The BA (Hons) in Mission and Ministry aims to further extend the training of vocational workers by building on the Certificate and Diploma courses and offering students the opportunity to complete a vocational degree in three to six years. The format is similar to the Certificate and the Diploma, but students will be offered the opportunity to explore their specialist ministry in more theological and missiological depth and will be required to complete a research dissertation. The BA course covers:
- Theological perspectives
- Missiological perspectives
- Cultural perspectives on Christian mission
- Personal and professional development
- Research skills, leading to the development of a dissertation focussed on the students specialism
BA (Hons) graduates have gone on to further ministry quoting this qualification as significant in their employment both in the Christian sector and in wider circles relating to vocational ministry.
Problem-based learning 1 – theological perspectives* (20 credits)
This unit gives the student the opportunity to investigate a specific problem using a problem-based learning approach. The students will work in groups to investigate and analyse the problem using theological reflection tools and theological resources, discuss and reach agreement on its various aspects, and then report on how the problem should be addressed.
Problem-based learning 2 – missiological perspectives* (20 credits)
This unit gives the student the opportunity to investigate a specific problem using a problem-based learning approach. The students will work in groups to investigate and analyse a missiological problem, discuss and reach agreement on its various aspects, and then report on how the problem could or should be addressed.
Research skills* (10 credits)
This unit equips the student for primary research in the field, with particular emphasis on preparation for the dissertation unit.
Dissertation* (30 credits)
This unit gives the student the opportunity to critically evaluate biblical, theological, missiological and theoretical resources in relation to a specific area of interest, relating to their course and agreed with the programme leader.
Cultural perspectives on Christian mission (20 credits)
This unit builds on the Level 5 Contemporary Culture unit and the Level 5 Mission Frameworks and Perspectives unit, to enable students to critically engage with the history, theology and contemporary practice associated with Christian mission through the lens of contemporary culture.
Personal and professional development (advanced) (20 credits)
This unit will consolidate leadership and management skills developed at Levels 4 and 5, and will give students the opportunity to practise and reflect on skills required for ministerial leadership at a strategic level.
*These are core units which run every year.
You need 120 credits to complete the level. If you are part-time, you will need to attend one teaching week a semester over two years. If you are full-time, you will need to attend five teaching weeks over the course of one year.
Cliff College reserves the right to offer alternative options to those listed here, according to availability.
‘Staff seem to go out of their way to provide the support and resources needed. I’m very grateful.’
‘This course has challenged some of my inherent ways of thinking and caused me to question what I believe and practise.’
‘As a practitioner, I feel that this week has equipped me with the right skills to have a meeting with my leadership team and it has given me insightful thoughts which I will put to use in my practice.’
Students who successfully complete their BA (Hons) in Mission and Ministry could be employed by churches in a voluntary or paid capacity as a mission and/or ministry worker in their specialist field (children, youth, family); or at a regional or national level within a parachurch organisation (depending on the student’s level of experience). Integrated teaching at Level 6 will equip students to take on strategic roles within the organisation as well as the supervision and management of other workers and volunteers.
Former graduates of the BA (Hons) in Mission and Ministry Programme are now employed in a number of key roles at regional and national levels within the UK and in overseas mission.