One of the most outstanding initiatives of the Marshall Center for Christian Ministry (MCCM) of Georgetown College is the Ministerâ€™s Study Leave Program at Regentâ€™s Park College, Oxford, England. The Marshall Centerâ€™s Ministerâ€™s Study Leave Program provides ministers with a one month sabbatical away from congregational and/or ministry responsibilities. It provides a time of renewal, both professionally and spiritually, and allows the minister to return to his or her duties with new energy and ideas. A unique agreement between Georgetown College and Regentâ€™s Park College, makes this program possible.
Participating ministers have all the riches of Oxford University available to them during their Study-leave experience â€“ the extensive libraries, intellectually stimulating environment, and centuries old traditions that are part of Oxfordâ€™s impressive history.
The Marshall Centerâ€™s supervision of this program began with its inception in 1999. Since then more than 70 ministers have taken advantage of the opportunity. In January 2008 a revised agreement was signed between Georgetown College and Regentâ€™s Park College. The partnership between Regents Park College and Georgetown College is unique and involves Georgetown College Students studying abroad, Faculty/Staff sabbaticals, and the MCCM Ministerâ€™s Study Leave Program. The only part of the partnership for which the MCCM has oversight is the Minsterâ€™s Study Leave Program.
Effective January 2009, the four week Ministerâ€™s Study Leave sabbatical fee for registration/administration/housing/Regentâ€™s Park support is $3,500. This fee covers 1) the participantâ€™s registration fee and administrative support (MCCM), Â Â 2) the cost for the flat (apartment) for four weeks, 3) access to Regentâ€™s dining facility (meal service options vary in the summer months), 4) use of the Regentâ€™s Park College libraries, 5) option of securing a â€śReaders Cardâ€ť that allows one access and use of other libraries in the Oxford University system (card must be applied for in advance of Study Leave), and 6) tutorial support with a Regentâ€™s Park College professor (must be scheduled in advance). Tutorial support with a professor from a College other than Regentâ€™s Park would require additional charges.
Other costs that you will incur on your own include:
- meals (including Regentâ€™s Park dining),
- in-country travel, sightseeing, etc.
The flat in which MCCM Study Leave participants are housed is called â€śWheeler Robinson, flat #1â€ť. The flat is a part of the campus of Regentâ€™s Park College and opens into the beautiful Quad in the center of the enclosed campus. It is a small 420 sq. ft. apartment. The flat is designed to be used by only one guest (or guest and spouse) at a time. Therefore, use of the flat/apartment must be limited to the participating minister, or minister and spouse only. If a MSL participant has other family members and/or friends coming to Oxford during the sabbatical, there are numerous hotels nearby that can accommodate such guests.
The flat contains:
- a bedroom with a double bed, computer station and sitting area;
- a TV/reading room with a couch, small desk and TV trays;
- a washroom with shower; and
- a kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, stove/oven, and dishwasher.
The available dates for participants in the Ministerâ€™s Study Leave Program are between the end of Trinity term and the beginning of Michaelmas term (i.e. late June thru late September). Each four week sabbatical will be at the $3,500 cost. However, the month of December (following Michaelmas Term) is available to the MCCM and â€śfriendsâ€ť at a reduced cost of $2,000 (4 weeks) or $1,000 (2 weeks). [PLEASE SEE ADENDUM #2]
Available dates for sabbaticals are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Specific dates are considered â€śheldâ€ť for an individual only after the MCCM has received:
- Completed application form (w/ statement of overall objective)
- Personal rĂ©sumĂ© and/or Biographical statement
- $200 deposit.
(Policy Note: MSL participants must arrive and/or depart Regentâ€™s Park College on a weekday, Mondays through Fridays only. Personnel are not at the College to open or close the flat/apartment on Saturday or Sunday.)
You may apply online; or submit your completed application, your resume and $200 deposit to:
Marshall Center for Christian Ministry
Attn. Rev. Ken Holden
400 East College St.
Georgetown, KY 40324