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Scotland: chaplaincy training opportunity opens up

Students at a Baptist college in Scotland are being offered the chance to take a module in one of the nation's fastest growing ministries: chaplaincy ...

An exciting new development in Christian service is being offered to students at Scottish Baptist College in Glasgow, thanks to a collaborative project with Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland (WPCS).
 
For the first time in Scotland, it will be possible for students to undertake an undergraduate module specifically in Chaplaincy which will give them a foundation for both the theory and practices of this fast-growing ministry.

Co-ordinated by Rev Dr Carol Campbell, Lead Chaplain for the Clyde Sector of Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board, the class will focus on training for Chaplaincy.

WPCS Training and Vocational Director, Andy Gregg (right), is enthusiastic about the opportunities the new module affords.
 
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the SBC in this initiative,” he said.
 
“The development of the work with SBC is aimed at the creation of a professional qualification in Chaplaincy that would be recognised by the University of the West of Scotland, and by any of the current areas of chaplaincy and in addition, to support new areas as they are developed. We anticipate that up to five chaplains from WPCS will be enrolled on this module in September.”
 
The course will be taught by blended learning where students will have six weeks of face-to-face lectures for embedded learning mixed with the equivalent of six classes, based on a distance-learning model.

“This is an exciting opportunity to explore the nature of Chaplaincy and spiritual care and what it means to genuinely care for people,” explained Dr Campbell. “The class time will be interactive as we learn from each other as well as from specialists in specific fields of chaplaincy.”

The first opportunity to take the class will be on Tuesday afternoons in the Autumn term of 2016 (Sept to Dec 2016). It will also consider the future shape and development of Chaplaincy, its challenges and opportunities.

Ian Birch, Principal of Scottish Baptist College, is wholeheartedly behind this new venture for WPCS and SBC: “Chaplaincy is a growth area for Christian service and SBC welcomes the opportunity to be at the forefront of training and development for this valuable ministry in partnership with WPCS.”

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