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Mission, Theology and Ministry for the Margins
Online Course 


Module Tutors

Katie Dowds is Senior Pastor at Lighthouse, a Christian community for those who have been battered and bruised by the storms of life. A contemplative activist and passionate communicator, she sits on the Advisory Board at JustLove and has led seminars and performed spoken word poetry at national conferences such as Soul Survivor, Proximity and ISAAC. She really loves Jesus and is hungry to see his Kingdom come.


Rev’d Jon Swales MBE heads up Lighthouse – a church for those who are battered and bruised by the storms of life. Jon has been a New Testament Tutor for Westminster Theological Centre having studied Theology at the University of Leeds, and Biblical Studies at both Sheffield University (M.A) and Trinity College, Bristol (MLitt, ADMT) and currently teaches Old Testament at St Hild Theological College. Jon is passionate for the church to engage more fully its missional calling to reach out to the most vulnerable in society.

Leeds School of Theology are pleased and excited to partner with Lighthouse West Yorkshire in facilitating a dynamic learning community which serves Christians already working alongside the marginalised or who have a heart to pioneer in this area.

Lighthouse is a fresh expression of church that serves adults with multiple and complex needs including poverty, mental health, homelessness, trauma and addiction.


Course Overview

The course, will include passionate teaching which fuses together Biblical studies, theological reflection, interviews with people with lived experience, cultural analysis, historical case studies and cutting edge research on addiction and trauma to inspire and equip the church to engage with those on the margins in a way that looks and loves like Jesus.

Topics Include

  • Visions and Values of Healthy Theology

  • Missional Theology for the Margins

  • Justice and the Heart of God

  • The Image of God

  • Suffering, Lament and Spiritual Warfare

  • Building Community & and Leading Accessible worship for Vulnerable Adults

  • Why the Hell do Bad Things Happen?

  • Addiction and Recovery

  • Helping without Hurting

  • Trauma: Hope for Healing

Course Delivery

We are excited to be able to offer this course to people nationwide. The course will be delivered live-streamed via Zoom, all you need is a device and an internet connection. Each month the online content will consist of a mixture of live-lecturers, pre-recorded video resources, reading material and conversations between tutors and other practitioners working with those on the margins.

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The course costs £250 for the year. Discounted tickets are available for those who have previously studied with Leeds School of Theology or who are connected to Eden, JustLove, CND, Cruciform Justice  and CCA.


About Lighthouse

Lighthouse West Yorkshire is a fresh expression of church and registered Leeds-based charity which reaches out to those who have been battered and bruised by the storms of life. There are over 150 men and women who call Lighthouse their church, many of whom have multiple and complex needs including homelessness, addiction, trauma, poverty and mental health struggles. In addition to our specialised pastoral care, signposting and crisis intervention we gather together three times a week on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons to share food, friendship and the gospel of Jesus through a friendly and confident mixture of story, scripture, prayer, testimony and song. In the past five years we have seen over 60 be baptised, 70 head off to residential Christian communities and many lives be dramatically transformed through the power of the gospel.

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