Frequently Asked Questions
Q1 Are these courses only for NTCG ministers and leaders?
Ans.1 Categorically NO! Unless specifically stated, all courses are open to any Christian from any denomination. NTCG Ministers and Key leaders will enrol on the courses to support specific denominational leadership processes. If in doubt or in need of further clarity, please contact the Leadership Training Centre – email: education @ntcg.org.uk or Tel No: 01604 824 233/8.
Q2 I would like to enrol on a course but not sure which one to choose.
Ans.2 To help you choose your course of study, try to answer the following questions:
What subjects are you interested in?
What knowledge would be helpful to you in your ministry?
Which course would help you in my personal growth?
Which course would best help you serve my church and community more effectively?
Which courses would best help to lift the leadership of your local congregation to a higher level?
Q3 If I have already completed a course similar to CAMS can I be exempt?
Ans.3 Yes, if the training you have completed is comparable to CAMS this may be possible. A request for exemption with details of the course should be sent to administrative Bishop via your local Pastor to Leony Titus at the National Office.
Q.4 I was ordained before MIP was required. Do I have to do the MIP now?
Ans.4 No, but you are encouraged to do the CIMS course ‘Leading with integrity’ as part of your ministerial professional development.
Q.5 What is the difference between Ministerial Licensing and the Certified Ministerial Training (CMT) designation?
Ans.5 Ministerial licensing differs from Certified Ministerial Training. Ministerial Licensure is mandatory for Church of God ministers, but CMT is optional and voluntary.
Q.6 Are CIMS curriculum and resources available to anyone?
Ans.6 The CIMS curriculum and related materials are available to all ministers and all churches regardless of denominational affiliation. They can be used for personal enrichment and for non-accredited training in local churches as required. CIMS was developed for ministers including pastors, evangelists, music ministers, youth pastors, directors of Christian education, church planters and ministerial applicants but it is open to key/lay leaders. All who are interested to participate in the CIMS curriculum are welcome to register in the programme offered at Northampton.
Q.7 Do I have to attend the CIMS taught sessions at the Leadership Training Centre in Northampton?
Ans.7 Yes, until further notice.
Q.8 Do I need permission from my Pastor to attend a course at the Leadership Training Centre?
Ans.8 No, if your intentions are for personal enrichment in the first instance, however, we would encourage you to share your spiritual aspirations with your leadership so that they can affirm and support you as far as possible. If you are intending to pursue studies for credentialing /licensure, the endorsement of your local and district Pastor is obligatory.
Q.9 Do you offer advanced studies in biblical studies/theology at the Leadership Training Centre?
Ans.9 No we do not offer advanced studies but we encourage those with the requisite entry qualifications to consider programmes of study with one of our academic partners. For further information contact the Leadership Training Centre or visit: www.ntcg.org.uk/education/academiclinks.stm
Q.10 What if I chose to study theology at a university or college not listed in the 5 with whom we have established links?
Ans.10 Our links with the 5 institutions of higher education does not in any way monopolise your freedom to enrol at the university/college of your choice.
Q.11 Can I get any financial support for my studies?
Ans.11 Credentialed Church of God ministers who enrol on the Patten on-line degree course are eligible for School of Ministry grants. Details of the degree and grants are available from the Leadership Training Centre.
Q12 If I start a course but had to stop for health reason, for example, and wished to resume my studies some months or a year later would I have to start all over again?
Ans.12 No! You would simply pick up from where you left off.
Leadership Training Centre
Telephone 01604 824233
Fax 01604 824233/8
New Testament Church of God
Leadership Training Centre
1-3 Horseshoe Street
Northampton, NN1 ITB