Short Courses 2021
Listening in Mission
Mondays, May 10 – June 28, 2021 7.00 - 9.00pm
Church mission in our local communities has been disrupted and, in some cases, turned upside down by the pandemic. As we emerge from our homes, and churches reconvene in person, we are in a space both familiar and new. We have discovered both limitations of former patterns of life and ministry and new relationships with neighbourhood and neighbours. So how do churches and mission teams take up the challenges left by this? Course attendees will explore mission approaches and be introduced to practices of local community research, theological reflection, and spiritual discernment, in order to develop practical skills in mission attentiveness. The course is designed to introduce activities, spiritual practices and practical steps that can be deployed in a local church or a new mission team setting. Apply by 18th April.
Engaging the Bible - OT Wisdom Writings
Thursdays, May 6 – June 24, 2021 7.00 - 9.00pm
A course for resourcing preachers. This course offers an exploration of selected biblical texts and themes. Participants will be introduced to key exegetical issues in reading those texts in a church and world environment today. Our Spring course will introduce participants to the Wisdom Literature of the Hebrew Bible, including Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon and Wisdom of Solomon, to reflect forthcoming lectionary readings. Apply by 15th April
INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW
Feb 1 – March 29, 2021
Monday evenings, 6.45-8.45pm GMT
This course will introduce those with very little or no previous knowledge of Hebrew to the forms and structures of the language of the Hebrew Bible, enabling you to read selected passages of scripture, and to explore the value of being able to do so.
CREATIVE WRITING AS SPIRITUAL REFLECTION
Feb 2 – March 30, 2021
Tuesday evenings, 6.45-8.45pm GMT
This course develops creative writing as a means of reflection upon personal, spiritual and contemporary cultural experience. Course participants will analyse different approaches, learn skills, and produce their own creative writing in a supportive and participative environment.
CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ART AND CHRISTIAN WORSHIP
Feb 4 – March 25, 2021
Thursday evenings, 6.45 – 8.45pm GMT
This course explores and develops the role of contemporary visual art in Christian worship. Taking practical, creative and theological approaches this course seeks to expand and cultivate imaginations, and stimulate churches and Christian worship in new ways, especially in these changing times.
Short Courses 2020
- Reimagining Christian Practice in an Age of Uncertainty: charts the contemporary challenges we are experiencing in the church and in practicing Christian faith, intensified now by the global pandemic.
- Designing and Leading Christian Worship: a practical introduction to designing and leading Christian worship utilising theologically rich patterns and practices and adapting these to participants contemporary church context.
- Managing Difficult Church Change: helps leaders active in local church contexts to identify and interpret challenges facing your church, and equip you with tools to develop faithful and creative responses to manage difficult church change.