Certificate in Bible Engagement

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? Designed for those seeking a contemporary perspective on reading the Bible, the Certificate in Bible Engagement is a week-long course designed to stretch, inform and inspire. Everyone needs to learn how to read the Bible! This is an ideal course for those wanting to learn deeper and more effective Bible reading skills, and would be great for those leading Bible study groups, as well as worship leaders and preachers.

Course Details

The week 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 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 in to 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

‘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 look forward to welcoming Mike Parsons again on this important and dynamic course!’Ian White; Programme Leader; Short Course Programme, Cliff College.

Students said of last years Certificate in Bible Engagement course: “The lecturers brought the Bible alive, raised issues I had never considered, and left me wanting to know more”, “Inspiring….highly recommend”,”Stimulating, exciting, sensitive and interesting…everything I had hoped for and more”,”The course was very accessible to people of all abilities and knowledge”,”Food great….I think I have put on half a stone!”.

Read what Rachel, one of last years students writing for the BRF newsletter said about her experience of the course: Click 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.

Course Leader: Mike Parsons


Cliff College is delighted to be running this Short Course Certificate under the course leadership of Rev Dr Mike Parsons. Mike has in recent times been the Commissioning Editor for BRF, and before that taught Systematic Theology in Murdoch University and Vose Seminary, Perth, Western Australia. He brings a huge wealth of expertise and experience to the course, and is keen to get people reading the Bible creatively.



Cliff College Certificate in Bible Engagement: 9-13 March 2020

The cost of £435.00 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single en suite rooms.

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

Gain credit towards a degree

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 the Academic Director on academicdean@cliffcollege.ac.uk 

For booking or more details contact: shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk  / 01246 584203

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