Certificate in Mission and Islamic Contexts

Certificate in Mission and Islamic Contexts – a new Short Course course for March 2020!

The Certificate in Mission and Islamic Contexts course is offered in March 2020, and is a week-long course designed to stretch, inform and inspire.  Christian mission to Muslims is one of the most significant and controversial issues facing the Church today. This course investigates these complexities historically, theologically, and missiologically, examining key points of overlap and difference between Christianity and Islam in order to reflect upon how Christians might communicate within Islamic contexts most appropriately and effectively. Whether you’re a church leader, a missionary, or just curious about how to engage with Muslims in the West, the Middle East, or beyond, you will find this course extremely valuable in reflecting upon Christian-Muslim mission from a thoroughly evangelistic perspective, with nuanced contextual awareness.

Delivered as a unit within the MA in Mission programme, this key course has been made available for a wider audience through the Short Course programme by the Cliff College Postgraduate department. A vital course for our times. Is the Certificate in Mission and Islamic Contexts course for you or someone in your team?

Course teaching staff

We are delighted to have Andy Bannister heading up our core teaching, with contributions by Andy McCullogh (Newfrontiers Church Planter), and Cliff College Faculty member Aaron Edwards.

Andy Bannister heads up the Solas Centre for Public Christianity in Scotland, prior to which he was RZIM’s Canada Director. Andy holds a PhD in Islamic Studies and is an adjunct research fellow at the Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology. He is the author of academic books (such as An Oral Formulaic Study of the Qur’an) as well as popular books such as his best-selling The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or the Terrible Consequences of Really Bad Arguments), a blend of comedy and apologetics.

When not traveling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountaineer, and photographer. He is married to Astrid and they have two children; they live in Dundee in Scotland. Learn more about Andy at andybannister.net/about or watch him in action at https://www.solas-cpc.org/shortanswers/.

Course Details

Introduced by Ian White, Senior Tutor and Short Course Programme Leader, and hosted by Aaron Edwards, MA Programme Leader & Lecturer in Theology, Preaching and Mission, the course is taught by Andy Bannister, Andy McCullogh and Aaron Edwards. Teaching is delivered via lectures and seminars with practical as well as theoretical applications, and time for personal reflection. The course aims to enable new learning and provide the student with skills and resources for both individual and church application.

It would be especially useful for Church leaders and outreach workers working in Islamic contexts and those seeking to better share the Christian faith with Muslim neighbours.

Subject areas include:

  • Key doctrines, history, and cultural influences of Islam
  • Historical models of Christian mission and Islam
  • Critique of models of Inter-faith dialogue
  • Critical reflection on contemporary Christian-Muslim apologetics
  • Reception of Islam in post-9/11 western societies
  • Contextual nuances of contemporary Islamic societies


Special Note: Delivered as a unit within the MA in Mission programme, this key course has been made available by the postgraduate department, and the teaching is delivered at postgraduate Level 7, although the assessment is set at Level 4, as all Short Course Certificates are. In preparation for the course students would be required to have engaged with the core book: ‘For their Rock is not as our rock’, Daniel Strange, (Apollos, 2014). An indicative bibliography for further reading will be supplied, as will a course handbook and all teaching materials via Moodle VLE. All students are sent the Moodle login details once the booking form has been received.


“A very important course as we seek to engage and communicate better within Islamic contexts and reflect missionally on that encounter. This would be invaluable for church members, leaders, missionaries and evangelists based in both the UK and wider world. We are especially privileged to have Andy Bannister as adjunct lecturer on this course, bringing a wonderful combination of learning and practice. – Ian White, Programme Leader; Short Course Programme, Cliff College.

Students say of the Short Course certificate programme: “It was all totally invaluable and I wouldn’t change a thing.” “Informative, challenging, reflective, resourcing, encouraging, enabling and empowering.” 

Participants gain a Cliff College Certificate by completing the required assessment work following the teaching week. Successful students will be invited to the Cliff College graduation ceremony. Students can choose not to do the assessment work by ‘auditing’ the course for a slightly reduced fee.


Cliff College Certificate in Mission and Islamic Contexts: Monday 2nd– Friday 6th March 2020

The cost of £435.00 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single en-suite rooms.

A non refundable deposit of £75.00 secures your place and is payable on your acceptance of the place offered. The balance of fees should be paid on arrival or before.

For booking or more details contact: shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk / 01246 584203

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