Certificate in Administrative Ministry

Introducing a brand new course which has application for churches all across the country. With thousands of volunteers, and hundreds of paid workers employed in the important administration of the church, the Certificate in Administrative Ministry is launching in the next academic year! Designed for administrators and those who hold similar roles within the Church, this Certificate in Administrative Ministry is a week-long course looking at this important area of ministry. The course seeks to support the essential work and ministry of administration in our church life, and leave the student with new skills and resources.

We are excited to be working in partnership with the Methodist Learning Network in the delivery of this new course for church administrators, especially those working in a Methodist Church context.

Course Details

The week is delivered via input, workshops and conversation, and has practical as well as theoretical elements. The aim is to enable administrative workers to reflect on their practice, as well as learn new skills.

Subject areas include:

  • Biblical and contemporary reflections on what it means to be called to administrative roles
  • The importance of administration as a pastoral as well as technical role
  • How to foster good and mutually beneficial working relationships
  • The well-being, wholeness and health of a “layworker”
  • Skills and tools of the “administrative” trade – practical approaches and ideas for working effectively
  • Understanding the Methodist Church context
  • Sharing best practice


These subject areas are part of the course in direct response to consultation with those holding administrative roles in the Church. The week would be ideal for practitioners and those wanting greater knowledge about this area of ministry, whether they be employed or volunteers.

This will be an important addition to our range of courses, bringing together some of the key threads in this particular area of mission and ministry. We look forward to working with both practitioners and thinkers in this subject, and welcome the opportunity to work alongside Jane Bingham, and members of the national Methodist team’ – Ian White; Programme Leader; Vocational Ministry Courses, Cliff College.

This course is a direct response to those impacted by the changing landscape of administration in churches across the UK.  It promises to be an invaluable time for all those engaged in this ministry and offers an opportunity for us to unpack key aspects of our roles and the work we do. We are delighted to be working alongside colleagues at Cliff College.’ Jane Bingham, Learning & Development Coordinator – East Central, The Methodist Church.

Students asking for this course say: “It would be good to share more often about this particular kind of work.  It can be quite an isolated role and it is good to exchange ideas and learn with others

Students say of the Short Course certificate programme: “It was all totally invaluable and I wouldn’t change a thing.” “Informative, challenging, reflective, resourcing, encouraging, enabling and empowering.” “It will be hard to hold me back on things I will do!  I need to go back, reflect, pray, discern the next steps.  But as a ‘way of doing and being’, it’s been brilliant to take that away.”

Participants gain a Cliff College Certificate by completing the required assessment work following the teaching week. Successful students will be invited to the Cliff College graduation ceremony.


Cliff College Certificate in Administrative Ministry: Monday 29th Jan – Friday 2nd February 2018

The cost of £395.00 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single en suite rooms.

The Methodist Church is offering a bursary to the value of £100 for each Methodist participant. This can be obtained on request within the application form, and would need to be supported by your Church leader acting as your referee.

A non refundable deposit of £75.00 secures your place and is payable on your acceptance of the place offered. The balance of fees should be paid on arrival or before. 

For booking or more details contact: shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk  / 01246 584203

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