I work full time as a specialist registrar in renal medicine at a London teaching hospital, and so with additional family and church responsibilities, time is limited for pursuing other kinds of study. Apart from CMTC, to gain formal ministry training I would have had to take a break from medicine which would have proved quite difficult to arrange.
The course itself has been very good - I feel I have gained a comprehensive overview of Biblical and systematic theology, as well as church history and a range of issues related to real-life ministry. My preaching has improved as a result, as has my personal devotional life and my confidence in sharing my faith. The flexibility of the course allows me to listen to the lectures before breakfast most days. Writing the essays is time-consuming, but ultimately rewarding in making you engage more deeply with important areas of doctrine.
The residentials have provided personal contact with the course tutors (all of whom have been excellent), and valuable practical training. I don’t know where God would have me serve in the future, but for now the course is helping me a lot in the work I do in church, with young people and among students.