BA (Hons) Applied Theology – Youth Ministry

About the Course

There are many great stories of churches attracting young people, and having an impact on their lives, but the national trend suggests that increasing numbers of this generation are disconnecting from both the church and the Christian faith. Our desire on the BA (Hons) Applied Theology in Youth Ministry is to inspire, shape and prepare Christians to engage with both the challenges and opportunities this creates.

Run in partnership with Limitless (the youth movement of the Elim Pentecostal Churches in the UK and Ireland), and Regents Theological College, the Youth Track degree has been designed to launch people into ministry with young people.

Along with Track Leader Ollie Ward, Tim Alford (The National Director of Limitless), and a gifted team of visiting lecturers and youth leaders, the course combines teaching, mentoring, and experiential learning from both a practical and academic point-of-view.

The Track aims to enhance both the biblical and theological knowledge of students, enabling them to practically minister specifically in a youth context, grounded in a developing walk with God.

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Mode of Learning

The course can be completed over three or six years, in three different ways:

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.

Track Leaders

Ollie Ward, BA (Hons), MA

Whilst working as a youth worker at Sheringham Baptist Church, Ollie set up Velocity Youth Theatre igniting his passion for theology and the performing arts. In 2009 this led him to study at Regents to further explore the synthesis of Applied Theology and Performing Arts, gaining a BA (Hons). He went on to complete an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practices at the University of Worcester, whilst he continued to lead youth theatres and work with young people. His research interests are in practical theology and contemporary culture, theatre that has a social impact, community and political theatre, and the interaction between philosophy and performance. His inspiration comes from practitioners like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who engaged young people in authentic spirituality, Augusto Boal, who used theatre for social change, and Peter Brook, who attempted to make the invisible, present on stage.

Youth Track Course Leader and Performing Arts Track tutor

Whilst working as a youth worker at Sheringham Baptist Church, Ollie set up Velocity Youth Theatre igniting his passion for theology and the performing arts. In 2009 this led him to study at Regents to further explore the synthesis of Applied Theology and Performing Arts, gaining a BA (Hons). He went on to complete an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practices at the University of Worcester, whilst he continued to lead youth theatres and work with young people. His research interests are in practical theology and contemporary culture, theatre that has a social impact, community and political theatre, and the interaction between philosophy and performance. His inspiration comes from practitioners like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who engaged young people in authentic spirituality, Augusto Boal, who used theatre for social change, and Peter Brook, who attempted to make the invisible, present on stage.

Rev. Tim Alford

Tim is the National Director of “Limitless”, the youth movement of the Elim Pentecostal Churches in the UK and Ireland. He is a passionate communicator of the gospel, having spoken at churches, conferences, schools and events all over the world. He is the former frontman of [dweeb], a frustrated supporter of Arsenal, and lives in Malvern with his wife Jen and his son Tobijah.

Specialist Youth Track Lecturer

Tim is the National Director of “Limitless”, the youth movement of the Elim Pentecostal Churches in the UK and Ireland. He is a passionate communicator of the gospel, having spoken at churches, conferences, schools and events all over the world. He is the former frontman of [dweeb], a frustrated supporter of Arsenal, and lives in Malvern with his wife Jen and his son Tobijah.

Validation and Entry Requirements

Regents Theological College is an approved academic partner of University of Chester. The BA in Applied Theology Youth track is validated by University of Chester and students who successfully complete the programme will be eligible for a University of Chester award.

If you are under 21 years of age, the entry requirements are GCSE English at C grade or above (or equivalent), and two A levels. If you are over 21, the requirement is GCSE English at C grade or above (or equivalent), and with the discretion of Regents Theological College.

Awards

Three year Bachelors of Arts with Honours in Applied Theology, with an optional exit Certificate of Higher Education after one year, or Diploma of Higher Education after two years.

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.