Missional Leadership Course

What it’s about

Who is it for?

Are you already  involved in ministry or church leadership but are looking for a short course to enhance and develop your personal walk with God and help you grow in your leadership capacity?

If you are then our ML Course of study and practical applications has been designed for you.

What the course offers

Tools for your ongoing ministry and personal growth.

Having successfully completed the course, you will be able to:

  • Re-evaluate your vision and your goals
  • Work independently and with initiative
  • Exercise personal responsibilities and decision – making
  • Exercise time – management and set priorities
  • Take ownership of your ongoing calling
  • Live with the right balance of submission, transparency and accountability
  • Minister to people of different cultures and religions

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Criteria for admission to this course are:

  • Be a “mature” Christian of good character
  • Be working in Christian Ministry
  • Submit an application endorsed by your Senior Minister
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from your Senior Minister
  • Have sufficient funds to pay IBTI board & lodging costs, travel expenses and personal living costs
  • Be proficient in the English language to study
  • Have already undertaken some Biblical studies

The ML Course consists of 15 subjects and of these 8 are accredited by NCFE as a Customised Qualification at Level 4


21st Century Leadership II

21st Century Leadership develops the structure of the church different to the 20th Century, so that is relevant to the challenge of the 21st century society.

Tutor Paul Weaver.

Christian Social Work

This is about exploring how the church can fulfill its mandate to not only preach about Jesus, but to care for people like Jesus did.

Tutor Gillian Saunders.


Evangelism was the heart of Jesus mission so it has to be the heart of every Christian who wants to make a difference in this world. Evangelism is for everyone, everywhere, every time.There is no greater joy than to see people’s lives transformed by the power of the Gospel. There is no greater experience than to see the miraculous with your own eyes. There is no greater honour than to be used by God. All this and more is available for whoever believes in evangelism.

Tutor John Whyte.

Interpersonal Relationships

This subject introduces the student to the different personality types and it helps therefore to interact with others in the best way possible. In a world of complex relationships, it is the call of every leader to understand its dynamics.

Tutor Eliana Whyte.

Introduction to Christian Counselling

This is an introductory study on what Christian counselling is and how it differs from the pastoral care. The student will have a look at its place in the Church, and the different issues in which it can be used as a tool to reach and help people in need.

Tutor Eliana Whyte.

Ministerial Ethics

The student will understand the importance of good moral character in leadership, ministry and within the
local community. The foundation of the course is focused on Jesus’ model for Christian leadership and ministry. Whatever position of influence and
responsibility one may hold within the church, these principles are crucial to be a Christ-like leader. Through lectures, discussions and time given for questions we will examine how to develop good character and how to become a leader that is trusted and lasts. This course will run over one year.

Tutor Mark Sherratt.


In this module mission is explored, examined andapplied throughout the whole sphere of life; past, present and future, with a view to understanding its necessity, and therefore implementing it in order to reach the nations. This will ultimately help the student to grasp the context of missions in a cross-cultural manner and have the adequate tools to use in fulfilling God’s plan to reconcile humankind to Himself.

Tutor John Whyte.

Pastoral Ministry

This is not so much a “How to do it” course as a “Things to consider and be aware of” course. As the lecturer I bring my own experience of 40 years as a practicing Pastor/leader of a church. Only a small number of students come to the college with a definite sense of a calling to be a Pastor but many of the principles we look at apply to all ministries. Whether a person is going to be an elder, apostle, prophet, evangelist, teacher, Sunday school teacher, youth leader, church administrator, Christian counsellor or social worker, an awareness of pastoral issues and concern and care for people is foundational for all effective Christian service.

Tutor Paul Hodgson.

Pauline Letters Studies: 1st Thessalonians

In this subject students are taught the Conceptual Study method and this is then applied to a practical analysis of Paul’s letter to the church in Thessalonica.
A foundation is laid by looking at the background to the letter and then key concepts are identified and applied to life and ministry. Having understood and
mastered the Conceptual Study method this can then be applied to all future study and preparation of talks
and sermons.

Tutor Paul Hodson.

Christian Ethics

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Tutor Gillian Saunders.


Systematic Theology II

The subject provides an introduction to nine different ethical issues which might be morally and biblically controversial. Throughout, we seek not so much to
form judgments about specific moral issues, but to improve our thinking about the considerations that may count as reasons for and against the moral judgments we are tempted to make in the light ofScripture.

Tutor Robert Mountford.

Working with Children II

Working with Children examines children and thechurch in different cultural contexts and situations, their potential, their place in the local and universal church and how to minister to them effectively.

Tutor Gillian Saunders.

Youth Studies II

The course focuses on more advanced aspects of youth ministry: from ministry culture to safeguarding, from the dynamics of transition to ministry progression, as well as a more advanced level of youth programme planning.

Tutor Simon Pastorello.

Creation and Evolution Origins II

We examine several arguments used to equate evolution theory with the Biblical account of creation, and the impact of evolutionism on Biblical doctrines. We discuss the potential impact and outcomes on the society of evolution, as scientific theory, social policy and as a politico-religious philosophy, and suggesting an alternative view based on the Biblical creation account.

Tutor Sonny Oliver.


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The time I spent at IBTI while doing the ML course was a turning point in my life. The teaching on the course provided the theory behind what I had already experienced on the mission field, in life and in ministry generally. The length of the course was also very accessible for me and gave me the opportunity to stand back and nurture my relationship with God as well as review the direction of my life which ultimately led to an unexpected but welcomed change of ministerial direction.

Becky Tonge (England)