Developed in partnership with the Creative Communities Unit at Staffordshire University, this course offers students the opportunity to gain skills in pioneer ministry in community settings, which will be transferable into a range of contexts. Students will be based in a range of ministry contexts, predominantly churches and community projects. This award does not form a pathway for ordination training, but is designed for individuals from a variety of backgrounds who wish to explore their vocation, develop their ministry skills and gain a qualification which reflects their practical experience. Community Based Pioneer Ministry is ideally suited for those who want to be active in Pioneer Ministry whilst developing the skills and insights that will support this work. Candidates will have experience of mission and ministry in a pioneer setting or related field and will usually be employed or taking internship or voluntary roles in an organisation or church. This FdA provides accessible Higher Education whilst working in roles such as:
A leader (non-ordained) in a church plant or fresh expression of church
One of the key elements of CYM courses is the focus on learning by doing. Throughout their time on the course, students will work in an appropriate pioneer ministry context, such as a church, Christian community project, church plant, fresh expression, chaplaincy setting, YfC centre or mission agency.
Through this practical experience they will develop their skills and have the opportunity to put into practice all they are learning through their academic work. They will also compile portfolios of their work around five competencies:
Personal Skills, Facilitation Skills, Leadership Skills, Community Skills, Ministry Skills
Undergraduates cover many core topics including: Understanding Communities and Culture, Learning and Discipleship, Spirituality for Pioneer Ministry, Leading and Managing, and many more. As well as the Award Leader and Module Tutors, students will be assigned a Personal Tutor, who will be their first point of contact at the Centre. They will also have an experienced pioneer mentor, who will support them during the course and opportunities to visit other pioneering projects and to learn from a range of experienced practitioners. Taught modules relate directly to the students’ ministry contexts and enable them to enhance their practical and theological understanding and develop their ministry skills.
How much does it cost?
We aim to keep our courses as accessible as possible by opting for the lowest permitted level of tuition fee. Course fees are eligible for student loan funding. Students can also apply for maintenance loans.
Fees are £4,950 (FT) per annum subject to inflation, and studied full time will take two years to complete.
What are the academic entry requirements?
Academic entry requirements are 80 UCAS points, an appropriate access qualification or evidence of equivalent prior learning.
Academic Validation and Professional Recognition
This degree is validated by the Staffordshire University and as such is an internationally recognised qualification.
In partnership with:
Progression onto a BA (Hons) in Contextual Ministry is available.
Community Based Pioneer Ministry is ideally suited for those who want to be active in Pioneer Ministry whilst developing the skills and insights that will support this work. Candidates will have experience of mission and ministry in a pioneer setting or related field and will usually be employed or taking internship or voluntary roles in an organisation or church.
To apply you will need to download, complete and return an FdA Application pack. You will also need to provide references by downloading the Employer/Education Reference Form , Personal Reference Form and Field Experience Reference Form. Please send each of these reference forms to an appropriate referee as soon as possible and then send them back to us.
All students studying on our FdA courses will need a Ministry Context. If you have a potential Ministry Context already in mind, please complete the Ministry Context form and return that to us too.