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Education and Christian Discipleship
This certificate course has run for 5 years in the diocese in conjunction with the University of Worcester. Following a successful University review this summer we are now redeveloping the materials to make them accessible more locally to a wider group of potential students.
Contact Caroline Pascoe or Fiona Brooke for more info on 01584 871085.
"The course deals with the real issues facing the church today, expanding not only our knowledge and giving us the tools to look at our own discipleship but also inspires us to encourage others to do the same." Dawn Taffinder, Student 2008-10
Emphasis on Practical Christian Discipleship
The emphasis of the certificate is on practical matters such as becoming a more effective disciple and an ambassador in the Kingdom of God; mission, including witnessing beyond the church; helping others in their walk with God; Christian Spirituality; and core modules such as Working with the New Testament, Working with the Old Testament and developing modern Study Skills.
The certificate is accredited by the University of Worcester at Higher Education Level Four (HE4), a nationally recognised qualification which can be transferred to other courses.
Our course is open to everyone and has consisted of six taught modules and two locally based independent studies.
The main modules have been taught centrally at the Hereford Diocesan Office, by experienced tutors from both the Diocese and the University. People studying on the course are fully supported and encouraged to use the Resource Library in the Ludlow Conference Centre, the Cathedral Library and enjoy the full facilities of the University of Worcester as part time students. Key texts for all modules are avalilable to all students on a borrowing basis, as well as supporting texts, so the purchase of books is not necessary but all books can be purchased if you wish via the office.
How much will it cost?
The cost of the Certificate has been £90.00 per module. The University fees are currently under review.
The Course Modules
Module 1 Study Skills
The aim of this module is to help course members to become successful, independent learners with the knowledge, confidence and skills to find and use relevant data in an evaluative way.
Module 2 Working with the New Testament
This module is seen as central to the whole of the course. It introduces the learner to the purpose of the New Testament (NT) and seeks to reflect upon the NT as the primary source and inspiration of Christian and Church development and witness.
Module 3 Exploring Discipleship
Discipleship is fundamental to Christian growth and development. This module explores the concept from both an historical and contemporary viewpoint. It will enable the learner to explore, evaluate and appreciate their personal Christian journey and how this may help them to support and encourage discipleship in others.
Module 4 (see Module 8)
Module 5 Working with the Old Testament
This module aims to introduce the learner to the purpose of the Old Testament (OT) and seeks to reflect upon the major themes of the OT as a source of understanding of God's relationship with his people before the coming of Christ; and of the connections between it and the development of the Christian church. There is particular emphasis on the use of Psalms as a guide to discipleship.
Module 6 Spiritual Formation and Development
This module will explore the diverse approaches to Christian Spirituality and how course members can encourage spiritual development in themselves, in their home churches and among their local community.
Module 7 Connecting Beyond the Church
Central to the church's mission is the call to witness. This module seeks to explore the challenges facing Christians today as 'people of mission' living as ambassadors among, and reaching out to their communities and beyond.
Modules 4 & 8 Independent Studies
The Independent Studies are designed to encourage course participants to creatively put theory into practice. Students choose their own areas of study in consultation with the course tutors.
Contact the Ministry Development and Training Department at the Diocesan Office, Ludlow for full details and an application form. More information and term dates can be found on the Students Page.
Miss Fiona Brooke, Training Administrator, Ministry Development and Training, Diocese of Hereford, Ludlow Eco Park, Ludlow Shropshire SY8 1FD Tel: (01584) 871 085 e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hereford.anglican.org
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