The Priscilla Programme

Helping women to handle the Word of God


The Priscilla Programme is designed for women who serve their local churches in voluntary ministries. Following the pattern of Priscilla in Acts18, 26, it helps women to learn how to teach other women 'more accurately', care for others more biblically, and be better prepared to give reasons for their faith and hope. Priscilla and her husband, Aquila, travelled with Paul, supported his ministry, and learned from him how to instruct others in the faith. This kind of volunteer ministry is still essential in contemporary church life.

If you lead a Sunday school group, teach a Bible study, are involved in pastoral visiting, or any other kind of ministry that you would like to be better equipped for, the Priscilla Programme is for you!

The Programme

The Priscilla Programme is a completely online course but studied along with others in community. It is offered by the Church Society in partnership with Union School of Theology.

The Programme consists of six 10-week modules which may be studied consecutively over two years, or taken as stand-alone courses. You do not have to have ANY previous training or experience before starting on your first module. During each ten-week module you need to study for about five hours per week.

Each module includes regular interactive seminars and individual tutorials, as well as video lectures and other downloadable content.

Biblical Studies Theological and Historical Studies Ministerial and Missional Practice

Bible 1: Old Testament

Bible 2: New Testament

Introduction to Doctrine

Church History

Evangelism and Apologetics

Pastoral Care

Entry Requirements:

No formal qualifications are needed to take the course, but you should

  • Have good, reliable internet access in order to participate in the weekly seminars.
  • Be able to sign up for one of the regular seminar slots and commit to being present online at that time each week.

The course leader is Dr Ros Clarke, Associate Director of the Church Society, who has many years of experience in teaching and training women in a wide range of contexts. She is passionate about equipping women for Bible-teaching ministries in the local church.


Priscilla has been an answer to prayer for me. Finding a place where you can grow in your knowledge and understanding of God can be challenging when you have young children. Priscilla has allowed me to spend a bit of time each week going deeper in my understanding of the Bible, and pushing me to think about how I can best share my faith with others. It has stretched and challenged me, and encouraged me to make deep and thoughtful study of the Bible part of my everyday life, even at a very busy stage of life.

Hilary Crossley, minister's wife and full-time mum of three young children.

I started the Priscilla programme in the first year following my retirement, as I was unsure what plans the Lord had to use me in this new phase of life. I thought that some deeper Bible study would equip me for whatever was in store ,and this has certainly been the case. It has been a really enriching and beneficial experience.

Cathy Stoker, retired GP.

Next Steps

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To enquire about the course email Ros Clarke:

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  • The Priscilla Programme is designed to train lay people for volunteer ministries. It is an entry-level course which does not lead to any academic qualification.
  • All students must be able to participate fully in the weekly seminars, which require good spoken English.
  • There are no bursary funds available for the Priscilla Programme and payment must be made promptly at the start of each module.