Certificate in Pastoral Care

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 which impacts every area of a person’s life – their relationships, physical and spiritual wellbeing and emotional wellness.

Often people come to churches and Christian organisations at their point of need seeking this shalom. This new course explores how we can compassionately and responsibly care for those in need. This course will enable students to develop new knowledge and understanding of pastoral care as well as developing and gaining new skills to use within your context.

Building on our successful ‘Introduction to Pastoral Care’ training days, and a very well received Certificate course in 2019, our second Certificate in Pastoral Care course is offered in autumn 2020, and is a week-long course designed 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?

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. There are 20 places available on this course, so book early!

Jennie Fytche, Course Leader

Well known to Cliff College, and one of our own Children’s Ministry Alumni, Jennie originally trained as a nurse and then later studied Applied Theology in Family, Youth and Community work. Over the last 20 years Jennie has actively served as a trainer and mentor in pastoral care ministry and within children’s and youth work. Professionally she has experience of working alongside NHS workers, foodbanks, parish nursing, health and wellbeing projects and in wholeness and healing ministry. Currently, Jennie is working part-time as a schools’ worker in the town of Grantham supporting schools with collective worship, lunchtime groups and RE lessons.

Course Details

The course is hosted by Ian White, Senior Tutor, and led by Jennie Fytche, 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 course aims to enable new learning and provide the student with skills and resources for both individual and church application.

Subject areas include:

  • 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


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.

‘We are really looking forward to again be working 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; Programme Leader; Short Course Programme, Cliff College.

Recent participant on the Introduction to Pastoral care course: “I found the talk on listening particularly moving. Brilliantly informative and one everyone should hear this often” Sarah, Health and Social Care Lecturer Lincolnshire

Students say of the Short Course Certificate programme: “It was all totally invaluable and I wouldn’t change a thing.” “Informative, challenging, reflective, resourcing, encouraging, enabling and empowering.” “It will be hard to hold me back on things I will do!  I need to go back, reflect, pray, discern the next steps.  But as a ‘way of doing and being’, it’s been brilliant to take that away.”

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 course.


Cliff College Certificate in Pastoral Care: Monday 26th – Friday 30th October 2020

The cost of the teaching week is £450.00, which 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. 

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

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