I believe IBC was the place God called me to study

Judith Whittaker

Preparation for Ministry

This programme does 'what it says'. While being academically rigorous it offers vocational training for those preparing for different types of Christian ministry.

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Course Organisation

In each of three years or levels of study, students are required to accumulate 120 credits. Each module is rated as either 10 or 20 credits and completion of the degree requires a total of 360 credits.

  • BD students must study the biblical languages
  • The choice of modules is made in consultation with the Advisor of Studies

Course Structure

  • Three integrated streams of study: Biblical Studies, Christian Thought & Ministry Studies
  • These strands are related to each other and to life in the ministry
  • Emphasis on practical training - placements are integral to the programme
  • Pastoral Studies - specialist preparation for pastoral ministry
  • Missionary Studies - specialist preparation for cross-cultural ministry
  • Continuous assessment - extended essays, keeping a journal, group work and presentations - no examinations!
  • Meets the highest standards for Christian training
  • Validated as a university degree – BTh or BD. The Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education in Theology can be earned after one year (120 credits) or two years (240 credits) of study.
  • An Irish Baptist College Diploma or Certificate is also earned alongside the degree studies.
  • Mature entry possible
  • Credits can be built up over time

Course Content

Modules are chosen from the following:

 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
   Biblical Studies
  • Biblical Theology 1
  • Genesis
  • Gospels
  • Mark
  • Acts
  • Ethics (Introduction)
  • Languages: Greek
  • Biblical Theology 2
  • Deuteronomy
  • Psalms
  • Paul's Letters
  • Pastoral Letters
  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Languages: Hebrew
  • Biblical Theology 3
  • Proverbs
  • Two major prophets
  • Johannine Texts
  • General NT Letters
  • Ethics (Issues & Concerns)
  • Languages: Greek/Hebrew
   Christian Thought
  • Baptist Ecclesiology
  • Sources of Theology
  • World Religions
  • Historical Theology 1
  • Contemporary World Views
  • Historical Theology 2
  • Understanding the Church
  • Apologetics
  • Baptist History & Thought
  • Historical Theology 3
  • Modern Theology - Trends
 Ministry Studies  
  • Youth Ministry
  • Homiletics
  • Conduct of Worship
  • Local Church & Mission
  • Evangelism
  • Missionary Studies 1
  • Pastoral Studies 1
  • Professional Placement
  • Ministry Life & Leadership
  • Pastoral Care
  • Missionary Studies 2
  • Pastoral Studies 2
  • Independent Studies

Admission Criteria

  • Up to 21 years of age – University of Chester academic entrance requirements, but not normally admitted to the ministry stream. Overseas applicants may only study the course full-time and must have achieved IELTS 6.0 or equivalent if English is not their first language.
  • 21 years and over with previous qualifications or experience deemed equivalent to the academic entrance qualifications.
  • Church, personal and work references demonstrating suitability for the course of study.
  • A conviction of God’s call on your life.
  • An indication of ability to meet the fees.
  • Applications are welcome from:
    • Baptists and non-Baptists alike
    • EU students
    • non-ministry students who wish to study theology with a view to intellectual and spiritual development

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