Mattersey is delighted to be able to offer ten short courses of study to help leaders and church workers to develop their skills and knowledge in the excellent learning environment of Mattersey Hall Christian College and the National Ministry Centre. Courses will usually comprise of the following:
- Nine sessions spread over eight days in two non-consecutive weeks of on-campus study: Monday to Thursday.
- Training which allows church workers/volunteers to study without suspending church, work or family responsibilities.
- One teaching session of just under two hours in length per day, with time for reflection, reading and fellowship.
- Qualified and experienced lecturers in their fields, practitioners as well as tutors.
- The opportunity to ask questions and network with other leaders and those training for Christian ministry.
- Access to the Research Centre for additional quality study time outside of the lectures.
- The option to submit a written assignment and obtain a non-accredited Certificate from Mattersey Hall. This is not compulsory.
- Lunch provided each day in the dining room of the Residential Centre, included in the price.
- The option to have accommodation: bed and full board at the National Ministry Centre if required.
- An open invitation to attend morning devotions, student prayer and worship and ministry in the College Chapel.
- ‘Communicating the Bible’ (December 2017) taught in full across one week.
In 2017-2018, the Short Courses available are:
Autumn School: September to December 2017
Course: Christian Doctrine
An inspiring introduction to the central doctrines and beliefs of the Christian Faith. Special emphasis will be given to the nature of God, the Trinity, the person of Jesus Christ and the work of the cross. Lecturer: Peter Cavanna Part 1: God, Jesus and the Trinity. Monday 25th September – Thursday 28th September 2017 Part 2: Monday 9th October - Thursday 12th October 2017 Part 2: Incarnation and Atonement. Monday 25th September - Thursday 28th September 2017 Prices: £69.00 for each part, including lunch. Full bed and board on campus: £149.00 for each part.
Course: Understanding the Bible
An overview of how to interpret the biblical books, verses and texts correctly for preaching, considering different literatures, contexts, covenants and cultural backgrounds. Key skills for all Bible communicators, local church leaders and anyone who publicly teaches from the Scripture text. Lecturer: Peter Cavanna Part 1: Monday 6th November- Thursday 9th November 2017 Part 2: Monday 20th November – Thursday 23rd November 2017 Prices: £69.00 for each part, including lunch. Full bed and board on campus: £149.00 for each part.
Course: Christian Worldview
Take the time to consider the various worldviews that exist inside the minds of people, especially the contemporary influence of postmodernism. Consider how the Christian Gospel can interact successfully with this generation. Lecturer: Dr William Kay Part 1: Monday 2nd October – Thursday 5th October 2017 Part 2: Monday 16th October – Thursday 19th October 2017 Prices: £69.00 for each part, including lunch. Full bed and board on campus: £149.00 for each part.
Course: Biblical Languages for Christian Ministry
Ideal for the local church Bible teacher or pastor, an introduction to Hebrew and Greek. Get closer to the original text and begin to understand it like never before. Lecturers: Dr Robin Routledge and Catherine Shiells Part 1: Monday 13th November – Thursday 16th November 2017 Part 2: Monday 27th November – Thursday 30th November 2017 Prices: £69.00 for each part, including lunch. Full bed and board on campus: £149.00 for each part
Course: Communicating the Bible
An introduction to the art of preparing and presenting the Christian message in a variety of contemporary contexts, but with special reference to the local church. This course includes active preaching workshops. Please note: this course is double the normal time for lectures and is run in its entirety across four days. Lecturer: Peter Cavanna Parts 1 and 2: Monday 4th December – Thursday 7th December 2017 Prices: £89.00 for the full course (day visitor) or £169.00 for full bed and board on campus.
Winter School: January to May 2018
Course: Church History Survey
An excellent set of inspiring lectures, exploring the history and development of the church from New Testament times to the present day. Discover the pivotal people and times that shaped the doctrine and direction of the global church. Lecturer: Edward Issitt Part 1: Monday 15th January – Thursday 18th January 2018 Part 2: Monday 29th January- Thursday 1st February 2018 Prices: £69.00 for each part, including lunch. Full bed and board on campus: £149.00 for each part.
Course: New Testament Survery
Journey through the New Testament: Gospels and Epistles, exploring its key themes, background and message. Lecturer: Peter Cavanna Part 1: The Gospels and Acts. Monday 22nd Jan - Thursday 25th January 2018 Part 2: Monday 5th February - Thursday 8th February 2018
Course: Introduction to Missions
An exploration of the biblical and practical nature of mission, encompassing different approaches: short and long term, social action and holistic, and engaging local churches in mission. Lecturer: Rachel Issitt Part 1: Monday 12th February – Thursday 15th February 2018 Part 2: Monday 5th March – Thursday 8th March 2018 Prices: £69.00 for each part, including lunch. Full bed and board on campus: £149.00 for each part.
Course: Old Testament Survey
Journey through the Old Testament, exploring its key themes, background and message. Lecturer: Dr Robin Routledge Part 1: Monday 26th February – Thursday 1st March 2018 Part 2: Monday 19th March – Thursday 22rd March 2018 Prices: £69.00 for each part, including lunch. Full bed and board on campus: £149.00 for each part.
Course: John’s Gospel
Examining the purpose, theology and structure of the Fourth Gospel, with exegesis, and considering how the church might share its central message with a contemporary audience. Lecturer: Lilly Brightwell Part 1: Monday 12th March 2018 – Thursday 15th March 2018. Part 2: Monday 26th March – Thursday 29th March 2018. Prices: £69.00 for each part, including lunch. Full bed and board on campus: £149.00 for each part.
Terms and Conditions apply when staying on the campus: please ask for details. There is no obligation to undertake or pay for both parts of a course but it should be understood that the material covered will be incomplete. To ensure your place on the Short Course, please arrange for payment to be made seven days in advance of the course. This is essential for those seeking the option to have residential accommodation at the college.
How to Book
There will be a short application process, including a pastoral reference. To speed up the application process, please download the application form, print it out and fill it in, and include a brief church leader’s reference in with the application. This need not be a lengthy reference but a clear indication that your local church leader(s) support your study and endorse you to us. To view the Short Course: Essential Information sheet, or the current Short Course Timetable, or to download the application form to become a Short Course Student, click on links below: