In the English-speaking world we are immensely blessed with resources to equip us for Christian ministry. And one of those great resources is the freedom we have to go to a good theological college and be well equipped for the task the Lord has for us. Many believers in other parts of the world long for the opportunities that are right under our noses here in the UK.
It's coming up to that time of year again when Bible college applications need to be in if you want to train next year. So I thought I'd just give people a little reminder (as it's easy to forget that applications need to be sent in a few months in advance). If you've been thinking about Bible college next year, now is very much the time to decide.
And if you've been thinking about training for Christian ministry or going to Bible College (hopefully you'll already have spoken with your pastor and elders) and are wondering where to go, then I've got a recommendation for you.
Union School of Theology is based in Bridgend in South Wales, but offers training in other forms at locations across the UK (and in a few other countries as well). It's a college where the staff delight in the gospel of Jesus Christ and have huge confidence in the power of God's Word. Michael Reeves (author of The Good God and Christ Our Life) is the president of Union, and the rest of the staff are of a similarly high quality too. You'll find a wide variety of conservative evangelicals teaching at Union, from Presbyterians and Anglicans to Apostolics.
Training at Union is Christ-focused, church focused, and academically rigorous. This is a school which proclaims its values as 'Delighting in God', 'Growing in Christ', 'Serving the Church', and 'Blessing the World', and from the people I know who work there or have studied there it is a school which lives up to those values.
And if you happen to be an Apostolic and are thinking about Bible college, well a number of our pastors have trained at Union in the past, and now, from this year on, the Apostolic Church in the UK is working 'in partnership with Union School of Theology as our preferred college for the training of potential future ministers.'
But, perhaps what you're looking for is evangelistic training. Well then, let me point you to another Union partner. Speak Life (led by Glen Scrivener of 321) has a Union hub in Eastbourne. And they have opportunities for part-time study with Union alongside a part-time evangelistic apprenticeship. Here's Glen Scrivener explaining (for he explains much better than I ever could!):
If you're from an Apostolic Church and would be interested in Bible college training and want to find out more, then get in touch with me. (If you don't know how to get touch with me, your pastor can give you my contact details or you can find ways to get in touch with me at the bottom of the Leeds assembly website homepage.) And, of course, be speaking to your pastor and elders too.Study with @UnionTheology. Train with @SpeakLifeUK. Apply now 4 apprenticeship and/or study starting Sept. Please RT pic.twitter.com/MMIAe7IIsM— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) May 17, 2017