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Certificate in Pastoral Care

Cliff College is delighted to be running this short course certificate under the course leadership of Jennie Fytche, trainer and mentor in pastoral care, children’s and family work. Runs 12-16 June 2023.

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Building on our successful Introduction to Pastoral Care training days, our short course Certificate in Pastoral Care is created to stretch, inform and inspire. Designed for those who are interested in caring for people compassionately or just looking for ways to develop and reflect on current practice and learn from others, is the Certificate in Pastoral Care for you, or a member of your team?

Our world has become busy and noisy, and our days can be spent grabbing quick coffees and equally quick conversations with people around us. Regardless of circumstance, background and life choices more people are yearning for both a sense of peace and to be noticed and heard. At the heart of the Christian message is the offer of shalom, a life encompassing peace that impacts every area of a person’s life – their relationships, physical and spiritual wellbeing, and emotional wellness.

Often, and particularly in light of their experience of the past two years, people come to churches and Christian organisations at their point of need seeking this shalom. This course explores how we can compassionately and responsibly care for those in need, and will include teaching on how to respond to the collective and individual trauma of the pandemic as well as working with those who have been bereaved.

The short course is led by Jennie Fytche, with contributions from Cliff College faculty and other expert adjunct teachers and practitioners. There is time for personal reflection and social space, as well as teaching delivered via lectures, seminars and workshops with practical as well as theoretical applications. The course aims to enable new learning and provide the student with skills and resources for both individual and church application.

Subject areas

  • Biblical and theological understandings of pastoral care
  • Models of pastoral care
  • Shalom as a theology of wholeness
  • The theology of hospitality
  • Skills in pastoral care
  • Responding to tough questions
  • Credible and responsible prayer ministry
  • Taking care of ourselves
  • Safe practice
  • A ministerial response to trauma
  • Foundation of care for the bereaved

The aim of the teaching is to equip people with the knowledge and skills of credible compassionate pastoral care which transforms individuals, communities and churches.

Participants gain a Cliff College Certificate by completing the required assessment work following the teaching week. Successful students will be invited to the Cliff College graduation ceremony. Students can choose not to do the assessment work by auditing the short course.

The course was so encouraging, and it has helped me a lot in my own ministry. The teaching sessions were good and the trainers delivered the material in a very professional manner.

In one word – WOW! I didn’t realise theological learning could be like this. Being here this week, with others and in the way we’ve been led has completely energised me and has actually made me want to write the essay and do the reading.

Monday 12 to Friday 16 June 2023. Book your place using the 'Book now' tab.

The cost of £375 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support and meals throughout your stay. Overnight accommodation and breakfast from Monday to Friday costs £90, with accommodation and breakfast for Sunday night available at an additional cost; details of this will be sent to you via your course confirmation email.

Bookings are made through the Cliff College online shop - payment, either in full or a deposit of £75, can be made by card. If a church, employer or another person or organisation is paying for you to take this course, please complete the booking process and select 'BACs' as your Payment Method on the payment screen. This will complete your order without charging your account, and you will be emailed an invoice which can be forwarded to the party responsible for payment.

If you have any questions about the booking process, please contact