School of Divinity

Short courses for Church people

The School of Divinity offers short courses for Church people, lay or ordained.

The courses are endorsed by the Faith Nurture Forum of the Church of Scotland, the Presbytery of Edinburgh and West Lothian, and the Scottish Episcopal Institute.  They are led by experienced academics and practitioners.

Autumn 2022

Training for Leading Worship in a Local Context

This course will be of interest to those who wish to explore the possibility of leading worship in their local church setting.  It will focus on the history, theology and structure of worship services in a variety of styles, in order to ground current practice in its wider context.  The course is open to all - no previous study is expected.

All of the components of a church service will be considered in theory and from a practical perspective.  Participants will have opportunities to prepare prayers, children’s talks and sermons, and to construct meaningful orders of service.

Classes can be taken in person at New College or online.  Most weeks, ahead of class, participants will be asked to watch a presentation and undertake a practical exercise.  On six Thursday evenings we will meet for discussion: online 6-7pm, in person 7.15-8.15pm.  There will also be two Saturday workshops, 1.30-4.30pm, when we hope everyone will meet in person at New College.  The class dates are (Thursdays unless indicated) 22 September, Saturday 1 October, 6, 20 & 27 October, Saturday 12 November, 24 November, 1 December.  A detailed course handbook will be sent out early in September.

The course is accredited at SQA Level 7 for 10 credits.  To be awarded credit, students must successfully complete a final assignment, which is preparing an order of service and explaining the thinking behind it.  Participants can also choose to take the course ‘not for credit’ and in that case there is no assessment.

The fee will be £200, whether taken for credit or not.

The course is organised by Reverend Professor Susan Hardman Moore, and the course administrator is Jo Thor. contact details for both are given below.

Spring 2023

Between January and April 2023 we plan to run two mini-courses:

  • Leadership in a Time of Change
  • Reflective Ministry in a Time of Change

These will be shorter than the Worship course and will not carry the option of SQA credits.  Further details will be posted here in due course, but please email to register interest and receive an alert when enrolment opens.

How to Apply

Please complete our online application form.

Online Application Form

We will acknowledge your application but your place on the course will only be confirmed when we receive full payment of the course fee.

Booking Terms

We will accept cancellation of your place on a course and refund course fees within 14 days of completing payment.

Personal data: We will use the personal data you provide in the online application form to process your application and communicate with you about this course. We retain core data about course participants for 3 years (in case you require us to provide evidence that you have attended or that you have successfully completed the assignments) and financial details for 7 years.

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New College and the Church of Scotland

Church of Scotland

Presbytery of Edinburgh and West Lothian

Scottish Episcopal Institute