Cliff College are currently taking applications for their part-time courses for Children’s and Youth Ministry. Residential Gap Year studies are also available for those who may be interested.
“Cliff is validated by Manchester University, and is very highly regarded for its academic standards, being at the forefront of 21st century mission training. However, it is also a real community of faith, and attendance there would certainly be a life-changing experience for anyone fortunate enough to go” Jon, a current student at Cliff College
Their first undergraduate part-time course in Children’s Ministry started in 1999, and the Programme Leader, Ian White, has been steadily developing courses which concentrate on resourcing practitioners in the field. They now have courses at diploma (Children’s Evangelism and Nurture; Youth, Mission and Ministry), BA (Children’s and Youth Ministry) and since 2009 MA (Children; Youth; Children and Youth) levels. The delivery is in intensive teaching blocks. In the case of the three undergraduate courses this requires attendance for 5 teaching blocks over the two years of the course. The focus of the diploma and BA courses are on producing ‘reflective practitioners’, and they are looking not only for those in part or full-time employment in the Church, but also volunteers with children and young people, who maybe give 2 hours a week at the Sunday School, youth club etc. It is a requirement of all those courses that you have at least 100 hours contact time with children or young people per year. They have had all kinds of students join the courses, and currently have over 80 part-time undergraduate students.
These courses have already benefited over 200 graduating students and the numbers are increasing. At this coming Graduation there is likely to be over 40 students graduate from these undergraduate courses. But Ian White would like more students to join Cliff College in what he believes is an important area of ministry – and they have capacity for another 20 students at the time of writing.
Please pass this information onto relevant key individuals and send it out to your networks: children’s workers, youth pastors, Sunday school teachers, Boys Brigade officers etc.
More details about the courses can be found here: http://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/page/part_time Clicking on the course titles offers more information including prospectus, application and reference form. There is also a promotional video which interviews 4 diploma students talking about the impact the course has had on their youth work. Well worth watching! The Administrator Rosie Bourne (firstname.lastname@example.org) is happy to supply more information or answer any questions.
Ian White is Lecturer in Children’s and Youth Ministry and Children’s and Youth MInistry Programme Leader at Cliff College, Calver, Hope Valley, Nr Sheffield, S32 3XG Telephone: 01246 584213
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