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Open Learning and Continuing Professional Development

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.

Courses and Events:

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 (including online Greek or Hebrew) 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 would like to register for an open learning course, please complete a Module Registration Form.

If you are interested in applying for one of our Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses 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 or Chaplaincy Studies 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 (now offered online), refresh your ideas on mission or working with young people, or explore issues of sustainability, postcolonial theology or 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.

A full list of modules available for 2024-25 (including delivery times and costs) can be found here, while a more descriptive overview of all modules available at Luther King Centre can be found here.

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.

Conferences for church leaders and lay preachers, including the annual URC Envisioning Worship 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.

Other events such as workshops and quiet days held on a less regular basis.

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 Centre. 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, either in person or online.
  • An opportunity to continue your professional and personal development away from pressures and distractions of everyday life.
  • Costs just £200.
  • 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.

If you are interested in an explorations course, please contact us at with details of the independent study you are interested in pursuing and any additional information you think would be helpful for us to know. We will discuss with you and staff as to what is possible, depending on staff availability