School of Theology

King’s Church Durham has considerable experience of providing high quality church-based theological teaching. Kings is based in the historic University city of Durham famous for its long tradition of theological learning. The School of Theology draws on highly qualified teaching staff for this excellent programme of face to face theological education and training. The aim of the programme is to equip people who through cost or their time availability do not have access to good quality theological education. The School of Theology is suitable for those starting out in theological study, interns, pastoral assistants, volunteers, those considering leadership at any level in the church or others who are simply interested in deepening their own grasp of the Bible, theology and the mission and ministry of the church.


The theological teaching input covers biblical studies, historical theology and mission and pastoral studies. The 120 hours of teaching time consists of twenty days spread over 11 months (September – July). The teaching is divided into two strands, so that those who can only commit ten days per year can take the programme over two years. Teaching is delivered in a combination of study blocks and monthly teaching days.

Teaching is delivered at undergraduate level and students will need to be comfortable with study at this level in order to benefit fully from the programme. There will be some preparatory reading and the opportunity for students to write formal assignments for assessment to enable them to consolidate and reflect on their learning if they wish. Although the programme is not currently accredited, students who complete assignments will be able to assemble a portfolio of evidence of learning which may be accepted as part of the entry requirements for further theological study.


Strand 1

New Testament (30 hrs) taught by Dr Mark Bonnington, this course provides an overview of NT theology covering the Gospels, Paul’s letters, the general letters and the Apocalypse.

Mission Studies (15 hrs): taught by Stephen Harris (BSc) includes theological, historical and practical teaching on engaging with the mission of the church.

Pastoral Studies (15 hrs): taught by Dr Ruth Perrin and Katherine Jacklin (MA) covers a variety of theological and practical issues including Leadership development, Christian discipleship, pastoral care, ethics and spirituality.

Strand 2

Old Testament and Hermeneutics (30 hrs): includes an introduction to the OT and an introduction to hermeneutics. The module is taught by Dr. Tom Judge.

Historical Theology (30 hrs): includes Church History, Ethics, Worship and major questions of Doctrine down the centuries. This module is taught by a team of lecturers including Matt Williams (PhD student), Stephen Harris (BSc) and Chris Juby (BA).

Following completion of the School of Theology students can participate in the Ministry Training Programme, an 11 month programme of weekly theological seminars aimed at extending student’s theological learning and reflection skills for ministry and preparing them for postgraduate study in theology.


The cost for the programme is £660 per individual (£330 per strand), which covers all course costs and includes light refreshments each teaching day. Teaching takes place at our Church base in central Durham (15 mins walk from Durham railway and bus stations) and runs from 9.15 to 4.45pm each teaching day.

You can apply online or download and print the paper form. If you are a church leader who would like to discuss sending students please contact us. We expect applicants for the programme to be supported with a reference from their church.

The full timetable for the coming year will be available shortly.

The closing date for applications is 1st September.