of your faith, and will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of how the way we think about Jesus affects the way we live our lives today.

Social Justice
Tue Sep 29 2020 0:00
15 Dec 2020 Add to calendar
Videoconference
From £90

During this course you will explore the concepts of Christian social justice from theological, biblical and practical perspectives….

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During this course you will explore the concepts of Christian social justice from theological, biblical and practical perspectives.
You will gain a deeper understanding of the complex world we live in, including its many injustices, and encourages you to engage in transformation and justice in your community as part of being a Christian witness.

Youth & Community: Community Essentials
Tue Sep 29 2020 0:00
15 Dec 2020 Add to calendar
Videoconference
From £90

This course will help you to examine the historical development of youth and community work and ministry, including…

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This course will help you to examine the historical development of youth and community work and ministry, including current issues and policies; explore methodologies and styles of youth and community work and ministry; identify curriculum models; develop an awareness of political and theological perspectives on youth and community; and gain an understanding of the professional standards expected in the National Occupational Standards and professional validation bodies.

Spiritual Formation
Wed Sep 30 2020 0:00
16 Dec 2020 Add to calendar
Videoconference
From £90

In this course you’ll learn to think theologically through a careful consideration of Christian beliefs about Jesus Christ….

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In this course you’ll learn to think theologically through a careful consideration of Christian beliefs about Jesus Christ.
You’ll discover that theology is not a list of facts about what you believe, but a whole way of thinking about God and the world. This is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the heart of your faith, and will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of how the way we think about Jesus affects the way we live our lives today.

You will be introduced to a variety of Christian spiritual traditions and approaches to prayer, alongside a study of the voluntary responses of the individual believer to the saving grace of God in Christ which in turn results in a conscious relationship with God through the indwelling Holy Spirit and is demonstrated in the community of believers and to the world. The course also provides the opportunity for personal spiritual engagement with God through prayer exercises as well as academic learning.

Strategy & Management (for Youth & Community Organisations)
Thu Oct 1 2020 0:00
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Videoconference
From £90

This practical module, led by Jonny Wineberg of Community Futures Trust CIC, explores approaches to management in the…

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This practical module, led by Jonny Wineberg of Community Futures Trust CIC, explores approaches to management in the third sector, looking at the principles and practices of project management. Students will look at the legal requirements and good practice in establishing and managing voluntary organisations, including charitable status; strategic, action and programme planning; stakeholder analysis; monitoring and evaluation; staff and volunteer management; fundraising and finance and more.

Intro to Biblical Studies
Sat Oct 10 2020 0:00
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Videoconference & Campus
From £90

Would you like to understand the Bible better? Intro to Biblical Studies explores the origins, interpretations, and approaches…

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Would you like to understand the Bible better? Intro to Biblical Studies explores the origins, interpretations, and approaches to the Scriptures.

This course is designed to introduce the beginner student to the world of academic biblical studies by engaging with questions of the origins of texts, the formation of the canon, the practice of exegesis and biblical interpretation, and discussing the validity of a range of approaches to biblical studies from ancient to contemporary.

Times and Dates

  • Saturday 10th Oct (Campus) Times TBC
  • Monday 19th Oct (Online) 7:30pm to 9pm
  • Saturday 28th Nov (Campus) Times TBC
  • Monday 2 Nov (Online) 7:30pm to 9pm
  • Monday 16 Nov (Online) 7:30pm to 9pm
  • Monday 7 Dec (Online) 7:30pm to 9pm
  • Monday 14 Dec (Online) 7:30pm to 9pm

Fees

£90 For the joy of learning (Audit- no coursework, just participate in the class).

£360 Including coursework and credit

£225 Taster Unit including coursework and credit

Contemporary Issues: Resilience and response, Christian faith in changing times.
Tue Oct 20 2020 0:00
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Videoconference
From £50

This online module will explore a range of issues around the recent pandemic and its ongoing impact on…

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This online module will explore a range of issues around the recent pandemic and its ongoing impact on the lives of communities, congregations and people.

