Directed by Paul Weston, The Newbigin Centre follows in the tradition of Lesslie Newbigin’s work in exploring ways in which the secularised culture of the contemporary West can be addressed by the good news of Jesus. The development of what he called ‘a truly missionary encounter’ with this Western culture is, he said, ‘the greatest intellectual and practical task facing the Church.’
In light of this continuing challenge to thinkers and practitioners alike, the Centre aims to do three things:
- to attract students studying for MPhil and PhD degrees on the challenges of mission in the contemporary, post-secular West
- to resource and equip the church’s mission in the West through occasional conferences and seminars.
- to develop an archive resource for the study of the gospel’s engagement with Western culture (including Newbigin’s) and to provide contemporary material for Christians wishing to continue in his tradition
Faith in Business seeks:
- to affirm the role of business in God's purposes
- to explore the application of Christian faith and values in business
- an annual conference which takes place at Ridley over a spring weekend
- research into the area of business, faith, values and leadership
- publications including books and a quarterly journal
- speaking engagements across the UK and further afield
- one-day workshops with a sharply-focused brief for small groups
In this section of our website, find out how FiB can support you, and more information on its activities:
Faith in Business seeks to encourage lay Christians to be faithful disciples in demanding working contexts, to equip those training at Ridley for ministry to and with business people, and to equip and support serving church leaders to engage with companies and business people in their churches and wider afield in their parishes.
To further these aims Faith in Business undertakes five main activities:
Explore the links to find out more information.
PhD, University of Cambridge
A doctoral research degree supervised in the world class Faculty of Divinity of the University of Cambridge. Part time study is only available to UK students. Admissions are through the Board of Graduate Studies but the Newbigin Centre can help you to formulate a research proposal for submission. Applicants must have a Master's degree with marks of at least 67 per cent (or where appropriate a GPA of at least 3.8). Applicants who are currently taking the Faculty of Divinity's MPhil degree must achieve an overall average of at least 71 per cent and at least 71 per cent for their thesis.
MPhil/PhD, Anglia Ruskin University
A research degree supervised by staff of the Cambridge Theological Federation. Applications should be made in the first instance to the Newbigin Centre at Ridley Hall and a suitable supervisor identified before the application can be submitted to the University. For more information about these awards please contact the Newbigin Centre Director, Dr Paul Weston.
MPhil/PhD, Lambeth Research Degrees Programme
This is an Anglican research programme through which the Archbishop of Canterbury awards postgraduate degrees in Theology at both MPhil and PhD level. These degrees require the production of a thesis which, at MPhil level, makes a useful contribution to knowledge and may have elements that are worthy of publication and, at PhD level, is a work of original scholarship which makes a substantial contribution to the advancement of learning in the academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice, and which may be publishable. All students are required to work with one or more appointed supervisors and to follow an agreed programme of research training relevant and appropriate to their research aims and previous qualifications and experience. The programme envisages part-time study but is normally flexible enough to permit full-time study, if circumstances require this. For more information see the Lambeth Research Degrees Programme.
PhD, Middlesex University via the Newbigin Centre and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
A route particularly appropriate for part-time students wishing to combine doctoral research with continuing ministry in a non-UK context. The PhD is awarded by Middlesex University via the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in partnership with the Newbigin Centre who will help with the preparation of a research proposal and the identification of suitable supervisors. For more information about regulations and requirements see the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.
DProf (Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology)
A research degree for those engaged in a practice context (e.g. church ministry or mission; chaplaincy; NGO; theological education). This part time research degree offered in partnership between the Newbigin Centre and Anglia Ruskin University involves the identification of a practice issue that can be investigated through academic research to doctoral level. The aim of the degree is to make an impact on the practice context through the research undertaken. Its strength is its engagement in genuinely contextual theology and where appropriate, interdisciplinary work. The degree can be taken entirely part time with a minimum of two visits to Cambridge each year, engagement in seminars (live or on the web) plus supervisions face to face or by Skype. For overseas students it is possible to be resident in Cambridge for 18 months at the start of the programme if your practice context is willing to release you for that time. For further information, see the Cambridge Theological Federation.
For further information about Faith in Business, contact our Administrator, Janine Stewart.
If you would like to discuss ways in which Faith in Business might be able to help resource you as a Christian business person or church leader, please contact the Director, Richard Higginson.
