GIFT Programme


The integrated course consists of the GIFT Programme (Level 3), which is run in local churches, and the Foundation Degree in Practical Theology (Levels 4 and 5).  For whatever reason you decide to do it, the GIFT programme provides an introduction to key issues in Christian life and witness.

It is rooted in the Bible and designed for life and ministry in the contemporary church and in the world in which we live. It is designed to be of value in its own right, helping you to find out more about your faith, and equipping you for more effective service in your own church. You will be encouraged to learn in ways that are relevant to the life and mission of the church today.

GIFT is of great value to all our churches, since it helps people to serve more effectively in their own local church.

The programme is designed to deepen our experience and understanding of faith and discipleship. As well as having four core modules, it includes a range of five optional modules, each related to a particular form of Christian service.

There are no formal education requirements for enrolling, and it is possible to take individual modules, or to follow the complete programme. GIFT is designed to be flexible, so that its timing and order can fit in with its local setting. The programme can be followed by local churches, groups of churches, or Areas.

GIFT includes teaching sessions and individual and group exercises. There are also assignments which are prepared for each module. However, although working on assignments can be a very useful part of the whole learning exprerience, they are entirely optional on the GIFT programme.

Having said that, for those who wish this, GIFT can act as an ‘access course’, opening up the way to higher education with us, and providing preparation for service and ministry. Those who choose this path do need to do the assignments, and successful completion of them all leads to the awarding of a GIFT Certificate, recognised by our validating university as granting eligibility to enrol on the Foundation Degree in Practical Theology.

To enrol on a local GIFT programme or to record your interest, please follow the link above to the Registration Form. We will follow this up quickly, putting you in direct touch with the appropriate regional coordinator