The Need

Bible teachers who rightly handle the Word of God are essential in today’s Church. Within the congregation, home group, children’s club, youth group and amongst the elderly — indeed wherever the Bible is taught — we need people who can teach God’s Word in the power of the Spirit.

The Course

For 15 years, the Ministry Training Course has been running on Tuesdays at St Ebbe’s Church in Oxford. Drawing around 95 students from approximately 25 different churches, the goal of this 1-2 year course is to equip men and women to grow in their faith, and minister God’s word to others.

After beginning the day in prayer and song, the four elements of the course are as follows:

  • Bible Expositions (5 week series of teaching on different books of the Bible)
  • Doctrine and Practical ministry
  • Workshops (students give talks in small groups and receive feedback)
  • Bible Overview

One day per week (Tuesdays 10:15 – 3:45); three 10 week terms (starting mid-September).  Current and upcoming term dates can be found here.

There is an optional element to the course: a Bible reading group. Each week we read roughly 25 chapters of scripture in advance, and meet from 9-9:45am to discuss the reading. There are questions to guide your reading, and highlight some key features of those chapters, they can be found here. 

The application window for the 2020/21 course is now closed. Please check back to this page in 2021 to apply for the 2021/2022 academic year.

COVID-19 changes

Of course, we’ve had to move the Ministry Training Course online because of the coronavirus crisis. But it has been wonderful to see how well that has worked and how we’ve been able to do all the components of the course well in an online format.

The 2020/21 MTC course will begin in an online format in September 2020. Even when we are able to gather in person, we are committed to also keep the whole of MTC 2020/21 accessible in an online format as well.

For those who aren’t able to join a Tuesday 1.30-2.30pm small group we’ll be holding an alternative Thursday evening online small group (numbers will be limited), starting from September 2020.

An opportunity for September 2020

We’ve noticed that our commitment to offering MTC in a online format for the whole academic year (regardless of whether we can gather in person as well) presents on opportunity for some to do the course who wouldn’t have previously been able to. So perhaps if distance would prevent you coming to Oxford, you could sign up for September 2020 and enjoy the entire year of MTC online. Or perhaps work or other commitments prevent you from being free during Tuesday daytimes. You could sign up for September 2020 and watch the the front led main sessions by video recording in your own time through the week and then have your small group – that very interactive time – online on a Thursday evening.

We hope this means that those who couldn’t benefit from the course because of work, other commitments or distance from Oxford might be able to able to do so because of the extraordinary circumstances we are navigating through.

The Participants

Open to men and women with evangelical convictions of all ages who want to be better equipped to teach the Bible in a variety of contexts. 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.


Students are asked to pay £190 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.

What is the course like?

Here are two MTC students speaking about their experience of the course.

Next Steps

The application window for the 2020/21 course is now closed. Please check back to this page from Easter 2021 to apply for the 2021/2022 academic year.

Please do be in touch through the website contact form. I’d be very happy to help answer any questions or concerns you might have.

(Matt Searles, MTC Director)

Term Dates

View current and upcoming term dates here


Download the Spring 2021 programme (PDF)