Learning through study
Students training for lay ministry at Ridley undertake either the Taster Module, Certificate of Higher Education, Diploma in Higher Education or the BA (Honours) in Theology Ministry and Mission.
The Taster Module provides students with an opportunity to engage in the disciplines of theological study, theological reflection, academic study and essay writing. Theological reflection is introduced as a framework for development of the student's ministerial specialism.
In the first year of their studies students are introduced to in-depth theological study including modules in Old Testament, New Testament and Christian Doctrine. Students are also introduced to the principles and practice of ministry more broadly and within their ministry specialism.
In the second year of their studies, students are encouraged to utilize their developing theological and ministerial understanding to develop their thinking in key ministerial areas such as mission, discipleship, management and leadership. Students are supported in this task through engagement in further biblical study.
Students undertaking the BA undertake a third year of study in which they are given the opportunity to further develop their thinking in their chosen ministerial specialism. This is supported through undertaking a dissertation, which also provides an opportunity to develop research skills and skills in extended writing. Students are supported in both these tasks through additional study in emotional intelligence, well-being and ethical living.
"The theological input means that I’m regularly challenged in my own faith in a way that stretches me, pushing me out of comfort zones and expanding my thinking and often opening my eyes to so much more of God." Jess Beaumont, student