United Kingdom, specialising in training men, women and families from around the world for Christian mission anywhere in the world. It is international and interdenominational, and is a member of the Evangelical Alliance, Global Connections and European Evangelical Accrediting Association.
Redcliffe College began on April 5, 1892 as the YWCA Testing and Training Home. Originally based at 495 Kings Road, Chelsea, in 1896 497 Kings Road was purchased and a door was made between the two houses. Redcliffe was the first institution to provide missionary service training for women. In 1917 the College moved to 66 Redcliffe Gardens, Kensington. In 1931 the College moved again to 66 Grove Park Road, Chiswick where it remained until 1995. During the Second World War the War Office took over the College for use by the Women's Auxiliary Air Force while the students moved to Lancashire, Upper Norwood and Feering. They returned to Chiswick in 1944. In 1984 the College went co-ed, allowing men as well as women to enroll. In 1995 the College relocated to its current site in Gloucester.
Redcliffe's courses are based on an integrated training approach involving the principles of deepening knowledge and developing character and skills. Its courses bring together: Academic study, taught by lecturers with first-hand mission experience; Personal growth, developed through the Personal Development Programme which is concerned with students' well-being before God, and through living in an international, cross-cultural community; Practical experience, through placements (both weekly and in a block of 6 weeks).
Rob Hay (MA, MIOD) - Principal
Rev Dr Colin Bulley (PhD, BD, BA) - Senior Lecturer />
Daniel Button MDiv, BA(Hons), BA(Hons) - Head of Theology
Tim Davy (MA, BSc, DipTheo, CELTA (TEFL)) - Lecturer in Biblical Studies & Mission; Director of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Mission
Margaret Duggan (MA, M.Ed (TESOL), B.Ed) - Lecturer in Spirituality and Mission
Dr Hugh Kemp (PhD, MTh, BTh(Hons), BSc) - Academic Dean and Head of Mission Studies
Andrew Kingston-Smith (MA, LLB, Cert Couns, DipHE) - Lecturer in Mission
Carol Kingston-Smith (MA, BSc(hons), CELTA - Lecturer in Mission
Jim Memory (MA, DipHE, BSc(Hons) Postgraduate Lecturer in European Mission
Ruth Bull (PGCert, BSc(Hons) Placement Director/Student Services Coordinator
Each course at Redcliffe comprises a range of modules including topics in biblical, theological, cross-cultural and mission studies. Current courses available include:
Certificate (CertHE) in Applied Theology in Intercultural Contexts
Diploma (DipHE) in Applied Theology in Intercultural Contexts
BA(Hons) Degree in Applied Theology in Intercultural Contexts
Professionals in Mission Certificate (CertHE in Intercultural Studies)
Postgraduate MA in Global Issues in Contemporary Mission
Postgraduate MA in Intercultural Studies in Asian Contexts
Postgraduate MA in Global Leadership in Intercultural Contexts
Postgraduate MA in Bible and Mission
Postgraduate MA in European Mission and Intercultural Christianity
Postgraduate MA in Member Care
Postgraduate MA in Justice, Advocacy and Reconciliation in Intercultural Contexts Postgraduate MA in Field Linguistics Postgraduate MA in Literacy Programme Development
Postgraduate MA in Sport and Christian Outreach in conjunction with the University of Gloucestershire
Flexible Learning Mode MA - Distance learning & summer school option
'Across the Cultures' short course (12 weeks)
'Pick and Mix' short courses (from 6 weeks)
Hebrew Week intensive week long course (with beginner and intermediate tracks) Lead On intensive week long course
All of Redcliffe's courses (except short course options) are validated by the University of Gloucestershire.
All undergraduate students take part in a weekly placement programme. Examples of placements include church and youth work, hospital or industrial chaplaincy or helping in a local school or night shelter for homeless people. Students taking the Certificate, Diploma or Degree also spend a term (6 weeks) on placement in the UK or overseas. Recent placements have included working with orphaned children in Romania, helping with a development project in Namibia and teaching English in Cambodia, as well as working in UK churches.
Publications written or contributed to by Redcliffe faculty
Worth Keeping: Global Perspectives on Best Practice in Missionary Retention by Rob Hay, Valerie Lim, Detlef Blöcher, Jaap Ketelaar and Sarah Hay.
The Soul of Mission: Perspectives on Christian Leadership, Spirituality and Mission in East Asia edited by Kang-San Tan.
IVP Dictionary of Mission Theology: Evangelical Foundations edited by John Corrie.
Discovering Genesis by Richard and Tricia Johnson.
The Priesthood of Some Believers: Developments from the General to the Special Priesthood in the Christian Literature of the First Three Centuries by Colin Bulley.
Postmission: World Mission by a Postmodern Generation edited by Richard Tiplady.
Friendship Matters by Darrell Jackson and David Spriggs.
Mapping Migration: Mapping Churches' Responses - Europe Study by Darrell Jackson and Alessia Passarelli.
'Pax Europa: Crux Europa' by Darrell Jackson in Mission and the Next Christendom edited by Timothy Yates.
'Missional Church – European Perspectives' by Darrell Jackson in Come Holy Spirit, Heal and Reconcile! edited by Jacques Matthey.
'Mapping European Contextual Morality and Identity' by Darrell Jackson in Mapping Baptistic Identity: Towards an understanding of European Baptist Identity edited by Rolin Grams & Parush Parushev.
Steppe by Step: Mongolia's Christians - from Ancient Roots to Vibrant Young Church by Hugh P. Kemp. Monarch Books, 2000. ISBN 978-1-85424-484-0.
Organisations based at Redcliffe College
Centre for the Study of Bible and Mission
Justice, Adovcacy and Reconciliation in Mission Initiative
Global Leadership Initiative
Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy
Generating Change - dedicated to researching issues in mission and helping mission organisations affect change
Encounters Mission Ezine - a topical mission journal published online every three months
Vista - a quarterly online research bulletin communicating research and innovation in mission in Europe
OSCAR - the UK Information Service for World Mission
Some Partners of Redcliffe College
Breadline International, Christians in Gloucester (Ciglos), Church Mission Society (CMS), Domboshawa Theological College (Zimbabwe), European Christian Mission (ECM), European Evangelical Accrediting Association (EEAA), Evangelical Alliance UK (EAUK), Generating Change, Global Connections - The Evangelical Network for World Mission, The John Ray Initiative (JRI), Latin Link, The Micah Network, Mission Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), Operation Mobilisation (OM), OMF International, OSCAR, - The UK Information Service for World Mission, RURCON - Rural and Urban Resources; Counselling, Outreach & Networking, St Andrews Bookshop, Talent Trust Consultants, University of Gloucestershire, The Welcome Project, Wycliffe Bible Translators
- Redcliffe College, Redcliffe College: 1892-1992 (London: Redcliffe College, 1992), p.1.
- In an article on integral mission training, D. Whiteman argues that "training must integrate formal (knowledge/knowing), non-formal (skills/doing), and informal (character and spirituality/being) methods of training", D.L. Whiteman, 'Integral Training Today for Cross-Cultural Mission', Missiology, XXXVI:1 (January 2008), p.5.