If you have followed this blog regularly, you will know that we have a couple of funded placements available. We are offering one, two or four-year placements with us alongside training on the NW Partnership ministry training course, the Union School of Theology GDip and our own in-house urban ministry training programme.
You can study for one-year on the NWP ministry training course, with an option to go on to a second year of study. If you have already completed a recognised bible-handling course, and hold a prior degree in any subject, you can jump straight onto the GDip and receive an accredited theological qualification over 2-years. If you are so inclined, you could join us for two-years on the NWP ministry training course and step straight into the GDip upon completion, staying with us for four years.
Our funding will cover all course fees and we have a small grant available for further subsistence costs. Whilst you will have to raise your own subsistence costs yourself, we have a great deal of flexibility in our training programmes. This gives us the option of taking people who have raised support from churches and want to work on placement with us full-time as well as being able to consider those who would need to work alongside their studies for their subsistence. Our placements are very flexible and can be tailored to the individual candidate.
Technically, the deadline for the Union GDip has now passed. However, they are able to enrol people after their official deadline. We are, therefore, still able to take applications. The deadline for the NWP ministry training course is the end of August. All courses will commence as of September.
If you have thoughts of going into ministry and want to test the waters, this may be a good option for you. If you have a heart for Muslim outreach or reaching people in deprived communities, then you would be able to experience that work first-hand in a supportive environment in which you will receive on-the-job training. You will be able to complete a recognised bible-handling course and receive a paid-for seminary education alongside being mentored by people with experience of reaching the urban poor and serving in multicultural church.
If you are interested, please do get in touch using the form at the top of this blog. For more information about the specific courses, please visit the training page of the Oldham Bethel Church website.