Upcoming events: The next Aberdeen Academy of Theology session will be held the 27th January, 24th February and 24th March 2018. Click here for more information about the programme (including information about how to reserve a place).

A day conference entitled "Calvin for Pastors" will be held on the 12th of May 2018. More information to follow.

Summer School 2018 -- Save the date! More information about the programme is available on our Summer School pages here.

'What the Centre provides is an answer to prayer for me and I want to spread the news about it wherever I can.' Rev Jim Pirie

The Centre for Ministry Studies at Aberdeen University (CMS) endeavours to be a centre of excellence that seeks to facilitate world class education and training for people involved in Christian ministry at home and internationally. Through developing and nurturing creative and innovative working relationships between the academy and the church, the Centre strives to produce scholarly work and practical training initiatives designed to enable people to think and to practice well.

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History

The Centre for Ministry Studies was established in January 2014 under the leadership of Professor John Swinton. It is co-ordinated by Rev Dr Ken Jeffrey, a highly experienced minister and academic. The Centre emerged from a collaboration between the University of Aberdeen, Christ’s College and the Church of Scotland. It is, however, completely and intentionally interdenominational and seeks to work closely with churches and organisations from all traditions with the shared purpose of facilitating ministry education, research and training across a wide range of contexts for lay and ordained people.

We understand ministry in its broadest sense to include all the works that all of God’s people are called to do. Also, ministry today takes place in a complex social and cultural context that requires churches to equip people with the skills that are appropriate and relevant for the twenty first century and to inspire them with confidence.

Therefore, the Centre aims to serve individuals and communities by providing programmes of education and training that will support people in their ministry wherever they are. Our goal is to make ministry education and training as widely accessible as possible.

Our accessible education is achieved via a variety of flexible academic programmes combined with day and weekend conferences, guided reading courses, summer schools, retreats as well as an extensive online directory of courses. We offer flexible opportunities for people to study and be trained at unaccredited, Certificate, Diploma, Masters and Doctoral level on either a part time or a full time basis.

We have developed a varied syllabus which includes studies in parish ministry, chaplaincy, mission, fresh expressions of church, pastoral care, community building, preaching, theology, worship, spiritual formation, leadership and peacemaking, to name but a few.

People

Director
Rev Prof John Swinton
Email: j.swinton@abdn.ac.uk
Tel: 01224 273224

Co-ordinator
Rev Dr Ken Jeffrey
Email: ksjeffrey@abdn.ac.uk
Tel: 01224 274276

Administrator
Clare Davidson
Email: clare.davidson@abdn.ac.uk
Tel: 01224 272138

The Centre has assistance from two honorary lecturers Dr Jim Gordon and Dr David Smith

The Centre is also pleased to have the following associates from the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy.

Courses

The Centre for Ministry Studies provides a suite of classes and courses that are designed to equip people with the skills that are necessary to allow them to minister successfully in their local church, community and beyond. These include:

Newsletters

The Centre produces newsletters explaining its ongoing work and events. To learn more about past endeavors, please click the links below.