Reflecting on 12 months at Regents Theological College
Starting out on this new adventure as Principal of Regents Theological College, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I had heard comments such as: How relevant is theological training today? Isn’t it all just academic? Will it make any difference in the real world?
All of these things thoughts buzzed around my mind as I embarked on this exciting challenge. I was convinced that, as a leading Pentecostal college, two aspects were absolutely essential to training people for ministry.
Firstly we need to ensure that the pursuit of God in the form of Holy Spirit anointing is front and centre. To equip people for mission and ministry we need to continually encounter God ourselves as we seek to share Him with others. Secondly there is a practical equipping that enables us to learn from others and be prepared for the everyday challenges ministry brings.
HEADS – HANDS – HEARTS
Our philosophy at Regents is Heads, Hands and Hearts.
Heads - we unashamedly encourage the 225 students studying with us to stretch their minds, see things from other people’s perspective, develop academic muscle which enables them to critically navigate their way through a changing world.
Hands - we also want to put tools into the hands of our students to understand the day to day reality of ministry whether that be in the context of church, education, chaplaincy or workplace. For this reason we are seeking to make placement based learning central to the ministry learning experience and we encourage students to actively participate in placements reflecting on their own and other practice.
Hearts - we see it as vital for students to continue growing and transforming in their own personal walk with Christ and to see that impact on the world around them.
Looking forward it is our vision to see Regents respond to the need for more flexible delivery. More than half of our students already study part time, travelling in from a distance and working alongside their studies.
What’s on Offer?
Raising Up Youth Ministry – I am excited that in partnership with Elim’s National Youth Movement, ‘Serious4God’ we are able to offer a one year Certificate and three year Degree that equips students to be effective youth workers and youth ministers in a range of ministry settings.
Releasing Church Leaders – Central to the life of Regents is investing in men and women who have a calling on their life to serve in church leadership. We are committed to ensure all those studying on this track learn from great teachers and practitioners before heading out on their ministry adventure.
Resourcing Theologians – Our degree in applied theology is the perfect course for those wanting to do ministry in the public sphere. It is increasingly important that people entering teaching, media, politics or business are clear on what they believe and how it relates to the world that they live in.
Performing Arts and Theology – We are convinced that the Good News of the Gospel is so important that we need to find as many creative ways as possible to communicate it. Many students studying this course go onto use their skills in mission contexts in schools, prisons and community theatre.
Further Study - It is our desire that Regents continues to provide a resource to the church for on going study and development. Our range of Masters Courses provide those who have already got a degree or have extensive ministry experience the chance to further invest in themselves and the ministry they are called to. Running a range of courses in Leadership in Mission, Chaplaincy and Pentecostal Studies.
Question: What ways can you grow in your study and development this year? What resources are you using or looking for? Leave a comment below.