This programme is not validated by the University of Glasgow.
The Certificate in Theology is one of our Saturday Course Awards. On successful completion of 6 essays (usually completed over two years), a Certificate in Theology is awarded.
The content of the course covers Biblical Studies, Practical Theology, Christian Discipleship and Christian Doctrine. This course may be done at any of several venues, and by distance learning online.
Check out this video, where Professor John A. MacLeod and Saturday Course student Megan Gray explain to prospective students what the Saturday courses involve.
About the Saturday Courses
Open to anyone, these part-time courses are an excellent way of gaining more than would normally be offered in church on Sunday whilst being less demanding than a full-time theological course. With the ability to access lectures online, it is possible to complete the courses at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home.
One Saturday a month from September through to April, three lectures are delivered by visiting speakers. These lectures, which are also available for access online, are specially designed to stretch your Christian mind, and deepen your understanding of God’s word. No prior qualifications are necessary for taking the Saturday Courses.
These courses are of great benefit to the ordinary church member, male and female, who have a longing to dig deeper into the gospel. These courses are also intended for office-bearers - to encourage them to learn how to approach theological, biblical, historical and pastoral issues and thus to develop a greater study of the word of God.
When are the lectures delivered in 2020-2021?
The lectures will be delivered one Saturday a month on the following dates:
2020 (online only): 12 September, 10 October, 7 November, 12 December
2021: 16 January, 13 February, 20 March, 17 April
Lectures normally take place in the Chalmers Hall at ETS from 10am (coffee at 9.30) to 3.15pm.
Lectures in 2020 - 2021
Practical Theology: Studies in 1 Kings: King, Temple, Prophet and People in the Story of God
Lecturer: Hamish Sneddon
The books of the Kings can, like much of the narrative parts of the Old Testament, be tragically closed books to us today as believers. We know about Solomon, Elijah and Elisha, but can struggle to see the significance of large chunks of God's Word as it applies to the church and the world today. Why is so much made of the Temple? Why does the person and work of the King of Israel have significance to 21st Century Scotland? What exactly is a prophet? As we work together through the book of 1 Kings, we will see that the answers to these questions find their full expression in the context of God's unfolding story of redemptive love for His world, and are wonderfully enriching for our understanding and following of God's true King, Jesus Christ.
Christian Doctrine: Why You’ll Never Walk Alone: Exploring Church Membership
Lecturer: John Angus MacLeod
Becoming a Christian is the beginning of an amazing adventure. A huge part of that new journey is coming to find your place in the Church of Jesus Christ. You will never walk alone… This series of lectures explores just what it means to become a Christian, to share your faith with other Christians. We will open up some of the great things that you can expect from your church, and what the church expects from you as you take up the God-given opportunity to shape the lives of your fellow Christians and together you reach out to a world ready for the gospel.
Biblical Studies: One of the Boys or One of a Kind? Why the God of the Bible is Nothing Like Us
Lecturer: Nick Mackison
Experimentation in worship forms is, in large part, an answer to the question 'How can we make worship less boring?' Yet, how we worship is of little consequence if we cannot accurately define the ‘what’ or, indeed, the ‘whom’ to which our worship is directed. All too often, modern evangelical statements on the nature and character of God have deviated wildly from those assumed by past generations of believers. If you find theology and worship boring, maybe it’s because you worship a boring God. This set of lectures (part of the Theology in Thimbles series) will present the case for recapturing the attributes of God as an antidote to stale, lifeless worship that misses the wood for the teakwood guitar!
In normal circumstances, groups meet to do the course at the following venues:
- Edinburgh Theological Seminary
- Stornoway Free Church (by live video-conferencing)
- Ayr Free Church
- Partick Free Church
- Knockbain Free Church
However, as noted above, group venues may not be possible due to social distancing restrictions.
Saturday Course Progression
Once students have completed their Certificate in Theology, there is the option to work towards a Diploma in Christian Studies, which requires the submission of a further six essays (normally up to three essays each year).
And it does not stop there: for every six essays thereafter, a Diploma in Further Christian Studies will be awarded. Indeed, we have people who have been doing the Saturday Courses for 18 years!
While you can sign up till the end of 2020 for the 2020-2021 session and pay online using Paypal, you would be better to sign up straight away and be ready for the new session. Just fill in the application form here.
Online Lecture Access
If you have signed up, you can access the lectures here with your login details.