3-Month Programme

With an optional fourth month

This animal testing thesis experience is the flagship programme of PEACE.

This course is designed for people of all ages who wish to learn more about how homework service to effectively share their faith in a winsome way.

You will learn about the core beliefs of the Seventh-Day Adventist faith and how to witness to people of all ages and faiths. It is our goal that those who come to study at PEACE will be enabled, empowered and equipped to share the Gospel wherever they go.

Date: 10th June to 8th September 2018*
Cost: £1,650**
Location: Birmingham, UK

About the programme

Learn more about what to expect
Personal Evangelism

Jesus passed on to His apostles a ministry characterized by both personal witness and public proclamation. In this extensive course, you will gain a thorough understanding of how to communicate the Gospel. You will learn to stimulate spiritual interest and effectively communicate biblical truth through:

  • Friendship evangelism
  • Friendship evangelism
  • Focused conversations
  • Sharing your personal testimony
  • Small group evangelism
  • Literature distribution
  • Door-to-door surveys and canvassing
  • Community programmes
  • Health evangelism
  • Internet websites
  • Bible studies

In addition, you will explore the principles of soul-winning, the process of conviction and the art of leading people to decision. These skills will be applied through field opportunities. Much of the class time will be “hands-on”, with a full-length evangelistic meeting, providing the backdrop.

Christian Essentials

This class offers a fundamental survey of the core teachings of Scripture. This class will be faith-affirming, Christ centred and thoroughly Biblical. Students will be required to write their own Bible studies that cover each of the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Many times the reason Christians do not share their faith is because they are afraid they will not be able to adequately explain their faith. Christian Essentials (Bible Boot Camp) is an intensive course, designed to quickly train individuals to effectively share more than 20 Bible doctrines. Trained, experienced, and successful evangelists share the texts, illustrations, and methods for bringing others to decisions that have resulted in the conversion of thousands of souls. By the end of the course, each student will have their Bible marked with the texts for each powerful study, and also dynamic methods to share those texts.

Homiletics

This course is a study of principles of sermon preparation and presentation with an emphasis on evangelistic preaching. The student will learn how to prepare and present powerful evangelistic sermons that lead to decisions using a variety of preaching tools and styles. The student will be required to prepare sermon outlines and will be given an opportunity to practice preaching.

Biblical Interpretation

This foundational class will set the stage for a proper understanding of sacred Scripture. It will cover the basics of how to study, understand and interpret the Bible. Students will look at the Christian doctrine of revelation and inspiration.

Eschatology/Final Events

There will be an examination of the Bible, and Ellen White’s writings of the events surrounding the last days. This course will cover the major prophetic sections of Daniel and Revelation as they relate to the Great Controversy and the closing events of earth’s history. Study of the principles involved in understanding prophetic interpretation from an SDA perspective, as well as the review of the popular eschatological concepts prevalent in Protestantism today.

Biblical Ethics

Ethical structures are very popular in our society, as SDAs we believe that Biblical ethics are of eternal value. This class will investigate Biblical ethics and evaluate competing ethical paradigms such as pragmatism, situationalism and evolutionary antinomianism.

Kingdom Living

Righteousness by Faith – A study of conversion, and righteousness by faith in all its interrelated aspects, the nature of man, the nature of sin, the nature of Christ, confession and repentance, justification and sanctification, victory over sin and temptation, plus the importance of the 1888 message, the righteousness of Christ and the law, and issues in the books of Galatians and Romans. Considerable time will be spent in the book of Romans; this book sparked the Protestant Reformation in Europe and more recently in SDA history, which was instrumental in the 1888 message in Adventism.

Church History

SDA and Reformation – This class offers a survey of the history of the Christian church from the time of the apostles, to the formation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and beyond.

Prophetic Guidance

This includes a study of one of the principle means by which God communicates with people. The work of prophets in the OT times is explained. The tests and functions of a prophet are examined. The work and life of Ellen G White and God’s influence on His remnant church through her are stressed.

