Course

LTS does not offer degrees or diplomas, as we believe that pastoral training must remain as far as possible under the control of the churches, rather than be subject to secular accreditation authorities.

However, we recognise that ministry in some countries is difficult without a qualification. The ThM degree that we offer through the John Owen Centre, from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, may provide you with what you need, in conjunction with the 2-year LTS course. For details, see here.

Full-time

The course commences in September each year. It is not possible to join the course at any other time. Each year of the course is made up of three terms and these include thirty weeks of study.

Our course is made up of lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as personal study, language learning, writing of essays and reading and research.

Teaching takes place from Tuesday to Friday each week during term.

The day begins at 8:45am – usually with morning devotions, led by a student or lecturer.

Hebrew (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) or Greek (Thursdays and Fridays) normally follows, for 45 minutes. The remainder of the morning is taken up with lectures and seminars. There are lectures on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, whereas Wednesday and Friday afternoons are normally free for personal study.

The principal components of the course are: Old and New Testament studies, systematic theology, church history, pastoral theology, contemporary issues and preaching studies. The detailed curriculum can be found here.

All students study all parts of the course, as it is designed to focus on the matters that we believe to be essential for men training for pastoral and preaching ministry.

In their personal study time, students are expected to prepare for biblical languages classes and for seminars and workshops, to research and write essays and to read set texts. This is in addition to preparing for preaching and other areas of service in which the student will be engaged outside the Seminary. That is why we describe the course as ‘intensive’! The disciplined use of time, as in pastoral ministry, is essential.

Some time for rest and relaxation needs to be fitted in too.

 

Part-time and Modular Study

The course at LTS can be studied part-time. Part-time students come in for two days a week, instead of four. In this way, the first two years of the course can be covered in four years and the third year in two years. It is also possible to ‘mix-and-match’ part-time and full-time study, so as to cover the two-year foundation course in three years. Please contact us if you would like to discuss part-time study further and explore the various options with us.

Continuing education has become a feature of all kinds of occupations and professions. It can be helpful for a man in pastoral ministry to be able to engage in some formal study, where practicable, to refresh his thinking in a particular area.

The course at LTS is designed to facilitate this – for example, systematic theology could be studied by attending on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings once a fortnight during term time; or one of the biblical languages could be learned by coming in two mornings a week for the relevant class.

 

Assessment & Appraisal

Throughout the course, students participate in an appraisal process designed to identify their strengths and weaknesses and to determine strategies for developing skills relevant to the Christian ministry.

The appraisal process takes place in consultation with the teaching staff and draws on several kinds of feedback:

  • assessment of written work and other assignments according to given criteria designed to develop aptitudes useful in practical aspects of Christian ministry
  • evaluation of students' preaching and pastoral qualities exhibited within the community of the Seminary: e.g. leading morning devotions, roles and responsibilities within the student body, general Christian character and conduct
  • reports from mentors at placement churches.

The appraisal process does not produce grades or marks as a measure of attainment. It is designed to help students gain a better understanding of themselves and show how best they can meet the demands of Christian ministry.

Students are expected to fulfil assignments to a high standard, meeting deadlines and demonstrating the diligence, resourcefulness and accountability that would be required of them on an academic course, and in Christian ministry. All assignments are assessed carefully by lecturers and feedback is given.