It is becoming increasingly difficult these days to know and understand the theology behind a church or organisation. A quick look on social media and YouTube will confirm that the pastor of a particular mega-church is the anti-Christ and spouting all sorts of heresy, but also confirms the opposite message that he or she are great leaders, full of wisdom and care for others behind their public persona. The brand of church (or denomination in our Christian speak) is no longer a guide as to its theology or stance on moral or current political issues. So how can you be confident of recommending to a young person you know they study a theology and youth ministry degree with Reign Ministries?
Firstly, the undergraduate degree (BA (Hons) in Theology, Mission and Ministry with specialism in Youth Work) that Reign Ministries delivers is done in partnership with ForMission College and is accredited by Newman University. They give the ultimate approval to the teaching content, class facilitators and level of difficulty. They ensure it meets the standards of tertiary level training like any other university course, and they determine the balance between theology, history, and youth ministry.
Currently, a sample of what a student will study during the three years is:
Translation theories of the Bible,
Engagement between a Christian and culture,
The exodus narrative,
Models of discipleship,
Different strands of theology (example of what these might be are liberation theology, black theology, queer theology),
Church history and what we can learn from it,
As well the different sources of theology.
The content of the course is reviewed each year to keep it updated and to make sure it is covering the content that we believe is needed for young leaders to learn as part of their training.
Some of the assessments will require the student to look at the church/organisation they are working within and identify how the theory being looked at relates to it. Others will ask to reflect critically upon specific books and what established authors have written. Our students will also learn tools and models that can be directly applied to their work-based learning environments, which is usually their home church, and the ministry they are doing there as well as personally being stretched to reflect upon why they believe what they do about God and the implications of such beliefs.
Reign Ministries has worked hard with its partners to offer a degree that is accessible and understandable, practical and applicable to real world situations, and also robust and theologically sound. We mix head knowledge with heart, ensuring students graduate with a greater passion for Jesus and young people than they had when they started.
Overall the course studies a range of different areas all with the idea of equipping and training leaders for ministry, and youth ministry in particular. It all works towards the personal, intellectual, ministry, missional, and spiritual development of the student, which is at the heart of the course.
James is on the Degree team and is our Formation Tutor for Reign Ministries. James graduated from Moorlands Theological College and worked as an Assistant Youth Minister at Knowle Parish Church near Solihull before joining Reign staff. James brings a passion to encourage students and attention to detail into his role as Formation Director. When not working with Reign, James leads the youth ministry with his wife in Aylesbury.
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It is becoming increasingly difficult these days to know and understand the theology behind a church or organisation. A quick look on social media and YouTube will confirm that the pastor of a particular mega-church is the anti-Christ and spouting all sorts of heresy, but also confirms the opposite message that he or she are […]