At this challenging time, we are all facing crisis and difficulty. We’re having to make some big adjustments in the way we live and work. We’ve had to make some adjustments here at Union, but I’m happy to say that we are still able to function fully. As long as the COVID-19 crisis continues, students can be enrolled and study from home. We are still able to deliver teaching, resources and support thanks to the systems we have been building for years.
One of our key aims is to make the best theological education as accessible, flexible and affordable as possible, to fuel church growth. We introduced Learning Communities to make the same theological education our campus students enjoy accessible within communities around the world. To support these communities, we also introduced Union Cloud and built our Zoom classrooms. As the Reformers utilised the invention of the printing press, we use the technology that God has given us so that wherever students study, they can access the resources, teaching, and pastoral support they need. For years now, this continually updated online platform has helped students study when and where they need to.
This means that despite the circumstances that we all find ourselves in, God in his amazing providence has kept us fully operational and able to carry on delivering the highest quality theological education that our students have come to expect, wherever they might find themselves. Our students are continuing to grow through weekly teaching as they access thousands of resources and eBooks, and tap into ongoing personal and pastoral support. Even our Rome Learning Community, in the face of the rapidly escalating situation in Italy, are continuing to meet and learn together online. We have been working with our BA campus students to switch over to online learning, leveraging the infrastructure we have built up.
We are always looking to God for ways to improve our teaching and delivery methods, and however long the effects of COVID-19 may last, we will continue to ensure that all our students, current and incoming, will receive the best theological and spiritual formation possible.
If you have any questions about our programmes – BA, GDip, MTh, PhD or Priscilla – all of which are accessible for distance study, please email Fiona or Stephen on firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to help you grow in Christ and be better equipped to serve his church in these challenging times.