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Cranmer Hall, St John’s College,

3 South Bailey, Durham DH1 3RJ

Postgraduate Options

Our postgraduate offer is centred on our core emphases on Bible and contemporary mission and ministry, drawing on a wide range of expertise from within our core staff and experienced external practitioners and researchers. It integrates different disciplines and sub-disciplines in its commitment to Practical Theology, by allowing students to take elective modules across a range of theological and ministerial areas, as well as in other departments in Durham University. It serves those training for, or developing in, ministerial and theological knowledge and skills, and also fosters the development of research skills to enable progression to further research, DThM, or PhD.

Cranmer Hall offers four postgraduate programmes:

  • MA in Theology and Ministry
  • MA in Digital Theology
  • Doctor of Theology and Ministry
  • PhD in Theology (through the Department of Theology and Religion)

In addition we offer training in Contemporary Worship and Consultancy for Mission and Ministry.

The MA in Theology and Ministry is validated by Durham University and delivered by Cranmer Hall. The MA can be taken in one year full-time, or part-time over two or three years. For a three-year student this means that the MA can be taken either by travelling to Durham for up to 16 ‘teaching Thursdays’ or by approximately 10 days’ residence per year.

The programme aims to develop graduates equipped to play a leading role in the development of Christian mission and ministry in the United Kingdom and throughout the world as practitioners, educators, and enablers of the whole people of God.

Our student body is enriched by its diversity, incorporating those training for ordained or validated Christian ministry, people in full- or part-time ministry undertaking professional development, those intending to progress to research via our Doctor of Theology and Ministry programme or a PhD, professionals, and others.

The integrity and coherence of the programme is provided by its Practical Theological approach, which is set by the core module and by the commitment in all modules and the dissertation to study and research which incorporate both theology and ministry.

In addition to the core module, each year we offer a number of elective modules, which normally rotate on a two- or three-year cycle. Much of our teaching takes the form of block intensives of two or three days, and some modules are delivered in weekly classes or online.

Alongside modules offered by Cranmer Hall (including modules in Digital Theology), students are able to take one module from any MA programme in Durham University (including the Department of Theology & Religion), and one further module from the Department of Theology & Religion.

The normal entrance requirement for the MA in Theology and Ministry is a first or upper second honours degree in Theology, Religious Studies, or a related subject. Graduates in other disciplines who have studied theology to at least Certificate level may also be admitted to the programme. All candidates should have recent or current experience of the practice of Christian ministry.

Rosie Illingworth “I am studying the MA part-time over two years alongside training for ordination in the Church of England. The MA has enabled me to continue exploring my particular academic interests through the dissertation, supported by a combination of modules that are focused on ministry from the Cranmer tutors, alongside more theoretical modules from the Durham University theology department. It’s this combination that attracted me to the course, and I have found that it is equipping me for my future ministry. The diversity of voices on the course among students and staff has been refreshing and stretching, and I have been encouraged to think deeply and creatively about my work. I highly recommend it!”

– Rosie Illingworth

Further details can be found in the MATM Guide.

For enquiries or applications please contact enquiries@cranmerhall.com

We are pleased to offer an MA in Digital Theology, the first degree of its kind across the world. It offers a new and unique opportunity for theological reflection on digital culture and its impact on contemporary religious practice – especially within the context of Christianity.

“As full-time ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, I have really enjoyed studying Digital Theology part-time at Durham. The course has been stimulating and well-balanced with plenty of support for me as I returned to academic study. In contemporary ministry, I frequently find myself at the intersection of digital technology and theological application and the MADT has exposed me to the cutting edge of thought and research in the area. This has been of great benefit to me in pastoral situations and in homiletical application. Furthermore, in my first year I was able to do some research into traditional ecclesiastical polity mediated via the internet. There is little thought given to this and I appreciated the opportunity to pause and consider theologically what we are doing when we digitalise our polity meetings. My MADT work can feed directly back into my denomination’s thinking and allow us a theological mindfulness as we grow online.”

– Revd. Ben Preston

For an outline of the course click here, or for further details see the MADT Guide.

For more information, course prospectus and information on fees and entry requirements, contact: enquiries@cranmerhall.com

Applications for the Professor Rae Earnshaw Scholarship are now open! The scholarship covers up to £9000 of the tuition fees for one home or international student on the MA in Digital Theology on 2020/21. For more information, click here.

The Doctor of Theology and Ministry (DThM) is a programme of Durham University run in collaboration between the Department of Theology and Religion and Cranmer Hall. It is a 6 year part-time or 3 year full time programme based on a practical theology approach to issues in ministry. The programme is highly suited to ordinands who have an MA in Theology or Religious Studies and have been identified as potential theological educators. Applicants are normally expected to have an MA in theology or religious studies and have achieved an average score of at least 65%.

The DThM is an exciting programme which includes two residential schools each academic year. These schools provide the context for the taught modules in the first year, workshops, lectures and peer support and encouragement. They are a unique feature of the programme and are central to the establishment of a community of research which is focussed on the integration of theology and ministry.

The programme attracts a significant number of students from overseas and a variety of denominations. It provides a rich and lively student experience in which everyone involved is passionate about mission and ministry. At present there are about 30 people in the programme.

