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The Footsteps Course


What is Footsteps?

Footsteps is designed for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of their faith and to develop skills useful for their particular ministry.  The first one-year course (Footsteps 1) has been running for several years.  It is now possible to continue and take a second one year course - Footsteps 2.


Who runs it?

Footsteps is a partnership between Regent's Park College, Oxford, and the Southern Counties Baptist Association.


When does it happen?

Ten Saturdays (one a month), 10am to 4pm, from September to June.


Where does it meet?

At Thatcham Baptist Church, Wheeler's Green Way, Thatcham, RG19 4YF.


What happens each day at Footsteps?

There will be five sessions together with opportunities for worship and prayer altogether and in small groups, as well as breaks for coffee, lunch and tea. The sessions will be interactive and there will be lots to do and participate in, as well as opportunities to listen.  

What is expected?

You will be expected to participate in the sessions, which will include some preparation between Saturdays. You will also be asked to keep a journal during the year as part of deepening your spirituality. There will also be the option of writing some assignments, if you wish to think a little more about any of the subjects.


What will we study?

There will be various subjects that run through the year including:
  • Understanding the Bible
  • Understanding our faith
  • Deepening spirituality
  • Mission, evangelism and culture
  • Baptist history and principles
  • Pastoral care
  • Leadership skills
  • Leading worship
  • Preaching
While everyone studies the first five subjects together, you then choose to study a further two of the last four subjects on the above list.

Children, Youth & Families Stream

This is an exciting new development designed to sit within the Footsteps programme. Its purpose is to inspire, connect and resource those working with children, young people and families in their church and community. For more information please down load the CYF Footsteps Flyer.

Are there any previous requirements?

Footsteps is open to everyone, whatever you have studied or not studied in the past. But we do ask that you have the support of your local church to attend.


What will I receive?

A growing understanding of ministry and mission as you explore faith in the context of a supportive group.  There is also a final evening at which certificates are presented.

Will this course enable me to be a Regionally Recognised Leader (whether pastoral, pioneer or evangelical)?

Fully assessed, Footsteps 1 forms a significant element of the BUGB recognised course.

Footsteps 2

Footsteps 2 is open to those who have completed Footsteps 1 already. Fully assessed, Footsteps 2 forms the SECOND year of the BUGB course for accreditation through the Baptist Training Partnership.

Anyone who has done the Footsteps 1 will automatically receive an invitation to Footsteps 2. There may also be people who have completed the Open College course [in the years before Footsteps] and who would like to find out more about Footsteps 2. 

Anyone considering taking these courses in order to become a Regionally Recognised Leader should also contact one of the Regional Ministers.