Would you love to study theology, or feel called to Christian leadership but are hesitant to start? Maybe you are put off by a sense that you haven’t done much further study since school days, or English is not your first language? Maybe you just want to improve your English so you can communicate the gospel more clearly where you live and work? If any of this describes you, then ‘Beginning Theology’ might just be what you need.
‘Beginning Theology’ is an exciting new course designed to provide an accessible route into theological study. It offers students an opportunity to explore the Christian faith and to develop the essential academic skills for study in Higher Education.
The two year programme enables students to study the Bible, the Christian tradition, worship and the Sacraments. It encourages students to consider their faith in the light of contemporary issues and prepares them for mission and ministry.
The course provides optional weekly tutorials with a specialist English Language tutor for students whose first language is not English.
Students who complete the course will gain a course certificate. A formal report on a student’s academic progress and potential can be provided by the College for submission to Ministry Division if a candidate is sponsored by a Diocese for selection for Reader or ordination training.
For further details, contact the Access Course Co-ordinator, the Rev’d Eileen Lockhart, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bishop of London Richard Chartres
“At a time when fragmentation and partisanship can appear to threaten the credibility and effectiveness of our ministry, St Mellitus represents a bold step of faith and trust. We believe that as we pursue the harder path of unity in diversity, the College will prove to be an instrument of the Spirit in equipping the whole people of God to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The Bishop of Chelmsford Stephen Cottrell
“As we seek to train men and women for ministry and mission in a rapidly changing context, St Mellitus College offers the Chelmsford Diocese a flexible and inclusive approach for theological and ministerial education and formation. It is very exciting to be part of this pioneering initiative.”
The Dean Revd Dr Graham Tomlin
“St Mellitus College is a very exciting place to work. It brings together students from across the spectrum of the church to learn about and prepare for mission in the contemporary world, in a way that tries to be open to the Spirit of God and learning from each other. We have a fantastic group of students, a great staff team and it is a privilege to be part of it.”
Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University, David Ford
"One of the most important experiments to have happened in British theology and church theological education for a long time. The way it is bringing together academy and church, including church at the grass roots - that collaboration is just full of potential for the future and I feel everyone should watch this space. What it can do is something that really no other theological institution in the country can achieve at the moment."