Resource yourself and your local church

Adult Education and the Learning Church (decipliship)

The Opportunity

Did you know you can attend individual modules, in subjects you are interested in, here at Westminster, without being registered for a degree?

We believe that we are called to resource all who God has called. This is why we have made the teaching at Westminster open to everyone. There are two ways you can come and learn with us, without registering for a degree:

  1. You can audit a specific module. This means you attend all the classes of your chosen module and learn about that module topic alongside confessional Christians from all walks of live.
  2. You can take a module as a ‘taster’ module. For people considering undergraduate or postgraduate theological study, a taster module gives you the opportunity to attend all the classes and complete the module assignments for credit. This gives you the additional opportunity of ‘tasting’ whether undergraduate or postgraduate theological study is for you.

The Module

Adult Education and the Learning Church (decipliship):

  • Learn how to communicate God’s word and purposes to adults with diverse needs and experiences.
  • Learn how to develop discipleship programmes that promote deeper faith.
  • Learn alongside confessional Christians who are serious about going deeper in their understanding of God and faith.

This module will enable you to explore the education of adults for Christian discipleship. It will help students to evaluate different adult education theories and to consider how these relate to the theory and practice of Christian discipleship and adult education in ministerial contexts. You will reflect on relevant theologies which will underpin and energize their understandings of Christian education and mission, and will have the opportunity to reflect theologically on your own role and identity as a Christian educator and life-long learner. The module will engage with different church contexts and perspectives and consider texts produced by Christian churches to guide the work of Christian education.

There will be opportunities for you to develop your own skills in adult education and discipleship: planning, structuring and evaluating sessions; preparing handouts; facilitating a group discussion; integrating various media, and drawing sessions together in prayer.



How is it taught?
It is taught hybrid so you can join in person or online.

When is it taught?
11am to 3pm, Wednesdays from 16th October 2024 to 4th December. Then, 29th Jan and 5th Feb 2025.

What if the teaching dates have passed?
Don’t worry, we will be teaching the module again in the next academic year. Let us know you are interested in the module on the booking form, and we will let you know the next teaching dates as soon as they are confirmed.

What are the classes and sessions like?
Class sizes vary between 5-25. There is always a wide range of age, backgrounds, and experience in the room, which makes for a very rich learning experience. The sessions are held here at Westminster and involve a mixture of lecture-style content, seminar-style discussions and small group work.

Who teaches the classes?
Classes are taught by the teaching staff at Westminster or our colleagues in the wider Cambridge Theological Federation. Often we teach modules together, which creates an exciting ecumenical environment for learning.

Do I need to have studied any theology before?
This is a level 6 module, so some prior theological study would be helpful. However, it is not compulsory and there are no admission requirements to audit the module. To undertake the module for credit, please see the entry requirements for undergraduate study.

How much does it cost?

  • £310 – to audit (URC member)
  • £370 – to audit (non URC member)
  • £1000 – for credit

What is the Common Awards Module code?
TMM3201 – Adult Education for the Learning Church

How do I apply?
Please download the Come-Study-with-Us-2024-25-Booking-Form-1 and email the completed form to the Tutorial Office.

Can I stay at Westminster?
Yes, subject to room availability. Please see the booking form for more details.

Can I attend other modules?
Yes. Please see the booking form for other options.

I have more questions. What should I do?
Please contact the Tutorial Office (or on 01223 33 06 49).


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