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Partnering with local organisations and churches to equip, empower and resource as they reach out into their communities.

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Muller's Story

George Müller cared for 10,000 orphaned children in Bristol during the 19th Century. He never made appeals for money, trusting implicitly in God, he received £1,500,000 in answer to prayer. At present day prices, this would be well over £86,000,000.

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Practical Theology Training Course

One of the ways in which Müllers resource local churches is through the Practical Theology course. This course, which has been running for over 20 years, is an opportunity to cultivate deep theological roots, thereby developing more fruitful lives.

The course comprises twelve modules:

  • Introducing the Bible & Methods of Biblical Interpretation
  • An Introduction to the Old Testament
  • New Testament 1: Understanding ‘Faith’ and ‘Works’
  • New Testament 2: How the Church responds to hardship
  • The Methods, Mission and Ministry of Jesus in the Gospels
  • Biblical Worldview: exploring how interpretation forms practice
  • Mission & Culture: Engaging with Contemporary Culture
  • Doctrine & History: how and why the faith was formed, and who did it
  • What is the Church? What the Church is and how it functions
  • The Church in Today’s Culture
  • Kingdom Ministry
  • Discipleship

Throughout the course, we seek to Encounter Jesus, Examine the Bible, Explore Theology, Evaluate Presuppositions and Engage with Culture. 

The course runs on Tuesdays, from 9.15-4pm, from September until June. We try to maintain an academic rigour while being interactive and participative in teaching style. There is also the opportunity to receive an accreditation certificate in Practical Theology at Level 3. The course is free, and open to all, regardless of their prior educational achievement.


Registration for 2017 – 2018 course has opened. Contact us for more information and an application form.


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'As someone who had led an independent church in Bristol for eight years I recognised my need for some fresh teaching and perspective to keep my ministry effective. The Practical Theology Course was an ideal opportunity for me to take time out on a weekly basis to be led in worship, encouraged, stimulated and challenged. As there is no compulsory requirement to undertake the formal assessments, I was able to do so without adding burden to a busy ministry schedule. It has been a fantastic experience, which I can recommend to anyone who is considering serving in ministry or already in a position of leadership to remain sharp.' Andrew Yelland, Leader of Crofts End, St George

 

'The Practical Theology course has been such an amazing blessing to me. I am so thankful that I have been able to attend. The course content is well thought out and interesting; the other speakers and teachers bring variety and different perspectives. I can honestly say that I look forward to Tuesdays as a really special part of my week. The day starts with a time of worship which is always a blessing. We study a wide variety of subjects and have discussions and debates which are good opportunities to see how others feel about issues that face Christians today. My understanding of the Bible is much clearer, as well as my understanding of why other Christians believe what they believe. I feel that the course has really helped me in my walk with God. My confidence in hearing God has grown and I hope that this is just the beginning of my journey to a deeper understanding of the Bible and a more effective life for my God whom I love and serve.' Fiona Lightwood, member of Hope Church, Worle

 

‘The Müllers course has been really helpful in my role as youth minister, as well as in my personal discipleship. Having the opportunity to go deeper into the Bible has grown my confidence in teaching, my heart for people and my love for God. I am able to relevantly communicate to young people and peers how Scriptures relate to our modern day life with a renewed passion and clearer understanding.’ Joel Preston, Youth Worker at St Michael’s, Stoke Gifford