Community Ministry - Overview
This is ideal for those with a passion for a particular area of ministry or who want to pioneer new ways of working with communities. Previous students have been involved in running a food bank and worked with asylum seekers or those who are homeless.
In-person (Nottingham) or fully Online
Full or part time
3 or 6 years
11 September 2023
*Course costs stated are for 2023. Also, some students pay for an overnight stay 1 night per fortnight.
The Community Ministry specialist pathway on our BA Honours degree in Practical Theology is ideal for those with a passion for a particular area of ministry or who want to pioneer new ways of working with communities. Previous students have been involved in running a food bank and worked with asylum seekers or those who are homeless. We will equip you with transferable skills that enable you to work in multiple missional and ministry settings where you can pursue your passion, develop your vocation, and, most importantly, make an impact. You will study alongside students following different specialisms, which is an enriching opportunity to both offer and receive insights that enhance your learning in practice. Whether you already have an idea of where you would like your placement will be, or you need some help to find the context for you, we can help you find the right placement for your Community Ministry.
"Lectures are always delivered to the highest standard, and there is always someone ready to listen to you and to support you."
- Dulcie, Third Year Student
Studying on this pathway, you will gain:
- Essential knowledge of the Christian faith through key theological disciplines, and the ability to relate this understanding to community work practice.
- A grounding in relevant social sciences such as psychology, sociology and cultural studies and the ability to relate these to local communities.
- An in-depth understanding and practice of community -based work.
- Core knowledge and skills as a community practitioner
- Broad practice experience through the completion of two alternative practices in a community setting.
- A range of transferrable skills, including independent and creative thinking, self-organisation, teamwork, communication, and project management, all of which equip you for your upcoming career
Learning in and from practice
For the duration of the course, you will work in practice in a church or other appropriate setting, so your professional formation as a Christian community worker will be rooted in ongoing practice, with a range of other practice to broaden your experience.
You will have regular one-to-one tutorials with experienced practitioners who will support your personal and professional development. You will also participate in small group activities to help you apply what you learn to your practice.
Academic and Pastoral Support
You will receive support from a dedicated line manager and other supportive colleagues, as well as access to the supportive team within the theological college that oversees your studies.
Alongside the interactive lectures and seminars, you will be part of a facilitated peer formation group, have the support of a personal tutor, and have supervision externally by an experienced practitioner in the field. To find out what modules you will study, download our Course outline.
Where can you study?
In-person students attend two days per fortnight at our Nottingham teaching centre and spend the rest of their time in their practice context.
Online students participate in a range of scheduled group sessions and flexible individual activities. The rest of their time is in their local practice context.
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