St Edmund’s Course in Christian Studies: The two-year course

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About the course

The course in Christian Studies is designed to explore Christian theology and discover afresh its relevance for everyday life and ministry. The aim of the course is to give you a foundational knowledge of key themes in Christianity – and, crucially, how to apply these themes in ministry at your local church. The experience and prior knowledge of each group will shape the level of the learning.

If, while studying, students decide to undergo the discernment process to become a Licensed Lay Minister (LLM), they may do so. Applications must be made no later than Easter of the second year of the course, and the discernment process may be undertaken at any time.

What will you be learning?

You will study six modules, each one on a different aspect of the Christian faith.

Module One: Back to the Future – Understanding the Old Testament
This module gives an overview of the Old Testament and will help you see its relevance to your own life.

Module Two: Foundations of the Faith – The New Testament in today’s world
You will be introduced to the New Testament: structure, background history, key themes, and how to interpret it in today’s society.

Module Three: Learning from the Masters – Theology through the ages
In this Module, you will be introduced to some influential Christian thinkers through the ages and will be able to draw on their wisdom for your own ministry.

Module Four: Part of Something Bigger – The nature of the Church
This Module helps us to understand what the Church actually is – and our place within it.

Module Five: Living Well – Ethics and decision-making in life
This Module helps us understand how we make decisions in life and explores various approaches to wethical, moral, spiritual and social dilemmas.

Module Six: Living the Faith – Following Jesus in the modern world
This Module explores how to live and share the Christian faith in a way that is sensitive, kind and compassionate.

Who will be studying with you?

Each group is made up of people who do the course for different reasons. For example:

  1. You might want to learn more about the Christian faith for personal reasons
  2. You might want to consider becoming a Licensed Lay Minister in the future
  3. You might want to use the Course as a first two-years of your Licensed Lay Ministry training.

Whatever your motivation, you will be most welcome to join.

What will the assessments be?

Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself to be academic! There will be a range of assessments for each Module; some essay-based, some practical, some creative. We will work with you to design a method of assessment that suits your own learning style and meets your requirements.

We are keen that those with Learning Support Needs should find this course accessible. The Course Principal would be happy to meet with you in advance to work through any issues you may have in this regard.

When and where does the Course take place?

Prior to COVID-19, sessions were held on Thursday evenings at St Edmund King and Martyr Church on Lombard Street, London, EC3V. For the Autumn 2020 term, the course will be conducted online.

Each module lasts eight weeks and is designed to avoid half-term school breaks. The 2020/21 course starts on 1 October 2020.

Term dates:

  • Term 1: 1 October 2020 – 3 December 2020 (break on 29 October 2020 and 5 November 2020)
  • Term 2: 21 January 2021 – 25 March 2021 (break on 18 and 25 February 2021)
  • Term 3: 29 April 2021 – 1 July 2021 (break on 27 May 2021 and 3 June 2021)

How much does the Course cost?

The course costs £80 per module, so £240 per year. Fees can be paid at the beginning of each term or in full at the beginning of the year.

For more information, please email the Course Administrator or call 020 3837 5291. The application form is available here. Please return by email. You can download all the above course information here.

St. Edmund’s is a convenient, two-minute walk from Bank tube station.
St. Edmund the King and Martyr Church, Lombard Street, London EC3V 9EA

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