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Certificate in Children’s Ministry

Cliff College is delighted to be running this short course Certificate in Children's Ministry under the leadership of Carolyn Edwards. If you want to resource your passion and experience with the latest thinking on children’s spirituality and faith development, then this is the course for you!

Childrens Ministry Certificate

The short course Certificate in Children’s Ministry course is a week-long course designed to stretch, inform and inspire. It is aimed at those who are working regularly with children on a paid or volunteer basis or are just looking for ways to test their calling in this area of ministry.

Many of us ‘fell’ into children’s ministry because there was no-one else to do it, and then realised just how wonderful and important it is. Whether you have been involved in children’s ministry for many years, or are just starting out, this short course will ground your instincts in theory and give you the confidence to do what you are already doing only better or try something new.

This short course is led by Carolyn Edwards, with contributions from the Cliff College faculty and other expert adjuncts. 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 Certificate course aims to enable new learning and provide the student with skills and resources for both individual and Church applications.

Subject areas include:

  • the spirituality of the child
  • faith Development
  • the Child in the Church
  • being a children’s leader
  • working in teams.

The aim of the teaching is to introduce the latest thinking on children’s spirituality and faith development and resource leaders in this important ministry.

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.

Thank you for a very inspiring week at Cliff College, I think often of the things I learned that week, and hope to come back soon again.

My calling has been re-affirmed and I have been supported every step of the way.

Engaging with other students made the learning experience great fun.

‘It will be excellent to welcome Carolyn Edwards back to Cliff College. We are really looking forward to working together on this important course focussed on our key ministry among children, both in the Church and in the wider community. Designed to both encourage and up-skill, this course provides some of the necessary theological and biblical training needed for this important area of ministry.’
Ian White, short course programme leader, Cliff College

Dates for this course will be confirmed in the coming months. Please email if you have any questions.

The cost, in the region of £450.00, includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single en-suite rooms.

Additional nights can be booked at an extra payment for those travelling a distance in readiness for the (mid-morning) Monday start.

A non-refundable deposit of £75.00 secures your place on the short course and is payable on your acceptance of the place offered. The balance of fees should be paid on arrival or before.

Your Cliff College short course Certificate in Children's Ministry 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