Flexi-GradDip

Flexi-GD


From September 2020, as part of our response to the coronavirus emergency, WTC will offer its three Graduate Diploma courses as Flexi-GradDip courses, for students in the UK who live more than 1.5 hours travel time away from an existing WTC Hub.

Students on the Flexi-GradDips (Graduate Diploma in Kingdom Theology, Graduate Diploma in Kingdom Theology and Student Ministry – GDSM, and Graduate Diploma in Church Planting & Leadership – GDCPL) will need to attend the two compulsory Residentials each year. Students doing the GradDips in either Student Ministry or Church Planting & Leadership also need to attend the extra teaching events for their course in person.

The course content is the same for Flexi-GradDip students as for Hub-based students doing the same GradDip course. However, Flexi-Grad Dip students will access lectures and video-conference tutorials online from home on Tuesday evenings throughout their course rather than being a member of a WTC Hub.

All three these courses are validated by the University of Chester.


Course Content (3 options)

Graduate Diploma in Kingdom Theology

Year 1 Modules

TH6930: Introduction to Old Testament Studies - Dr Stephen Dempster

Do you want to go on a transformational journey in which your little life story is caught up in the Story of the Ages? Then welcome to a course on going deeper into the study of the Old Testament, a Story which begins with Creation and ends with the prophecies of a new world in which everything has been transformed! Here is a place where you will obtain a better compass for your own journey as you see more clearly your way in the light of the Torah, the calls for justice from the prophets, the insights of the sages, and the praises and lament of the psalms. Welcome to a journey of transformation!


TH6946: Discovering the New Testament - Dr Jason Myers

This module introduces students to the historical, theological and literary content of the New Testament. It will focus especially on the challenges of reading various and distinctive styles and themes across New Testament genres and authors. Attention is paid to the practices and beliefs of Christianity in the context of Second Temple Judaism and the first century Church. Selected texts provide case studies that illustrate the historically conditioned character of early Christianity. There is a consideration of both the exegetical value and the critical challenges that an historical examination of the New Testament produces. Particular attention is paid to questions of Christology, eschatology, soteriology, Jesus’ Spirituality, the ‘Kingdom of God’, the meaning of Jesus’ death and the relationship between these themes and the shape of Christian discipleship and ministry.


TH6957: Graduate Theological Foundations for Spiritual Formation - Dr Lucy Peppiatt

This module covers biblical, theological, and historical foundations for spiritual formation and leadership, equipping students with different perspectives on discipleship and models of formation through the ages. The module covers fundamental doctrines of Christian identity through the idea of humanity made in the image of God, as well as discussion on how those ideas shape us as followers of Christ and leaders in any sphere. Students are encouraged to explore models of spiritual formation and leadership in relation to concepts of the kingdom, community, creation care, and the poor and to apply their learning to their own contexts.


TH6944: On the Incarnation - Dr Jasper Knecht

This module gives students the opportunity to delve into the fascinating questions around the person and work of Jesus Christ. Who do people think Jesus is? What does it mean for God to have become man and dwelt among us? What are the implications of the Incarnation for the church and the world? In this module we focus on the biblical and early church portraits of Jesus, questions around how one person can be the God-man, and the debates around orthodox views of Christ with a particular focus on the development of ideas around the identity of Jesus in the first few hundred years of the church.

Year 2 Modules

TBC


TH6945: Christology in Context - Dr Lucy Peppiatt

This module builds on the foundations of TH6944 (On the Incarnation) as we go deeper into questions of the identity of Jesus and what it means to be ‘saved.’ We study some of the developments through history in thinking about Jesus, as well as the biblical perspective on the incarnation, salvation, atonement, and the second coming. Students have the chance to think through what all of this means for modern day discipleship, life, and engagement with the world in mission.


TH6934: Transformational Leadership - Bev Murrill

There are so many books and so much material now on leadership it makes your head spin. Perhaps that’s strange when you consider that Jesus didn’t encourage us so much to lead as to follow! This module will teach how it’s in following more closely you’ll find you lead better. The lectures will focus mainly on Old Testament characters and how God turned their weakness to strength. We will see how each of us can develop their leadership potential to enable flourishing in every sphere of influence to occur. References are drawn from both influential Christian leaders and the best that the business world has to offer.


TH6942: The History of Christian Spirituality - Dr Steve Watts

Christian spirituality is not simply a private, contemplative affair; it is a dynamic and creative outworking of Christian belief in culture. Its history is not merely a record of the past, but a powerful testimony of living faith down through the ages. As such, this course is about breathing new life into old bones. We will stand alongside the martyrs Felicitas and Perpetua on the dusty arena floor of ancient Carthage, join Francis of Assisi’s ragtag poor in the hills of medieval Umbria, and hear the heart of William Wilberforce’s insistent calls for liberation in English Parliament. And as we come to learn more about the living faith of our brothers and sisters in Christ, we will seek to learn more about ourselves and the way in which our faith might be lived out in the present.


