Cuddesdon School of Theology and Ministry

CSTM offers an entry-level experience of theological study to people who want 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. 

The course is a three-year rolling programme, which covers a range topics, all at an introductory undergraduate level. Teaching takes place 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

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.

Cost: £250 per term

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