Beginning Theology (London)
Beginning Theology

Would you love to study theology, or feel called to Christian leadership but don't know where to start? Maybe you are put off by a sense that you haven’t done much further study since school days, or English is not your first language? If any of this describes you, then Beginning Theology might just be what you need.

The Beginning Theology programme consists of 6 modules in total which can be taken over two tracks in two years. The Ministry Track introduces you to calling and purpose, an overview of what we believe and the theological and practical aspects of mission and ministry. The Exploration Track presents a deeper understanding of the New Testament, key themes of the Old Testament, and the highlights of and interconnections with church history, ethics and spirituality.

Beginning Theology Outline

To ensure we equip you for your theological studies whilst at the college, there will be an Academic Development module that runs alongside the teaching (such as study skills workshops).

Curriculum

Module 1

The Bible: Journeys of faith

This module explores the themes of calling, encounter, journey and covenant in the Old and New Testaments. It explores the Biblical narratives of faith journeys and encourages students to reflect on their own journeys in response to God’s call. The module considers the Book of Exodus as a key text of liberation and how the Old Testament themes inform the Christian understanding of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and how this gives us purpose.

Module 2

Everyday Theology

Module 2 centres on the joyful task of thinking deeply about the gospel. Through careful reflection on the scriptures and the creeds, students will grapple with the central teachings of the church, exploring how Jesus informs all that Christians have to say about God and the world in which we live. Students will thereby discover afresh why it’s good news that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and what the doctrine of God means for his creatures today

Module 3

Theology of Mission and Ministry

This module begins with how the Church understands ‘the mission of God’. It then provides some insights into contemporary urban and rural experiences and issues in mission such as cross cultural, interfaith and generational. This module equips students to engage with open issues through a process of theological reflection and consideration of their own contexts.

Module 4

The New Testament

Module 4 enables students to gain a deeper understanding of Christian faith through an exploration of the Gospels, including Jesus’ teaching on discipleship and the Kingdom of God. Through engaging with the Scriptures, students will discover and reflect on the continuing presence of the crucified and risen Lord in the lives of Christians today. The module concludes with a short study of the missionary journeys and writings of St Paul.

Module 5

The Old Testament

This module offers a more detailed look at the Old Testament through a study of Creation, Exile, Prophets and Psalms. Focus is on how the Old Testament is a rich resource for Christians to help in our understanding of the faithfulness of God, his grace, power and love throughout the generations. The underpinning approach is to support an understanding of how Old Testament themes are crucial to shaping and informing faith, prayer and mission today.

Module 6

Perspectives of Christian Thought

This module introduces you to Church History, Christian Thought, Ethics and Spirituality. Church History (early day to present) will provide key highlights of the history of the church and its traditions and sacraments. Christian Thought will touch on the teachers and teachings of the church over the centuries. Christian Ethics asks the question, ‘How should I live my life?’ as we base our behaviour on God’s will. Spirituality will be explored in relation to history, faith, theology and culture. The topics covered in this module shape our Christian walk in Christ and the way we think, behave and reason. The module encourages students to reflect on their own experience and contexts.

Academic Development

This topic is an introduction to studying theology and equips students with essential study skills. It also seeks to give students the opportunity to find out more about their personalities, strengths and learning styles. Academic Development will run in parallel to the modules above and takes place over nine lessons in a single academic year.

Topics covered:

  • What is Theology? Key Concepts

  • Doing Theological Reflection

  • Study Skills workshops

  • Language Support

  • Who am I & How do I learn?

Frequently asked questions

Are bursaries available?

A small number of partial bursaries are available for Beginning Theology students experiencing significant financial hardship. This is at the discretion of the Dean and can be applied for through the course leader. If you would like to find out more, email info@stmellitus.ac.uk.

Is this programme available for international students?

We're sorry but we're currently unable to offer sponsorship for international students, therefore you would need to acquire a visa for the entirety of the course before applying.

How much does it cost?

To find out more, please visit our Fees page.

How do I apply?

Click here to apply.