The South West Gospel Partnership (SWGP) Ministry Training Courseis a one-day-a-week course for those who want to understand the Bible better and be equipped to teach it to others.
The course runsevery Thursday from 10am to 3.30pm, (with Fellowship Groups from 9.25am), at St. Bartholomew’s Church Bath, over 3 ten week terms.
There is an optional second year which builds on what is learnt in the first year.
It is ideal for church workers and apprentices, preachers, gap-year students, youth and children's workers, home group leaders, women's workers and those in student ministry, indeed any who are actively involved in teaching the Bible and desire to be better equipped. It is not restricted to those in paid Christian work, but is also suitable for those in retirement or who are able to take a day out from work on a Thursday.
The MTC 2023/24 costs £225 per term.
Each week is divided into four main one hour sessions (with an optional extra at the end of the day):
Looking at how God's Word fits together from Genesis to Revelation. We study a different biblical book each week and students are encouraged to prepare by reading through the book beforehand.
In-depth study of 6 Bible books from different genres, showing how to teach and apply them in the 21st century. In 2023-24, we are focusing on Exodus, Judges, Job, Mark, Acts and 1 Corinthians.
Practical training from a range of experienced pastors and Bible teachers. Subjects include Christian leadership, Giving Talks, Personal Evangelism, Church Planting, Islam and Apologetics.
A chance to gain experience in giving talks and leading Bible studies with feedback from ministers and preachers. After preparing passages in the first term, students practise giving talks or leading Bible studies in a group setting.
We learn Biblical Hebrew in an accessible and fun way - learning key words, basic grammar, memorising Bible verses and using songs.
We also have ourBritish Museum Trip, as we spend a day seeing how archaeology supports the Bible and gives insight into the background of biblical events.
A typical day looks like this:
Prayer and praise
Charlie Wardis the Course Director. He studied at Oak Hill College before becoming Assistant Minister at St Bart's in Bath in 2006. He teaches the Bible Overview, Church History and a range of other subjects on the course.
Speakers who teach on the course include:
Rupert Bentley-Taylor (Bath) - Isaiah, Judges;
Katie Fitzgerald (Biblical Counselling UK) - Introduction to Counselling;
Spring Term: 16th Jan – 27th Mar 2025 (Half-term 20 Feb).
Summer Term: 24th April – 3rd July 2025 (Half-term 29 May).
If you are interested in finding out more about the Ministry Training Course, we hold a Taster Day in Spring each year. This is a great opportunity for prospective students to attend 3 sessions of a 'typical' day on the course, with a presentation by the Course Director, Charlie Ward, over lunch.
The Taster Day2024 will be held on Thursday, 7th March. Further information about the event will be published on the website in the new year. If you wish to be added to the mailing list for this, please contact the Course Administrator, Jane Clark: [email protected].
From time to time we are able to offer bursaries to offset or cover the cost of the course fees for applicants in need of financial assistance to attend MTC. This is dependent on availability of funds. Awarding of bursaries is at the discretion of the Course Director and will take into account applications on a case-by-case basis.
If you would be interested in attending MTC but require financial assistance, we encourage you to contact Jane Clark ([email protected]) to discuss your situation and potential bursaries prior to making application.
If you would like to give a donation towards the MTC Bursary Fund to enable others to attend the course at a reduced cost, please see our Support page for details on how to give.