Course overview

When Jesus gave us this commission, He chose His words wisely. Make disciples – not converts, believers or nominal Christians. Disciples are what He wants, and that requires discipleship. But it’s really difficult to know how to effectively go about discipleship, both on a one-to-one level and on a cultural, visionary level.

This one-year, online course will give you the skills you need to bring about an effective culture and practice of discipleship in your context. One that authentically supports people while helping them grow in Christ. The complexities of the contemporary world mean that there is so much to grapple with when it comes to discipleship, and this course does not shy away from these issues but instead explores them and unpacks practical tools. With each session, you’ll be empowered and inspired to bring change and fulfil the Great Commission that Jesus gave us in your setting. The effects? ‘Thy Kingdom come.’

On completion of the course, students can apply to become an accredited Waverley Abbey Minister. This is a partnership between Waverley Abbey Ministries and Churches in Communities. The application is a separate discernment process after the course. It will assess the student’s experience and learning to date, which could lead to ordination after a successful post-graduation year in ministry.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

Description of modules

  • Module 1: Introduction – The Call to Discipleship:
  • Module 2: A Theology of Discipleship
  • Module 3: Developing a Culture of Discipleship
  • Module 4: Implementing a Vision of Discipleship
  • Module 5: Discipleship skills and Practice
  • Module 6: Personal Development Plan (PDP):

Students to develop a personal portfolio (PDP) evidencing their practical and theoretical learning journey throughout the course.

Digital option

Learn at your own pace, with input from experienced disciple makers!

Webinars to augment and consolidate your learning and ministry application.

Our Digital Discipleship course offers identical content, assessments leading to affiliation as a Waverley Abbey Minister – yet with the freedom for students to learn at their own pace.

Systematically working through each module through our learning e-portal – students additionally have access to a tutor for course queries, assignment assessment – including live module webinars.

Course fees: £2,000

Further details


One year

Delivery programme

Waverley Certificate – 5 ministry modules plus 1 Portfolio Module (e-journal) – accessed and assessed via our e-learning portal, assessments and live webinars.

Leading to

Waverley Certificate in Discipleship

Future careers

Pastoral ministry, community ministry, para-church organisations.


Online distance learning through the Waverley Abbey College Virtual Learning Environment.




Online distance learning

Certificate (1 yr) – start on acceptance
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