Oct. 14, 2019

University of Aberdeen’s Masters in Ministry Studies graduates first cohort

A partnership between the University of Aberdeen and a ministers’ college in Malawi has produced its first cohort of graduates.

The University of Aberdeen and Zomba Theological College in Malawi – a college that provides additional training to African ministers – have teamed up to enable students to study special masters degrees in Africa without having to come to the UK.

As a result of this unique partnership, last month 11 ministers from Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe who participated in the Masters in Ministry Studies program were awarded their MTh degrees, while two others received Postgraduate Diplomas.

Speaking about his experience on the Masters in Ministry program, new graduate the Rev Falitsani Kansilanga says, “The program has transformed the way I do and perceive ministry. It has really been a lot of learning and unlearning. In a nutshell, this programme is not only a course for the mind, but for the heart as well. The mind has been enriched, the heart has been refreshed.”

Rev Dr Ken Jeffrey, a Church of Scotland minister and Senior Lecturer in Church History at the University of Aberdeen, coordinated the new program. He says, “It has been a joy and a privilege to have this opportunity of working with our friends in Malawi and to support the church in the theological education and training of their leaders. We are delighted by the achievements of this first cohort of students and look forward to starting work with a new class of students later this year.”

The Masters in Ministry Studies is sponsored by the Church of Scotland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Presbyterian Church of the USA. A second cohort of students – including four female ministers – has now course at Zomba Theological College.

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Content added on 14th October 2019. 

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