Thank you for your enquiry about studying theology as an independent student here at St John’s. St John’s has a long tradition of training independent students who are exploring God’s call to mission, ministry or church leadership, or who simply want to study to help them develop their understanding of Christian faith and witness.
From September 2017 independent students will follow one of the courses offered through the Midlands Institute for Children, Youth and Mission including the BA in Contextual Ministry and Practical Theology.
We are pausing our recruitment of ordinands this academic year while we work closely with regional and national partners to develop new programmes for ordination training. In the meantime we are continuing to recruit and enrol students for our children and youth ministry, contextual ministry and distance learning programmes and welcome enquiries and applications for those.
If you want to base your training in your own church, we require approval and commitment from your church leaders. We can also explore other possible placement contexts for you if appropriate. We warmly welcome students training for ordination in denominations other than the Church of England.
‘The staff and faculty have always shown a devotion in making my time at St John's a good one, especially with respect for my desire to continue exploring overseas mission. College made this possible within the placements I have undertaken, they showed great flexibility with regards to me being an independent student and this has been a huge blessing.’
AZARIA SPENCER, INDEPENDENT STUDENT
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