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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 20-24 June 2022.

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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.

‘We are really looking forward to working again with Jennie Fytche on this course focussed on the crucial ministry of pastoral care. Important for the way we relate to those around us both professionally and personally, this course provides some of the necessary training into this important area of ministry.’
Ian White, short course programme leader, Cliff College

Monday 20 June to Friday 24 June 2022

The cost for this course is £450.00, which 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.

Bookings for this course are now open - book here!

When you book you will be shown the full cost of this course - however, many students prefer to pay a deposit when booking and pay the full balance shortly before the course starts. Therefore we have enabled BACS payment rather than card payment for this course, and you will receive an email with payment details after completing your booking. You do not need to make a payment in order to complete your booking.

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