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Community Day 2022

Bristol Baptist College is delighted to invite you to attend Community Day 2022 where we will be celebrating over 300 years of training people for ministry in Bristol.

Join us as we hear from Revd Dr Nigel Wright and Professor David Bebbington, along with the launch of the College History, introduced by Revd Dr Ruth Goldbourne. Former college Principals Revd Dr Chris Ellis and Revd Dr Brian Haymes will also be taking part.

Community Day 2022 will take place on Wednesday 23rd March, 9.30am – 4.00pm at Westbury-On-Trym Baptist Church, Reedley Rd, BS9 3TE. Lunch will be provided.

If you would like to attend please email reception@bristol-baptist.ac.uk for a booking form.

We are recruiting!

We are recruiting a part-time College Administrator. The role is for 20 hours a week, with flexibility as to when these hours are worked. The role will be to work as part of the small friendly admin team at the college, assisting with the administration of the college’s courses and activities.

Closing Date for Applications: Friday 5th November 2021
Interviews: During the week beginning 8th November

For an application pack or to ask any questions, please contact the College Manager, Fran, by emailing brealeyf@bristol-baptist.ac.uk

Half-Term College Closure

Please be aware that next week (26th – 30th October 2020) is half-term and the college building will be closed for the week.

Some staff will be working from home, while others will be on annual leave. So if you need to get in touch with someone during the week please email them and they will get back to you when they are able.

The building will be back open on 2nd November 2020.

New Staff Appointments

Bristol Baptist College is delighted to announce three recent staff appointments.

Revd Dr Helen Paynter has been appointed as Tutor in Biblical Studies and Coordinator in Theological Education. Helen will continue in her role as Director of the Centre for the Study of the Bible and Violence based at the College. Previously a medical doctor, Helen is a former student of the College and has been Associate Minister in two Bristol churches, alongside teaching at colleges and universities in the South West and South Wales. She is the author of a number of books including God of Violence Yesterday, God of Love Today.
Helen loves to help people get to grips with the Bible, because she has seen its power to transform lives. She loves to study it, preach it, teach it, encourage others to study and understand it, and help others to learn to read it in its original languages.


Revd Lindsay Caplen has been appointed as College Tutor and Coordinator of Community Learning, with responsibility for our Saturday programme Prepare, Feed, Sustain, and other training events offered to local churches. Lindsay is a Regional Minister in the West of England, and a consultant with the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC). Prior to Baptist ministry, Lindsay worked for a national charity establishing and leading UK projects relating to prostitution, homelessness and substance misuse.
Lindsay is passionate about the local church, facilitating the birth and growth of new forms of church from within old, developing new expressions of church, leadership development and helping leaders develop a ‘missional spirituality’.

Phil Grasham has been appointed as College Tutor with responsibility for DiscipleMakers, a year-long programme to explore calling and discipleship. Phil is an itinerant Bible teacher who has been involved in evangelism and church planting in both East and West Africa. He has worked as Director of Ministry for Ashburnham Place and for BMS World Mission as a Mission Trainer. Before all that, he was a zookeeper!
Phil is excited about Disciple-Makers as a programme which promotes life-long learning to become everything Jesus wants us to be and to do.

College Principal Steve Finamore said “I am absolutely delighted with all three new team members. Each is a passionate, eloquent and experienced disciple of Jesus and who loves God and loves the Scriptures. These appointments demonstrate the college’s commitment to the highest standards and to working with our strategic partners to equip the people of God to engage in the huge variety of opportunities for mission and ministry that the future will bring.”

For all enquiries about his press release please contact:
the College Manager brealeyf@bristol-baptist.ac.uk
July 2nd 2020

1-2-1 Conversations

about ministry training, studying theology, college options, God’s guidance, and more.

  • Are you exploring a call to any kind of ministry?
  • Are you aware of the various flexible options at Bristol Baptist College to study theology, ministry and mission and be better equipped to serve Jesus?
  • Would a 1-2-1 conversation be useful?

