Foundations for Mission and Ministry
Foundations for Mission and Ministry covers the essentials of Christian theology and practice in accessible and creative ways. The course will help you develop your existing missional practice and prepare you for new areas and opportunities for ministry. Apply online here.
Foundations for Mission and Ministry is a two-year, part-time programme covering essential teaching and training for Christian mission and ministry today.
Drawing on Cliff College’s expertise over many years training men and women for mission and evangelism, both in the UK and globally, this programme is designed for people exploring or already engaged in paid or voluntary mission and ministry and will supplement and develop your existing skills whilst challenging and stretching them in new areas.
Offered either entirely online or in a hybrid model, students will take six units including Integrating Theology and Practice, Pastoral Practice and Growing in Leadership.
The majority of the teaching and learning for the programme will take place online, with some live seminars available either online or onsite at Cliff College in Derbyshire, or at Edgehill House in Belfast. Assessment methods are highly practical and include creative written assignments and recorded presentations.
Cliff College is an approved partner of The University of Manchester. This programme has been developed by Cliff College and leads to the award of undergraduate credit from The University of Manchester.
You can also take individual units from this programme as standalone courses. Read more about this option here.
Christian Theology in Outline
This course introduces students to the major questions explored by key Christian doctrines and enables them to strengthen their grasp of Christian faith.
Growing in Leadership
This online course introduces students to key approaches in self-management, leadership and teamwork for Christian mission and ministry.
This online course introduces students to key theories, movements, figures and practices relating to spirituality in the Christian tradition.
Excellent, sequential course. The video presentations were short, focused and relevant.
I have been truly blessed to be part Cliff College this year. I feel part of the community even from afar, have enjoyed every unit, and the course is stretching my theological thinking and reflection.
I highly recommend the Foundations for Mission and Ministry course, whether you're taking it to gain a qualification or for the joy of learning something new. The online learning is highly adaptable and the team at Cliff have been incredibly supportive. The learning is stretching my mind and my faith as I discover more about mission, ministry and myself.
This programme is available with entry points in September, January and April.
Each unit is delivered mainly online and comprises ten sessions over ten weeks, with a further five weeks to prepare and submit your assessment. The first and last sessions of each unit are live seminars which you will need to attend either online or onsite at Cliff College. The dates for these live seminars will be listed below when confirmed.
The other eight sessions are designed for independent study and are made up of video content, reading, written tasks and other creative activities to help consolidate your learning. These can be done at any time in the week that suits you. We recommend that you allow two hours of learning for each session, plus time for reading and assessment preparation.
Throughout the course you will have opportunities through scheduled online meetings to check in with Cliff College staff, discuss your learning and experience of the course, seek guidance on assessments and ask any questions you have.
Unit start date
|Christian Theology in Outline||Monday 2 October 2023|
7-8:30pm on Monday 2 October
7-8:30pm on Monday 11 December
|Growing in Leadership||Monday 15 January 2024|
7-8:30pm on Monday 15 January
7-8:30pm on Tuesday 19 March
The units offered in 2024-25 will be: Integrating Theology and Practice; Pastoral Practice; and either Ministry in the Methodist Tradition or Evangelism and Christian Mission.
The tuition fee for the full programme (comprising six units) is £2,000. Alternatively, it is possible to take individual units at a cost of £360 per unit.
If you choose to join us on the Cliff College site in person for live seminars, rather than accessing these online, you will be responsible for your own travel and accommodation costs.
You may be able to apply for funds towards the cost of this professional development programme from your church or employer. There is also a discount available for students supported by their local Methodist church or circuit; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This programme is a part-time programme with students taking one unit each term over a two year period. Students can start in September, January or March as these units do not need to be taken in a particular order. Please specify in the application form in which year you intend to commence your studies.
If you are applying as part of your training for a Local Lay Pastor role, please state this in the 'personal statement' section of the application form.
A Level 3 qualification (such as an A Level) or equivalent.
It is recognised that standard procedures for assessing applications may not always provide an accurate understanding of an applicant's suitability. In such cases where a Level 3 qualification is not held, qualification it is still possible to apply, and these applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, in line with our non-standard entry process.
English language proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English shall have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent in an equivalent recognised test. This must have been achieved no longer than two years before the date of enrolment on the course.
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The programme is designed to be completed over two years, with each unit designed to be completed over 15 weeks (ten weeks of teaching sessions plus five weeks to prepare and submit the corresponding assessment).
The Foundations for Mission and Ministry is suitable for those in any church denomination and is approved as a key element of training for the Local Lay Pastor scheme in the Methodist Church in Britain and for ordination training in the Methodist Church in Ireland.
For all students, the programme can form part of professional ministry development, and is a valuable way to demonstrate growing expertise in a range of pastoral, missional and ministry contexts. In addition to the knowledge and skills you will gain from your study, successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of 60 FHEQ Level 4 credits by The University of Manchester. You will be issued with a transcript from the University detailing this credit.
Successful completion of the programme may also prepare students to access other higher education awards in theology, ministry and mission. The units on the Foundations for Mission and Ministry programme are matched with units in the first year of the undergraduate programme at Cliff College. It is therefore possible to apply to transfer the credit for these units as part of an application to the undergraduate degree, BA (Hons) Theology and Mission. If you are planning to do this – or if you begin to think this may be an option for you as you study – please do speak with our Admissions Officer at the earliest opportunity.