There are really two key factors to the training. The first is mission – we come at everything through this lens. The second is the community of pioneers who learn together which is simply a brilliant experience.
The training itself is built in a modular fashion and so is flexible. There are currently 16 modules. These are the themes that weave through those modules:
vocation | mission spirituality | theological reflection | Bible: old and new testaments | the mission story of the church | missional entrepreneurship | pioneer ministry and ministry skills | creativity, imagination, improvisation | culture and context | mission leadership | mission in contemporary society | church: forms, models | worship | community | cross-cultural skills | pastoral care | ethics
These modules can then be used to work towards different outcomes.
- Students can buy into individual modules to meet their own learning needs for the sake of learning and not do a university award.
- 8 modules can be put together for a Certificate in Ministry which is the equivalent of 120 university credits
- 16 modules can be put together for a Foundation Degree in Ministry which is the equivalent of 240 university credits
- And we are now offering an option of an MA in Ministry which is also modular.
If students already have done some learning and/or equivalent experience this can be taken into account through APL and APEL (accredited prior learning and accredited experiential prior learning).
Other distinctive components:
- a “sink or swim” element, where people are challenged to launch new projects as they continue through the course
- specially designed placements to enhance your learning as you visit other pioneers and communities – one of these is a cross-cultural placement
- worship and prayer together
- an annual retreat or pilgrimage
- sessions with pioneer practitioners
- everyone connects with a mentor
- learning as a community