In this time of social distancing we have a unique opportunity to stop and reflect on our lives, and think about where God might be leading us next. Sometimes it can be helpful to talk through your options with someone else. So we are opening up the possibility for you to have a 1-2-1 conversation with one of our tutors via a video call.

Tim has 25 years of church pastoral experience and the past 4 years as a ministerial tutor at Bristol Baptist College. He is a friend and mentor to many who exercise Christian ministry in churches, chaplaincies, Children, Youth and Family roles and pioneering contexts. In 2018 he designed the Disciple-Makers programme for church interns and those who remain on the frontline for Jesus in their regular paid-employment.

At whatever stage you are at, feel free to get in touch with Tim, at welcht@bristol-baptist.ac.uk

 

Temporary Restriction on Access to Library and Special Collections

Due to procedures being put in place during the Coronavirus outbreak there will be no access for visitors wishing to use the Library or Special Collections until further notice.

For the moment it is still possible to reply to enquiries by post or e-mail, but this too may become increasingly impractical if staff are forced to self-isolate. Updates will be posted on the college Facebook page as the situation develops. I very much regret the inconvenience this will cause, but these measures are deemed an essential and proportionate response to the current crisis.

Michael Brealey, Librarian & Archivist
18 March 2020

Office for Students

Being registered with the Office for Students means that we have demonstrated to them that we:

  • provide well-designed courses that deliver a high-quality academic experience for all students
  • support students from admission through to completion
  • ensure students’ outcomes are valued by employers or enable further study
  • award qualifications that hold their value over time, in line with recognised standards
  • pay regard to guidance about how to comply with consumer protection law
  • have a published student protection plan setting out the risks of course, campus or provider closure and how we will protect students’ interests in such an event
  • have the financial resources to provide and deliver the courses advertised
  • have the management and governance arrangements necessary to provide and deliver the courses advertised.

For more information see www.officeforstudents.org.uk/the-register

Events in 2019

I know it’s too early to talk about Christmas… so I’m just going to skip right past it and talk about 2019 instead! Here at Bristol Baptist College we have some exciting events coming up in 2019.

First of all we have an Open Day on Saturday 19th January. This is a great opportunity to come and visit us and find out what studying here is like. So if you’re interested in any of our courses, or if you know someone who might be, then book your place for the January Open Day and come along and meet us. We can’t wait to meet you!

Then we have our annual Heart and Minds day conference on Thursday 9th May. This is a great event for Baptist Ministers to come and present or listen to papers in a friendly supportive environment. The keynote speaker this year will be Stephen Holmes.

We’re also very excited to announce that our new study centre, the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence, will be holding its inaugural symposium on Monday 17th June. This will be a fascinating day where you can present or listen to papers, as well as hearing from the keynote speaker Prof James Crossley, Professor of Bible, Society and Politics at St Mary’s University Twickenham, and also enjoy the book launch of Revd Dr Helen Paynter’s new book: God of Violence Yesterday, God of Love Today? Wrestling Honestly with the Old Testament.

And that’s not even mentioning all the fantastic Prepare, Feed, Sustain modules which will be taking place throughout the year!

We hope to see you at one of our 2019 events!

Advance Notice – temporary restrictions on access to library archives during Summer/Autumn 2018

Upgrading of the archives room later this year will necessitate the temporary removal to store of the library’s Special Collections. Therefore this material will be inaccessible for a period, and for some time after the commissioning of the strong room delays in fulfilling requests are likely while re-shelving is in progress. Every effort will be made to keep service interruptions to a minimum, but researchers are advised to enquire well in advance about any items they wish to view.

A start date has not yet been agreed for this project. Details will be posted here as soon as they are known. For further information and advice please contact library@bristol-baptist.ac.uk.

Michael Brealey, Librarian & Archivist, 1 May 2018