"The Reading & Tutorial Course allowed me the flexibility to begin my academic journey toward ordained ministry while I concluded my business commitments. The College arranged for a highly qualified local tutor and provided excellent feedback as I progressed through the twelve units."
The Reading and Tutorial FAQs
Chief Purpose: To provide the academic component of training for ordained ministry by means of home study under the guidance of a local tutor appointed by the College.
Enrollment in the course is limited to those who for reasons such as age or family circumstances are unable to come into full-time or part-time study.
A student who is looking towards ordination is strongly encouraged to obtain prior written approval of the sponsoring bishop.
The Course consists of twelve units of study. For each unit there are certain texts to be read and assignments to be written. There will also be at least two tutorial sessions. With hard work, the Course may be completed within two to three years of spare-time study.
The units are as follows:
Introduction to Old Testament Studies
Introduction to New Testament Studies
Church History to 1500 A.D.
History & Theology of Worship
Introduction to World Religions
Introduction to Theology
Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Christian Ethics
Old Testament Theology & Exegesis
New Testament Theology & Exegesis.
A limited number of exemptions may be granted for equivalent courses at university or seminary level taken elsewhere; furthermore, the home study units may be combined with equivalent university courses taken under the College’s supervision.
In order to complete the requirements for ordination training, the student must attend the College for one academic year of practical and pastoral training-the In-Ministry Year.
Successful completion of the Reading & Tutorial Course and the In-Ministry Year leads to the award of the College’s Licentiate in Theology (L.Th.) and the Diploma in Ministry (Dip.Min.).
The Reading & Tutorial Course may also be undertaken by lay persons not intending to offer for ordination, but who wish to acquire a good basic knowledge of Christian theology. In this case, a Certificate of Completion is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the twelve Course units.
For more information, please contact: Paul Jennings
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