The BA (Hons) in Theology, Mission and Ministry, specialising in Youth Work provides you with a balance of theology, practical teaching, personal study and practice (which we call ‘work-based learning’ at a church or an organisation).
You will have time to meet with your Reign Ministries Coach, Church Line Manager and Cluster for personal and spiritual support. Cluster is a small group of 4-5 students and your coach, which meets weekly. This is an opportunity for you to be encouraged and supported in your practice, study and any personal challenges which you might be facing.
We appreciate that no week is the same in ministry, but typically you can expect to do:
The BA is delivered by ForMission College through a combination of residential conferences and weekly mentoring. You will attend six residential conferences per year where you will be led in guided facilitations covering the BA (Hons) in Theology, Mission and Ministry, specialising in Youth Work modules. It is also possible that some of these conferences may be delivered virtually rather than in person. Teaching sessions are interactive, and tutors take time to help you apply your learning to placement ministries. In between conferences and cluster meetings, you will spend 10-15 hours per week in personal reading, studying and essay writing. To hear what students are learning at conference, watch the short video.
You will attend a weekly cluster with other youth ministry trainees. An experienced cluster leader will help support you and oversee your practical training. You will participate in at least 12 hours of ministry a week. The hours you spend in ministry are a requirement of the degree.
In between conferences and cluster meetings, you will spend 10-15 hours per week in personal reading, studying and essay writing. Essays and coursework are submitted electronically to be marked and recorded.
The course is delivered across three years, where you will take 120 credits for each year. Each module is worth 20 credits, with a 40-credit research project in your third year.
The BA (Hons) in Theology, Mission and Ministry is assessed in different ways. The assessments vary in style to help highlight the strengths of different students. These include written assignments, work-based learning reports, sermons and presentations. Many of these assessments will incorporate reflecting on your youth ministry placement. All are submitted and marked electronically.
You will also have to complete a Personal Development Portfolio to reflect on your practice each year. This is tailored to help you see how God is working through your ministry and it allows you to track your personal, intellectual, missional, ministry and spiritual growth.
Our Conference Weeks are the residential weeks when teaching is delivered by our widely experienced team of facilitators. As well as teaching, there is designated time for tutorial sessions. Tutorials are a time to discuss anything related to the course or your assessments for extra guidance. Our desire is for all our students to graduate but we want more than that! Conferences are an opportunity to deepen understanding but they are also a key time to grow in your relationship with God and developyour relationships with other students.
A normal conference week consists of interactive teaching, personal time, prayer ministry time and worship. We eat meals together as well. These times are perfect opportunities to meet with teachers, staff and visiting guests who may be coming in from youth ministry movements.
There are also plenty of opportunities and space in the timetable to socialise and have personal time. We currently meet at The Poplars, situated in Ledbury with beautiful views of the Malvern Hills. Their facilities include; sports and games rooms, lounges and 5km walking/running routes around the site.
26th – 30th SEPTEMBER ’22
7th – 11th NOVEMBER ’22
9th – 14th JANUARY ’23 (online conference)
27th FEBRUARY – 3rd MARCH ’23
24th – 28th APRIL ’23
5th – 8th JUNE ’23
The dates for academic year 2022-2023 may change ahead of time and may include an online conference. Students will be made aware of any changes well in advance.
You may visit us at a conference week on an Open Day, where you can meet our current students, staff and alumni. There will also be opportunities to join in with classes and share in our community.