This course is specially designed for those working in mission and ministry amongst families. It considers what constitutes ‘family’, how families are formed, and the issues they face; the theological and biblical principles of family; an introduction to mission to and with families; spirituality and faith formation within families. It also includes management of self, team and leadership skills.
Study skills* (10 credits)
This unit provides students with the necessary tools for studying effectively at HE Levels 4-6.
Leadership, team and self* (10 credits)
This unit introduces students to leadership and team building 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 families (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to the key issues facing families in 21st-century Britain.
Introduction to practical theology and families (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to some of the key doctrines and theological themes of the Christian faith. It will enable students to start to critique and evaluate these doctrines and frameworks, and relate them to their mission and ministry practice with families.
Introduction to mission to and with families (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to biblical, historical and contemporary concepts of mission, and relates it to their practice amongst families.
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.
“I have gone away with a whole host of ideas and challenges to what I (and others in our teams) do. I think I will need to pray and reflect a lot on what to look at as priorities and also discuss with others, where appropriate, so that we are moving forward together. A lot of information to consider! I felt a lot of information about the theological background to what we do, was really helpful and brought about a lot of points to consider. I am at the start of learning a lot and that is the major impact, realising there is a lot to learn and consider.”
“This week has led to me reflecting how I put my work with families in context – such as family ministry models and applying the biblical understanding of family.”
Students completing this course could be employed by churches in a voluntary or paid capacity to work as part of their family mission and ministry team. Students’ natural affinity with families and creative communication methods will have been enhanced with Biblical and theological understanding, and this will give them the confidence to lead sessions as part of the church’s worship and teaching, or events and holiday clubs.
Students can also use this course as a foundation for employment with and further training from childcare or education providers like family centres.