Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Biblical and Pastoral Studies

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Biblical and Pastoral Studies

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Biblical and Pastoral Studies programme, validated by the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), has been designed to provide the foundational pastoral skills for ministry within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The content of this programme reflects the Church’s conviction that successful ministry must be based on a deep knowledge of Scripture, an understanding of the Church’s history and mission, and competence in pastoral skills which are relevant to the needs of the contemporary world.

The programme also provides a basis for postgraduate study with biblical, pastoral and theological pathways, the basic entrance requirement for ministry in the European context of the Trans-European Division (TED). The international character of the Adventist Church and the multi-cultural context in which the Church operates require great diversity in ministry, both on the educational and pastoral levels. This programme is designed to meet these challenges at each level.

DURATION
Three or four year, full-time

STUDY MODES
Full-time, part-time

INTAKE
Autumn (September) Semester,
Spring (January) Semester

TOTAL PROGRAMME CREDITS
360 CATS/180 ECTS/124 US

PROGRAMME LEADER
Dr Ivan Milanov

VALIDATED BY
University of Wales Trinity Saint David (United Kingdom)

WHY STUDY BIBLICAL AND PASTORAL STUDIES AT NEWBOLD?

In addition to the high quality teaching and education our School of Business provides, undertaking our Bachelor of Science in Business Studies will give you the chance to:

  • Be inspired by the opportunity to build distinct biblical Christian spirituality that is characterised by a passion to serve and a dedication to God and His cause.
  • Benefit from the experience of our staff, most of whom have real-world pastoral experience. Every area of study, whether Old or New Testament Studies, Biblical or Systematic Theology, and Practical or Pastoral Theology, is taught by specialists in the field.
  • Utilise our academic facilities, from our well-stocked library with its efficient electronic resource service, to the Ellen G. White Research Centre, the first of its kind outside the United States.
  • Have an extraordinary opportunity to obtain an academic and practical education that will enable you to serve others.
  • Gain an academic and practical education that will enable you to serve others. Again, I can’t tell what has actually made it onto the site.
  • Take advantage of our small class sizes which give you the opportunity for more one-on-one time with lecturers and tutors, and plenty of individual attention when it comes to assessment and questions.
Studying Theology at Newbold opened my eyes and made me realise that God is greater than I had thought. Being exposed to a new culture, meeting new people, and being challenged to think outside of my ‘traditional-Norwegian-Adventist-box’ made me grow a lot, both as a person and also in my faith. The lectures are really good, the topics are interesting and relevant, and the teachers are always there to help in a great way. Newbold is a great, warm, spiritual and inclusive social community. Studying Theology at Newbold was better than I ever dared to think it would be.
Melissa Myklebust

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Our Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Biblical and Pastoral Studies is validated by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and can be completed within three or four years of full-time study (depending on your academic background).

Intake: If you are planning on completing the programme in 4 years, you will begin at this stage. See ‘Entry Requirements’ for more information.

During the foundation year of your degree you will develop your research and communication skills, ensuring you have the tools you need to succeed in undergraduate study. You will gain knowledge in areas such as history, fine arts, algebra, literature, religion, science and health principles. Consequently, you will develop the social skills necessary to be a better communicator and business executive, through exposure to new cultures in a diverse, supporting learning environment.

Intake: If you are planning on completing the programme in 4 years, you will begin at this stage. See ‘Entry Requirements’ for more information.

The first-semester modules are designed to introduce you to every area of biblical, theological and pastoral studies. Specifically created modules such as Foundation of Biblical and Christian Studies, Introduction to New Testament Greek and Pastoral Ministry in Context will enable you to obtain an orientation in the vast world of theological studies.

The second-semester modules will enable you to obtain a deeper knowledge of the Gospels and New Testament Greek, the Pentateuch and wisdom books of the Old Testament, and the place of Ellen White’s writings in the wider context of Adventist theology.

The second year introduces you to Biblical Hebrew. Similar to New Testament Greek in the first year, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew will enable you to read the original language of the majority of the Old Testament and translate simple sentences. Along with this, other first-semester modules include Development of Western and Reformation Thought and Introduction to Evangelism and Church Growth.
The Spring semester provides you with opportunities to continue developing your Hebrew language skills in combination with studying selected prophetic texts of the Old Testament in the module Intermediate Hebrew and Prophets. The other two modules, Epistles in Context and Pastoral Leadership, offer unique insights into the world of the apostolic church and thought, and contemporary practical guidance on how to apply the principles of biblical leadership.

In the final year you will study Biblical Apocalyptic and Seventh-day Adventist Theology in Context in the first semester, and in the second semester you will take Themes in Biblical Theology, and Pastoral Care and Discipleship. The main academic event of the third year is writing a 12,000-word Bachelor’s thesis during the Autumn and Spring semesters.

