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Cranmer Hall, St John’s College,

3 South Bailey, Durham DH1 3RJ

Postgraduate Training

Many of our modules are available to take on a standalone basis, and form excellent opportunities for training and ministerial or professional development.

Please contact enquiries@cranmerhall.com to find out which modules we are currently offering, and for details on costs and an application form.

Modules which external students have found particularly useful include:

This innovative new module will introduce students to the fast-moving field of Contemporary Worship Studies.  The focus will be upon developing ways of paying close theological attention to actually what is happening as community’s worship.  Students will be given theological frameworks for understanding and evaluating worship along with qualitative methods of empirical study.  As part of the module each student will be expected to conduct their own practiced based research project.

The module is taught by:

Pete WardPete Ward who is Professor of Practical Theology in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University.  Pete is a co-director of the Ecclesiology and Ethnography research network  https://www.ecclesiologyandethnography.net.  He is the author of a number of works on worship including ‘Selling Worship” (2003).  His latest book is “‘Celebrity Worship’ (Routledge 2020).  In his spare time Pete plays Gospel Bluegrass.

Glenn PackiamGlenn Packiam is the Associate Senior Pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Lead Pastor of New Life Downtown, a congregation of New Life Church. He is the author of Blessed Broken Given: How Your Story Becomes Sacred in the Hands of Jesus, Discover the Mystery of Faith, LUCKY, Second hand Jesus, and Butterfly in Brazil. Glenn was one of the founding leaders and songwriters for the Desperation Band and has written over 65 worship songs published with Integrity Music, including “Your Name” and “My Savior Lives.” Glenn earned a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry from Durham University, and is a Visiting Fellow at St. John’s College at Durham.

Nick MooreNick Drake is Associate Pastor at Gas Street Church and was a Worship Pastor for many years before getting ordained in the Church of England. He is part of the Worship Central movement to resource and train Worship Leaders and teaches on contemporary worship at St Mellitus College. He studied at Durham and Kings London before completing his doctorate at the University of Birmingham Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies.

The module is delivered through a three day intensive taught in Durham and through seminars and presentations delivered online and in Durham.

The module can audited.  It can also be taken as part of the MA in Theology and Ministry or as a stand-alone module for credit.

Content will include:

  • Why study Contemporary Worship
  • Contemporary Theories of Congregational Worship- Lit survey of paradigms or popular theologies of worship
  • History of Contemporary Worship in the UK
  • Emotion and Experience
  • Theoretical frameworks for looking at lived theology of worship, Ordinary Theology
  • Lyrics— Changing theologies, Changing God?
  • Songs of hope— imagery and lyrics
  • Contemporary Worship and Sacramentality
  • Examples of studies of contemporary worship
  • Media studies— cultural artefacts and cultural impact; producing albums, impact on culture
  • Student Research Plans/ Completing the Ethical Approval Process

We are delighted to offer training in consultancy skills for church-based contexts. This is relevant and accessible to any whose ministry involves consulting or advisory roles at a level wider than the individual church.

The course is taught in two residential blocks in Durham by the Revd David Dadswell, an experienced priest, consultant, and teacher, currently Diocesan Secretary of the Lincoln Diocese. He worked internationally as an organisational consultant for over twenty years in commercial, public and voluntary organisations and has taught consultancy for mission at Cliff College and York St John University. He is the author of Consultancy Skills for Mission and Ministry (SCM 2011).

There is reading and work to undertake in preparation for and between the blocks, to help participants apply the skills to the contexts in which they are currently operating. The aim is to support the student in developing a rigorous, useful model and practice of consultancy that works for them.

Content includes:

  • What is consultancy?
  • Contracting & Roles in Consultancy
  • Analysis & Design
  • Consultancy as an interdisciplinary activity
  • Models of consultancy
  • Are churches organisations?
  • Theories of change
  • Systems
  • Issues in consultancy provision
  • Intense, practical experience of consultation and consultancy skills, with preparation, feedback and reflection, as part of the residential blocks.

This training can be accessed as a standalone course, or as part of a postgraduate qualification in Theology & Ministry from Durham University (Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or MA; entry requirements apply).

We are pleased to offer this course biennially.

For more details email enquiries@cranmerhall.com.

Revd David Dadswell

Revd David Dadswell

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