PFS – Prepare, Feed, Sustain

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

PFS 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.

PFS 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 the Certificate of 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.

PFS 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. PFS 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 PFS.

When & Where is PFS held?

PFS 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.

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

How much does it cost?
PFS students – Single Modules for PFS students cost £50 (includes attendance for 2 Saturdays plus notes and tutor support).

Saturday Students – (those not registered for the PFS Course) – £12.50 for each Saturday attended.

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 enroll?

You can enrol on the course if you fill out a response form for the current year and provide a reference from your church. We enroll students for one year only. Please email the PFS Administrator for application forms –

What they say:

Group Picture 7th May 2016 crop“I believe PFS 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


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