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Theology Professional Development

Theology Professional Development



Be inspired to renew your ministry, reflect and learn, and find time to grow. Take a mini-sabbatical at Newbold and be inspired by our range of one or two-week Theology courses that are perfect for Church workers. Expand your knowledge, grow through fellowship, shared learning and discussion with our staff and students, and leave refreshed and ready to apply your newfound knowledge to real-life issues in your workplaces and with your congregations.



This professional development experience at Newbold is for anyone with a theological background who would like to:

  • find answers to current questions in the Church
  • deepen or enhance their understanding of perspectives in theology or ministry
  • develop themselves professionally or update their qualifications
  • take time out from their everyday work life, or
  • immerse themselves in our atmosphere of learning and fellowship

Spend time on the Newbold campus and take advantage of the opportunity to interact with other students and workers, experience tutorials with staff members, and utilise the resources in the Roy Graham Library.

Teaching is at a postgraduate level, so it is preferable that you hold an undergraduate degree in Theology or a similar area, as a certain level of knowledge will be assumed.


Biblical Hermeneutics 

Any reading of the Bible is an act of interpretation. This course will enable you to analyse various approaches to biblical interpretation, ancient and modern, in terms of their underlying hermeneutical theories. The course starts with the hermeneutical process within the Bible itself, i.e. inner-biblical exegesis. It continues with the Sola Scriptura principle of the Reformation and the critical approaches of the Enlightenment. Finally, the course looks at the contribution of Romantic hermeneutics, such as the work of Schleiermacher, the rise of Fundamentalism and some of the most recent postmodern approaches, such as Semiotics or Reader Response theories. This course will help you to understand the significance of these approaches in relation to your own use of the Bible, both specifically in exegesis and in ministry in general.

Theological Methods for Pastoral Studies 

This course examines research methods appropriate for pastoral field study. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the research strategies and data collection methods appropriate for pastoral studies, and addresses the principles and procedures that define and regulate research investigations. The primary focus of the subject is on the nature of the research process, and on the qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods traditions that underlie social research inquiry.

Principles and Methods of Theology 

The course analyses in detail the nature of theological thinking on its epistemological, methodological and theological levels and provides a constructive synthesis of theological thinking based on such analysis. The course first clarifies the role of the meta-theological questions of epistemology – sources of knowledge, first principles of thinking, and the operation of human thinking. Secondly, it provides an in-depth review of the major historical-theological systems including their methodological rationales. Lastly, it offers a constructive proposal for theological thinking based on coherent application of Revelation epistemology as expressed in its Protestant slogan of Sola Scriptura.

Exegesis of Key Texts in Adventism: Marriage Texts 

This class aims to develop an in-depth exegetical understanding of the key texts on marriage in both Old and New Testament, with a specific emphasis on their different cultural contexts. Additionally the course develops an understanding of marriage as an institution in biblical as well as modern times, and in the contemporary Adventist Church in particular.

Leading Motifs in Adventist Theology 

This course focuses on the specific and distinctive Adventist teachings forming its theological paradigm, with specific attention to the methodological theological rationale for the rethinking of the classical Christian formulations of the redemptive eschatological goals of the Biblical story. This includes detailed attention to the historic tensions and interactions with the Wesleyan Holiness and Reformed Protestant paradigms regarding personal piety, destiny and salvation.

Biblical Theology and Praxis of Ministry and Mission 

This course provides a biblical-theological context for the ministry and mission of the church. It develops an in-depth understanding of the most significant concepts, methods and perspectives that form a biblical-theological context for the ministry and mission of the church. The course will enable you to articulate a well-developed ecclesiology and theology of ministry and mission by using the canonical narrative as the foundational interpretative framework.

Evangelism and Community

The course develops an understanding of the historical development of missions and evangelism through to the 21st century and then contextualises and applies missional theories to the postmodern world and a local community.

Teaching dates: 29 January to 08 February, 2018 with Pastor Gifford Rhamie


Pastoral Ethics

This course gives particular prominence to virtue theory as a way of addressing ethical problems which may confront those responsible for the oversight of the community of faith. The study of virtue in its ancient and contemporary expressions precedes an attempt to apply the theory to case studies, which may include some from the students’ own experiences.

Teaching dates: 26 February to 08 March, 2018 with Dr Michael Pearson


Issues and Trends in Contemporary Theology
The purpose of this module is to develop an in-depth understanding of the most significant methodological contributions to the fields of theology made by some of the greatest thinkers in the modern and post-modern times; to enable the students to engage critically with the variety of theological systems developed within liberal, post-liberal, Neo-orthoxox and post-modern theological traditions; to equip the students to reflect upon and express their faith competently and with integrity.

Teaching dates: 09 April to 19 April, 2018 with Dr Radiša Antić


The Reception of the Bible in Contemporary Culture 

Contemporary culture conceives, references and interprets the Bible in a myriad of ways. This course explores how these contemporary, generally secular interpretations on the Bible intersect with faith-based readings. It explores how biblical Christian ministry can responsibly interact with the way contemporary culture conceives of and utilises the Bible, and how this interaction can benefit mission.

Teaching dates: 19 March to 22 March, 2018 with Dr Tom de Bruin, Dr Jean-Claude Verrechia, and Kärt Lazić


The following Newbold teaching staff members teach into the Theology Professional Development programme:

  • Pastor Gifford Rhamie
  • Dr Michael Pearson
  • Dr Radiša Antić
  • Dr Tom de Bruin
  • Dr Jean-Cladue Verrechia
  • Kärt Lazić


Fully-inclusive packages are available for £934 (one-week on-campus with subsequent online learning), and for £1,157 (two-week courses), and also include all meals and accommodation. If you would like to live and eat off-campus, course fees are just £711 for both one and two-week courses, which include the same number of teaching hours.



For more information, or to apply, contact:

T: +44 (0) 1344 407492

E: info@newbold.ac.uk

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