Health and the Gospel

This class is designed to give the students the tools to utilise effectively the right arm of the gospel in their outreach work. Proven successful methods will be taught, combined with practical experience gained in the field under qualified instructors. Christ has called us to minister to the whole person: body, mind and soul. This class is designed to provide practical lifestyle information in an effort to positively impact the health and well-being of the students and those to whom they are called to minister.

Church Leadership & Organisation

This class is intended to look at the administrative structure of the Adventist Church, the reasons and benefits of the structure and how the structure relates locally and globally.

Church Planting

Establishing groups of believers in every community was a priority for the early church and it should be a priority for God’s church today. Though not exhaustive, this class will address important lessons and principles for modern-day church planting and church planters. There will be an overview of the historical context for church planting in the SDA Church.

Music and Worship

This class will address and outline Biblical principles for evaluating music and using it effectively in your ministry. We will look at the importance of music and worship in a balanced and thorough manner.

Biblical Archaeology & Evangelism

Biblical Archaeology and Evangelism – Students will learn how to understand accurate Biblical Chronology, that confirms faith in the Bible as historically accurate, and also how to use the unearthed mysteries of ages past as an effective public evangelistic tool.

Principles of Public Evangelism

Learn to prepare, preach and present according to the principles of inspired writings. Practical instruction will cover the planning and implementation of the complete cycle of evangelism.

Apologetics

In these days of increasing scepticism it is essential that Christian workers are equipped with good answers for the “hard questions” of competing worldviews. If you have desired to make a bigger impact on an increasingly post-Christian, post-modern society this class will provide an invaluable foundation upon which to build.

Introduction to Christian Counselling

On this course students will be introduced to and learn about the goals of counselling, which are exploration, developing new understanding, taking right action and healing. They will learn the basic skills of counselling such as active listening, demonstrating empathy, and showing respect for the individual, and how to utilise Christian principles in the counselling process such as truth speaking, honest reflection, being non-judgmental and forgiveness.

Introduction to Teaching

On this course the student will be introduced to the principles of teaching, facilitating and learning. This will equip them to meet the needs of those to whom they seek to instruct on bible principles, facilitate in biblical discussions and support when encountering complex biblical principles. They will learn about a range of learning and teaching strategies and how these can be utilised to impact on learning and teaching positively. They will be trained in how to deliver topics in a student-centred way and how to use different and appropriate resources effectively.

Introduction to Pastoral Studies

In this introductory class we will look at what it means to perform the role of Pastoral ministry. We will look at the need to nurture, educate and inform individuals as well as small groups. This will give an overview of the six basic functions (Spiritual development of members, Training and Supervision of Local members, Pastoral Administration, Ceremonies, Community Involvement and Counselling and Visitations).

World Religions

We will do an overview of the major world religions as well as others. Much attention will be given to Hinduism and the three faiths of Abraham i.e. Judaism, Christianity and Islam. However, the majority of the studies will concentrate on the Islamic religion and its relationship to Christianity and Adventism. Students will learn how to effectively witness to someone of a different faith, culture and persuasion and showing the areas we have in common as well as the challenges that will be faced.

Experience the joy of friendship evangelism, door-to-door ministries, health evangelism, Bible studies and evangelistic visitation. Experience a public evangelistic programme and work with people toward baptism and discipling them into the Seventh-day Adventist church.
This module will enable students to actively participate in all aspects of practical evangelism, which includes:

  • Lead cards; (Using Bible request cards to obtain Bible contacts)
  • DVD contacts; (Using DVD’s to obtain Bible contacts and follow up)
  • Evangelistic campaign contacts
  • Door-to-door outreach
  • Small group studies

They will be involved in giving a series of Bible studies to non-Adventist contacts with a view to leading them to Christ and preparing them for baptism. The Evangelism Practicum culminates in a 3-week public evangelistic campaign run by a seasoned evangelistic team, with the students’ Bible study contacts encouraged to attend. All students are involved in all aspects of the Evangelistic Campaign.

This programme will be delivered by a carefully selected team of specialists made up of faculty and guest lecturers drawn from local and overseas professional and experienced personnel.

