Kingdom Faith Training Kingdom Faith Degree Program with ForMission College
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Kingdom Faith Degree Program

With ForMission College

Kingdom Faith Church, working with ForMission College, equips Christians and leaders to transform their communities through accredited training, thoughtful leadership & missional support.

As part of our three-year degree program, students on the Kingdom Faith Degree Program have the unique opportunity to combine an accredited theology degree with a practical ministry experience either as part of Kingdom Faith Church in West Sussex or Scarborough, or even in your own local Church.

If you are interested in applying for our September intake, please contact: degree@kingdomfaith.com

“Doing the degree has been really life changing for me, my faith has been really strengthened. As well as developing intellectually and spiritually, I’ve gained such practical skills and knowledge of how to put this theology into practice in ministry.”

Megan, ForMission Student

Course details

The structure of learning consists of six, week-long conferences of teaching per academic year. Teaching will take place in Horsham at Kingdom Faith Church. Assessments include essay writing, presentations and a journal kept by each student. Students will need between 1-2 days per week for independent study, reading and to complete assessments.

Modules covered as part of this degree program include:

  • Biblical studies
  • Theology
  • Church history
  • Mission
  • Apologetics
  • Elective modules

Cluster Groups

Each week students are required to attend a weekly cluster group either in-person or online. This is an opportunity to receive tutorials, connect with other students and have interaction with others in leadership and ministry.

Work-based Learning

Each student is required to complete at least 12 hours per week of ‘work based learning.’ This involves being part of a local Church or ministry and is aimed at developing students in ministry and mission through involvement in different aspects of the Church or organisation.

Students can either complete their work-based learning within their local church and join a weekly cluster group remotely, or they can become part of Kingdom Faith Church in West Sussex or Scarborough and complete their work-based learning in a congregation or ministry related to Kingdom Faith. Students who are not based in West Sussex or Scarborough will need to travel to Horsham six times a year for facilitation.

Program Accreditation

Upon completion students will receive a BA Honours degree in Theology, Mission and Ministry from Newman University, Birmingham. Kingdom Faith Church work in partnership with ForMission College who design and run the course centrally. For more information please visit: formission.org.uk

Facilitation conferences for the 2021-22 academic year:

  • 28 September - 01 October
  • 09-12 November
  • 07-10 December
  • 11-14 January
  • 22-25 March
  • 03-06 May

Campus Staff

Fraser Newman

Fraser Newman - Campus Tutor

Fraser heads up the degree program. He is passionate about combining theological training with discipleship. A product of the program we offer himself, Fraser has gone on to continue studying and is currently completing an MTh at Oxford University as part of Wycliffe Hall.

Fraser’s other role within Kingdom Faith is working with youth. This allows an opportunity for his theological learning to be grounded in practice.


Jonathon Dyke

Jonathon Dyke - Placement supervisor

Jonathon has extensive experience in ministry and training. Having been involved in helping to run our Bible College for many years, Jonathon has a passion to release people into their potential. He also has experience in church planting and ministry, having planted our Worthing congregation and travelled across the UK and Europe to many of our partnering churches in his role of coordinating those relationships.


Andrea Loonstra

Andrea Loonstra - Campus administrator

Andrea is originally from the Netherlands but has been living in the UK for over 10 years. She is part of Kingdom Faith staff team. Having been involved in the Kingdom Faith Bible College and completing the ForMission degree herself, Andrea offers much more than administration support for students. She is an encourager who loves people and is a great supporter of students and their well-being.


Paul Abell

Paul Abell - Facilitator

Paul has been working with ForMission since 2015, including facilitation/lecturing and having students based for practical work with cluster groups at Kingdom Faith Yorkshire. Paul has been the Senior Pastor of Kingdom Faith Yorkshire since 2007 and is part of the National Leadership with Kingdom Faith. Previous to this, Paul was a Pastor in Kingdom Faith Horsham, including pioneering the children’s work, J24/:7 and GO Generation. His passion for education and equipping not only comes from over 25 years in church leadership but also goes back to his days as a classroom teacher, Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher, as well as lecturing students in Education at Loughborough University.

