Sabbatical Studies in Theology and Mission

  • Due to issues arising from the current pandemic, it is not possible for us to take on new sabbatical studies projects. We are therefore not accepting applications for the Sabbatical Studies programme at this time.


Offered through the new Centre for Mission, this course is a fantastic opportunity for short-term research in a chosen area of interest or, if preferred, hands-on specialist training in mission and ministry.

This course, offered through the ETS Centre for Mission, makes provision for Sabbaticals, shorter or longer periods of time that you can get away and do some serious thinking and research. 

These short research periods can extend from a week to three months or more, with or without supervision.   

The pressures of life and ministry rarely give us time to think through subjects that we might have an ongoing interest in or particular issues that we face in the 21st century.

Such sabbaticals can be of particular help for pastors or others who are exploring or rethinking through ethical, biblical, theological, historical, ecclesiastical or missiological issues which will impact their congregational life and mission.

See right for some examples of sabbatical research that will help you to choose your area for short-term research.


ssimageCheck out this video, where ETS Vice Principal John A. MacLeod and Sabbatical Studies student, Irene Bayne, explain to prospective students what the Sabbatical Studies Programme offers.




Great facilities in a supportive learning community

Sabbatical Studies students can enjoy access to the huge range of technolog and library facilities that the seminary and the Centre for Mission has to offer. 

The seminary’s richest asset, however, is the supportive and welcoming learning environment we provide to those who come to study with us. Our student community consists of a range of people of all ages and nationalities who are preparing for various kinds of Christian service.


Distance Learning

This programme can be done by Distance Learning.

We can offer supervised research in an area of interest by distance learning while remaining in your present position, making trips to ETS when required.

See Distance Learning FAQ for more information on Distance Learning at ETS.


Sabbatical Studies Application Form

The relevant Application Form is found here


Sabbatical Studies in Theology and Mission Fees

For programme fees see here.


Sabbatical Studies in Theology and Mission Admission Policy

For our Admissions Policy see here.


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