Ministry Foundation Certificate

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

Mandatory modules:
Biblical Interpretation, Evangelism and Apologetics, History and Doctrine of the Church, Pentecostal Theology.

Optional modules:
Preparation for Leadership in Ministry, Youth Ministry Culture and Context, Pentecostal Worship, Introduction to Practical Theology, Theology in the Public Sphere.

Track Leaders

Rev. Peter Read, BA, MA

Drawing on his extensive experience within leadership and pastoral ministry, Pete’s primary focus as Vice Principal of Regents is in training church leaders. His twin passions are for the Church to be engaged in outward looking mission, and for servant-hearted leadership that blends integrity and emotional intelligence. He is regularly involved in ministry in Denmark, Romania and the Czech Republic, and has trained leaders in India, The Philippines and China, often in partnership with Elim Global. He also trains church leaders at a number of local churches in the UK. His personal leadership role began in 1981 as Assistant Pastor at Bethshan Tabernacle, before he planted Reddish Community Church in 1983, where he became Senior Pastor. From 1999 he was Senior Associate Pastor at Bedworth Christian Centre in Warwickshire (later renamed King's Community Church), moving to Regents in 2008. He has an MA in Theology from the University of Manchester (Nazarene Theological College), and a BA in Architecture from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Vice Principal, Church Leadership Track Leader and School of Ministry Leader

Drawing on his extensive experience within leadership and pastoral ministry, Pete’s primary focus as Vice Principal of Regents is in training church leaders. His twin passions are for the Church to be engaged in outward looking mission, and for servant-hearted leadership that blends integrity and emotional intelligence. He is regularly involved in ministry in Denmark, Romania and the Czech Republic, and has trained leaders in India, The Philippines and China, often in partnership with Elim Global. He also trains church leaders at a number of local churches in the UK. His personal leadership role began in 1981 as Assistant Pastor at Bethshan Tabernacle, before he planted Reddish Community Church in 1983, where he became Senior Pastor. From 1999 he was Senior Associate Pastor at Bedworth Christian Centre in Warwickshire (later renamed King’s Community Church), moving to Regents in 2008. He has an MA in Theology from the University of Manchester (Nazarene Theological College), and a BA in Architecture from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Rev. Jenny Kimble BSc, MA, PhD (Cand)

Jenny has been part of Regents College since 2007 when she began an undergraduate programme, going on to gain an MA in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies. Prior to that, she completed a BSc (Hons) in Human Biology, subsequently working as a Scripture Union Schools Worker in Letchworth. Following her undergraduate studies at Regents, she was Youth Worker and Minister in Training (MIT) in Warrington, and became an Assistant Minister in High Wycombe after being ordained in 2011. She is currently undertaking doctoral studies in the area of leadership transition for ministers, with research interests in the dynamic between leadership theory and practice. Jenny joined the Regents faculty in 2015, currently serves on the leadership team of a local Elim church, and has previously worked as hospital chaplain.

Church Leadership Track Course Assistant

Jenny has been part of Regents College since 2007 when she began an undergraduate programme, going on to gain an MA in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies. Prior to that, she completed a BSc (Hons) in Human Biology, subsequently working as a Scripture Union Schools Worker in Letchworth. Following her undergraduate studies at Regents, she was Youth Worker and Minister in Training (MIT) in Warrington, and became an Assistant Minister in High Wycombe after being ordained in 2011. She is currently undertaking doctoral studies in the area of leadership transition for ministers, with research interests in the dynamic between leadership theory and practice. Jenny joined the Regents faculty in 2015, currently serves on the leadership team of a local Elim church, and has previously worked as hospital chaplain.

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.

The calendar for all Ministry Foundation Certificate modules can be found here.

Awards

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.

Course Fees

How to Apply

To apply online, please click here or visit the Apply Now page on the College admissions page, or contact our Admissions Administrator, Shelley Cave via email or on 01684 588979 or 01684 588965.

You can also ask to have an application form sent to you.