Alternatively, you are welcome to complete our Faith in Business enquiry form to request us to contact you.
You can also Follow Faith in Business on Facebook.
All students on the youth and/or children ministry degree streams undertake work with children and/or young people in a church or faith based organisation from day one of their studies. These ‘practice agencies’ are typically local churches or faith based organisations such as Youth For Christ. As part of the ministry team you will engage with children and/or young people for between 14-16 hours a week. A designated line manager, colleagues and a nominated mentor will support you in the work.
The ministerial practice agency is an important part of training with CYM Ridley Hall. It is here that you will have the opportunity to put your learning into practice and develop your skills as a competent youth and/or children’s minister. You are supported in this process by a designated ministerial practice tutor whom facilities the formation groups within the block teaching weeks.
A number of churches and faith-based charities contact us about the possibility of a student joining their ministry team. If your church or organisation is interested in having a student join you, please contact Fiona Bell-Williamson who will be able to send you further information.
Find out more about learning at CYM at Ridley Hall:
Like Ridley's Simeon Centre, Faith in Business believes strongly that its calling is both for the Ridley community and for the wider Church. And of course, the two are mutually enriching.
Unique opportunities for Ridley students
We give at least two free places on our annual conferences to Ridley students, enabling those with a passion for the issues of faith in the workplace and in the world of business to draw from the fellowship and expertise of delegates and speakers who join us at the college for this event.
There is also the opportunity to get involved as a student in the life of Faith in Business itself. We currently have two students as part of our Management Team. Both are pursuing their own research in this area (Christian entrepreneurship and the churches' response to the global financial crisis), enabling Faith in Business to benefit from and support their work.
If you are considering training at Ridley, do talk to us when you come for interview or when you arrive if you (or your spouse) would like to explore how you can get involved with the work of Faith in Business during your time here.
Experience and expertise valued
Many students have run businesses or worked in demanding work environments before following a call to ordination. The presence of Faith in Business as an integral part of Ridley gives opportunity for this experience to be acknowledged and valued in the new context to which they have been called. We firmly believe that previous careers have continuing relevance within your studies en route to ordination.
A deep resource for teaching
Lessons learnt from research and events programmed by Faith in Business are integrated into the regular teaching programme at various points: in the Christian Ethics and the Gospel & Western Culture modules, and through a short end-of-term course on Faith in Business which most Ridley students will take at some stage.
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Faith in Business was launched by Ridley to support today’s Christians in the world of work, while at the same time enlarging the vision of our current students for their future ministry.
Since its establishment in 1989 this project has been supporting lay Christians in demanding working contexts and raising awareness among present and future church leaders about the critical issues of business and contemporary culture.
Insights gained through its programme of conferences, publications and research bring a fresh depth of understanding of the interrelationship between faith and the world of work to the training of our ordinands.
Browse the menu to find out more, or read our introductory leaflet to Faith in Business:
- Do you long to apply your Christian faith and values in the workplace?
- Do you have a Christian vision for your business sector – a direction in which you would love to shape and influence it?
- Would you like to meet fellow businesspeople who share your aspirations and will stimulate your thinking?
- Are you frustrated about the difficulties of working with integrity within the corporate system?
If so, Faith in Business is ready to engage with you, help you and resource you…
We believe that Christian faith can be an enormous power for good in the workplace. There are impressive examples of this from the past and the present. We want to ensure it’s true of the future.
A Power for Good
Our research findings and experience accumulated over many years lead to the conviction that Christian faith is a power for good when it:
- stimulates enterprise
- reduces poverty
- promotes integrity
- ensures sustainability
- fosters discipleship
By disciples we mean people who:
- are faithful followers of Jesus but are able to work well with others and have the ability to persuade them to follow the right direction
- want to build exemplary companies that provide an excellent product or service and promote the common good.
Come and join the network of men and women linked to Faith in Business who are actively involved in doing this.
How Faith in Business can help you
- By enlarging your vision through opening your eyes to the scope of God's purposes for business
- By stimulating your thinking as your hear top quality speakers at our events and read fascinating insights in our publications
- By making and deepening friendships as you attend our events
- By providing a place at Ridley Hall to rest, be refreshed and recharge your mental and spiritual batteries
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