The Need

Churches thrive when those in them are thrilled by the Lord, want to serve others and are equipped to do so. People are converted and grow as God’s Word is let loose in the power of the Spirit in youth groups, old people’s groups, homegroups, sermons and informal conversation. The South Central Ministry Training Course seeks to serve churches in providing training to this end.

The Course

Since 2005, the Ministry Training Course has been running on Tuesdays at St Ebbe’s Church in Oxford. Our aim is that each week will cause those attending to have a greater view of the Lord, a fresh desire to serve Him and be equipped to pass on God’s Word to others.
After beginning the day in prayer and song, the elements of the course are as follows:

  • Bible Expositions. Different church leaders from the region open up six books of the Bible.
  • Doctrine and Practical Ministry. Across the year we will study and apply two big doctrines, consider principles for Bible teaching, look at foundations for ministry, reflect on pastoral and contemporary issues as well as hearing wisdom from those serving in different contexts.
  • Workshops. Students give talks in small groups and receive feedback. The groups also provide the heart of the community life of the course.
  • Bible Overview. A year long course exploring how the Bible fits together.

Those staying for a second year will have the opportunity to explore different aspects of pastoral work, Biblical theology and church history.

The course is one day per week (Tuesdays 10:15 – 3:45); running for three x 10-week terms (starting mid-September). Current and upcoming term dates can be found here.

20 Sept to 29 Nov (half term 25 Oct)
10 Jan to 21 March (half term 14 Feb)
25 April to 4 July (half term 30 May)

ways to study

  • In person. Attend MTC in Oxford on a Tuesday. The more ‘lecture’ sessions will be all together in St Ebbe’s main church building, and your small group will meet in one of the adjoining rooms from 1:30-2:30pm. This is an accessible space with accessible toilet facilities. Should you require further assistance to access the course please let us know in your application form or by contacting us.
  • Online. This may be an option for a limited number. For the ‘lecture’ sessions you are welcome either to join live on Tuesdays in a Zoom meeting (giving the option to interact with others in breakout rooms and ask questions) or to watch video recordings of the sessions in your own time. We are hoping to provide workshop groups on a Tuesday afternoon or early on a Tuesday evening.

The online option will be suitable for two main groups of people: those who cannot get to Oxford on a Tuesday, but also those who work on a Tuesday and so want to access the course at other times of the week. If you chose this online option, the only fixed commitment will be your small group – for the ‘lecture’ sessions you can chose to join live or via recording as you wish (e.g. dependent on work or childcare that week).

The Participants

MTC draws 90-120 students each year from over 30 different churches. The course is open to men and women with evangelical convictions of all ages who want to grow in their faith, and minister God’s word to others.

We are delighted to be a diverse group from many churches and backgrounds. We don’t all agree on every issue, and this is a strength of the course, as we celebrate our unity in gospel essentials, and learn charity on secondary issues.

It is ideal for church workers and ‘apprentices’ as well as any who have the opportunity to teach the Bible and have the desire to be better equipped to do so.

Please note: There are other similar ministry training courses around the country. We’re delighted to welcome people from outside the South Central region (last year we had students from Sierra Leone and Thailand) but we encourage you first to see if there is a local course that you could be involved with. Please be in touch if you’d like advice about what options there may be near you.


Students are asked to pay £220 per term for the course. Fees are due on the first day of each term. If you are a Church Worker, your church may be willing to pay all or part of this fee.

The fees we charge do not fully cover all the costs of MTC, so if you would like to support the work, you can find out how to do so here.

What is the course like?

Here are several MTC students talking about their highlights from the past year:

Next Steps

Complete the application form for 2022-23.

Andy Robinson
Ministry Training Course Director

Term Dates

View current and upcoming term dates here

Contact us

Please do be in touch if you have any questions about MTC


Download the Summer 2022 programme (PDF)