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The Ministry Training Pathway

The Ministry Training Pathway

The Ministry Training Pathway at Union College is designed as an integrated course of professional training for ministry.

The main requirements are: 

  • 3 course units from each of Old Testament, New Testament, and Church History;
  • 2 units of Systematic Theology, together with Ministry seminars on Westminster Confession, Ethics,  and Apologetics;
  • 2 units in Practical Theology, plus Preaching and Pastoral workshops and Ministry seminars
  • An introductory language unit covering both Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek. 
  • A first-year placement and a final-year assistantship.

In addition, PCI Ministry students are expected to attend and participate in Ministry Formation events, including the annual pre-term Study Week and Retreat, weekly College Worship, weekly year-group fellowship meetings, and weekly two-hour Ministry Formation seminars on Fridays.

The Ministry Training Pathway is designed so that it can be taken: -

  • EITHER as a stand-alone programme (leading to Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry);
  • OR as a Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry integrated and combined with the Queen’s (or PTFI) BD or BTh degree.

A table summarising the Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry and the Training course requirements is given here, with guidance on how the Ministry Training requirements are integrated with the degree curriculum. A personalised pathway description is normally given to each student at the beginning of each year.