Over the last few years, teachers have included:

  1. Justin Kim
  2. Adam Ramdin
  3. Jeffrey Rosario
  4. Craig Gooden
  5. Eugene Prewitt
  6. Emmanuel Baek
  7. Ian Sweeney
  8. Joseph Philpott
  9. Stephen Bohr
  10. Christopher Kramp
Campaign Bible Workers

Churches/Areas running campaigns may seek to recruit trained support Bible workers and we can supply a list of names from students who have completed the programme successfully.

Mission Possible Programme (MPP)

In addition to the courses here described, the North England Conference may offer an extended practicum that lasts from 3 months to 1 year or more through its Mission Possible Programme.

This practicum may be made available to select students who demonstrate the necessary commitment, skills and desire. Acceptance into the practicum will be determined through individual student evaluation to be conducted by the North England Conference Church Planting & Global Mission Department.

This practicum will afford the student an opportunity to work for one year as a volunteer Pioneer Taskforce Worker; other opportunities may become possible, these will be made known to students, as we are able. Select students will be given the opportunity to conduct their own full-length evangelistic series at the conclusion of the practicum. Ongoing training and equipping sessions will continue throughout the length of the practicum.

Support Bible Workers

Local churches may seek to recruit students trained at PEACE to help support their Bible work as volunteers, and so we can supply a list of names of the students who have completed the programme successfully.

There are two fees related to the 3-month programme:

  1. Admission fee: £20 – this covers the processing of your application
  2. Course fee: £1,650 – this covers accommodation, lecturers and lecture handouts, tutorials, and food from Sunday to Thursday

There are three ways to pay:

  1. Cheque – you can pay your fee by cheque made out to the ‘North England Conference’
  2. Debit/credit card – telephone Aiko Ramdin, the Secretary to Treasury, on +44 [0] 115 960 6312 and pay over the phone
  3. Bank transfer – if you wish to pay directly into our bank account, please contact us for further information
Medicine & special healthcare

We will require any medical/healthcare information with the application form. Once we have received the information we will do our best to make sure we can help where possible.

Do I need to have any previous experience?

You don’t need to have any previous experience. Many people have come to PEACE in the past with no experience at all, they have left equipped and trained for the work.

What food will be served?

Food provided at PEACE will be a range of healthy tasty vegan/vegetarian meals.

Will I get time off to visit my home church and family?

During the 3-months you will be allowed with staff permission up to 2 Sabbaths away. Most Fridays are free time so you can use that time to visit family and your home church.

Do you accept married students?

Yes we do and will make the necessary arrangements.

Will I need to purchase anything else?

There will be some books that you may need to purchase to assist you in this course. Most of the courses will have handouts that will be given to each student but there will be a small number of books that will be necessary to own.

Do oversees students get a discount?

We are unable to give discounts to oversees students. We recommend that you consult your local church for possible sponsorship and fundraising possibilities.

How am I supposed to dress at PEACE?

On normal teaching days students are to dress in casual modest clothes. On days for outreach all students are to dress smart casual.

Is the course only for people in the NEC?

The PEACE Centre of Evangelism is for anyone from around the world who wishes to be trained to be more effective in evangelism. Previously we have had students from Holland, Germany, Italy, Iceland and Belgium.

What does a normal day at PEACE look like?

A normal day at PEACE is exciting; it starts with an inspiring devotional thought in the morning, which is followed by the class lectures, lunch, afternoon classes and supper. You will be blessed and challenged every day at PEACE.

Do I need to send any money with my application form?

Yes, there is a non-refundable £20 application fee

Is the cost different for staying at home?

If, in exceptional circumstances, a student is unable to stay in one of the PEACE houses, we will consider a small discount after discussing it with the individual.

What does the £1,650 include?

This includes your tuition, accommodation, travel expenses, field trip and meals from Sunday to Thursday. We will be providing 2 to 3 meals per day. We will not cover meals on Fridays and Saturdays.

Do you need to be baptised to go?

No, but we will take into account your reference. This is an intense programme so your suitability and ability to adapt will be taken into consideration.

