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Cuddesdon School of Theology and Ministry (CSTM)

Welcome to the Cuddesdon School of Theology and Ministry. CSTM exists to offer an entry-level experience of theological study to individuals who wish to deepen their Christian discipleship, increase their knowledge of the Bible, church history and teaching and theology, or who might be exploring a sense of calling to ordained or licenced ministry. If any of those sound like you, then CSTM may be just what you’re looking for.

CSTM is a 3-year, rolling programme, which covers a range topics, all at an introductory level. The course is taught on five Thursday evenings and one Saturday study day in each term. CSTM students have the opportunity to study in the beautiful surroundings of the Oxfordshire countryside, and to engage with the life of Cuddesdon’s vibrant college community. Those who wish to do so can submit written work for assessment, with a view to earning the Cuddesdon Certificate in Theology & Ministry. Not all students do this, however – many choose simply to attend lectures for their own personal interest and development.

Whether for interest only, or to earn the Cuddesdon Certificate, CSTM offers an opportunity to learn more about the Christian faith, to ask questions and to develop one’s own skills for discipleship, all within a friendly, prayerful and supportive environment.

Jennifer Brown, Tutor for the Cuddesdon School of Theology & Ministry

Year One  
Term 1
The New Testament Church  The Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles
4 October, 18 October, 1 November, 15 November, 29 November 2018
Study Day: The Bible and the Church today  10 November 2019
Term 2
Introduction to Christian doctrine  The development of doctrine in the early Church and it application today
10 January, 24 January, 7 February, 21 February, 7 March 2019
Study Day: Christian ethics  16 February 2019
Optional: Study skills workshop  19 January 2019
Term 3
Christian spiritualities  Experiences of prayer and God's calling in the Bible, and how Christians express their relationship with God
2 May, 16 May, 23 May, 6 June, 13 June 2019
Study Day: The practice of prayer  8 June 2019
Year Two  
Term 4
Old Testament  The texts and theology of the Old Testament
10 October, 24 October, 7 November, 21 November, 5 December 2019
 Study Day: Visions of God in the Old Testament  2 November 2019
Term 5
Mission in contemporary society  Approaches to mission in scripture and history, and the mission of today's church
16 January, 30 January, 13 February, 27 February, 12 March 2020
Study Day: The Church in the community  8 February 2020
Optional: Study skills workshop  25 January 2020
Term 6
Practical skills for ministry  Different areas of ministry in the life of the Church
23 April, 7 May, 14 May, 28 May, 4 June 2020
Study Day: Theological reflection  24 May 2020
Year Three  
Term 7 Jesus and the Gospels  The ministry of Jesus in the Gospel narratives, how we understand the Gospels, and how they inform the life of the Church today. Study Day: Johannine literature.
Term 8 The Church through history  Some key stages in the history of the Church. Study Day: Anglican ecclesiology.
Term 9 Introduction to Christian Worship  The history of Christian worship, and the different modes of worship used in churches today. Study Day: The psychology of faith and worship.


An Introductory Session will take place at 10am-12.45pm on Saturday, 22 September for you to meet staff and fellow students, and, without any obligation, to find out if this course is for you. 

Download Introductory Session programme

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For further information and to make a booking, please contact the CSTM Administrator on 01865 874404 or cstm@rcc.ac.uk

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