ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission will build on your previous studies in theology. It provides a specific mission focus for those entering pastoral ministry, and will provide you with opportunities to respond to the complex and often perplexing issues that challenge Christian faith and ministry in today’s rapidly changing world.
Its content reflects the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s conviction that successful ministry must be based not only on a deep knowledge of Scripture and an understanding of the Church’s theology and history, but also on competent leadership, and pastoral and mission skills which attempt to be relevant to the needs of the contemporary world.
This programme is primarily designed as an extension programme for those who have completed Newbold’s Master of Arts in Theology (or equivalent) and would like to start a career in ministry within the Trans-European Division (TED) of the Adventist Church.
It is also ideal for anyone with the relevant entry requirements who would like to undertake postgraduate studies with a focus on ministry and mission.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
The Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission is designed to provide specific mission focus for those entering the pastoral ministry. The programme places an emphasis on pastoral, leadership, administrative, ethical and mission areas.
You will be given you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in pastoral theology, counselling, leadership and administration, pastoral ethics and mission.
Full-time students can complete the programme in one semester. Part-time students will typically take one or two modules per semester and complete the programme in two semesters.
You can find out more about the modules you will study below, or you can access our Programme Handbook.
To fulfil the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission you will need to successfully complete 60 credits worth of the 20-credit modules listed below.
The modules offered change every year, at least three modules are offered every Spring Semester.
Contemporary culture conceives, references and interprets the Bible in a myriad of ways. This module 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 method: Intensive, mandatory attendance on campus (19–22 March 2018) and weekly sessions, where regular online attendance is possible
The module 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 method: Intensive, mandatory attendance on campus (29 January—8 February 2017)
This module 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 method: Intensive, mandatory attendance on campus (26 February—8 March 2017)
The following members of the Department of Theological Studies teach into the Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission:
You may need to meet different entry requirements differ depending on where you are from and what your academic background is.
Generally, to be eligible for entry to the Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission, you will need to have completed:
- A Bachelor of Arts in Theology (or equivalent) or A Bachelor of Arts (or equivalent) in any area, plus
- A Postgraduate Diploma in Biblical and Pastoral Studies (or equivalent).
If English is not your native language you will also need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of English to study at this level, or to have taken one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (mandatory for visa students) – Minimum average of 6.0 overall, with no subtest below 6.0
- Cambridge First Certificate (CEF) – Minimum grade C
NEWBOLD MINISTERIAL SOCIETY
As a Ministry and Mission student you will become an automatic member of the Newbold Ministerial Society. The Society provides a range of events and activities for its members, such as seminars, social activities, and mission and evangelism trips
Find out more about the Newbold Ministerial Society.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission will provide you with a deeper and more diverse insight into models of mission and evangelism, help you understand and practice a wider spectrum of preaching styles, analyse and process current issues in society and the Church.
You will engage in a deep, critical analysis of the concepts, theories, assumptions and practices of missional ministry, and learn to respond innovatively and constructively to the complex questions and problems posed by current developments in the field.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission will further prepare you for the next stage of your career, be that further education or one of many areas of employment. As a graduate, and in combination with the Master of Arts in Theology (or equivalent), you will be eligible to enter into pastoral ministry within the Trans-European Division (TED) of the Adventist Church.
There is no formal placement requirement in the Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission, however students are strongly encouraged to gain as much relevant experience as possible in the church they attend.
Newbold’s Department of Theological Studies also hosts a Sabbath School class each every Saturday, and postgraduate students are invited to and encouraged to take active roles in leading and teaching this class.
Designed to be undertaken by graduates from the Master of Arts in Theology, the Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission will provide you with experience relevant to ministerial employment that is above and beyond the education you will receive in the Master of Arts in Theology which will enhance your employability within the Adventist Church and beyond. When combined, these two programmes will qualify you for employment in the TED.
This programme is also ideal for those such as elders, lay missionaries and others who have undertaken previous studies in theology and would like to upgrade their skills or increase their knowledge base to apply either in their current work or ministry, or to improve their employment opportunities within the Church.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission is also an exit point from the Master of Arts in Theology, and provides an excellent opportunity for you to evaluate your interest in further postgraduate study.
ACCREDITATION AND AFFILIATIONS
Newbold is a member of the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist schools, colleges and universities, is accredited within the UK higher education sector by the British Accreditation Council, and receives educational oversight from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission is offered in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UK).