Mattersey is delighted to be able to offer twelve 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:
- Eight 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 2016) and ‘Ministering to Millenials’ (May 2017) taught in full across one week.
In 2016-2017, the Short Courses available are:
Autumn School: September to December 2016
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 26th September – Thursday 29th September 2016 Part 2: Incarnation and Atonement. Monday 17th October – Thursday 20th October 2016 Prices: £69.00 for each part, including lunch. Full bed and board on campus: £149.00 for each part.
Course: Lukan Perspectives on Mission
Examined through the perspective of mission, both local and global, study the writings of Luke – his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. What did these books have to say two thousand years ago, and what might their message be today? Lecturer: Dr John Andrews Part 1: Monday 3rd October – Thursday 6th October 2016 Part 2: Monday 7th November – Thursday 10th November 2016 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 10th October – Thursday 13th October 2016 Part 2: Monday 31st October – Thursday 3rd November 2016 Prices: £69.00 for each part, including lunch. Full bed and board on campus: £149.00 for each part.
Course: New Testament Survey
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 14th November – Thursday 17th November 2016 Part 2: The Major Epistles. Monday 28th November – Thursday 1st December 2016 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 Swinney Part 1: Monday 21st November – Thursday 24th November 2016 Part 2: Monday 5th December – Thursday 8th December 2016 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 12th December – Thursday 15th December 2016 Prices: £89.00 for the full course (day visitor) or £169.00 for full bed and board on campus.
Winter School: January to May 2017
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 16th January – Thursday 19th January 2017. Part 2: Monday 30th January – Thursday 2nd February 2017. Prices: £69.00 for each part, including lunch. Full bed and board on campus: £149.00 for each part.
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 23rd January – Thursday 26th January 2017 Part 2: Monday 6th February- Thursday 9th February 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 27th February- Thursday 2nd March 2017 Part 2: Monday 13th March – Thursday 16th March 2017 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 20th February – Thursday 23rd February 2017 Part 2: Monday 20th March – Thursday 23rd March 2017 Prices: £69.00 for each part, including lunch. Full bed and board on campus: £149.00 for each part.
Course: Introducing Mission
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 6th March – Thursday 9th March 2017 Part 2: Monday 27th March – Thursday 30th March 2017 Prices: £69.00 for each part, including lunch. Full bed and board on campus: £149.00 for each part.
Course: Youth Work: Ministering to Millennials
Presented by the excellent UK PAIS Team, an unmissable opportunity to learn in an environment devoted to understanding, reaching and equipping this generation of young people for Christ. Lecturers: Pete Baker and PAIS Team Dates: Monday 22nd May – Friday 26th May 2017 Prices: £99.00 for the full course, including lunch, or £199.00 for full bed and board on campus.
Course: Care and Counselling
One of our most popular weeks of teaching and training at Mattersey Hall: an introduction to the ministry of Care and Counselling in the local church. Lecturers: Gareth Cheedy and Team Dates: Monday 22nd May – Friday 26th May 2017 Prices: £99.00 for the full course, including lunch, or £199.00 for full bed and board on campus.
Course: Pastor Dominic Yeo
Mattersey Hall is excited to welcome back Pastor Dominic Yeo - the senior pastor of Trinity Christian Centre in Singapore, with about 8,000 people in weekly attendance, as well as the General Superintendent for Assemblies of God, Singapore. Join us as Pastor Dom brings his own experiences and Scripture on how a local church should pastor its own church people, reach its immediate community and minister to the world. There will be lots of practical advice for budding future and present local leaders all underpinned with Scriptural teaching. Dates: Tuesday 13th June – Thursday 15th June 2017 Prices: £10 per day (lectures from 9:30 - 11:30) or £89.00 for full bed and board on campus (Tuesday - Thurs).
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: