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Certificate in Bible Engagement

Everyone needs to learn how to read the Bible! Designed for those seeking a contemporary perspective on reading the Bible, the short course Certificate in Bible Engagement is a week-long course designed to stretch, inform and inspire.

Bible Engagement Certificate

What does it mean to engage with the Bible in the 21st century? What is the nature of the Bible, and how can it be creatively read and used in Christian discipleship and mission? Does the Bible have anything to say to the wider culture? This Cliff College certificate short course is highly recommended for those leading Bible study groups, as well as worship leaders and preachers.

This week-long short course is delivered via lectures and seminars and has practical as well as theoretical applications. Led by Rev Dr. Mike Parsons, with contributions by the Cliff College faculty and expert adjuncts, the aim of the course is to enable new learning with time for personal reflection. The short course seeks to explore contemporary engagement with the Bible and leave the student with new skills and resources.

Subject areas include:

  • What sort of book is the Bible? – inspiration, revelation, and how to read it
  • Where does the Bible fit into our spiritual lives?
  • How do we read the Bible? – different strategies to help
  • How do we use it? The Bible and our personal discipleship
  • The Bible and Christian living in the world – the Bible and making a difference in the world

One of last year's students, Rachel, wrote in the BRF newsletter about her experience of the Certificate in Bible Engagement. You can find her piece here.

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.

The lecturers brought the Bible alive, raised issues I had never considered, and left me wanting to know more.

Stimulating, exciting, sensitive and interesting… everything I had hoped for and more.

The course was very accessible to people of all abilities and knowledge.

An opportunity to explore different reading strategies to enable deeper personal understanding.

‘This course is an important addition to our range of courses and contributes to one of our key areas of historic study here in the college – the Bible. In the 21st century, what does it mean to have an engagement with the Bible that includes understandings of its place and position in the life of a Christian disciple – but also helps to shape the ethics, lifestyle, and actions of the Christian? We are really looking forward to welcoming Mike Parsons again on this important and dynamic course!’
Ian White, short course programme leader, Cliff College.

Monday 6 - Friday 10 March 2023.

Booking for this course will open shortly; please contact the administrator on if you have any questions or would like to register your interest.

The cost of £375 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support and meals throughout your stay. Overnight accommodation and breakfast can be booked at a discounted rate for students; 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.

Your Cliff College short course Certificate in Bible Engagement may also enable you to gain credit towards a University of Manchester certificate, diploma or degree at Cliff College. Usually, a short course certificate will gain you 10-20 credits towards a validated qualification. It would mean, for instance, that instead of studying 120 credits in the first year of a degree, you only study 100-110. The awarding of credit in this way is not automatic and must be applied for. If you would like further guidance on whether your Cliff College short course certificate may contribute towards a University of Manchester qualification at Cliff College then contact us on