Personal development

Being a Minister: Personal, Spiritual and Professional Development

Finally, in addition to your academic and church-based work, there will be other opportunities to develop key skills and attitudes for ministry.  These include:

  • strong tutorial relationships with College staff
  • strong support networks within and beyond your placement church
  • regular time spent with other Baptist ministerial students, exploring issues relevant to Baptist ministry and an annual Baptist retreat
  • regular prayer and worship at Luther King House when you are there on the full-time or part-time course
  • courses on issues of Child Protection, Race and Gender Awareness, Conflict Management
  • opportunity to have a significant overseas placement during your time at College
  • funding available to attend other appropriate training courses

Ministerial Development

During any period of training, you are growing and developing as a person. There are key skills and attitudes to form and develop. Most of that will be done through your academic work, and in your church placement. Preparation for ministry also includes learning other professional skills, and the whole process brings with it challenges and stresses of a personal and spiritual nature, too; these may be to do with faith, relationships, attitudes, self management, finance – and many others.

At NBC, we offer you a structure of support, and opportunities for further learning and training, which help you prepare for and adjust to your new lifestyle.

Tutorial support: you will be assigned a staff member as a personal tutor with whom you will meet on a regular basis. S/he will help you to set your learning objectives each year and monitor your academic development, but as importantly be available for you to talk through any matter you choose to share. Your tutor will also visit you in your placement.

Other support networks: in your placement church, we will assist the setting up of a support group of 5-6 people who will meet and pray with you regularly, identify the learning opportunities the church can offer and give you feedback on your work in the church.  You will also be put in touch with an adviser, usually a local minister who can help you with professional issues (e.g. difficult funerals). This relationship is confidential; the adviser does not report to the College

“Baptist Time“: every week (or weekend in the case of part-time training) while you are at Luther King House, you will spend time with other Baptist ministerial students and staff, exploring issues together such as: time management, sustainable ministerial lifestyle, running church and deacons’ meetings. As a Baptist community we also go away together annually on a retreat.

Worship and prayer: the weekly pattern of life at Luther King House includes an ecumenical act of worship and daily prayers as does the weekend programme for those on part-time training.

Further professional development: courses on issues not covered in the academic programme are laid on for you. These include Child Protection, Race and Gender Awareness, Managing Change and Conflict.

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