Updated: 26 Jan 2021 | Posted by: Charlie Morris
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One of our recent articles explained how Reign Ministries believes that the degree we deliver (BTh Hons in Theology and Mission) will prepare you to do whatever God calls you to do, no matter if that’s in a church or any other vocation.
In this article we want to share a few examples of what some of our alumni are up to and how God used the degree to help them get there. See the impact studying with Reign Ministries had on their own walk with God and understanding of the culture around them. As many students do join us with the hopes that the degree will prepare them for postgraduate studies, be sure to look out for those examples as well!
Gregor McKay. Youth Pastor Found Church. Larbert, Scotland Larbert Churches Youth Trust Schools Worker
“Doing the degree with Reign Ministries helped me learn to work with people. I have not always been the most confident person, but the encouragement and support helped me grow more confident in my own abilities and calling.
I also learned how to lead others better. The leaders pushed me to do what they saw I was capable of doing, but I didn’t always see it for myself.
I also grew so much personally and spiritually. I learned to think better about faith and to understand that I am able to do way more than I initially thought. I saw a quiet confidence grow out of me during my time on the degree.”
To me the degree was never about papers or marks. The tutors always communicated that what we learn is for the purpose of serving people. I learned how to work with people by applying the Bible to real-life situations.Sarah Keshtkaran
Sarah Keshtkaran: Hamburg, Germany. Missionary/Author/Mother
“To me the degree was never about papers or marks. The tutors always communicated that what we learn is for the purpose of serving people. I learned how to work with people by applying the Bible to real-life situations. It also helped me to lead by showing me different biblical leaders and also modelled different leadership styles. I would rather call it a ‘school of life’ than a degree course.”
Annabel Stott. Ordinand MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission Trinity College, Bristol, England
“The degree helped to equip me for future academic study and gave me a strong theological and missionary foundation for ministry and training. It also prepared me practically with skills for learning in community and undertaking ministry training alongside study.”
Matt Bodinham. Founder Woodstock Youth Work Trust, England
“Doing the degree really taught me to slow down, take notice of people, and meet them where they’re at. I have found my ability to come alongside people and get to know them has increased massively.
Studying for the degree was also a real gift in understanding who I am. My gifts, passions, calling, and personality were all completely revealed during my time on the degree…as were, unfortunately, my shortcomings! But even having those come out in an environment where I was so supported, cared for, and challenged was a really healthy thing!”
My gifts, passions, calling, and personality were all completely revealed during my time on the degreeMatt Bodinham
Jon Stark. MTh in Applied Theology. Regents Park College, University of Oxford, England
“Studying with Reign definitely has set me up for the Master’s programme I am now enrolled on. From hermeneutical and exegetical tools all the way through to training sessions on pastoral care and counselling, the Reign course provided me the opportunity to engage with a broad range of subjects, and consider how I might go about applying my learning in practice; all of which has been a blessing in my continued ministry work, and, so far, in my studies!”
Isi Weber. Basel, Switzerland. Associate Minister. MA in Church Practice, Evangelische Hochschule, Tabor
“The degree shaped my outward focus and heart to reach people outside of the church. I also gained a good understanding of how to help people grow in their strengths through my practical experiences. The learning was holistic – I was inspired by the lives of our teachers who modelled what they talked about and encouraged me to lead in the same authentic way.”
Lucy Summers. Primary School Teacher – Year 3
“The degree has given me a deeper understanding of my identity as a disciple, not just a believer or a church-goer but an active follower and learner of Jesus. This has helped me discover my passion to join in with what the Spirit is doing in my local area and lead me to start ministering and leading a group for 20-30’s in my local town.
The degree has shown me that there are many different ways God can use a person and many people and places to be found along the way. The degree also helped me understand that my job and calling are different. Whilst I might not be paid by a church I want my life to reflect Jesus’ mission and hospitality to others wherever He may place me.”
Updated: 14 Jan 2021 | Posted by: Charlie Morris
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Updated: 6 Jan 2021 | Posted by: chantal hosken
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