Graduate Diploma in Kingdom Theology and Student Ministry

Year 1 Modules

TH6948: Church and Student Culture - Dr Ruth Perrin

We all know when it comes to clothes one size or style does not fit all, and yet we so often think that one way of doing ministry will! Students from different generations, backgrounds and disciplines see the world in different ways. The cities and churches they study and worship in are all different too. That means we need to develop student ministry that fits our context. This module will help you understand how student ministry fits within the local church, evaluate the opportunities and needs of your context, and develop a vision for ministry in that.

TH6930: Introduction to Old Testament Studies - Dr Stephen Dempster

The module introduces students to the critical study of the Old Testament through an examination of selected key primary texts from Torah, the Prophets and Historical books. Students are introduced to the study of the OT as a collection of texts whose meaning depends on an understanding of their relationship to the historical contexts of both the wider ancient Near Eastern religious, cultural and political environment, and to developing Israelite religion. Particular attention is paid to the insights of literary criticism, and to the methodological questions raised by the relationship between literary historical approaches to the texts. The key primary texts, and the larger canonical corpus of which they are a part, are also studied as witnesses to the theological character of Israelite faith and consideration is given to the ways OT texts might provide resources for Christian discipleship, ministry and mission ­ in the Church and in the world ­ in the 21st Century.

TH6946: Discovering the New Testament - Dr Jason Myers

This module introduces students to the historical, theological and literary content of the New Testament. It will focus especially on the challenges of reading various and distinctive styles and themes across New Testament genres and authors. Attention is paid to the practices and beliefs of Christianity in the context of Second Temple Judaism and the first century Church. Selected texts provide case studies that illustrate the historically conditioned character of early Christianity. There is a consideration of both the exegetical value and the critical challenges that an historical examination of the New Testament produces. Particular attention is paid to questions of Christology, eschatology, soteriology, Jesus’ Spirituality, the ‘Kingdom of God’, the meaning of Jesus’ death and the relationship between these themes and the shape of Christian discipleship and ministry.

TH6944: On the Incarnation - Dr Jasper Knecht

This module gives students the opportunity to delve into the fascinating questions around the person and work of Jesus Christ. Who do people think Jesus is? What does it mean for God to have become man and dwelt among us? What are the implications of the Incarnation for the church and the world? In this module we focus on the biblical and early church portraits of Jesus, questions around how one person can be the God-man, and the debates around orthodox views of Christ with a particular focus on the development of ideas around the identity of Jesus in the first few hundred years of the church.

Year 2 Modules

TH6945: Christology in Context - Dr Lucy Peppiatt

This module builds on the foundations of TH6944 (On the Incarnation) as we go deeper into questions of the identity of Jesus and what it means to be ‘saved.’ We study some of the developments through history in thinking about Jesus, as well as the biblical perspective on the incarnation, salvation, atonement, and the second coming. Students have the chance to think through what all of this means for modern day discipleship, life, and engagement with the world in mission.

TH6950: Maturing a Student Ministry - TBC

This module outlines the essential professional principles and practices needed for developing a good student ministry. The objective is to give students a foundational understanding of these elements and their importance, and to help students practically implement them in their own ministry.

TH6949: Catalysing Spiritual Formation - Dr Ruth Perrin

This module outlines the concept of spiritual formation and provides students with practical teaching and tools to help them in their personal spiritual formation as well as facilitating spiritual formation in others. The objective is to give students a framework of thinking and practice for their spiritual leadership of self and others.

TH6951: Student Mission - Miriam Swanson

This module outlines the importance of, and approaches to student mission, as well as the essential spiritual formation principles that are key to effective mission among students. All of the teaching in this module includes and is founded upon theological and ministerial ideas and principles.

TH6952: Professional Formation - Prof Andrew Parker

Reflect upon the call to develop excellence in student ministry and what that looks like in practice. This module will equip you to strengthen your ministry practice through diligence and confidence in communication, budgeting, project management, self and people-management whilst helping you consider these things from a biblical perspective.

GDSM: During 2020-21, in addition to the residential and Hub delivery, there will be an extra two days of teaching on 26th and 27th October 2020 in London. Students will be given further details at their first residential in September 2020.

Graduate Diploma in Church Planting & Leadership

Year 1 Modules

TH6953: Spiritual Formation for Church Planting and Leadership - Rev Anthony Delaney

The church is experiencing a kind of culture shock in the massive and fast moving seismic shifts of the 21st Century with a mindset formed by and suited for centuries past. Various ecclesiologies formulated in entirely different sets of circumstances can inform us but may not help us successfully navigate this new terrain. The reduction of Jesus’ ecclesia to the merely local, and its leadership exclusively to the pastoral, leads to shrinking maintenance. This module helps students attempt to rethink how it is possible to grow and develop apostolic leadership models whereby disciples make disciples, leaders develop leaders, churches plant churches and movements start movements. But all of this begins with the spiritual formation of church planters who rediscover how Jesus modelled, called, led and released an unstoppable movement. This module will provide students with practical teaching and tools and methods of self-assessment in their personal spiritual formation and others, with a focus on fulfilling the Great Commission.

