The Research-based Learning Community for practitioners working in rural ministry
Programme title: MA in Religions, Society and Education (Christian Education). Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick
Programme code: X3R3
The MA in Religions, Society, and Education (Christian Education) is relevant for the continuing educational development of people involved in rural mission and ministry, including priests, ministers, pastors, and those engaged in lay ministries within the Church.
The emphasis of the programme on developing mature research-based reflective rural ministry practitioners is ideally suited to those already in active ministry and candidates progressing into or within leadership positions, including those with local oversight, regional and sub-regional responsibilities and senior leaders, such as Circuit Superintendents, Team Rectors, Area Deans, URC Synod Moderators, Methodist Chairs of District, Bishops, Archdeacons, and cathedral staff. Some new to rural ministry may also benefit from participation.
The distinctive pedagogical approach of the programme is grounded within facilitated learning communities that nurture academic, personal, and professional formation within an intentional environment. The learning community meets each term for a two-day seminar within a church-related environment. Within this facilitated learning community Masters-level candidates work alongside doctoral candidates, post-doctoral participants, and university faculty.
The emphasis within these seminars is on full candidate participation, guided learning and independent research-based enquiry that enhance professional reflective practice. Individual candidates concentrate on research problems or questions emerging from their own professional practice and experience. Within the first part of the MA, candidates are encouraged to engage with at least two modules that employ empirical research techniques to investigate issues relevant to their specific research problems or questions.
This is a part-time programme.
Further information including details of individual modules and how to apply is available at the programme web page. Note that this page describes a broader programme within which there is a rural ministry route.