The Biblical Apocalyptic module consists of studying the phenomenon of the apocalyptic literature in the Bible, mostly the books of Daniel and Revelation. The other module in the first semester, Seventh-day Adventist Theology in Context, is a continuation of the second-year module Development of Western and Reformation Thought. As such, Seventh-day Adventist Theology in Context will help you to understand the roots, background and development of the SDA Church’s beliefs.

Themes in Biblical Theology is also offered in the Spring semester. A continuation of the first semester’s Seventh-day Adventist Theology in Context, it will provide you with a deeper understanding of the fundamental biblical doctrines. The second module in the Spring semester is Pastoral Care and Discipleship, which gives you theoretical insights and practical advice in Christian counselling and pastoral care.

The culmination of your undergraduate studies is writing a Bachelor’s thesis. After choosing a topic, you will be given a personal supervisor (a member of the teaching staff) and should commence the research in the Autumn semester. The thesis must be completed by the deadline set – usually at the end of April in the Spring semester.

On the successful completion of all modules and your thesis, you are eligible to graduate with BA (Honours) in Biblical and Pastoral Studies.

All levels will include modules in the biblical, pastoral and theological pathways. Below you will find a list of the typical modules you will take. Field placements, in which you learn through practical involvement in the tasks of pastoral and evangelistic ministry, are also an inherent part of the Bachelor’s programme. Details of the Placement programme are available in the Student Placement Handbook.

  • Introduction to Greek
  • Greek Texts and Gospels
  • Pentateuch and Writings
  • Foundations of Christian and Adventist Theology
  • Seventh-day Adventism and Ellen White
  • Pastoral Ministry in Context
  • Introduction to Hebrew
  • Intermediate Hebrew and Prophets
  • Epistles in Context
  • Development of Western and Reformation Thought
  • Introduction to Evangelism and Church Growth
  • Old Testament and New Testament Apocalyptic
  • Seventh-day Adventist Theology in Context
  • Themes in Biblical Theology
  • Pastoral Care and Discipleship
  • Bachelor’s Thesis

TEACHING STAFF

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You may need to meet different entry requirements depending on where you are from and what your academic background is.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Biblical and Pastoral Studies may be completed in either three or four years, depending on your qualifications. You can find out more about whether you are eligible to complete the programme in three or four years by reading more about the specific entry requirements below.

THREE YEAR PROGRAMME

Validated by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

To apply to complete this programme in three years, you will need:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C or equivalent (Maths and English subjects are mandatory)
  • 2 A-levels, or equivalent
  • To be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year

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

FOUR YEAR PROGRAMME

Offered in partnership with Andrews University for the foundation year, with the final three years offered via validation by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

To apply to complete this programme in three years, you will need:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C or equivalent (including Maths and English), or equivalent
  • To be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year

If English is not your native language you will also need to have 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)
  • Cambridge Exam (either Certificate of Proficiency in English or Certificate in Advanced English)

OUR FEES

Newbold’s fee structure is competitive, especially compared with universities in the United Kingdom and with Adventist higher education providers in the United States.

Find out more about our tuition fees and use our cost calculator to estimate what your study plan might cost.

NEWBOLD MINISTERIAL SOCIETY

As a Theology 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.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

On completing the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Biblical and Pastoral Studies you will have had the opportunity to:

  • Develop a deep and relevant knowledge of the biblical texts.
  • Develop the ability to study the biblical texts independently with critical insight, accompanied by clear argumentation and communication.
  • Be educated in all scholarly and vocational aspects of pastoral ministry in a Seventh-day Adventist context.
  • Recognise and develop personal values and explore Christian perspectives in relation to other worldviews.
  • Prepare yourself for postgraduate study.

We recognise the importance of practical application and for many years we have provided work placement opportunities as a part of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Pastoral and Biblical Studies. These placements will give you the opportunities to experience, report, and reflect on areas such as pastoral ministry, psychology in ministry, and pastoral evangelism and discipleship.

From your first year you will have opportunities to preach on Sabbath, lead Sabbath school with adults, youth and children, participate in church life activities such as Pathfinders and Adventurers, and be involved in board meetings.

A degree in biblical and pastoral studies offers you career opportunities as diverse as education, charities and ministry to roles in commercial organisation. Additionally, a significant number of our students who complete the BA (Honours) programme progress onto the Master of Arts in Theology.

ACCREDITATION

Newbold is accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities, is accredited within the UK higher education sector by the British Accreditation Council for Further and Higher Education, and receives educational oversight from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

The three-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Biblical and Pastoral Studies is offered through the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UK). The first year of the four-year programme is offered through Andrews University (USA).

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