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Priscilla Programme update

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 8 Jul 2019

The Priscilla Programme run in partnership between Church Society and Union School of Theology reaches the end of its first year.

“...when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside
and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” Acts 18:26

It’s almost exactly a year since Church Society and Union School of Theology agreed to work in partnership on the Priscilla Programme, and we have now completed three full modules: Old Testament, Doctrine, and Ethics and Pastoral Care. Lectures for next term’s Church History module have already been filmed. Students have valued the contributions from Robin Barfield, Sheila Stephen, Lee Gatiss and Ros Clarke.

Each term, we have been able to run two seminar groups, and a total of 12 women have studied one or more modules. There has been a wonderful mix of women at different stages of life, with different experiences, and coming from different kinds of churches. Some have a particular ministry they want to be better equipped for and others are simply wanting to understand their faith better. Some have been Christians for decades and others are relatively new to the faith.

We are planning to expand the Priscilla Programme in two ways from September. First, I’m really excited that a local Priscilla group is being planned at Christ Church Central, an AMiE church in Sheffield. The students will have access to all the online lectures, reading material and discussion forums, but they will have their weekly seminars in person, led by the women’s worker there. This is a really great way for churches to equip their women for all kinds of service.

Second, we are planning to have more online seminar groups. This will give students more flexibility to choose a time which suits them, as well as increasing our capacity for more students, and enabling us to offer two different modules each term:

Autumn Term 2019:

Old Testament; Church History
Sept 23 -Dec 6 with half term from Oct 28 - Nov 2

Spring Term 2020:
Doctrine; New Testament
Jan 13 - Mar 27 with half term from Feb 17-21

Summer Term 2020:
Ethics and Pastoral Care; Evangelism and Apologetics
April 20-July 3 with half term from May 25-29

You can find more details about the course here, and details of fees and the application form here.

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Ros Clarke is Associate Director of Church Society and Course Leader of the Priscilla Programme

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