Five scholarships up for grabs for CSBM’s Bible and Mission MA

Firstly, thank you! It’s been wonderful to receive such enthusiasm and encouragement following our announcement on Tuesday that Redcliffe and Trinity are now working together on the Centre for the Study of Bible and Mission. We are truly excited about what is ahead and hope you will journey with us.

Over the coming weeks we’ll be posting content on this blog to show more of what this partnership will involve. Today I want to highlight an exciting opportunity for those considering Master’s level study in Bible and Mission.

Recently Redcliffe announced the availability of 25 scholarships over the coming year for new students on its blended MA programmes. Five of these scholarships have been set aside specifically for our Bible and Mission MA. This is a big deal, as in real-terms these scholarships could mean 25% off your tuition fees for the full course – definitely worth exploring, and once they’re gone – they’re gone!

You can find out more about the content of the MA programme here. It is studied part-time over two- to four years and is designed to fit alongside (and even integrate) work and other ministry commitments.

Typically a student will come to two Summer School intensives (held in July), or combine this with long weekend mode for two of the modules. These are the modules:

  • Research Methods and Approaches for Missiological Study;
  • Global Missiological Issues in Intercultural Contexts;
  • Reading the Bible Missionally;
  • Scripture Engagement: Approaches and Issues;
  • Dissertation

Naturally, I’m a big fan of this course! Sinking deep roots into a missional reading of Scripture can be a life-transforming experience, impacting how we read, study, preach and teach the Bible. I love seeing students’ excitement over the whole-Bible approach to mission, and love hearing how it is fuelling their passion and decision-making in mission. It’s been wonderful to see students engaging deeply with Scripture while also wrestling with issues very particular to their roles and contexts.

To give you a flavour, these are some of the dissertation topics that have been done over the last few years:

Power at Work: Assessing the opportunity for UK Christians to be missional disciples through the stewardship of their personal power in the workplace

An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Simply The Story (STS) Workshops for Oral Learners in Ethiopia

The Impact of Vernacular Scriptures: Assessing the benefit of local language Scriptures among the bilingual Malila and Nyiha communities of Tanzania

A Missional Reading of 2 Corinthians 1-7

Umuhimu wa Biblia: An investigation into how Tanzanian Christians perceive and engage with God’s Word

Nahum and the Nations: A Missional Reading

The Missional Function of the Levitical Priesthood

A Better Way: Leading a Bible Study for Oral-Preferenced Learners

A Missional Reading of ‘The Beatitudes’

Y Alpha? An Evaluation of the Adaptation of the Alpha Course for a Generation Y Audience

What’s So Missional About Meaninglessness?: A Missional Reading of Ecclesiastes

What is your particular passion when it comes to Bible and Mission? Have these dissertation titles whetted your appetite for what you’d love to research, given the chance? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below, and hear about exactly where you’d love to explore mission in the Scriptures – or perhaps which Scriptures you’d love to use more effectively in mission!

Drop me a line if you’d like to explore more about the course, and to find out more about the scholarships.