Whilst studying the DThM, ordinands take formation modules throughout the three years from the BA in Theology and Ministry Programme taught in Cranmer Hall. They participate fully in placements, and mission study blocks and are fully integrated into community life at Cranmer.   formational modules.

Glen Packiam, Associate Senior Pastor, New Life Church; Lead Pastor, New Life Downtown, Colorado Springs writes about his student experience of the DThM

Glenn Packiam “I chose the DThM at Durham not only because of Durham’s prestige and theological legacy, but also because of the program’s emphasis on making an original contribution to the field through an inter-disciplinary approach with practical ministry outcomes. Learning to combine sociological research with theological reflection is making me not only a better scholar, but also a better pastor. Furthermore, the design of the DThM, with its part-time and long-distance option, fits the demands of my life in full-time vocational ministry in America. Finally, the other ministry leaders and practitioners in the program are an amazing community, providing friendship and support along the way. I consistently recommend the DThM at Durham to all the research-loving, academically-inclined, ministry professionals I know!” – Glen Packiam

Further details can be found in the DThM Handbook, available on the Department of Theology and Religion website: https://www.dur.ac.uk/theology.religion/postgrad/researchdegrees/dthm/

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Jocelyn Bryan, 0191 334 3853, j.m.bryan@durham.ac.uk; for applications please contact 0191 3343929 or email: theo.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk.

This innovative new module will introduce students to the fast-moving field of Contemporary Worship Studies.  The focus will be upon developing ways of paying close theological attention to actually what is happening as community’s worship.  Students will be given theological frameworks for understanding and evaluating worship along with qualitative methods of empirical study.  As part of the module each student will be expected to conduct their own practiced based research project.

The module is taught by:

Pete WardPete Ward who is Professor of Practical Theology in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University.  Pete is a co-director of the Ecclesiology and Ethnography research network  https://www.ecclesiologyandethnography.net.  He is the author of a number of works on worship including ‘Selling Worship” (2003).  His latest book is “‘Celebrity Worship’ (Routledge 2020).  In his spare time Pete plays Gospel Bluegrass.

Glenn PackiamGlenn Packiam is the Associate Senior Pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Lead Pastor of New Life Downtown, a congregation of New Life Church. He is the author of Blessed Broken Given: How Your Story Becomes Sacred in the Hands of Jesus, Discover the Mystery of Faith, LUCKY, Second hand Jesus, and Butterfly in Brazil. Glenn was one of the founding leaders and songwriters for the Desperation Band and has written over 65 worship songs published with Integrity Music, including “Your Name” and “My Savior Lives.” Glenn earned a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry from Durham University, and is a Visiting Fellow at St. John’s College at Durham.

Nick MooreNick Drake is Associate Pastor at Gas Street Church and was a Worship Pastor for many years before getting ordained in the Church of England. He is part of the Worship Central movement to resource and train Worship Leaders and teaches on contemporary worship at St Mellitus College. He studied at Durham and Kings London before completing his doctorate at the University of Birmingham Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies.

The module is delivered through a three day intensive taught in Durham and through seminars and presentations delivered online and in Durham.

The module can audited.  It can also be taken as part of the MA in Theology and Ministry or as a stand-alone module for credit.

Content will include:

  • Why study Contemporary Worship
  • Contemporary Theories of Congregational Worship- Lit survey of paradigms or popular theologies of worship
  • History of Contemporary Worship in the UK
  • Emotion and Experience
  • Theoretical frameworks for looking at lived theology of worship, Ordinary Theology
  • Lyrics— Changing theologies, Changing God?
  • Songs of hope— imagery and lyrics
  • Contemporary Worship and Sacramentality
  • Examples of studies of contemporary worship
  • Media studies— cultural artefacts and cultural impact; producing albums, impact on culture
  • Student Research Plans/ Completing the Ethical Approval Process

We are delighted to offer training in consultancy skills for church-based contexts. This is relevant and accessible to any whose ministry involves consulting or advisory roles at a level wider than the individual church.

The course is taught in two residential blocks in Durham by the Revd David Dadswell, an experienced priest, consultant, and teacher, currently Diocesan Secretary of the Lincoln Diocese. He worked internationally as an organisational consultant for over twenty years in commercial, public and voluntary organisations and has taught consultancy for mission at Cliff College and York St John University. He is the author of Consultancy Skills for Mission and Ministry (SCM 2011).

There is reading and work to undertake in preparation for and between the blocks, to help participants apply the skills to the contexts in which they are currently operating. The aim is to support the student in developing a rigorous, useful model and practice of consultancy that works for them.

Content includes:

  • What is consultancy?
  • Contracting & Roles in Consultancy
  • Analysis & Design
  • Consultancy as an interdisciplinary activity
  • Models of consultancy
  • Are churches organisations?
  • Theories of change
  • Systems
  • Issues in consultancy provision
  • Intense, practical experience of consultation and consultancy skills, with preparation, feedback and reflection, as part of the residential blocks.

This training can be accessed as a standalone course, or as part of a postgraduate qualification in Theology & Ministry from Durham University (Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or MA; entry requirements apply).

We are pleased to offer this course biennially.

For more details email enquiries@cranmerhall.com.

Revd David Dadswell

Revd David Dadswell

Please note that we reserve the right not to run a module or programme in any given year if a minimum threshold of student numbers is not met.

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