This course is for those who want to know more about how to use their creative and artistic talents in mission and ministry. It explores the theology of creativity and the arts; issues facing those working creatively; the impact the creative arts have on faith and spirituality, and vice versa; an introduction to mission and ministry through the creative arts; and performance and presentation skills.
Study Skills* (10 credits)
This unit provides students with the necessary tools for studying effectively at HE Levels 4-6.
Performance and Presentation* (10 credits)
This unit introduces students to performance and presentation skills and the ability to manage one-self professionally.
Applied Practice* (20 credits)
This unit offers students the opportunity to focus on mission and ministry practice through observation, reflection and action in their own and another context. Students will be taught reflective skills and encouraged to use them in starting to analyse their own practice, and that of others in order to better understand why what works well, works well, and how to improve what doesn’t.
Spirituality and Faith* (20 credits)
This unit introduces key theories relating to spirituality and faith development.
Issues Facing Artists (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to the world of the creative artist and artiste and the issues that they face. It will enable them to consider the place of the artist or artiste in society and the church and identify issues that this raises. It also offers students the opportunity to reflect on themselves as an artist(e) and how this interacts with their identity, integrity and faith.
Introduction to Practical Theology and the Creative Arts (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to some of the key doctrines and theological frameworks of the Christian faith. It will enable students to start to critique and evaluate these doctrines and relate them to the creative arts, and their own expression and works.
Introduction to Mission and Creative Art (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to biblical, historical and contemporary concepts of mission, and relates it to the creative arts. It gives students an opportunity to explore how the creative arts have been used in mission in historical and contemporary contexts, and how they can be used in their own missional activities.
Introduction to Old Testament (10 credits)
This unit seeks to introduce students to the literature, history, and messages of the Old Testament. In doing so we will consider the theological messages contained within the Old Testament and their significance to the people of ancient Israel as well as the contemporary church.
Introduction to New Testament (10 credits)
This unit will introduce students to the content of the New Testament and provide an understanding of how that content originated. It will also facilitate the study of the New Testament by equipping students with an understanding of key scholarly debates and methods.
Introduction to Theology (20 credits)
This unit provides a systematic account of major Christian doctrines with a particular emphasis on their relevance to the contemporary world and specific mission and ministry contexts.
Introduction to Bible and Mission (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to biblical, historical and contemporary concepts of mission, with particular emphasis on biblical perspectives. It gives students an opportunity to explore how the Bible has been used in mission in historical and contemporary contexts, and how it can be used in their own missional activities.
*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.
“Overall I loved the week and I’m looking forward to the next.”
“I learnt so much! The week brought me a new perspective, I’m still processing and transitioning this into my practice.”
Students completing this course could be employed by churches in a voluntary or paid capacity to work as part of their mission and ministry team. Students’ creativity and artistic expression will have been enhanced with Biblical and theological understanding, and this will give them the confidence to create pieces commissioned by the church or parachurch organisation or lead creative sessions as part of the church’s worship and teaching.