ONE YEAR OCCA PROGRAMME
The OCCA one year programme is an intensive multi-faceted course that stretches students not only intellectually, by grappling with key questions relating to culture and the Christian faith, but also personally, through practical training in spiritual formation, evangelism, communication skills and pioneering leadership.
The interactive teaching provides on-going opportunities to put the insights from the lecture room into practice by participating in creative and pioneering evangelism in a variety of settings. The students also benefit from a dynamic and wide-ranging curriculum that features regular tuition from acclaimed lecturers like Michael Ramsden and Dr Amy Orr-Ewing, as well as input from a diverse range of visiting specialists, including Dr Os Guniness.
The OCCA curriculum has been designed to provide a holistic form of training that combines theoretical and practical teaching. The former includes lectures on Apologetics, Biblical Studies, Theology, Missiology, Analytical and Continental Philosophy, the Historical Jesus, Science and Religion, Worldviews, Other religions and Culture Society and The Arts. The practical side of the course includes intensive personalised mentorship within weekly small groups, workshops/interactive seminars, and instruction on discipleship, mission, evangelism, communication, leadership and spiritual formation.
Students receive regular opportunities to speak at evangelistic events and they also take part in multiple town and university events week across the academic year. There are also opportunities to travel and speak alongside OCCA team members, whilst also receiving on-going mentoring and feedback, as part of their overall training and development.
Students coming to the OCCA can expect to be deeply challenged both intellectually and personally. They will receive training in evangelism and apologetics and explore life calling to enable them to have a deep and lasting impact within their spheres of influence. The cohort of students is deliberately limited in number each year, in order to ensure close and consistent interaction with tutors and lecturers throughout the course. The OCCA also offers the opportunity to gain experience and insight from learning from within a vibrant and interactive community representing many nationalities and contexts, but united by a love for Jesus and a heart to truly live out the Gospel.
“I am certain that my year at OCCA was life changing. Intellectually I developed in terms of biblical knowledge, church history, and of course current issues in apologetics. Practically I was challenged in terms of public speaking, debating and teaching to seekers and skeptics. But the deepest blessing was to enter into the community in worship and fellowship. The new friendships that developed will be there for a lifetime.”
Bruce Beard, 2005