We will discuss the impact of Covid 19 on communities, analyse responses to it and critically reflect on how churches responded, are responding and will respond to the ongoing impact of change. We will provide opportunities for students to encounter and explore their personal response to change and uncertainty, and support their development of resilience as they engage in transformed ministry practice. These issues will be explored drawing on the Bible and theology to create frameworks for change.

The 2020 Didsbury Lectures
Mon Oct 26 2020 19:30
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FREE

Moving beyond the Empire of Illusion: What do we do about the problem of evil? Presented by: Professor John…

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Moving beyond the Empire of Illusion: What do we do about the problem of evil?

Presented by: Professor John Swinton

The presence of evil amongst us is a most perplexing phenomena for both church and society. Why, if creation is deemed to be good (Genesis 1), is there so much evil and suffering? To ask such a question is completely legitimate. However, as Karen Killby has commented, answering such a question is impossible. So what is to be done about the problem of evil? We may not be able to explain evil, but we can learn to recognise evil and resist it. But first we need to become aware of what evil is and where it lurks; we need to get behind the empire of illusion and see the world as it is. Evil hides in strange places. In these lectures I will build upon and respond to some of the criticisms and concerns of my previous work on evil in the book Raging With Compassion. Responding to Jesus’s words: “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil,” The question throughout will be what does evil do. We will learn that evil comes in the banality of everyday experiences, and in radical evils such as genocide, persecution, oppression, and abuse. We will also learn how easy it is for all of us to become caught up in radical evil. Small evils feed into bigger evils. Taken together the four lectures will offer a practical theology of resistance to evil that focuses on what evil does and what we need to do to resist it.

Social Entrepreneurship: The Innovative Leader
Fri Nov 6 2020 9:00
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From £270

With the State and many centrally-funded organisations and denominations in crisis, and no longer reliable for innovative, needed…

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With the State and many centrally-funded organisations and denominations in crisis, and no longer reliable for innovative, needed and funded responses, the need for entrepreneurial leaders becomes more critical. This class encourages the student to reflect critically on essential characteristics of entrepreneurial leaders. How can Christians be such leaders in churches, social enterprises, and the charity sectors? The class focuses particularly on the personal qualities required of social entrepreneurs, to ensure that such leadership is faith based, sustainable, and innovative enough for long term change.

This course will encourage you to reflect critically on essential characteristics of Christian entrepreneurial leaders, building on leadership theory (covered more extensively in ‘Leadership and Change’) and on theological reflection to examine a range of approaches to leading social enterprises. It will also explore the personal qualities required for entrepreneurial leadership to be deeply Christian, and consider how to identify and cultivate innovative leadership approaches in oneself and in others.

Resilient Discipleship: The Call to Christian Spirituality in Urban Contexts
Sat Jan 9 2021 9:00
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From £270

This unit explores the nature and call of Christian discipleship as a core motif to sustaining life and…

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This unit explores the nature and call of Christian discipleship as a core motif to sustaining life and ministry in complex urban contexts. What are the biblical, theological and practical frameworks that can be discerned for faithful, resilient and relevant urban engagement as Christ-followers? How can Christian discipleship inform and inspire our spirituality, leadership practices and vision for God’s in-breaking, new urban world?

This unit focuses on the specific connections between spirituality, mission and discipleship and the challenges faced by people involved in mission in urban, global cultures. Designed to be delivered in different urban settings, it is concerned with understanding the presence of God outside the church and in unusual places, but able to take Jesus more seriously in personal, communal and public ways. A central concern of this unit is the dualistic framework (sacred/secular) for understanding the experience and activity of God. This unit seeks to address this directly through helping the student to reconceive his/her relationship to God and the world in more resilient, biblical and holistic ways. This unit will also explore the nature and character of sustainable discipleship in relation to contemporary cultural situations and alternative religions and world views.