The Theological Institute is responsible for ministerial formation and lay training within the context of the Bishops’ Vision for ‘Growth, Unity and Service’ in the life and witness of the Church of Ireland.
From September 2009 training for ordained ministry will be delivered under a new professional course in association with Trinity College Dublin. Staff from both institutions will be involved in the teaching and assessment. The Master in Theology degree will seek to facilitate culturally relevant mission and ministry for the 21st century. An engaging programme of study is offered across the disciplines of Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics, Theological Reflection and Christian Identity, and Pastoral Practice in Church and Society. Priority throughout is given to personal development in the following core characteristics:
spirituality, theological reflection, pastoral care, vision, leadership, worship and preaching, worship and liturgy, communicating the faith, management and change, administration and vocation.There is a strong emphasis upon the integration of theory and practice, and in the final year there is the opportunity to work in a parochial internship alongside the writing up of an extended dissertation.
The M.Theol. is offered with full equivalence either as a three year residential degree or as a six year course in distance learning. This latter pathway involves participation in a combination of e–learning, web forums, conference–style evening classes, local tutorials, private study and monthly residential weekends in Dublin.
Access to the M.Theol. is in accordance with the Admissions Critieria indicated in the University Calendar and is also dependent upon successful completion of a Foundation Course in Theological Studies. This is a one year distance–learning course in conjunction with St. John’s College Nottingham. The three modules cover Ministry and Mission in the Local Church (Certificate Level), An Introduction to Biblical Studies (Intermediate Level) and The Matrix and Christian Belief (Higher Level). Nomination to this course is by approval of the Diocesan Bishop.
The Institute is governed by a governing body which is accountable to the House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland and now incorporates the completion of two existing courses, the B.Th. (until 2010), a professional course in theological studies in conjunction with Trinity College, and the Dip.HE (until 2011), a training course for the non–stipendiary ministry, also offered by St. John’s Nottingham and validated by the Open University.
The Institute attaches great importance to its community life. There is a daily pattern of worship and the needs of students’ families are intentionally considered. The Institute also plays an important role in other aspects of continuing ministerial and lay theological training. It is recognised as a hall of residence by the authorities of both Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.
More information is available on the College Website : www.theologicalinstitute.ie
Church of Ireland Theological College
Tel: +353 (0)1 492 3506
Fax: +353 (0)1 492 3082
Loc8 code: NP4–94–CM7