TH6930: Introduction to Old Testament Studies - Dr Stephen Dempster

The module introduces students to the critical study of the Old Testament through an examination of selected key primary texts from Torah, the Prophets and Historical books. Students are introduced to the study of the OT as a collection of texts whose meaning depends on an understanding of their relationship to the historical contexts of both the wider ancient Near Eastern religious, cultural and political environment, and to developing Israelite religion. Particular attention is paid to the insights of literary criticism, and to the methodological questions raised by the relationship between literary historical approaches to the texts. The key primary texts, and the larger canonical corpus of which they are a part, are also studied as witnesses to the theological character of Israelite faith and consideration is given to the ways OT texts might provide resources for Christian discipleship, ministry and mission ­ in the Church and in the world ­ in the 21st Century.

TH6946: Discovering the New Testament - Dr Jason Myers

This module introduces students to the historical, theological and literary content of the New Testament. It will focus especially on the challenges of reading various and distinctive styles and themes across New Testament genres and authors. Attention is paid to the practices and beliefs of Christianity in the context of Second Temple Judaism and the first century Church. Selected texts provide case studies that illustrate the historically conditioned character of early Christianity. There is a consideration of both the exegetical value and the critical challenges that an historical examination of the New Testament produces. Particular attention is paid to questions of Christology, eschatology, soteriology, Jesus’ Spirituality, the ‘Kingdom of God’, the meaning of Jesus’ death and the relationship between these themes and the shape of Christian discipleship and ministry.

TH6944: On the Incarnation - Dr Jasper Knecht

This module gives students the opportunity to delve into the fascinating questions around the person and work of Jesus Christ. Who do people think Jesus is? What does it mean for God to have become man and dwelt among us? What are the implications of the Incarnation for the church and the world? In this module we focus on the biblical and early church portraits of Jesus, questions around how one person can be the God-man, and the debates around orthodox views of Christ with a particular focus on the development of ideas around the identity of Jesus in the first few hundred years of the church.

Year 2 Modules

TH6945: Christology in Context - Dr Lucy Peppiatt

This module builds on the foundations of TH6944 (On the Incarnation) as we go deeper into questions of the identity of Jesus and what it means to be ‘saved.’ We study some of the developments through history in thinking about Jesus, as well as the biblical perspective on the incarnation, salvation, atonement, and the second coming. Students have the chance to think through what all of this means for modern day discipleship, life, and engagement with the world in mission.

TH6954: Shapes of the Church: Past, Present, Future - Alain Emerson

This module explores different perspectives on the nature and identity of church in relation to historical and contemporary doctrinal and missional developments. In addition to an appreciation of historical developments, students will study new forms of church and possible developments in the future. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on particular pastoral and devotional practices, approaches to church leadership and church multiplication, and to kingdom theology and ministry. This module will also include reflection on non-conformist and non-denominational models of church, charismatic approaches to church, and new monasticism. There will be a practical focus on questions of leadership, power dynamics, and gender.

TH6955: Missiologies in the Power of the Spirit - Dr Steve Addison and Nick Hoult

This module explores the scriptural and historical foundations of mission, church planting, and church multiplication. It focuses on the identity and implications of the church as a missional people sent in the power of the Spirit. There will be a strong practical focus on leadership and gender, following the leading of the Spirit, processes of church multiplication, building a local economy, laying apostolic foundations, fruitful evangelistic ministry, and engaging with society.

TH6952: Professional Formation - Prof Andrew Parker

Reflect upon the call to develop excellence in student ministry and what that looks like in practice. This module will equip you to strengthen your ministry practice through diligence and confidence in communication, budgeting, project management, self and people-management whilst helping you consider these things from a biblical perspective.

GDCPL: For first year students during 2020-21, in addition to the residential and Hub delivery, there will be an extra two days of teaching on 23rd and 24th October 2020 in Manchester. Students will be given further details at their first residential in September 2020.

For full course delivery details, please visit the Course Delivery page.


Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to go deeper in their faith but is particularly geared towards those who have previously studied at University level.

  • Generally, a Bachelor’s degree is required.

  • For those without a Bachelor’s degree, but with professional qualifications or relevant experience, please contact us to discuss your eligibility for the Graduate Diploma.

  • If English is not your first language, please see the English Language requirements on the Admissions page.


Fees

The cost of this course is £3,500 per year, which includes a £350 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place after receiving an offer.


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