One Year to Change Your Life

Hope City Academy is a one year course
(with an optional second year)
and is all about equipping you to take hold
of the God-given destiny that lies within you.


Chris Denham

Academy Director

We want to help you to build a strong, firm foundation for your life so that throughout life and ministry you feel equipped to “walk worthy of the calling with which you were called”.

The lectures, practical application and assignments are all designed to help equip you as a person in relation to your character, integrity, personal gifting, confidence, faith and excellence as well as with practical training for leadership and ministry. Academy training and electives take place over three days each week, enabling you to work part-time for your own personal income. Lectures are based in Sheffield and the practical electives take place either in Sheffield or your home location.



Learning is great but getting active with what you’ve learnt is even better! Hope City Academy is not designed to help you get more ‘head-knowledge’ but to give you the opportunity to learn and then put what you’ve learnt into immediate practice.

Creative Arts

Hope City Church is well known for its spirit of creativity across a mix of media, design, worship and the performing arts. Whether it’s producing cutting edge graphics or being part of the excellent teams that each week lead thousands in worship – choose our Creative Arts Elective and you can be at the heart of all that is happening. From staging opening items for national events, creating world-class video and design or writing songs to be sung across the nation – this is an exciting time to be on the cutting edge of making Jesus famous throughout our world.

Mercy Ministries

City Hearts is the mercy ministry of Hope City Church. City Hearts Restore offers support and accommodation to vulnerable women who need help to gain freedom from the things that are holding them back. City Hearts Anti-Traffiking is part of the national support provision for accommodation and support to men, women and families caught up in the travesty of human trafficking. If you choose to work alongside these programmes as part of your Academy year you will receive unique training and experience is an area of ministry that is deeply impacting people’s lives.

NEXTGEN Ministries

If your passion is working with children or young people then choose to work alongside the youth or children’s teams of Hope City Church. Be part of creating exciting, cutting edge programmes that each week reach hundreds of children and young people through schools work, special events and our weekend services. Student and Young Adult ministry is also one of the biggest new trends in churches across the world. Learn from the best and get behind the scenes of all that is happening and be a part of the cutting edge of Student and Young Adult ministry that is helping reshape a nation.


Receive lectures from tutors who are proven leaders and practitioners in their areas of gifting and ministry.

Teaching Subjects

Throughout the year students will engage in a wide variety of core and specialised subjects.

Faith Dynamics
Developing the Leader within You
Church History
Prophecy and The Prophets
Basic Theology
Introduction to the New Testament
Old Testament Survey
Personal Disciplines
Gifts of the Spirit
The Book of Acts
The Book of Ephesians

Church Culture
Public Speaking and Presentation
Intimacy with God
The Letters from 1 and 2 Peter
The Book of Nehemiah
The Practical Leader
Church Engineering
The Pastoral Dimension
The Pastoral Epistles
Change Dynamics
The Worshipping Church

Song-writing Workshops
Presenting the Gospel in the 21st Century
Mercy Ministry
Community Evangelism
Youth Ministry
Schools Work
Event Planning
Student and Young Adult Ministry
*subject to change and elective choice

A 21st Century church that is relevant, faith filled and life changing is the ideal environment for leadership and gifting to develop as you practically outwork what you learn on a day to day basis.



It is our aim to see every student grow personally throughout the Academy year in their relationship with God and in their understanding of His purpose at work in their lives.

Often students arrive unsure of what God has called them to or have simply decided that they want to give a year of their life to serving the church. Whether you’ve a clear idea of God’s purpose for your life or you don’t have a clue – the Academy year is one of personal growth and development that at times can be incredibly challenging, but is always rewarding.

Personal Devotion

You will be encouraged to pursue God personally during the course of your studies. Your Tutors are there not to just train you in tasks but also to spend time helping you fan into flame the gifts of God within you. The greatest place this happens is in a life that is sold out for God. Your personal walk with God will be one your greatest assets throughout the Academy year – indeed throughout your life!

Pastoral Support

All our Tutors are there to provide the best pastoral care and support to our students so that you will always find there is someone with whom you can connect. We also expect all our students to be actively involved in any small groups and life group activities within the church to ensure that your year is surrounded by great friends who can encourage you to press on to see God do great things through you.