School of Divinity

Short courses for Church people

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

The courses will be run in partnership with the Faith Nurture Forum of the Church of Scotland, the Presbytery of Edinburgh and the Scottish Episcopal Institute. They are led by experienced academics and practitioners.

The courses will take place at New College and will involve six evening classes and two Saturday gatherings.

Course titles:

  • The New Testament in its World (September-November 2021): Please contact the course organiser directly at
  • Introduction to Pioneer Ministry and Church Planting (January-April 2022)

Each course is accredited at SQA Level 7 for 10 credits. To be awarded credit, students must successfully complete a final assignment. It is also possible to take the course 'not for credit' and in that case there is no assessment.

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

The New Testament in its World

This course is open to all and introduces students to the study of the New Testament in its immediate Jewish context and its broader setting in the Greco-Roman world. Students will learn where Jesus, Paul and the early Christians fit in a world of emperors, priests, religious sectarians, political revolutionaries and everyday people. The course is taught by Dr. Nathanael Vette (University of Edinburgh).

The course runs for 8 weeks with two Saturday afternoon sessions in the Elizabeth Templeton Lecture Room from 1:30-5:30pm (Sep 25; Nov 13) and every Tuesday evening in between from 6:00-8:00pm.

Introduction to pioneer ministry and church planting

This hybrid course aims to equip participants with a grounding in the theological understanding and practical knowledge needed to begin new worshipping communities or ‘fresh expressions of church’, through pioneer ministry and church planting. Course organiser: Dr Sandy Forsyth

Classes will take place from January-April 2022. The course will involve six evening classes and two Saturday gatherings.

Entry is open to all, lay or ordained, and from any Christian denomination. Participants are likely to be involved at present in beginning a ‘fresh expression of church’ in their context, or hope to do so soon.

How to Apply

Please complete our online application form.

The booking deadlines are:

  • The New Testament in its World (September-November 2021): 5pm Thursday 16th September 2021
  • Introduction to Pioneer Ministry and Church Planting (January-April 2022: 5pm Thursday 13th January 2022

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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School of Divinity Short Courses Terms and Conditions

Paying the course fee

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The New Testament in its World - Course Fee

Introduction to Pioneer Ministry and Church Planting - Course Fee



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Church of Scotland

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