I joined MCYM as I wanted to study for a degree in theology and St John's allows for Student Loans. This was an important aspect in choosing my College. As for the Contextual Degree, having a family, this is the ideal work/life balance with limited time in the classroom and the flexibility of the Placement. As a Christian with a heart for outreach, the placement for me was putting my faith into action and is by far the most rewarding aspect of the course. Mixing with and supporting people with real needs is such a blessing and life changing for you and them. I know that ideally I want to work in the community and quite possibly with Alcoholics and having the practical experience of supporting and befriending, observing and analysing marginalized people without faith has given me a love and compassion for this kind of work.
The alternative placements allow you to "try out" areas that you interested in and you can never have too much experience.
Academically, I find the assignments rewarding and enjoy researching the deeper issues. The Library is fantastic, the meals are good, as is the fellowship and support throughout.
1st Year MCYM student in BA in Contextual Ministry and Practical Theology