The Presbyterian Church Ministry Module with Distance Learning option is designed for those who are to take office in a denomination such as the Free Church of Scotland (presbyterian church government, paedo-baptist, etc).  It involves a series of two-hour seminars where matters of Principle and Practice are explored.

All those students at ETS intending to go into the 'full-time' preaching ministry within Presbyterian denominations are expected to do this module.  However, it is also suitable for all office-bearers (elders and deacons) in a Presbyterian church (or similar).  No one is turned away!

 

Distance Learning

This module is also now available for those who wish to join the class by distance learning for some or all of the time.  Doing this module by distance learning helps to make it available to a much wider group of people who would benefit from it.

See Distance Learning FAQ for more information on Distance Learning at ETS.

 

Module Content

The following areas are explored:

 

Church Principles
  • The Church and her Principles
  • The Church and her Confession
  • The Church and her Government
  • The Role of Women
  • The Church and the State
  • The Church and her Membership
  • The Church and her Sacraments
  • The Church and her Worship
 
Church Practice
  • Introduction to Ecclesiastical Practice
  • The Practice of The Kirk Session and Deacon’s Court
  • The Practice of Presbytery
  • The Practice of General Assembly
  • The Role, Election, Training of Office-Bearers
  • The Managing of Church Workers
  • The Sacraments in Practice: Baptism, Lord’s Supper
  • The Practice of Marriage and Funerals
  • The Practice of Discipleship and Mentoring
  • The Practice of Child Protection

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Certificate in Independent Church Ministry

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Edinburgh Theological Seminary is also pleased to offer - through partnership with the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) - a Certificate in Independent Church Ministry.

 

 

AndyHunterCheck out this video, where FIEC Scotland Director and ETS student Chris Ranson explain to prospective students what the Independent Church Ministry course involves.

 

 

 

 

Timetable

On Tuesday afternoons from 2 – 4pm, students who take this elective will be introduced to the nature and dynamics of Christian ministry in Independent churches, and equip them with enhanced skills and understanding for this work.

 

Distance Learning

This is also now available for those who wish to join the class by distance learning for some or all of the time.

See Distance Learning FAQ for more information on Distance Learning at ETS.

 

Module Outline

Andy HunterTeaching will focus on the following specific areas -

  • Introduction to the theological and ecclesiological rationale for Independent forms of church order, governance, and sacramental practice
  • Exploration of the historical background to the Independent Church tradition as it is today, including key developments and individuals, and assessment of its future trajectory in the UK
  • Introduction to contemporary approaches to Church leadership and issues in Pastoral Care in Independent Churches
  • Examination of missiological challenges in Britain for Independent Churches, and current and potential responses

 

Learning Strategy

The learning strategy will include lectures, discussion groups, class debates and case studies.

 

Lecturers

The lectures will be delivered with the help of the following:

Paul Rees
Ian Shaw
David Childs
Stephen McQuoid
Trevor Archer
John Stevens
Stephen McQuoid
Adam Broughton
Andy Paterson
Richard Underwood
Andy Hunter

 

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this programme.

 

Certificate in Independent Church Ministry Application Form

The relevant Application Form is found here.

 

Certificate in Independent Church Ministry Fees

For course fees see here.

 

Further Enquiries:

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Access to Theology

Access to Theology is a 48-hour course of studies designed to offer students an overview of the component parts of a programme in theological education.

It will be suitable for students looking for a broad but rigorous introduction to theological study, as well as for those who wish to pursue further studies in theology but lack entrance qualifications.  The theological and biblical studies lectures also form key components of other present and forthcoming courses at ETS (e.g., Eldership, Diaconate, Youth Worker course)

 

darrengraham videoCheck out this video, where Dr Bob Akroyd and Access to Theology graduate Darren Graham explain to prospective students what the Access to Theology course involves.

 

 

 

Course Duration.

The programme will be delivered at ETS on Tuesday evenings, 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm, September – May.

For more detail on the course, please see here.  Further information will be provided at the beginning of the course.

 

 

Distance Learning

This programme can be done with Distance Learning.

For more information, see Access to Theology with Distance Learning Option .

See Distance Learning FAQ for more information on Distance Learning at ETS.

 

 

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this programme.

 

 

Access to Theology Application Form

The relevant Application Form is found here.

 

 

Access to Theology Fees

For course fees see here.

 

 

Further Enquiries:

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Sabbatical Studies in Theology and Mission

This programme is not validated by the University of Glasgow.

In general, the programme is for students who wish to take some time for sabbatical research in any specialist area, including Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies, Historical Studies, Missiological Studies and Pastoral Theology. Library and computing facilities will be provided.  Where required, church-based or community based placements may be arranged in addition to supervised research.

 

ssimageCheck out this video, where ETS Vice Principal John A. MacLeod and Sabbatical Studies student, Irene Bayne, explain to prospective students what the Sabbatical Studies Programme offers.

 

 

 

 

Distance Learning

This programme can be done by Distance Learning.

We can offer supervised research in an area of interest by distance learning while remaining in your present position, while making trips to ETS when required.

See Distance Learning FAQ for more information on Distance Learning at ETS.

 

This is a very flexible programme tailored to meet the needs of those already in, or training for, Christian service, such as the following:

  • Those who already have a theology degree (such as our Bachelor of Theology) and require additional specific mission and ministry training.
  • Those who are already engaged in ministry apprenticeships and require core theological training, but not at degree level.
  • Those who are preparing for missionary service at a local or international level and require some tailored training in theology, mission or ministry.
  • Those who are elders and deacons and who require training for the mind, alongside the development of character and pastoral skills.

 

Sabbatical Studies Application Form

The relevant Application Form is found here

 

Sabbatical Studies in Theology and Mission Fees

For programme fees see here.

 

Further Enquiries:

 

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Diploma in Christian Youthwork

Edinburgh Theological Seminary is committed to training men and women for ministry and mission in Scotland and beyond.

Many churches are seeking to reach young people for the Gospel in their congregations and in their communities. Many Christians are already involved in youthwork ranging from Sunday school to youth clubs and summer camps. However, many youthworkers (both part-time and full-time) have had little formal training.

The Diploma in Christian Youthwork gives theological and practical training for those who are already involved in youthwork or who plan to be. This course is designed to benefit youthworkers from a wide variety of Church backgrounds in Scotland and further afield.

Students can complete much of the course online. All lectures can be accessed and downloaded and assessments are also submitted and assessed online. Interaction with the course organiser takes place online and through a combination of face to face appointments or discussions using Skype or Facetime.

If practicable, workshops will be scheduled to enable opportunities for meaningful interaction between students and the course organiser as well as between the students themselves and others involved in youth ministry.

 

Distance Learning

The Theology and Biblical Studies components of this course can be done by Distance Learning.  The student may join in online with other students who are doing the Access to Theology course.

See Distance Learning FAQ for more information on Distance Learning at ETS.

 

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

 

Diploma in Christian Youthwork Application Form

The relevant Application Form is found here.

 

Diploma in Christian Youthwork Fees

For course fees see here.

 

Further Enquiries:

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