Church Growth Programme

St Aldates Church Growth Programme (CGP) is specifically targeted at those who have a passion to grow or start vibrant Bible-based evangelical churches, but do not have a formal theological qualification.

Key benefits of the programme include:

• Practical training and mentoring from respected church leaders with lifelong experience of European church ministry
• Full exposure to all the ministry programmes of St Aldates Church
• Being part of the vibrant worshipping community of St Aldates Church
• Time to study the key elements of the Christian faith
• Mentoring in preaching and speaking from gifted communicators
• The opportunity to attend individual lectures at Wycliffe Hall or study towards the Certificate in Theological and Pastoral Studies.

All CGP Students will participate in the Practical Teaching and Practical equipping elements of the OCCG programme, alongside the CTG students.

The Certificate in Theological and Pastoral Studies option is part of the Diploma in Theological and Pastoral Studies and is available to students on the CGP programme (in order to be awarded the full Diploma, students would need to complete two years of study).

The certificate is designed specifically as preparation for Christian ministry. The range of subjects and the nature of the course material reflect this. The course combines serious study of the Bible and Christian doctrine with its practical outworking in Christian ministry.

All lectures take place on Mondays and Tuesdays in term-time, allowing students to focus on their ministry involvement for the rest of the week.

Below are the subjects and papers taught for the course. Students are also encouraged but not required to study Greek.

• The Old Testament
• The New Testament
• Church History
• Christian Witness in the Contemporary World

There are no exams, although those taking the option to study Greek will be required to sit a written test. All subjects are assessed by essays of 2,000—2,500 words (each worth a notional 30 CAT points) or a project of 4,000—5,000 words.

For more information about the Certificate, please visit the Wycliffe Hall website.