About the Course
The Ministry Foundation Certificate (MFC) is the essential training course if you are thinking of applying for the Elim Ministry. It provides you with foundational knowledge as you embark on your ministry journey, and is a pre-requisite before making an application for training to become an Elim minister. It offers a range of essential modules crafted and designed to give you an understanding of the key areas necessary at the start of your ministry.
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Mode of Learning
The course can be completed full-time over one year in two different ways, or part-time over two years:
Campus based learning (full-time)
Our classic community based approach to studying on a full-time basis, whilst living on campus in the College’s spectacularly situated halls-of-residence in the Malvern Hills. Students study 6 one-week modules each year, as they work towards their degree, supported by tutorials, seminars and self-learning, within the College’s comprehensive spiritual environment. Students have the opportunity to undertake placements and/or serve in local churches as their studies progress.
Context Based Learning (full-time)
Students are usually based in an agreed local church, often working as a Minister In Training (MIT), intern or volunteer for up to 20 hours a week. They are also full-time students of Regents Theological College, studying from that home setting for the remainder of the week. They visit the College campus in Malvern for 5 separate one-week modules a year for the face-to-face taught elements of the course. This is supported by tutorials and seminars delivered via Skype or online. Context based student’s gain valuable experiential learning in being able to directly apply the practical aspects of their studies with involvement in their church or workplace as they progress.
Context based learning (part-time)
Identical to full-time context based learning, except students visit the Regents campus 2 or 3 times a year to study the core modules at half pace, with each level taking two years to complete, and 6 years in all. Students typically need to commit 12-15 hours of study per week, and the courses can be taken alongside a full or part-time ministry, their on-going career, and/or work commitments.
Mandatory and Optional Modules
Biblical Interpretation, Evangelism and Apologetics, History and Doctrine of the Church, Pentecostal Theology.
Preparation for Leadership in Ministry, Youth Ministry Culture and Context, Pentecostal Worship, Introduction to Practical Theology, Theology in the Public Sphere.
Rev. Peter Read, BA, MA
Vice Principal, Church Leadership Track Leader and School of Ministry Leader
Rev. Jenny Kimble BSc, MA, PhD (Cand)
Church Leadership Track Course Assistant
Validation and Entry Requirements
This unique course can be completed as a stand-alone certificate, or taken as a part of a full degree in Applied Theology from Chester University and Regents Theological College. Alternatively the course can be completed for an internal Elim/Regents validation, and is essential as part of an application for the Elim Ministry.
Whilst successful completion of the course does not guarantee you a place on the Elim Ministry in Training Programme (MIT), it is a requirement prior to an application, and you can start your application process after successfully completing 2 MFC modules.
As part of a three year Bachelors of Arts with Honours in Applied Theology validated by The University of Chester, or as a one year stand-alone certificate for an internal Elim/Regents validation.
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