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Pastoral Practice

Pastoral Practice is an online course taken over three months, using Cliff College's online learning platform.

Pastoral Practice

Pastoral care has been an essential component of Christian mission and ministry since the earliest days of the church. While some office holders within the church have a particular responsibility for pastoral care, all within the church are encouraged and expected to ‘watch over one another in love’, as John Wesley put it. This course on Pastoral Practice provides students with an introduction to pastoral theology and enables students to identify and develop practices of pastoral care. The unit situates pastoral care within the mission and ministry of the whole church, and explores how pastoral practice can face and respond to a number of specific contemporary issues.

Pastoral Practice 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 16 January 2023, and will take three months to complete. As part of the course, students will need to attend a day of seminars on Friday 17 February, either onsite at Cliff College or online. The deadline for applications for this course is Wednesday 14 December.

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.