This course is for those working mainly with children up to secondary school age, in or for the church on a paid or voluntary basis. It covers: how children grow and learn and the issues they face in that process; theological understanding and principles related to children and childhood; the spirituality and faith of children; an introduction to mission to and with children; and management of self, team and leadership skills.
Unit 1 Study skills
This unit provides students with the necessary tools for studying effectively at HE Levels 4-6.
Unit 2 Leadership, team and self
This unit introduces students to leadership and team building skills and the ability to manage one-self professionally.
Unit 3 Applied practice
This unit offers students the opportunity to focus on mission and ministry practice through observation, reflection and action in their own and another context. Students will be taught reflective skills and encouraged to use them in starting to analyse their own practice, and that of others in order to better understand why what works well, works well, and how to improve what doesn’t.
Unit 4 Spirituality and faith
This unit introduces key theories relating to spirituality and faith development.
Unit 5 Issues facing children
This unit introduces students to the key issues facing children in 21st-century Britain.
Unit 6 Introduction to practical theology and children
This unit introduces students to some of the key doctrines and theological themes of the Christian faith. It will enable students to start to critique and evaluate these doctrines and framework, and relate them to the context and culture of children and their mission and ministry practice.
Unit 7 Introduction to mission to and with children
This unit introduces students to biblical, historical and contemporary concepts of mission, and relates it to their practice amongst children.
Mission and Children
2-6 Oct 2017
Spirituality and Faith
12-16 Feb 2018
Leadership, Team and Self/Applied Practice
14-18 May 2018
Intro to Practical Theology
1-5 Oct 2018
Issues Facing Children
11-15 Feb 2019
“These last two years many things in my life have been flipped upside down. But one true constant has been Cliff; the lecturers, worships and my fellow students have been a bigger support than you will ever know. I wish to thank you as an organisation for that and for the incredibly hard work you do to make our stays and weeks as great as possible.”
“It was a really well planned and structured week where everyone was helpful and supportive. Lectures were excellent and it was a very positive start to the study weeks. The staff made big efforts to support us all personally and get to know us, which was well above what is expected in most education settings.”
Students completing this course could be employed by churches in a voluntary or paid capacity to work as part of their children’s mission and ministry team. Students’ natural affinity with children and creative communication methods will have been enhanced with Biblical and theological understanding, and this will give them the confidence to lead sessions as part of the church’s worship and teaching, for events and holiday clubs, or in local primary schools.
Students can also use this course as a foundation for employment with and further training from childcare or education providers.