Edinburgh Theological Seminary is pleased to offer - through partnership with the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) - a Certificate in Independent Church Ministry. This course is offered in alternate years. The course will next be on offer in 2019-2020.
Check out this video, where FIEC Scotland Director Andy Hunter and ETS student Chris Ranson explain to prospective students what the Independent Church Ministry course involves.
About the Course
Independent churches are a growing force for the Gospel in 21st Century Scotland. They come in all shapes and sizes and with a variety of historical backgrounds. Those who serve in them need to be well trained both theologically and in the practicalities of leading a self-governing church. Independent churches are a growing force for the Gospel in 21st Century Scotland. They come in all shapes and sizes and with a variety of historical backgrounds. Those who serve in them need to be well trained both theologically and in the practicalities of leading a self-governing church.
To meet this need FIEC has partnered with ETS to provide training geared specifically to the needs and dynamics of Independent churches. As a network of over 600 Independent churches of all types (Baptist, Brethren, Congregational, Mission Hall, new Plants etc) across the UK, FIEC is uniquely placed to provide wisdom and practical instruction in this area. A range of experienced pastors and ministry leaders will lead sessions sharing their own experiences and knowledge.
Those attending will gain an understanding of the theology and history of Independent churches, along with a range of practical ministry issues. Sessions will allow time for discussion and questions. Students who complete an optional assignment will be eligible for the ETS Certificate in Independent Church Ministry.
Who is this course for?
ETS offers exisiting students who are preparing to serve in Independent Churches the Certificate in Independent Church Ministry as an optional supplementary module. The Certificate is also open to anyone serving in Independent churches who could benefit from the course.
When does the course take place?
The course runs on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm over 14 weeks. Each session consists of two 45 minute halves with a short break in the middle.
Classroom or Distance Learning
Participants can either attend in-class or live stream the sessions using the seminary’s fully interactive online facilities.
See Distance Learning FAQ for more information on Distance Learning at ETS.
Teaching 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
You can download the 2019-2020 course programme here.
The learning strategy will include lectures, discussion groups, class debates and case studies.
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.