St Augustine’s College of Theology is the Church of England’s longest-standing non-residential theological college (our History). We prepare men and women for ordained and licensed ministry, and provide theological education for those pursuing academic study of Christian faith and practice. Today, we have become a leading choice for both part-time and full-time students, and we welcome students from other denominations.
We live in an age of mission, a mission that has come home to our own streets and neighborhoods. This requires lay and ordained ministry that is diversely skilled, faithful in prayer, quick to serve, nimble in responding to change, intellectually curious, hopeful in a difficult world, eager and imaginative in preaching the gospel, and, above all, passionately in love with God. At St Augustine’s, we believe that God is calling us to work for the formation of this ministry.
- Readiness for ministry
You may choose St Augustine’s for many reasons: gifted teachers, a diverse community, an emphasis on reflective practice, the opportunity to study from Certificate to MA level, excellent educational resources, learning in the bustling vicinity of Southwark Cathedral or in the quiet beauty of Malling Abbey.
One motive, though, has special importance. You maintain your existing, rich engagements with your neighbourhoods, church and, often, work contexts. This makes your formation truly contextual: from the beginning, you learn to integrate study and practice, to make the connections between theology and daily life and ministry, and graduate from St Augustine’s ready to exercise the ministry to which God has called you.
- Practical experience
Whatever pathway you follow, you’ll undertake placements designed to develop the ministerial and reflective skills vital to the Church’s social, pastoral, and missional role. These range from a project in your local church, through extended time in a less familiar church context, chaplaincies, group mission projects and community action initiatives. All include opportunities for the kind of theological reflection that invigorates preaching, informs Christian action, fosters spiritual maturity, and measures up to the complexity of contemporary life.
- Theological reflection
Studying theology involves different disciplines: biblical studies, doctrine, ethics, spirituality, and so on. Pulling it all together, making connections, synthesising, reading situations in the light of faith, evaluating them, and deciding what to do – all this is the stuff of theological reflection. Nurturing this ability to attend, understand, and decide as someone who seeks wisdom in Christ is a constant emphasis from the outset.
- Worship and prayerfulness
Worship is an integral part of formation, and therefore of all our teaching and residential events. In worshipping together, and by taking responsibility for the planning and leading of worship, we familiarise ourselves with the diverse resources and practices of Christian worship in general, and Anglican worship in particular. Above all, we praise, pray, attend and receive from the God who gives himself to us in Jesus Christ.
- A diverse community
Our staff and students are proud to belong to a community of learning that welcomes and celebrates a diversity of Christian tradition and expression.
Because of our dispersed nature, we tend to be adventurous in our approach to serving Church and community, embracing with joy the challenges presented to us by our educational mission.