The MA in Contemporary Church Leadership is a programme of study which is vocationally orientated, with the needs and concerns of the pastoral ministry in mind. It consists of modules which consider aspects of the pastoral ministry in a scholarly way. The programme encourages students to investigate and understand changing contexts, both within church settings and the wider culture. The MA CCL is intended to challenge traditional ‘maintenance’ models of ministry with alternative New Testament patterns. It will be of particular interest to those who are grappling with questions of cultural transition and who wish to explore the concept of ‘missional’ church. The MA would be equally suited to individuals continuing or embarking on serious theological study with a pastoral dimension, or to working pastors wishing to have some intellectual stimulation in the context of ongoing ministry.
Normally, applicants should have an upper second class honours degree in a discipline relevant to the subject area. Applicants may also be admitted who have achieved an aggregate of 50% in the WEST Graduate Diploma in Theology. Alternatively, admission on the basis of experience in a responsible role relevant to the programme may be permitted, if the applicant is deemed capable of meeting the demands of the programme. This experience must be of at least two years’ duration and should normally have been in a full-time position.
International applicants should also note the English language admission requirements which may found by following this link: http://www.west.org.uk/admissions/
The admission process requires applicants to submit an application form supported by at least two references. All applicants are interviewed, either in person or using telephone or Skype. In the case of applicants applying for entry on the grounds of experience, other appropriate methods may be used in addition.
There are two entry dates for the programme:
The ‘main’ entry date is late August. This is suitable both for those interested in studying on a full-time basis as well as for those interested in study on a part-time basis. Applications for entry on to the programme in late August must be submitted by June 23rd.
An alternative entry point is in early January. However, this is only suitable for those wishing to study on a part-time basis. Applications for the January start must be submitted by November 1st.
In Part One students take a total of 120 credits. Part One modules are worth 20 credits except for the Church Placement which counts for 40 credits and the two Research Methods modules that are worth 10 credits each.
One of the distinctive features of our MA programme is that church ministry experience can be treated as a module and contribute to the programme of studies. (Further details about this may be found by following the link below to the overview of the modules on the programme.)
Not all modules listed below will be available in each year. The actual modules being delivered in any given year may be found on the teaching schedule by following the link lower on this page.
15,000 word dissertation, which is worth 60 credits
An overview of the MA in Contemporary Church Leadership modules can be found here.
The MA CCL programme may be completed in slightly over a year on a full-time basis from the late August/September start date. Full-time students complete the taught modules by June and commence the dissertation immediately for submission in the following October. The MA CCL programme may also be completed on a part-time basis taking up to 5 years. Part-time students may enrol to start in August/September or, alternatively, in January.
There are a number of permutations for study on a part-time basis. Here are two suggestions:
Year 1 – Research Methods 1 and Principles of Christian Leadership module
Year 2 – One of the Biblical Exegesis modules and undertake the year-long Church Placement module.
Year 3 –Research Methods 2 and one option module
Year 4 – The dissertation
Year 1 – Research Methods 1, Principles of Christian Leadership module, plus one option module
Year 2 – Research Methods 2, one of the Biblical Exegesis modules and undertake the year-long Church Placement module.
Year 3 – The dissertation
Six intensive teaching weeks are scheduled each year. Two weeks follow the late August bank holiday, two are held in early January and two are held in March (the dates of the latter vary according to the timing of Easter). A full-time student will need to attend between 4 and 6 of these teaching weeks depending on the choice of modules made.
The schedule and dates of teaching weeks for 2014/15 are available here as a PDF file for you to download.
Please see tuition fees.
Kerry Orchard (Admission Enquiries Officer)
This programme is validated by the University of Chester.