Can A Degree Grow My Faith?

If you have stumbled onto this article or our website, maybe you are considering pursuing a degree in Theology.  But perhaps this initial curiosity is also being met with some misgivings… 

“I wasn’t really that interested in RE lessons in secondary school. Why should I think studying a Bachelors in theology will be much different?”  

“I’m quite new to faith, so I’m not sure I fit the profile of a Theology student.”  

“I don’t feel like I’m at a very strong place in my faith at the moment. I’ve even been experiencing some doubts about God.  This degree isn’t for Christians like me.”  

These are legitimate questions and you are not the first person to feel this way.  BUT, I want to tell you that pursuing this degree could be the most helpful thing for your Christian faith!  

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I also want to introduce you to Brad.  Brad was a student on the degree a few years ago.  When he first joined, he had only been a Christian for about three years.  It would be fair to say that Brad wasn’t sure he really wanted to pursue the degree. However, a couple of influential leaders in his life encouraged him that it would be a good thing.  It took a while, but as Brad spent more time with us, he discovered that his degree experience was giving him much more than information and university credit.  It was transforming his faith.

So Brad, how did studying on the degree help your relationship with God?  

“The degree helped me grow in my faith hugely. It developed my knowledge of the Bible. But more importantly it helped me process who God wanted me to be, and what he wanted me to do.”

How did the residential conferences play a part in this? 

“The residential part was my favourite aspect of the degree. We travelled as a group from Scotland, which allowed us to bond and talk about our lives at a deeper level. Staying at the conference centre with the community was huge for me too, as it allowed us to connect with other students.  This structure gave time for us to grow as a community and form relationships that were more than just classmates. I felt like this played a massive part in my personal growth. It was great to have time with people in a similar life stage and with a similar heart to myself. At first I laughed it off as Reign trying too hard, but it really did become like a family to me – with actual brothers and sisters to do life with. 

Was there anything about your weekly Cluster group that encouraged your faith?  

“My cluster followed on from the community built while on our residential weeks, with my cluster leader, Alex, acting as a mentor to us. The lads were like brothers to me, and Alex was our leader and example in how to live a life worth following. Having those weekly sessions helped me be accountable to the life that I was trying to live. As well as supporting each other through the trials of everyday youth ministry, and everything else that went on in that time of our lives.”

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Maybe Brad’s story has struck a chord with you? If you would like to get to know more about how this degree could be transformative to your life and faith then why not request a prospectus or come along to one of our online information sessions?


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Darin (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) lives with his family in Oxfordshire, England. With over twenty years experience in leading youth ministry and training youth workers, as well as developing and delivering degree-level modules in Theology, Mission and Youth Ministry, he now oversees Start to Stir.

Categories: Testimony, Youth Ministry Degree Course

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