This course is specially designed for those working in mission and ministry amongst families. It considers what constitutes ‘family’, how families are formed, and the issues they face; the theological and biblical principles of family; an introduction to mission to and with families; spirituality and faith formation within families. It also includes 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 families
This unit introduces students to the key issues facing families in 21st-century Britain.
Unit 6 Introduction to practical theology and families
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 frameworks, and relate them to their mission and ministry practice with families.
Unit 7 Introduction to mission to and with families
This unit introduces students to biblical, historical and contemporary concepts of mission, and relates it to their practice amongst families.
Mission and Family
6-10 Nov 2017
Spirituality and Faith
12-16 Feb 2018
Leadership, Team and Self/Applied Practice
14-18 May 2018
Intro to Practical Theology
5-9 Nov 2018
Issues Facing Families
11-15 Feb 2019
“I have gone away with a whole host of ideas and challenges to what I (and others in our teams) do. I think I will need to pray and reflect a lot on what to look at as priorities and also discuss with others, where appropriate, so that we are moving forward together. A lot of information to consider! I felt a lot of information about the theological background to what we do, was really helpful and brought about a lot of points to consider. I am at the start of learning a lot and that is the major impact, realising there is a lot to learn and consider.”
“This week has led to me reflecting how I put my work with families in context – such as family ministry models and applying the biblical understanding of family.”
Students completing this course could be employed by churches in a voluntary or paid capacity to work as part of their family mission and ministry team. Students’ natural affinity with families 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, or events and holiday clubs.
Students can also use this course as a foundation for employment with and further training from childcare or education providers like family centres.