On Wednesday 8th March 2006, One Voice launched the York School of Theology to an audience of church leaders from all over York.
Graham Hutchinson (Co-Chair of One Voice), made a brief introduction, referring to the time that had been invested in this project by a group of interested church leaders from a diverse background. The Church of England, Pentecostal, House Church and Methodist churches were represented in the group that had worked on the research and development of this project.
The result has been the formation of a management committee for the YST with a definite vision to offer practical Christian training for today.
David Goodhew Vicar of St Oswald’s, Fulford and Chair of the YST Management Committee put the project in context by referring to real people with different backgrounds who might benefit from training.
Some were struggling in ministries which would be more efficient with training; others were not being trained because they couldn’t find anything flexible enough in their busy lives. Still another suddenly had time on their hands and was looking for a way to invest it wisely.
YST was described as being Biblical, practical, valuable and available. YST is Biblical because the course has firm spiritual roots, and practical because it equips for service. YST is valuable because the material is accredited and really useful for those who want to continue with their studies, available because the courses are flexible and without deadlines.
Francis Scott from Huntington Team Ministry, told us about the material being used which is initially from St John’s College, Nottingham. Manageable modules proven over 20 years, moderated and accredited by St John’s give the learning experience of YST a real value and pedigree. York School of Theology has been launched to provide a flexible learning system with no deadlines.
Qualified and experienced local tutors will run ten week courses and give support to students. Different modules will run each term and learners can sign up for as many or as few as they feel able to manage.
The training is designed to be Bible-based, practical and open to Christians from all kinds of churches.
Further details are available from:
York School of Theology
St Cuthbert’s Centre