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 (PDF 2k).
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.
Not all the listed modules will be offered every year, but at least three modules will be offered every Spring Semester.
This module 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.
This module 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. This module 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.
The module scrutinises the theological basis for a Christian understanding of human experience by relating the findings and critical insights gained from other disciplines such as psychology, sociology or counselling theory. The class will also engage in case supervision within that framework for counselling, utilising and reflecting various methods of counselling and supervision.
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.
This module aims to acquaint you with the historical backgrounds to Christian music and liturgy. It will critically evaluate developments in contemporary church music. It will also address the issue of the future role of music and liturgy in the church.
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 some of which will derive from the students’ own experiences.
This module provides a biblically-based theology of leadership from which main leadership and management theories are evaluated. Then it considers personal leadership development and strategic church management processes.
The class explores and develops an understanding of the nature of biblical narrative art. It also provides a hermeneutical basis for preparing sermons based on biblical narratives.
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).