In 2019 Paul achieved a distinction for his MA in Mission and Leadership with ForMission College, the title of his dissertation was: ‘Community on a Hill: The Journey of Kingdom Faith Yorkshire Towards Becoming a Missional Community That Cannot be Hidden.’ This focussed on how a local church can re-imagine itself to being vital in the neighbourhood, the journey from an attraction congregation to being a missional community with an integrated Trinitarian understanding. He finds this recent experience of being a ForMission student himself a real asset when working with students today.

Paul says that, ‘My passion for local church community, the vital nature of personal, active faith combined with love, discipleship and a desire to know Jesus more and make Him known has not diminished over the years. This is why I love being part of Kingdom Faith and ForMission. I am truly excited how through the partnership we, Kingdom Faith, have with ForMission we are bringing academic study and understanding into a Holy Spirit, faith-filled environment. It’s a fabulous combination! Over the years I have not seen students just acquire an academic understanding – though that is certainly rigorous and dynamic – but also have their own personal walk with Jesus challenged and deepened. The students go on to do – and lead – things they had not even expected as God opens up their own personal faith and vision through the course. It is powerful how well the academic study is linked with the practical outworking of faith in the local church and community.’

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answer to a number of frequently asked questions, however if your question’s not on the list send us an email to degree@kingdomfaith.com, or telephone +44 (0) 1293 854541 and we’ll get back to you with more information.

Can I work and still study?

Yes, although you would only be able to work part-time and you will need to ensure you have enough time each week for the Cluster time, work-based learning and personal study. Please note you would also be required to attend the six weeks of conferences.

Is this an accredited degree?

Yes, you will receive a BA (Hons) degree in Theology, Mission and Ministry from Newman University in Birmingham upon completion.

Is it possible to get a student loan for this?

Yes, if you are eligible for student loan then you are able to apply for student finance.

Do I need to be academically-minded to do this degree?

An interest in theology, the Bible and communicating your faith with others is essential for this course. We can help to train you with study skills but the passion to do the study is really important. Whilst this degree is very practical with the work-based learning aspect of the course, it does involve commitment to reading and writing essays and so a certain level of academic competency is required.

Can I live anywhere and still complete the course?

Theoretically, yes! As long as you can complete a work based learning program of 12 hours or more a week at a certified placement, attend a weekly cluster remotely and travel to Horsham, West Sussex at least six times a year for facilitation, you can complete the course.

What do I do if I want to relocate to West Sussex to be part of Kingdom Faith and complete the course?

Get in contact with Jonathon Dyke or Andrea Loonstra and we can give you some suggestions of how this might be possible.

What do I do if I want to relocate to Scarborough to be part of Kingdom Faith and complete the course?

Get in contact with Paul Abell who will be able to provide more information.

Do I get paid for my work based learning?

No, your work based learning will be done on a voluntary basis.

Should I complete this course even if I am not sure what God is calling me to?

We believe that academic study is a call from God. It is fine to not know what God might have for you in the future, but we do believe that it is important to at least believe the degree is the right option for you and that you are fully committed to completing it.

Will the degree help me even if I do not go into paid ministry?

If you would like to complete the degree and already have a career, this degree can help to further your knowledge of the Bible and Theology and could be a huge asset to any church on a voluntary level.

What paid roles could I go into after this degree?

You could go into Christian ministry in church leadership, pastoring, church planting, or youth work. You could also work for a Christian charity, become a chaplain in a hospital or the army, a youth worker for a local council or charity or go into teacher training at primary, secondary or college level. If you excel in this degree, opportunities for further study at top universities are also possible.

If you are interested in applying for our September intake, please contact: degree@kingdomfaith.com