Rationale for the Certificate & Diploma in Church Management and Leadership
This popular, highly acclaimed programme is designed for ordinands, those in leadership positions within the Church with no formal theological and practical training, ministry team leaders and aspiring leaders. The programme meets the needs of individuals and churches by offering high quality training and formation to church members for a range of ministries appropriate to the requirements of churches. It aims to offer an integrated pattern of academic learning and practical skills reinforced by a supervised work placement, equipping students to meet the challenges of a post-modern age. The programme will provide students with the theory and practice of leadership from a biblical and secular point of view. The role of leaders, managers and team work will be explored in-depth as well as the skills and competences required for effective leadership. Vision casting and change management receive special emphasis and students are encouraged to reflect on their style of leadership.
The overall aim of the programme is to provide students with a deeper understanding of church leadership and church life, the discipline of practical theology and how the Church operates in a changing global context. The modules are Bible-based, Christ-centred, and interact with each other. Contemporary theories are introduced where necessary to complement biblical principles and students are encouraged to reflect on their spiritual journey, their present position, and future direction. At the heart of the programme’s philosophy lies the aim that students might integrate theological study into their faith, work and daily lives, and vice versa.
The Certificate in CM&L is delivered over two years part time basis and consists of 6 x 20 credit modules with a built in supervised work placement module that takes into account work ethics, the rights of the individual, confidentiality and other work related issues.
Overarching Aims of the Programme
The aims of the Programme are:
- to provide a basis for guided and independent study in Church Leadership and management by offering students the opportunity to study the theories of both disciplines against a background of historical and contemporary contexts;
- to equip ordinands, leaders and potential leaders with the knowledge and skills needed;
- for effective ministry and mission;
- to facilitate a willingness to engage in dialogue and debate with different theories and ideas; and to enable students to develop the ability to reflect on the relationship between personal faith, personal ethics and the demands of leadership;
- to expand student’s knowledge of the biblical concepts and principles of leadership drawing from the examples of the leadership styles and personalities of some great biblical and contemporary leaders;
- to equip students with in-depth knowledge and the skills necessary for further study in the disciplines and for employment in a wide range of professions, including those which require knowledge and skills in Leadership and Management. Emphasis is also placed on preparing students to work within a multi-cultural, multi-faith society by providing an understanding of good leadership qualities and competences;
- to encourage access to Higher Education for all who can benefit from it, including non-traditional qualified groups, particularly mature students, by creating a culture of learning that is capable of adapting to a constantly evolving discipline, while being able to meet the needs and interests of a diverse student body;
- to enable students to identify and distinguish between a range of sources for the study of leadership and practice;
- to familiarise students with key themes and contemporary issues in relation to leadership, including the leader and his team, communication skills, administrative skills;
- to provide opportunities for students to apply and develop skills of analysis and critical judgement in the general study of Leadership and Management;
- to enable the student to consolidate their theoretical knowledge with practical experience in the work place.
Teaching, learning and assessment are intended to facilitate informed discussions among students, critical and self–reflective thinking and effective application of learned knowledge and skills within specific Christian ministries.
The Certificate in Applied Theology is delivered part time over two years and consists of 6 x 20 credit modules.
- Leadership & Vision; Team Leadership
- Ecclesiology; Church Ordinances & the Sacraments
- Church Management & Administration; Communication & Presentation Skills
- Church & World Religions
- Ministry Placement
- Christian Ethics & The Management of change
The Diploma, which builds on the critical understanding and skills gained at the Certificate Level is delivered part time over 2 years and consists of 6×2 credit modules.
- Church Ordinances & the Sacraments
- Church & Society
- Biblical Hermeneutics & Exegesis
- Practical Theology & Pastoral Care
- Pentecostalism & Black Majority Church in Britain (Project)
- Ministry Placement
Class Times & Venue
Teaching takes place at 28 Glenburnie Road, Tooting, London SW17 7PY, the home of ITCC, each Wednesday evening during term time from 7:00 pm to 9:30pm and one Saturday during the first and second term 10:00am to 3.30 pm. Students are required to attend at least 80% of lectures, report absences in advance and adhere to the regulations outlined at the beginning of the programme.