This type of project enables you to study a topic or topics of your own choice.
Typically, as your project begins, you will meet with one of our faculty members to refine your ideas and create a realistic proposal and study plan for the time you have available.
From there, we’ll set up a series of opportunities for you to meet with the faculty member, usually each week. In these meetings, you’ll bring along questions from your own reading, and your supervisor will help direct your work toward a written output. This could be a traditional essay. Commonly, work will develop into a series of teaching sessions for churches, or it might evolve into material that can be used to teach other pastors.
A tailor-made study project is especially suitable if you are involved in providing formal theological education to others. It offers an excellent opportunity to redesign or revise a training syllabus or curriculum.
For practical details, including the cost of a study project, please click here.
“Although I'd been in pastoral ministry for twenty-two years, the opportunity to take a sabbatical had never surfaced until recently. My fellow elders at Emmanuel Church Leftwich encouraged me to take a sabbatical break for three months from August to October 2017 in order to rest and re-charge. So although the main aim of the sabbatical was to have a break, I was also looking for a chance to do some concentrated study. After researching various options I came across the Pastors' Academy, offering a very flexible, cost-effective Study Project opportunity, ideally suited to my needs.
I ended up spending two weeks in early September at the Pastors' Academy, focusing on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The opportunity to meet with Garry Williams at the beginning of my stay was welcome, since he provided guidance and advice on how best to structure my studies. I ended up working slowly through Sinclair Ferguson's book on the Holy Spirit (IVP), making notes and jotting down questions. There was also time to think and pray. At the end of my stay I had another helpful meeting with Garry to chat through what I'd learned, how best it could be used in my on-going ministry, and to discuss some theological questions. My Study Project also coincided with the two-day annual conference. It was an additional bonus for me to meet with others and receive some stimulating teaching.
The accommodation at London Seminary was ideal, and I enjoyed walking and jogging through the local park! I look back on my time there with gratitude to God. I would heartily recommend the Pastors' Academy as a place to consider for a sabbatical study break.”