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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Biblical and Pastoral Studies

Your pathway to a successful ministry starts here.

Please note: In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this course will be taught online for the 2020 autumn semester.
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Introduction

Our Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Pastoral Studies will equip you with the academic and practical skills needed to enter an enriching career in ministry. A fusion of religion, literature and ancient languages, this degree will inspire you and challenge you.

If your calling is to serve others, this course is ideal for you.

 

Course Overview

The content of this course is based on the principle that successful ministry is achieved through a deep knowledge of Scripture, an understanding of the Church’s history and mission, and pastoral skills that are relevant to contemporary needs.

Throughout this course, you will explore the international character of the Adventist Church and develop pastoral skills that are pertinent to the modern world. You will also participate in field placements where you will gain vocational skills relating to pastoral and evangelistic ministry.

Enrolling on to this course can be the first steps you take towards our postgraduate Theology course, which will offer an opportunity to focus on biblical or pastoral studies and is also the basic criteria for employment within the Trans-European Division.

Watch the video below to hear what our students think about studying Theology with us.

Course structure

The course includes sixteen modules of 20 credits each, plus an AO-credit dissertation. You will develop a deeper understanding of the Bible, and use this knowledge to apply Biblical truths to relevant issues facing Christianity and the Church today.

We also recognise the importance of practical application and provide work placement opportunities as part of this degree. The placements will give you the opportunity to experience areas such as pastoral ministry, psychology in ministry, evangelism and discipleship first-hand.

  • Foundation Year

    If you’re planning to complete the course in four years, the foundation year will see you developing research and communication skills to ensure you have the tools needed to succeed in undergraduate study. The general credits you will complete are in knowledge areas such as:

    • English Literature and Composition
    • Communication
    • History
    • Natural Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Cultural Anthropology/Behavioural Science
    • Health Principles and Physical Education
  • Year One

    If you plan to complete the degree in three years, this year will be your entry point. You will be introduced to every area of biblical, theological and pastoral studies through a range of tailored modules that are designated Level 4 in the UK higher education system.

    • 20:

      In this module, you will be introduced to New Testament Greek. You will develop knowledge of core grammar, syntax and vocabulary of New Testament Greek and the ability to use linguistic resources for translational purposes.

      NCTR4007 - Introduction to Greek
    • 20:

      This module introduces Biblical and Christian studies as a discipline. You will develop an understanding of methods and aims of both Old and New Testaments and working definitions, methods and aims of theological disciplines.

      NCTR4009 - Foundations of Biblical and Christian Studies
    • 20:

      The module introduces the fields of cultural anthropology and sociology of religion. You will develop knowledge of the ministry and mission of the Church in a contemporary context and the role of the pastor. You will also gain and understanding of ministry as contextualised theological practice.

      NCTR4003 - Pastoral Ministry in Context
    • 20:

      This module will present you with advanced tools for doing New Testament translation and exegesis. You will develop the ability to translated selected seen and unseen texts, a knowledge of the nature, background and contents of the canonical Gospels and the ability to undertake informed exegesis of the Gospels.

      NCTR4008 - Greek Texts and Gospels
    • 20:

      You will be introduced to the background, contents, literary context and message of the Pentateuch. The second part of the module will examine selected literary genres of the Writings of the Hebrew Bible, with a focus on the Psalms.

      NCTR4005 - Pentateuch and Writings
    • 20:

      In this module, you develop an understanding of the cultural and theological contexts in which Seventh-day Adventism originated and advanced. The role of Ellen G. White will be explored in-depth, and you will gain an understanding of the prophetic office of Ellen White and her influence in contemporary Adventism.

      NCTR4010 - Adventist Theology and Ellen White Writings
  • Year Two

    Year two will see you delve into the art of learning Biblical Hebrew, studying prophetic texts of the Old Testament, and receiving contemporary practical guidance on biblical leadership, evangelism and Church growth. The modules listed are designated Level 5 in the UK higher education system.

    • 20:

      In this module, you will be introduced to biblical Hebrew. You will develop knowledge of core grammar, syntax and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew and the ability to use linguistic resources for translational purposes.

      NCTR5009 - Introduction to Hebrew
    • 20:

      The module covers some of the major developments in western philosophical thought and in Christian doctrine during the Reformation and post-Reformation period. You will examine elements of Greek philosophical thought and develop an understanding of distinctive theological motives and post-medieval developments in soteriology and ecclesiology.

      NCTR5002 - Development of Western and Reformation Thought
    • 20:

      You will develop an understanding of personal evangelism and discipleship through an introduction to basic methods of outreach and evangelistic witness in diverse cultural settings. By the end of the module, you will be able to integrate evangelistic activities within a theoretical framework that models contextual factors and the process of conversion.

