Certificate in Bible Engagement

What does it mean to engage with the Bible in the 21st century? What is the nature of the Bible, and how can it be creatively read and used in Christian discipleship and mission? Does the Bible have anything to say to the wider culture? Designed for those seeking a contemporary perspective, the Certificate in Bible Engagement is a week-long course designed to stretch, inform and inspire.

Cliff College is delighted to be running this course in partnership with The Bible Reading Fellowship, and to be working with Rev Dr Mike Parsons as Course Leader. Mike taught Systematic Theology in Murdoch University and Vose Seminary, Perth, Western Australia, is Commissioning Editor for BRF and brings a huge wealth of expertise and experience to the course.

Course Details

The week is delivered via lectures and seminars, and has practical as well as theoretical applications. Led by Rev Dr Mike Parsons from The Bible Reading Fellowship, with contributions by the Cliff College Faculty and expert adjuncts, the aim of the course is to enable new learning with time for personal reflection. The course seeks to explore contemporary engagement with the Bible, and leave the student with new skills and resources.

Subject areas include:

  • What sort of book is the Bible? – inspiration, revelation, and how to read it
  • Where does the Bible fit in to our spiritual lives?
  • How do we read the Bible? – different strategies to help
  • How do we use it? The Bible and our personal discipleship
  • The Bible and Christian living in the world – the Bible and making a difference in the world

‘This will be an important addition to our range of courses, and contributes to one of our key areas of historic study here in the college – the Bible. In the 21st century what does it mean to have an engagement with the Bible that includes understandings of its place and position in the life of a Christian disciple – but also helps to shape the ethics, lifestyle and actions of the Christian. We are really looking forward to working with our partners The Bible Reading Fellowship on this new and exciting course!’Ian White; Programme Leader; Short Course Programme, Cliff College.

BRF is delighted to be developing a formal partnership with Cliff College. This is a natural extension of the work we already do with them. We are excited at the prospect of being able to teach, train and impact more people through Cliff’s expanding ministry and mission-focused courses. It will also enable us to provide a training resource for staff and volunteers already involved in BRF’s programmes.’ Richard Fisher; Chief Executive, Bible Reading Fellowship.

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 Bible Engagement: 5-9 March 2018

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

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. 

Gain credit towards a degree

Your Cliff College Short Course Certificate in Bible Enggagement may also enable you to gain credit towards a University of Manchester certificate, diploma or degree at Cliff College. Usually, a short course certificate will gain you 10-20 credits towards a validated qualification. It would mean, for instance, that instead of studying 120 credits in the first year of a degree, you only study 100-110. The awarding of credit in this way is not automatic, and must be applied for. If you would like further guidance on whether your Cliff College Short Course Certificate may contribute towards a University of Manchester qualification at Cliff College then contact the Academic Director, Dr Justin Thacker on j.thacker@cliffcollege.ac.uk 

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

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