Cuddesdon School of Theology and Ministry

CSTM covers a range of topics at an introductory undergraduate level to people who want to deepen their Christian discipleship, increase their knowledge of the Bible, church history and theology, or who might be exploring a sense of calling to ordained or licenced ministry. 

The course is a three-year rolling programme so that you can start at the beginning of any term and sign-up term-by-term. Teaching takes place fortnightly on five Thursday evenings and one Saturday study day in each term. Students have the opportunity to engage with the life of Cuddesdon’s vibrant College community and make use of its considerable resources.

Those who wish to do so can submit written work for the Cuddesdon Certificate in Theology and Ministry or accreditation with the Durham University Common Awards programme, either of which can then be used as a basis for further study. 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.

The lectures are stimulating and challenging, providing a springboard for one's own study, or simply a way of deepening your faith alongside other like-minded seekers.
Year One  
Term 1

The New Testament Church  The Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles

10 October, 24 October, 7 November, 21 November, 5 December 2019

Study Day: The Bible and the Church today  2 November 2019

Term 2

Introduction to Christian doctrine  The development of doctrine in the early Church and its application today

16 January, 30 January, 13 February, 27 February, 12 March 2020

Study Day: Christian ethics  7 March 2020

Optional: Study skills workshop  25 January 2020

Term 3

Christian spiritualities  Experiences of prayer and God's calling in the Bible, and how Christians express their relationship with God

23 April, 7 May, 14 May, 28 May, 4 June 2020

Study Day: The practice of prayer  6 June 2020

Year Two  
Term 4

Old Testament  The texts and theology of the Old Testament

15 October, 29 October, 12 November, 19 November, 3 December 2020

Study Day: Visions of God in the Old Testament  24 October 2020 

Term 5

Mission in contemporary society  Approaches to mission in scripture and history, and the mission of today's church

21 January, 11 February, 25 February, 11 March, 25 March 2021

Study Day: The Church in the community  20 February 2021

Optional: Study skills workshop  6 February 2021

Term 6

Practical skills for ministry  Different areas of ministry in the life of the Church

29 April, 6 May, 20 May, 3 June, 10 June 2021

Study Day: Theological reflection  15 May 2021

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. 

14 October, 28 October, 11 November, 18 November, 2 December 2021

Study Day: Johannine literature

Term 8

The Church through history  Some key stages in the history of the Church. 

20 January, 3 February, 17 February, 3 March, 10 March 2022

Study Day: Anglican ecclesiology  26 February 2022

Optional: Study skills workshop  29 January 2022

Term 9

Introduction to Christian Worship  The history of Christian worship, and the different modes of worship used in churches today. 

28 April, 5 May, 19 May, 2 June, 9 June 2022

Study Day: The psychology of faith and worship  14 May 2022

Cost: £250 per term

At the start of each academic year, there is a no-obligation, free-of-charge, half-day Introductory Session providing information on the practical aspects of the course and assessment, together with an introduction to the study of theology and the relationship between theology and personal faith.

If you would like to book on the next Introductory Session on the morning of Saturday, 3rd October 2020 from 10am, please contact the Course Administrator, details below. The Programme for the morning can be downloaded here.

To find out more about the course or to register your interest in joining, please contact Gill Keeble-Childs, CSTM Course Administrator, at or 01865 874404.