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Theology Professional Development

Be inspired to renew your ministry. Reflect and learn; find time to grow.

Theology Professional Development

Be inspired to renew your ministry and find time to grow. Take a mini-sabbatical at Newbold and be inspired by our range of one or two-week Theology courses that are perfect for Church workers.
Newbold’s comprehensive training with equip you with:
  • The ability to find answers to current questions in the Church.
  • A deepened and enhanced understanding of perspectives in theology or ministry.
  • The capability to develop yourself professionally or update your qualifications.
  • The opportunity to immerse yourself in our spiritual atmosphere of learning and fellowship.
Course details
Programme: Short course
Course length: One semester

Mode of delivery: Full-time - one module (taught online synchronously on zoom)

Course fee: £500 (tuition only) per module
Mode of study: Weekly class
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One of our challenges as pastors is that we can get so focused on our everyday work that we do not take the time to keep developing ourselves as professionals.

These courses help you keep up to date with current issues within theology and expose you to new ideas, which will inform your whole ministry.
Patrick Johnson, Ministerial Association Secretary and Discipleship Coordinator, Trans-European Division

Biblical Studies
  • RACE, IDENTITY AND NATION (autumn 2022)

    This module explores concepts of race, identity and nation from a biblical and sociological standpoint, where you will assess your attitude toward racism and nationalism. These issues have resulted in significant conflicts worldwide; you will learn how to effectively deal with them from a biblical and pastoral perspective.

    Lecturers: Dr Gifford Rhamie and Dr Ivan Milanov

  • OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS (autumn 2022)

    The aim of this module is to understand the role of the prophets, their messages, and the application of prophecies in our contemporary context. It will help you better understand your role as a spiritual leader and equip you to apply the prophetic message in pastoral ministry efficiently.

    Lecturer: Dr Ivan Milanov

  • COSMIC CONFLICT (spring 2023)

    A core concept of the Old and New Testament world, this module focuses on exegeting key biblical texts featuring the main characteristics of the Cosmic Conflict. You will learn essential concepts and how to deal with complex issues such as the existence of evil, suffering, hope and salvation.

    Lecturers: Dr Laszlo Gallusz and Dr Ivan Milanov


    This module aims to understand the principles of interpreting biblical narratives and using them as an interpretive tool for preparing effective sermons. You will improve your understanding of literary techniques used in biblical texts, apply them to your sermons and preach with inspiration, clarity and conviction.

    Lecturer: Dr Laurence Turner

  • ABLEISM AND DISABILITY (spring 2023)

    The need for understanding the concept of disability in the Bible and its implications is essential in a contemporary context. This module will help you grasp a broader biblical perspective on disability and equip you for an effective ministry to less abled individuals.

    Lecturer: Dr Eike Müller and Dr Patrick Johnson

  • DANIEL AND REVELATION (spring 2023)

    Studying Daniel and Revelation gives you the methodology for interpreting apocalyptic prophecies, critical evaluation of non-biblical interpretations, and sound interpretation of the prophecies. This module will prepare you to preach and teach these two exceptional books in a balanced way, with a healthy attitude towards the end-time events.

    Lecturers: Dr Ivan Milanov and Dr Laszlo Gallusz

Systematic Theology

    This module will show you how to approach Christian and non-Christian ideas, topics, or authors and understand them in such a way as to challenge them successfully. You will learn about theological thinking, the role unrecognised assumptions play in reading and interpreting the Scripture and the reality surrounding us.

    Lecturers: Dr Jan Barna

  • ECCLESIOLOGY (autumn 2022)

    Taking this module will enable you to engage critically and constructively with the issues raised in ecclesiological conversations on the nature and scope of the Church’s authority and offices. It encompasses the ecclesiological criteria for determining organisational practices that govern the ministries and mission of Christians.

    Lecturer: Dr Tihomir Lazic


    Understanding the complex historical and theological development of Adventist theology requires thorough analysis. This module introduces you to the five formative periods of Adventist theology and their unique contributions to the Church. It also provides an in- depth analysis of the prophetic role of Ellen White and her theological legacy.

    Lecturers: Dr Jan Barna, Dr Tihomir Lazic and Pr Rory Mendez


    This module offers in-depth historical, theological and biblical discussions of the basic elements of soteriology and eschatology. You will have the opportunity to critically engage with the specific language of salvation, concepts of justification and divine judgement and undertake a focused journey into the book of Romans and related soteriological debates.

    Lecturer: Dr Jan Barna


    Developing an understanding of unique Adventist teachings and their complex theological paradigm lies at the core of this module. You will learn to critically examine the motifs of Scripture, divine judgement and eschatology, the ‘immortality of the soul’, the Sabbath and the salvific work of Christ and His Spirit.

    Lecturer: Dr Gunnar Pedersen


    Learning how to approach Scripture in its entirety as one book, telling a unified narrative about God and the world, is the foundation of this module. Starting with Genesis, you will explore biblical material in a structured way and develop an understanding of the varied themes in the Bible.

    Lecturers: Dr Jan Barna and Pr Rory Mendez

Pastoral Studies

    This module helps you understand the biblical framework for counselling and critically assess insights gained from other disciplines such as psychology, sociology, and counselling theory. It will equip you with skills you can use in practical pastoral work by helping people experiencing mental and emotional upheavals.

    Lecturer: Dr Gabor Mihalec


    Church leadership and administration are vital to successful ministry. This module will help you understand how your leadership development comes through in your character, skills and influence. It will enable you to assess different leadership styles and adapt them for practical use in a local church environment.

    Lecturers: Dr Stephen Currow


    In this module, you will learn to discuss, biblically and theologically, selected topics which create dialogue and controversy. You will also learn how to approach and respond to discourses on the problem of evil, the existence of God, the authority of Scripture and the tension between religion and science.

    Lecturer: Dr Tihomir Lazic

  • DIGITAL DISCIPLESHIP (autumn & spring 2022/23)

    This is a cutting-edge module that will help you to gain an understanding of biblical models of communication and ministry. It will enable you to apply what you have learned to communicate the Gospel through a broad range of contemporary digital media such as social media, live-streaming and radio.

    Lecturer: Daryl Gungadoo


    Church planting and revitalisation are crucial to a church’s growth and survival. This module will reveal sociological and culturological factors impacting the planting of churches and the development of Christian discipleship. You will learn how to coach a local congregation, strategically plan for inclusive evangelism, and revitalise your church community.

    Lecturers: Dr Anthony WagenerSmith and Pr Adrian Peck

    Expand your knowledge, grow through fellowship, shared learning and discussion with our staff and students, and leave refreshed and ready to apply your newfound knowledge to real-life issues in your workplaces and with your congregations.

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