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Porterbrook Seminary

Diploma Courses

Each course provides a thorough preparation for church leadership, church planting and cross cultural work, allowing you to study in the context of your ministry.

Each course provides a thorough preparation for church leadership, church planting and cross cultural work, allowing you to study in the context of your ministry.

We offer three diploma courses:

  • Diploma in Church Leadership
  • Diploma in Church Planting
  • Diploma in Cross-Cultural Mission

During your three years of study you will receive a good grounding in biblical studies, doctrine and missional theology. You will also develop skills in theological reflection, pastoral practice, Bible teaching and missional leadership.

Students combine training with work in a local church and, in some cases, secular employment. This enables students to integrate their theological study with involvement in ministry and alleviate some of the problems of funding.

The core content of these three courses is the same, with different specialist tracks.

Delivery

The program is delivered through two annual week-long residentials, five annual seminar days, an annual weekend workshop and distance learning courses.

Residentials

The week-long residentials provide an extended time of learning, discussion, and fellowship for Seminary students. Students from around the world gather in the UK in September and June to hear from the Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy faculty and guest lecturers, participate in lively discussions, and enjoy the English countryside together. Many of the year's courses are either introduced or reviewed, and some courses, such as Study Skills, are taught intensively.

Soon, the Academy expects to open non-UK hubs where residentials can be more easily accessed by non-UK students.

Seminar Days

The aim of the seminar days is to develop the ability to reflect theologically. They take an interdisciplinary approach in which each student presents a paper looking at a common theme from a different perspective. For example, a day on justification might include papers on righteousness in the Old Testament, an exegesis of Romans 3, justification in Luther’s thought, an assessment of the New Perspective, the pastoral implications of justification, and so on. Over the course of a year each student writes papers across the various theological disciplines. Seminars are normally delivered in cohorts of 4-6 students.

Weekend Workshops

The Gospel Change course is taught intensively over a Friday-Saturday with pre-reading and a follow-up assignment.

Accreditation

The Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy is still getting fully up-and-running.  It aims to allow students taking the Seminary-level course to obtain a US Masters degree qualification upon completion of 3 years' Seminary study and some additional top-up modules.  Watch this space for more details