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Holy Trinity Brompton Starts Theological College


Holy Trinity Brompton, the Charismatic Anglican church in Knightsbridge, is to open a £6 million theological college. The Kensington-based Theological Training Centre will train students for leadership and evangelism.

Holy Trinity Brompton is home to the controversial Alpha course, which has become a multi-million pound evangelistic enterprise. The course claims to be a systematic introduction to the Christian faith and has been attended by over six million people.

However, the Alpha course has been criticised in ET for its questionable approach to vital Christian doctrines like sin and the work of the Lord -Jesus Christ, and its heavy emphasis on ‘Holy Spirit’ charismatic experiences.

The energy behind the church is extraordinary. There are numerous congregations planted in other areas of London by HTB and some of these have already planted more congregations of their own. These are largely made up of young, energetic and often wealthy members, in many ways quite opposite to the generally perceived composition of Anglican congregations.

The new training centre, based at St Paul’s Onslow Square, will be headed by Dr Graham Tomlin, acting principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

He takes up his post in September and will train people in church planting. He will also develop ‘new expressions of church’, which may mean a grassroots approach to church as opposed to the hierarchy of Episcopalianism.

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