Certificate in Youth Ministry

A new course for 2020! In partnership with Youth for Christ.

The Certificate in Youth Ministry course is offered in September 2020, and is a week-long course designed to stretch, inform and inspire. Designed for those who are working regularly with young people on a paid or volunteer basis or just looking for ways to test their calling in this area of ministry. It would be an ideal course for those on a youth ministry internship, and on a gap year. Is the Certificate in Youth Ministry course for you or someone in your team? There are only 25 places available on this course, so book early!


Cliff College is delighted to be in partnership with Youth for Christ, and running this Short Course Certificate under the course leadership of John Hawksworth, the Local Ministries Senior Manager (North).



John Hawksworth, Course Leader


John Hawksworth works for Youth for Christ, overseeing the local ministries in the north, particularly seeking to pioneer new centres. He has a passion to see young people encounter Jesus as well as to invest in leaders and equip churches to be effective. John has almost 30 years of practical youth ministry experience in church, organisation, festival and conference settings. He is married with 3 children, lives in Whitley Bay but remains a long-suffering fan of Derby County.

Course Details

Hosted by Ian White, Senior Tutor and Short Course Programme Leader, the course is led by John Hawksworth, with contributions from the Cliff College Faculty, and other expert adjuncts in the field of youth work and ministry. 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:

  • Exploring Gen Y & Z
  • Best Practice, Motives & Ethics
  • Leading & building teams
  • Engaging and Communicating with Young People
  • Discipleship & faith formation
  • Skills & Resources useful for ministry

The aim of the teaching is to introduce the latest thinking on young people’s spirituality and faith development, develop engagement and communication best practice with young people and further resource leaders in their work and ministry with this key age group.

“We are really looking forward to working alongside John Hawksworth as he brings his passion for youth ministry, as well as his considerable experience and expertise to the course. We value the partnership with Youth for Christ, one of the leading ministries amongst young people across the UK. A course that will encourage, inform and empower.” – Ian White, Programme Leader; Short Course Programme, Cliff College.

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 Youth Ministry: Monday 28th September – Friday 2nd October 2020

The cost of £450.00 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.

Special Note: Staff members of YFC are entitled to a 10% discount on the overall cost.

Gain credit towards a degree

Your Cliff College Short Course Certificate in Youth 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 the Academic Director .

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

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