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Continuing Professional Development and Open Learning

With diverse courses from ethics to preaching, eco-theology to pastoral practice, self-care to Jesus and Empire! We have something to support and enrich your ongoing personal development.

Taster courses:

We offer a range of courses and events throughout the year, open to all who wish to expand their understanding of faith, theology, Christian ministry and discipleship, for personal or professional development.

These courses and events are open to all, and there is something for everyone – whether you are new to Christian faith or an experienced church leader.  

Our Open Learning and CPD opportunities include:

  • Courses in specific subjects leading to a Certificate of Participation:
  • Our Explorations guided reading scheme
  • Open Lectures
  • Events and Conferences

There is always lots on offer at LKC, please sign up to our newsletter, follow us on social media and watch out for the latest news.

If you're ready to apply now, head over to our Application Process page where you can download the application form and find out more about your next steps.


You are welcome to study individual modules from our Theology, Ministry and Mission courses on a not-for-credit basis. This enables you to enjoy engaging in a specific subject alongside others who are studying for degrees. You might want to study a Biblical language such as Greek or Hebrew, refresh your ideas on mission or working with young people, or explore issues of sustainability, postcolonial theology of faith and intersectionality! There are a huge range of options available, during the week or at evenings or weekends to suit your schedule.

Courses often last around 3 hours a week for eight weeks, but some may be on four full days, or in 1.5 hour sessions spread over a longer period.

All courses undertaken through our CPD Open Learning programme offer a certificate of participation on completion, for your personal or professional records.

You can sample a range here or contact us at for a full list of modules for the coming academic year.

You can register for modules that form part of our Open Learning Programme by completing our Module Registration Form.

Please contact us for more information about any of the modules we offer. We will be delighted to hear from you.

Open Lectures and Regular Events

At LKC we host a variety of events throughout the year for learning, refreshment and skills development. You are always welcome to join us:

Open Lectures are free and held on evenings throughout the year.

Recent speakers include Revd Canon Mark Oakley (Dean of St John’s Cambridge), Rt Revd Paul Bayes (Bishop of Liverpool) and we look forward to welcoming Anthony Reddie (Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture, and a leading scholar in Black theology) and Rev Dr David McLachlan (asking Does This Cross Have Disabled Access?) and Isabel Apawo Phiri (Deputy General Secretary at World Council of Churches) in the year ahead.

Workshops and quiet days which have recently included events such as meditation around the Labyrinth for Ash Wednesday.

Conferences for church leaders and lay preachers, including the annual URC Lay preachers conference.

Research events, including the MHA (Methodist Housing Association) Research Symposium on Ageing and Spirituality

Events held in collaboration with other organisations, such as the Centre for Theology and Justice.

For more information about all of these please visit our Events page or subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter

Explorations: Guided reading and independent study

Explorations is an opportunity to research a subject area of your choice whilst enjoying the superb facilities at Luther King House. You undertake independent study through guided reading with individual tutorial support.

Whether you are exploring a new subject area, or something that you have been researching for some time, Explorations is designed to deepen your understanding and enhance your learning with specialist support.

Your tutorials are individually tailored to match your level of study and academic ability.

We offer:

  • 6 months free membership of our well-stocked theological library, including access to computer facilities and permission to borrow books.
  • Flexible study at your own pace, at times that suit you.
  • A minimum of two tutorials with a member of academic staff who will be able to guide your research.
  • An opportunity to continue your professional and personal development away from pressures and distractions of everyday life.
  • Costs just £120.
  • Plus, we have an excellent restaurant, together with a recently refurbished social lounge and bar.
  • Quality accommodation with en-suite facilities is also available to book though Reception (not included in the price), or a non-residential option is available if you are within commuting distance of Luther King House.

To apply, please complete our Module Registration Form, or, for further details (or to receive updates on all our events and courses), please contact