      NCTR5003 - Introduction to Evangelism and Church Growth
    • 20:

      You will be provided with more advanced tools for doing biblical Hebrew translation and exegesis. You will be studying the phenomenon of classical prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, develop the ability to translate selected seen and unseen biblical Hebrew texts, and gain knowledge of the nature, background and contents of the Hebrew prophets.

      NCTR5011 - Intermediate Hebrew and Prophets
    • 20:

      This module covers the social, historical and cultural contexts in which New Testament epistles and Acts were written. You will analyse issues relating to authorship, dating, composition, literary style, and impact of Acts and the Pauline Epistles. You will also develop and understanding of the method of exegesis.

      NCTR5010 - Epistles in Context
    • 20:

      You will be given the opportunity to apply the various academic skills you have developed and apply them to a topic that really interests you. You will achieve a high level of competence in research, assessment, evaluation and creative writing skills. A demonstration of sound understanding will be in your ability to critically evaluate an area of interest across Biblical, Theological or Pastoral Studies.

      NCTR5008 - Independent Research Project
  • Year Three

    Your third year will be centred around writing a 12,000 Bachelor’s thesis across the autumn and spring semesters. Seventh-day Adventist theology, pastoral care and discipleship will also feature, and modules covered are designated Level 6 in the UK higher education system.

    • 20:

      You will focus on the study of the characteristics of apocalyptic literature in general and the Books of Daniel and Revelation in particular. The module will see you developing the ability to read biblical apocalyptic literature in a manner sensitive to theological constructs and issues.

      NCTR6021 - Old Testament and New Testament Apocalyptic
    • 20:

      In this module, you will study the impact of Puritanism, Methodism and the Great Advent Awakening on the development of Seventh-day Adventist theology and trace subsequent theological developments up until the present day.

      NCTR6002 - Seventh-day Adventist Theology in Context
    • 20:

      Extending over a period of two semesters, you will apply the academic skills you have developed to a topic that you are passionate about. You will achieve a high level of competence in research, assessment, evaluation and creative writing skills. A demonstration of sound understanding will be in your ability to critically evaluate an area of interest across Biblical, Theological or Pastoral Studies.

      NCTR6003 - Dissertation
    • 20:

      This module covers the place and role of Biblical Theology within the larger field of historical, biblical and theological studies. You will undertake an in-depth critical examination of central biblical themes and motifs considered vital for Christian and Adventist faith, beliefs and practice.

      NCTR6004 - Themes in Biblical Theology
    • 20:

      The module provides a biblical and theological framework for counselling. You will be introduced to various models and approaches to pastoral care and counselling, the limits and limitations of pastoral care, and counselling practice and skills (the emphasis being on determining one’s own communication style).

      NCTR6005 - Pastoral Care and Discipleship

 

“I have always wanted to expand my knowledge and views on different biblical narratives and the context in which they were written. The Biblical and Pastoral Studies course at Newbold seemed to be an excellent way to do this.”

 

Caroline signed up to study English, and now she’s on the path to ministry.

Your future matters

 

Our degree in Biblical and Pastoral studies will equip you with in-depth subject knowledge, but you will also develop valued transferable skills that will stand out to future employers.

 

You will be a self-assured communicator who can study independently with critical insights, you will work confidently independently, as well as in a team, and you will possess exceptional research and organisational skill.

 

Graduates have gone on to success in a wide range of careers in education, charity and not-for-profit work, as well as opportunities in the commercial sector and ministry. Many progress to the MA Theology course, and to employment in the Trans-European Division, or in the wider international Adventist Church.

Entry Requirements

Our mission is to provide quality higher education and unlock our students’ potential from all educational backgrounds. Here are our entry requirements.

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 need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of the language to study. Please click here for details.

 

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 need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of the language to study. Please click here for details.

Outstanding academic facilities

Roy Graham Library

 

The Roy Graham Library houses a wide range of printed and electronic resources, including full-text eBooks and online academic journals to support you in your studies. Our library staff are on hand to arrange access to information and provide training that will help you to make the most of our services, and locate additional resources through interlibrary loans, document deliveries and provide access to material held at other universities.

 

Library

Ellen G. White Research Centre

 

The library is also home to The Ellen G. White Research Centre – the first of its kind established outside of the United States. The Centre features a complete collection of Ellen G. White’s published and unpublished letters and manuscripts, consisting of approximately 50,000 pages – including sample handwritten letters.

 

The Centre provides the facilities and resources for research into the life and writings of Ellen G. White and the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

 

Ellen G White Centre

Life at Newbold

 

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We offer scholarships, hardship funding and have dedicated staff on hand to help you access advice and help on managing your finances while you study.

We also provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved and immerse yourself in student life – through volunteering, sports and music, events and more.

 

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