Cuddesdon School of Theology and Ministry (CSTM)

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

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

Study Day: The Bible and the Church Today  6 November 2021

Term 2

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

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

Study Day: Christian Ethics  26 February 2022

Optional: Study skills workshop  29 January 2022

Term 3

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

28 April, 5 May, 19 May, 9 June, 16 June 2022

Study Day: The practice of prayer  30 April 2022

Year Two  
Term 4

Old Testament  The texts and theology of the Old Testament

13 October, 27 October, 10 November, 17 November, 1 December 2022

Study Day: Visions of God in the Old Testament   29 October 2022

Term 5

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

19 January, 2 February, 16 February, 2 March, 16 March 2023

Study Day: The Church in the community  25 February 2023 

Optional: Study skills workshop  21 January 2023 (half-day)

Term 6

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

27 April, 11 May, 25 May, 1 June, 15 June 2023

Study Day: Theological reflection   10 June 2023

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  

Optional: Study skills workshop

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: £275 per term

This course will close at the end of this academic year in June 2023. 

If you have any queries. please contact the CSTM Course Administrator, at [email protected] or 01865 874404.