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Bachelor of Theology (Discipleship and Ministry Steam)

Progression through the Bachelor of Theology (Discipleship and Ministry) program will be based on completion of three phases of studies.  Successful completion of the Phase One requirements will result in the award of the Certificate (Discipleship and Ministry).  Successful completion of the Phase Two requirements will result in the award of the Diploma (Discipleship and Ministry). Successful completion of the Phase Three requirements will result in the award of Bachelor of Theology (B. Th.).  This program is intended to be cohort-based and is offered through seminars conducted in the evening or in offsite locales.  It is intended that students can complete the requirements for the B. Th. over six years, taking three modules each year.

The program has the following general aims:

  1. To provide opportunities for the critical study, and extended knowledge of Christianity and Christian theology accessed through the Holy Scriptures, through the traditions of the Church, and through the experience of the people of God.
  2. To explore Christian faith and spirituality as an exciting and dynamic process and drawing on existing critical approaches and perspectives within theology.
  3. To develop an understanding of the contribution of faith to contemporary life.
  4. To provide opportunities to extend, reflect upon and apply theological principles and explore issues based on their practical experience of an engagement with local churches.
  5. To extend and develop ways of exploring, examining, critiquing or deepening their personal faith. They are engaging with a program concerned with Education for Discipleship.
  6. To provide opportunities for preparing students to undertake specific or a broader range of ministries within the Church, and take up particular tasks and services through Church, community or occupation. This might include work as Licensed Lay Readers, Eucharistic Assistants, as Youth Leaders, as ministers for work among children, or as clergy.

Progression through the Various Phases of Program

Upon successful completion of six modules in the Certificate phase, students will be awarded the Certificate (Discipleship and Ministry).  Students will be required to complete six of the modules from the following list:

  • Beginning the New Testament
  • Encountering God’s World
  • Call and Vocation
  • Beginning the Old Testament
  • Mission and Service
  • Doing Theology
  • The Church and Other Faiths
  • Specialist Ministry
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Children, Churches, and Christian Learning
  • An Introduction to Anglican Worship

Following successful completion of the Certificate phase, students will be admitted to the Diploma phase.  Upon successful completion of six modules in the Diploma phase, students will be awarded the Diploma (Discipleship and Ministry).  Students will be required to complete six of the modules from the following list:

  • Exploring the Gospels
  • God as Trinity
  • Pastoral Practice
  • Exploring Paul
  • Worship
  • Christian Ethics
  • Spirituality and Prayer
  • The Church and the Churches
  • Communicating the Bible
  • Reflective Ministerial Practice

Following successful completion of the Diploma phase, students will be admitted to the Degree phase.  Upon successful completion of six modules in the degree phase, students will be awarded the B. Th. Students will be required to complete six of the modules from the following list:

  • Church and Society
  • Ministry and the Church
  • Practical Theology for Today
  • Preaching the Lectionary Gospel
  • The Bible Today
  • Understanding the Church
  • Worship through the Christian Year
  • Thesis

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Theology (Discipleship and Ministry Stream) were developed in partnership with the St. Mary’s Centre (part of the St. Mary’s and St. Giles Centre in Wales).   For information on module descriptions, syllabi, and scheduling of modules, students are requested to contact directly the Director of the Exploring Faith program.