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Ministry in the Methodist Tradition

Ministry in the Methodist Tradition is an online course taken over three months, using Cliff College's online learning platform.

Ministry Methodist Tradition

Beginning in eighteenth century Britain, the Methodist movement now numbers over 80 million members worldwide. Across the Methodist family of churches, a range of lay and ordained ministries have become established, rooted in developments in the very first Methodist societies. Society stewards, pastoral visitors, class leaders and preachers are just part of a rich tapestry of vocations in the Methodist movement. Both lay and ordained vocations are rooted in Methodism’s understanding of the priesthood of all believers.

Ministry in the Methodist Tradition introduces students to the historical development of Methodist ministries and enables students to identify distinctive characteristics of ministry in the Methodist tradition today. It can be taken as an online course, or as a hybrid course with one day of teaching taking place onsite at Cliff College. The online learning elements will include written content, short videos, discussion boards and online exercises. Students will also be encouraged to pursue independent study, using resources provided, to reflect on their development in ministry and prepare for an assessment.

This course can be taken by itself, but can also be taken as part of the Foundations for Mission and Ministry programme. The Foundations programme is made up of this and five other units taken over two years. For more information on this programme, contact

This course will be available from 10 April 2023, and will take three months to complete. As part of the course, students will need to attend a day of seminars on Friday 12 May, either onsite at Cliff College or online. The deadline for applications for this course is Monday 13 March.

You can apply for this course here. This course costs £360, including access to all teaching materials and tutorial support throughout your course. This does not cover the cost of any meals or accommodation if you choose to attend the lecture day at Cliff College rather than attending online.