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Cliff Summer School


This five-day Summer School is designed to stretch, inform, and inspire; blending high-quality biblical teaching and learning with a relaxed community feel. Runs 25-29 July 2022

Summer school group

Cliff Summer School is back for our 11th year in 2022! We look forward to welcoming you to the Peak District and to Cliff College for a week of teaching, worship, prayer and social activities.

With dynamic biblical teaching led by Ashley Cooper and Ben Pugh, participants will join the community and spiritual life of the College through our regular rhythms of prayer and worship, group-learning and social activities. Alongside daily teaching, there will be opportunities to visit local attractions such as Chatsworth House or the village of Bakewell, whilst Curbar and Froggatt Edge are just a short walk away for those wanting to explore the natural beauty of the area.

Is the Cliff Summer School for me? It might be right for you if:

  • You are looking to deepen your faith and/or to further your biblical knowledge
  • You are wanting to be more effective in your everyday mission and ministry, either through or outside of your church
  • You are seeking God’s direction for ministry
  • You would like to meet and spend time with other Christians from around the UK (and beyond)
  • You need time to retreat and reflect and would like to spend a week in the beautiful Peak District
  • You are considering further theological study and want to see whether Cliff might be a good fit for you

You can choose between two streams of teaching for the week, aimed at helping you to explore mission and evangelism in the 21st century, navigate contemporary culture and be an effective force for Christ in your community. The streams are for teaching only - all Summer School participants eat together as a group, and the timetable allows for plenty of discussion and social time through the week.

Missional Engagement 1: The Spirit and Church Growth, a Samuel Chadwick Centre Course (Leader: Ashley Cooper)

A stream exploring mission in the power of the Holy Spirit. Sessions so far planned include:

  • Paul’s Church Planting Methods;
  • Invading, Inviting, Infiltrating: A History of Evangelism;
  • Crazy Charismatic Innovations: Inner Healing, Spiritual Warfare, Signs and Wonders and Mission;
  • Gifts of the Spirit and Churches that Grow: The Latest Research;
  • Growth in a Sea of Decline: The Story of Swanbank Methodist Church;
  • Samuel Chadwick, the Spirit and Evangelism.

Missional Engagement 2: Navigating the Culture (Leader: Ben Pugh)

An advert appearing on the sides of buses up and down the country in 2009 read: ‘There’s Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Your Life.’ Sadly, this apathy about the question of God seems to have changed little in the years since that advert travelled the country. So how did we get here? With such an impressive Christian heritage, how did this country become so ‘passive aggressive’ about faith? These are the kinds of questions we will look at on this stream.

The week will include:

  • Three sessions on ‘The big questions of our times’: What does it mean to exist? What does it mean to make sense? What is truth?
  • Three sessions about ‘Trying different lenses’: Are we post-Christian? How secular are we? What is humanism?
  • Two sessions on youth culture: The faces of youth culture, and, the foundations of youth culture.

There will also plenty of time to discuss and reflect, whether in class, over a meal or as you take a leisurely walk in the local area. There are four sessions of ‘free time’ built into the week.

The short few days have had a potentially lifelong impact on my Christian journey – something I simply was not expecting – but God has worked powerfully through Cliff.

Well balanced and organised, with inspirational leadership.

I have been inspired, enthused and encouraged by the whole experience. The lectures and fellowship were wonderful.

Engaging with other students made the learning experience communal and fun

Monday 25 - Friday 29 July 2022

The cost of £450.00 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single en-suite rooms. There is a slight reduction for couples sharing a double room.

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

Bookings are open now - click here to book!

When you book you will be shown the full cost of this course - however, many participants 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 or need further information, you can contact us on enquiries@cliffcollege.ac.uk or on 01246 584200.