Studying with BEST

Who does BEST support?

Our aim is to assist those current or potential leaders at ‘grass roots’ level seeking primarily to gain first level qualifications (certificate, diploma or degree) or to do foundation courses. Their need is to study to strengthen or take up ministries as pastors, bible teachers and evangelists, and to be equipped to train others in Bible knowledge and handling, Christian discipleship and mission.

Also, we will consider other applicants who may want to study for higher degrees in order to serve in key positions in their Diocese or ministry, especially those who will equip others in the church to teach or train others.

How are BEST Study Partners chosen?

All applications are carefully considered against such key criteria, and applications closest to these are put forward to a Crosslinks’ Selection meeting, usually held twice a year. As applications usually exceed funds available, there is no guarantee of funding. The Selection meeting makes the final decision as to who will receive bursary support as BEST Study Partners.

How can I apply for a bursary?

Only if you think your application would fulfill all the above criteria, should you request a full application form by completing the initial enquirer’s form. You can complete this BEST Enquiry form online or request it from the BEST Co-ordinator by e-mail at:, or in writing to: Crosslinks, 251 Lewisham Way, London, SE4 1XF.


Who can apply to BEST?

BEST has particular criteria by which it assesses strictly all applications.  All applicants should be;

  • recommended by their Diocese and, preferably, by a Crosslinks’ worker or contact
  • accepted onto, and about to start, a relevant course with an evangelical theological college known to Crosslinks
  • attending a college in their own or nearby country
  • under 40 years old
  • if married, arranging to spend only a limited amount of time separated from their spouse and any children
  • Involved in practising ministry at least two years since their last study course
  • Capable of and committed to providing regular reports and prayer news updates

Please note: students already enrolled and studying on courses are not eligible to apply.