The programme in Pioneering Ministries FX (Fresh Expressions) is for people who want to explore the creative new ways of being and doing church that many hold as key to the future of Christianity in our contemporary culture.
Whether called ‘emerging church’ or ‘mission-shaped church’ or ‘fresh expressions of church’, this programme is designed for lay or ordained persons, from all traditions, who are interested in examining, pioneering or leading such initiatives in ministry through the discipline of postgraduate level study and personal research.
There are three main units of study which cover a range of themes:
- Contemporary Culture, the Gospel and Emerging Church – main themes include culture, gospel and the Church; cultural exegesis; church planting and Emerging Church conversations.
- Leading Pioneering Ministries & FX – main themes include essence of the Church; narratives of emergence; practices of discernment and spiritual leadership. These units are assessed by a 6,000 word assignment.
- Pioneering a Ministry – this will involve a student pioneering an emerging church or fresh expression of church. This unit is assessed by a 4,000 word assignment and a presentation of the project accompanied by a 2000 word equivilent critical description.
This programme can be undertaken either part time or full time at a number of different levels:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Pioneering Ministry FX: a one-year part-time course incorporating the two units of study
- Postgraduate Diploma in Pioneering Ministry FX: a one-year full-time or two-year part-time course incorporating three units of study and EITHER one unit from the syllabus OR a Diploma level dissertation of 6,000 - 7,000 words
- MA in Pioneering Ministry FX: a one-year full-time or two-year part-time course incorporating the three units of study AND one unit from the syllabus plus a Masters level dissertation of 12–15,000 words
For part-time students, there are two residential weeks in a year (late September and January), each of which introduce one unit of study. It is expected that part-time students will work on average 15 hours a week for 30 weeks in each year, in addition to researching a dissertation, if required. Full-time students will complete all the units relevant to their course in a year (up to four for MA level), and have until the following March to submit a dissertation, if required.