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

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.