EMD – Equipping Missional Disciples

A Course of Christian Learning for Discipleship and Ministry in Today’s World, in partnership with the Baptist Union of Great Britain

EMD is for you if:

  • you are seeking training and recognition as a Lay Pastor or Preacher
  • you have been called to another ministry or role within the local church
  • you simply want to explore your faith further.

EMD is:

  • part of the Baptist Training Partnership – a consortium of the Baptist Colleges and Regional Associations and the Baptist Union of Great Britain
  • a three year modular course leading to a Certificate from Bristol Baptist College, in which students build up a portfolio of learning
  • a course approved by the Baptist Union of Great Britain for those seeking to become locally recognised Pastors or Preachers.

EMD is:

  • a flexible course which means that modules completed at other Baptist Colleges or equivalent modules from other institutions can be credited towards the final portfolio. EMD is also open to those who are interested in attending single modules only
  • a manageable course at Access level, consisting of attendance at the College on 8 Saturdays each year (2 Saturdays per module) with 2 written assignments for each module. To complete the course, students must successfully complete all 12 modules. No previous qualifications are required
  • a rolling programme which means that you can commence the course at any time with any module.

Watch our short video to find out more about EMD.

When and where is EMD held?
EMD will normally place take from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm on 8 Saturdays in the year. Students must attend at least 50% of the teaching days in order to submit assignments. Please note that due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all the EMD teaching days in the 2020-21 academic year will be taking place remotely via Zoom.

What do I need to bring with me?
EMD students will need to bring a packed lunch (tea and coffee provided) and a bible, notebook and pen.

What will I study?
For a list of the EMD modules being delivered this year, as well as details of the other modules which make up the course, please click here.

How much does it cost?
EMD students – Each module for EMD students costs £60 (this includes attendance for 2 Saturdays plus notes and tutor support, as well as assignment marking and feedback, and course certificate on completion).

Saturday Students – (those not registered for the full EMD Course) – £15 for each Saturday attended. Each module consists of two Saturdays.

Applicants are encouraged to approach their churches for assistance towards the cost of the course.

If you are using this course towards local recognition as a Lay Preacher or Pastor then you must first apply to your Regional Association who will interview you and refer you to the College to begin the course.

How can I enrol?
EMD students taking the full course will attend all twelve modules over 3 years and write two 1500 words assignments per module. Once all 24 assignments have been marked, the student receives a Certificate (access level). However please note that we only enrol students for a year at a time.

EMD student registration documents include a response form, a commendation form and a data consent form. All documents can be filled online and emailed back to community.learning@bristol-baptist.ac.uk. Please note that the Data Consent form needs a real signature. Payment is required in advance, via a cheque sent to EMD Administrator (address on the response form) or via BACS. The EMD Administrator can provide bank details for this on request.

Click here to download the EMD Response Form.

Click here to download the Commendation Form.

Click here to download the Data Consent Form.

Saturday students just attend individual modules without any essay writing obligations but no Certificate is provided afterwards. For registration, please click on the Eventbrite link below for the module you wish to attend. You will need to pay through Eventbrite. Please note there are separate Eventbrite pages for each day of the module.

Radical Disciples in a Time of Uncertainty
Day 1 – 18th September 2021
Day 2 – 16th October 2021

Foundations of Belief – Part 1
Day 1 – 6th November 2021
Day 2 – 8th January 2022

From Mission to Missional
Day 1 – 5th February 2022
Day 2 – 25th February 2022

Foundations To Belief – Part 2
Day 1 – 19th March 2022
Day 2 – 23rd April 2022

What they say:

Group Picture 7th May 2016 crop“I believe EMD will enable anyone taking part to grow in their understanding and experience of how God has equipped them to be more involved in ministry and mission through the church. I warmly commend this course – whole, or part – as a great way to be challenged and equipped for present and future service.”
Rev Nigel Coles, Regional Minister Team Leader, West of England Baptist Association

For further information, email: community.learning@bristol-baptist.ac.uk