The Theological College of North Staffordshire (TCNS) is a ministry of Milton Baptist Church. The College was formed in 2013 when our Pastor, David Moore, concerned at the lack of opportunities for men who desire to enter pastoral ministry to be educated in establishments faithful to the historic pre-millennial faith, assembled a group of experienced Pastors to form a new Theological College in North Staffordshire. We are located in the premises of the church here in Stoke on Trent.
Our purpose is to equip men for full time Christian service. We emphasise the importance of pastoral ministry and church planting whilst giving students a solid grounding in theology from the pre-millennial and classical dispensational perspective. The course is designed to educate and disciple men of Godly character to be future assets to the church and a blessing to any future congregation where The Lord leads them.
The curriculum delivered at TCNS, and the subsequent award of the Bachelor of Theology degree, is in line with the academic programme delivered by Calvary Baptist Bible College and Seminary in North Caroline, USA. This is because TCNS does not hold a Royal Charter, which is required by UK law to administer degrees / higher education diplomas. Prospective students should therefore recognise that the Bachelor of Theology degree, administered by Calvary Baptist Bible College and Seminary, via TCNS, is simply to accredit students for pastoral ministry in independent Baptist churches (or similar evangelical churches), and is not recognised as a higher qualification in secular employment.
The TCNS has a number of distinctives which help shape the direction and delivery of the course:
- TCNS is distinctively Baptist in doctrine and ecclesiology.
- TCNS holds to the classic dispensational, pre-millennial position.
- TCNS holds that the Authorised (King James) version of The Bible is the most faithful and accurate English translation of the Hebrew Masoretic and Greek Received Texts. We therefore use the Authorised version of the Bible in teaching and preaching conducted at TCNS.
- TCNS holds to the statement of faith of Milton Baptist Church (See the statement of faith in the "About Us" section of the website).
To be admitted to the TCNS, the applicant:
- Must know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal saviour.
- Be baptised by immersion (in keeping with the practice of independent Baptist churches).
- Exhibit a measure of spiritual maturity, having a manner of life consistent with a Godly Christian testimony.
- Will be a member of Milton Baptist Church or another church of like faith and practice.
- Hold a GCSE / O'Level certificate in English at grade C or higher ... OR ... if they do not hold a GCSE / O'Level certificate in English at grade C or higher, following personal interview, must be greater than 20 years of age and display literacy skills in keeping with higher level education.
- Must provide necessary references prior to admission.
- Be able to provide the necessary fees for the first term of study (£300 / term).
TYPICAL COURSE STRUCTURE / MODULES THROUGHOUT THE DEGREE COURSE
Below is the typical structure for the Bachelor of Theology degree. More detailed information about the particular areas covered in each module can be found from our prospectus.
- Research & Writing
- Introduction to the Bible
- Introduction to Missions
- Systematic Theology I
- Hermeneutics I
- Prayer & Bible Study Methods
- Systematic Theology II
- Hermeneutics II
- Life of Christ
- Personal Evangelism
- Systematic Theology III
- Homiletics I (Principles of Speech)
- Church History
- Philosophy of Youth Ministry
- Systematic Theology IV
- Pauline Epistles I
- Homiletics II
- Historic Books of the Old Testament
- Pauline Epistles II
- Systematic Theology V
- Church Ministries
- Church Education
- Pastoral Theology
- Poetic Books
- General Epistles
- Systematic Theology VI
- Prophetic Books
- Genesis I
- World Religions
- Introduction to Church Music
- Genesis II
- Life of Paul
- Contemporary Theology
- Cults and Isms
- Church Administration
- Greek I
- Jewish Studies
- Christian Ethics
*Practicum - practicums are opportunities to practice many of the principles taught in class. These practicums are not a substitute for regular Christian service in the local church, but are an extra to it. The practicums shall be specifically designated by lecturers term by term.
EDUCATIONAL TOURS OF THE HOLY LAND
Graduates of TCNS will be offered the opportunity to join Milton Baptist Church and other affiliated churches on a week long tour of Israel, which will be heavily subsidised. The tour will enhance the graduate's understanding of the geography and history of the Holy Land, and will centre on the sites of Biblical interest surrounding Jerusalem and the Galilee region.