Ministry of Word & Sacraments
Church-related community work
Personal Development and Understanding of Faith
Church leadership & mission
The college works with existing ministers seeking to develop their knowledge and skills, with those preparing for service as ministers of word and sacraments and church-related community work ministry, as well as lay people seeking to develop their own understanding of faith and mission.
Northern College works as part of an ecumenical partnership based at Luther King House, Manchester and, along with the other colleges, has close links with the University of Manchester. It also shares with synods, and with the other Resource Centres for Learning in the United Reformed Church, a vision for learning for the whole people of God.
Our Ecumenical and Denominational Partnerships
United Reformed Church
The college has accepted the challenge of living in an increasingly ecumenical age and in a rich inter-cultural society, and with our partners we believe that new patterns of collaboration will make us better equipped to serve the churches, and to meet a wide range of opportunities in theological education.
Congregational Federation students undertake their postgraduate work at Northern College and, from time to time, the Federation sends students preparing for ministry of word and sacraments.
Council for World Mission
We have close links with the Council for World Mission. Many of our students undertake overseas placements in CWM partner churches and Luther King House welcomes many students from the world-wide church who undertake programmes of study. This all makes for a richly diverse learning and worshipping community.
Our Background and History
The Northern Congregational College was formed in 1958 through an amalgamation of the Lancashire Independent College and the Yorkshire United Independent College, both tracing their roots back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
In 1985, Northern College moved to its present site at what had previously been the Baptist College in Rusholme. In 2015 we celebrated our Pearl (30th) Anniversary.
Northern College acts as a Resource Centre for Learning for the URC, and retains links with the Congregational Federation. The college is also the preferred place of training for students training for ministry within the Moravian Church.
Although we have these strong denominational links, Northern College is an independent charitable trust, with its own Board of Governors and officers.