What outreach will I do?

Outreach will take place on Sundays and Wednesdays. You will be trained on all areas of how to take part in the outreach programme.

What are the age restrictions?

You can never be too old to come, but you can be too young. We require you to be at least 17yrs old to come to PEACE. If 17 you will need to have a parental consent form filled in by your parents or guardian.

Where do I stay?

We will be providing accommodation in the local area. This is included in your tuition costs of £1650. You will be sharing a house/flat with 3 or 4 other people of the same gender.

How do I get to PEACE?

Travel to PEACE will be your responsibility, If you are traveling by plane, we will give you all relevant airport information and will do our best to pick you up from the airport or coach station.

I am not able to attend myself, but I would like to donate. Is this possible?

Yes, you can do so through the website. For more information, click here.

Can I stay at home and commute in?

In exceptional circumstances, we are prepared to consider students staying at home. However, this has proved from past courses to be too challenging for many students. We do recommend that you stay on ‘campus’ due to the benefits of building relationships, fellowship and establishing structured study patterns.

Fourth month option

15 September to 13 October, 2018

The three-month flagship programme has an additional fourth month option, which will further aid your development and growth. *If you were to stay on for the extra month, the finishing date will be 13 October, 2018. **This optional month costs an additional £650.

Testimonials

Listen to what previous students have said about the programme
Adam Hazel

“PEACE was a pivotal point in my life. It came at just the right time. God, for some reason, led me there to get what I needed. It was at PEACE that I learned how to study the Bible, I came into contact with the gospel, I started to understand the foundations of the Seventh-day Adventist church, and it was a crucial catalyst for giving me a focus or a desire to enter into personal interest.”

~ Adam Hazel

Chantal Tomlinson

“I had an amazing time at PEACE. It literally changed my life. Since PEACE, looking for ways to reach out to others within my sphere of influence has been a top priority. PEACE also showed me that there is so much to learn and do in the work of God that there are no limits to our Christian experience.”

~ Chantal Tomlinson

Alycia Hanson

“I met like-minded people, and enjoyed working with them as a team to reach the community, to give bible studies and make friendships. I got over my fear of door knocking and finally heard someone properly teach righteousness by faith, which blew my mind. I learned about perseverance in the face of disappointment and made lasting friendships with most members of my class. We still are very close and are like family.”

~ Alycia Hanson

Application process

Everything you need to know to become a student

(1) Apply

Complete the application form online by going to the application page, or call the NEC office on +44 (0)115 960 6312, ask for Kathleen Williams and request to have an application form posted out to you.

(2) Acknowledgement

As soon as we receive your application form, we will send you a letter and email to acknowledge that we have received it as well as a list of things that you need to do to complete your application (two passport-sized photographs, consent letter signed by parent if you are 17 years old, referees names, pay admission fee of £20.00, pay course fees, pay course fees £1,600.00 or pay part of course fee). We will also send you reference forms that you will need to send out to your referees, and a health declaration form for you to sign, and we will also request that you confirm acceptance of the place that we have provisionally reserved for you.

(3) Assessment

Your application will be assessed for suitability based on the following criteria: age 17 +, commitment to building a real relationship with God, a real interest in evangelism and the work of the church, membership of the Church, medical history and current health & well-being are good, referees report are favourable, pastoral support is favourable and finances to cover the fees are in place or agreement to pay fees in instalments in exceptional circumstances.

We will hold your place for you while references, medical notes, fees, photos etc. are being forwarded to us. There is no need to worry at this stage about your place as it will be held until all relevant documents and funds are received. If you are unable to get a medical note, you are permitted to sign the declaration of good health note.

(3) Confirmation

Once all documents are received and we are satisfied with your application, you will receive a letter and email confirming your place. This will also include information about you need to bring to PEACE as well as the PEACE booklist. At this stage, you should have paid your registration fee and have started paying the course fees. Our policy is that all fees are paid before you start the course. If you need to make arrangements for your fees to be paid by instalments, please contact Craig Gooden at cgooden@necadventist.org.uk.

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