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

Encouraging Faith, Engaging Faith: The theology and practice of all-age worship

Join us on 7th February for a day conference focusing on the theology and practice of intergenerational worship in the local church, exploring the challenges and opportunities to exercise ministry which effectively connects with all ages and stages. It is aimed to equip college ministerial students, those on the MA Mission and Ministry with Children, Families and Young People course, as well being an accessible day resource for all local church leaders and workers with 0-18 age groups. We hope the afternoon will be practical and include lots of ‘How to’ ideas to take away…

THE PROGRAMME
0915 Coffee/Tea available 0945 Morning Prayers (led by College Student)
1000 Session 1: Generations, Church and Mission David Hilborn
1115 Coffee/Tea
1145 Session 2: Generations, Church and Mission David Hilborn
1300 Lunch (sandwiches provided)
1400 Session 3: Children and Family approaches to worship Jane Butcher
1500 Coffee/Tea
1530 Session 4: Building faith in the Church, Community and Home Jane Butcher
1630 Close

THE DAY AND TIME
Wednesday 7 February 2018
9.30am to 4.30pm

THE PLACE
Little Stoke Baptist Church 37 Kingsway Little Stoke Bristol BS34 6JW
(0.5 mile from Patchway Train Station; Car Parking at Little Stoke Baptist Church is available)

BOOKING
(£7, to include sandwich lunch, coffee/tea)
To book your place contact: Tim Welch at Bristol Baptist College: 0117 946 7050 or email: welcht@bristol-baptist.ac.uk

THE SPEAKERS
David Hilborn is Principal of St John’s College, Nottingham. Prior to taking up this role in 2012, he was Assistant Dean of St Mellitus College. He was Head of Theology at the Evangelical Alliance from 1997-2006 and an Associate Research Fellow of the London School of Theology between 2000 and 2012. He joined the Church of England in 2002 and was an assistant minister in two London parishes before returning to Nottingham to lead St John’s. In addition to his duties at the college, he currently serves on the ministry team of St Luke’s, Gamston.
David has written and edited several books, including Picking up the Pieces (Hodder), The Nature of Hell, One Body in Christ: The History and Significance of the Evangelical Alliance (with Ian Randall), ‘Toronto’ in Perspective, God and the Generations: Youth, Age and the Church Today (with Matt Bird), Movement for Change: Evangelicals and Social Transformation (all Paternoster) and The Atonement Debate (with Derek Tidball and Justin Thacker – Zondervan).
David enjoys cricket, rock, folk, film and poetry. He also loves New York City!
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Jane Butcher works for Bible Reading Fellowship where she is the Children and Family Ministry team leader which incorporates Faith in Homes. She also oversees the Barnabas in Schools team and is a Messy Church regional co-ordinator. Having originally trained as a teacher, Jane later worked within Children and Family ministry in the USA and UK before joining BRF in 2007.
Her passion/desire is that people of all ages and backgrounds have the opportunity to experience the full richness of life and within that can understand how faith and daily life walk hand in hand through the joys and challenges.
Much of BRF’s work is supporting churches to engage with and support those in their church and community. As part of this work, Jane is involved with a variety of networks such as Children’s Ministry Network (formerly CGMC), Children Matter, Global Family Alliance, the Methodist Church and Church of England.
In her ‘spare’ time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, travelling and watching cookery programmes – dreaming of one day when her creations will look vaguely the same!

Come and join us!

School of Leadership

Coming up soon: School of Leadership

Come along to two exciting training days for anyone serving or moving into any form of leadership in the local church.

Speaker: Matt Frost, Minister, Cirencester Baptist Church

For further enquiries or to book your place, please contact: community.learning@bristol-baptist.ac.uk or call 01179 467 050

The training takes place at Cairns Road Baptist Church, Bristol, on 3rd and 24th February and costs £12.50 per day.

Hearts and Minds Conference 2018

Hearts and Minds is an annual day conference, sponsored by three Baptist Theological Colleges, which is designed to create a hospitable space for Baptists to think and talk about theology together.

This year, hearts and minds will be held at the South Wales Baptist College, 54 Richmond Road, Cardiff, CF24 3UR on Thursday 3rd May 2018, 9.30am – 4.00pm.

The day will cost £10. which includes refreshments and lunch.

To book your place, please contact Anita Monks by 19th April by emailing am@swbc.org.uk

Keynote Speaker
We look forward to welcoming Dr Kang-San Tan, General Director of BMS World Mission, as our keynote speaker. Prior to starting at BMS in October 2017, Kang-San was Executive Director of AsiaCMS. Heis the official spokesperson for the World Evangelical Alliance on interfaith issues and is a member of the Lausanne Theology Advisory Group. He is familiar with the UK scene having previously taught at Redcliffe College in Gloucester. He has a PhD in the Theology of Religions from Aberdeen University and his research interests include missional leadership, growing missional communities, Asian religions (Islam and Buddhism) and interfaith concerns. He is married to Loun-Ling and their daughter, Chara lives and works in Canada.

Short-paper Sessions
In addition to the keynote address, one of the attractions of hearts and minds is that it creates space for people to present papers about a range of theological topics. For some that means sharing part of the research that they are working on as part of a postgraduate course. For others, it means sharing their ideas about a topic which is of particular interest to them. During the short paper sessions, the idea is for a presentation of 15 to 20 minutes, followed by 20 minutes open discussion. If you are interested in presenting such a paper at hearts and minds in May, please send a one page summary of the paper you would like to present to Dr Peter Stevenson at SWBC (pks@swbc.org.uk) by Thursday 23rd March 2018 at the latest.

As car parking space at the College is very limited please use public transport where possible. The closest train station is Cardiff Queen Street. It’s also possible to walk from Cardiff Central station – but allow yourself 20 to 30 minutes for walking through town (depending on how quickly you walk!).

Coming Up Soon: Godly Play Taster Morning

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This event is designed for those who wish to experience and reflect on Godly Play. It will be held within a Godly Play space and is an opportunity to experience a full Godly Play Session.

Godly Play
• Is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture
• Can be used in a variety of settings Churches, schools, hospitals, care homes for the elderly
• Is based on long established, tried and tested approaches
• Uses symbols and objects as well as words
• Values process, openness and discovery
• Encourages people to make meaning for themselves

The Heart of Godly Play
• Creating Sacred Space
• Building and working in community
• Learning religious language
• Using religious language to make meaning

Content
• Welcome and Introductions
• Full Godly Play session – sacred story, wondering, response and feast
• Debrief – Q&A

Godly Play can help you see and do things differently!

Venue:
Tyndale Baptist Church
Whiteladies Road
Bristol BS8 2QG

Saturday 23rd September, 9.30am – 11.30am.

Breakfast butties & drinks will be provided.

Suggested donation of £5.

To book your place please contact Sian Hancock or Alison Summerskill.