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New College Short Courses

Tuesday September 5 2023

New College, Edinburgh. Picture: Stinglehammer

Ministers from the Church of Scotland and other denominations will be among the leaders of a set of short courses for church people at New College, Edinburgh this autumn and winter.

The courses, which are mostly taught online, are designed for both lay and ordained church members, and include both biblical study and consideration of the future of the Church of Scotland.

The first course, beginning later this month, is The New Testament in its World, an introduction to the cultural, religious and historical context of the New Testament. The course is led by Dr Nathanael Vette, Teaching Fellow in Christian Origins, and can be taken for SQA credit.

Also this autumn is Navigating the Church’s Mission, a four-session exploration of the Church’s current restructuring process which will examine the foundations of the process and ask three questions aimed at better framing the church’s task: how can the church discern its calling, together; what is meant by a church with a duty to keep reforming, and how can people in authority help to ensure the right things happen?

The course is led by the Rev Dr Marjory MacLean, a former Depute Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; and among the guest speakers are the current Principal Clerk, the Rev Fiona Smith, and the church’s ministerial development conversation facilitator, the Rev Scott Rennie.

After Christmas, the Rev Dr Sandy Forsyth and the Rev Peter Wood will lead an eight-session course on Pioneer Ministry and Church Planting. This course aims to equip anyone interested in church planting with a grounding in the knowledge and understanding, both in knowledge and practical application, that might be needed to begin new worshipping communities or fresh expressions.

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Jamie Knight - Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

“Glad to see the Church of Scotland being proactive in what looks to bean be an excellent range of courses dealing with the very sensitive issues besetting the church at this time Wishing all the participants a enjoyable and fruitful experience

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