Cliff Summer School

Get the dates in your diary for Cliff Summer School 2020 –  Monday 27th – Friday 31st July 2020. 

2020 will be our 10th year of Cliff Summer Schools! A wonderful time of learning, fellowship, worship and celebration, we have enjoyed some great years together. Why not join us in 2020 on one of the three teaching streams, and enjoy time away here at Cliff College in beautiful Derbyshire?

Summer School testimonies: ‘Deepened my faith and my understanding of God’, ‘Renewing, refreshing and re-orientation!’, ‘The short few days have had a potentially life-long impact on my Christian journey – something I simply was not expecting – but God has worked powerfully through Cliff’, ‘I have met some wonderful people, all with the light of God in them’, ‘I have been inspired, enthused and encouraged by the whole experience. The lectures and the fellowship were wonderful’, ‘Huge inspiration’, ‘Engaging with other students made the learning experience communal and fun’, ‘My calling has been re-affirmed and I have been supported every step of the way’.

Find out more about our Summer School 2020 streams under Course Details.

Course Details

As well as the dynamic teaching, participants share in social times, meals, devotions, evening worship and reflection. Off site, there are opportunities to visit the national attraction Chatsworth House, just around the corner, go into Bakewell, just 7 miles away, whilst Curbar and Froggatt Edge are just a short walk away for those wanting to put on their boots. Of course we have a selection of coffee shops close by!

You might be contemplating a full or part-time course here at Cliff – then Summer School is a great way to get to know  us, and see if Cliff College is right for you.  Maybe you are a small group leader and want a refresher course to further biblical knowledge, or a church member and want to better read and understand the Bible. You might be looking for new ways to pray, or seeking some direction in terms of ministry. You might just want to come to beautiful Derbyshire to reflect on your understanding of God. If any of this appeals to you, then why not join us here at Cliff on our popular Summer School programme? Open to all aged 18 years+.

During the week free resources will be on offer to support Bible reading, as well as a pop-up Bookshop carrying a variety of resources on site mid week, and an opportunity to support the work of Micah68 in the Middle East with olive wood gifts from Palestine.

10 years ago we began our Summer School programme with a focus on the Bible. In Summer School 2020 we return to that focus with three streams of teaching around the Bible. We are happy to announce our first stream is Explorations in the Word; Ephesians headed up by the ever popular Dr Ben Pugh. We are delighted to announce that Rev Dr Peter Ensor is to return to Cliff, and lead our second stream – Greek in a Week – a very popular stream a few years ago! The final piece of the Summer School jigsaw is our third stream Engaging with the Word; Creative Bible reading which will be introduced by a good friend of the college Rev Dr Mike Parsons. See below for more details, and then why not sign up?!


Explorations in the Word; Ephesians – Led by our Cliff College Faculty member and Lecturer in Theology Dr Ben Pugh, this course digs into Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Exploring the historical context, Paul’s knowledge of the church in Ephesus and the key themes of this important letter, you will come away informed, encouraged, and refreshed.  It is an excellent study course, and is ideal for those wanting to ‘go deeper’ into the Bible, for those leading groups or have a preaching call, and those preparing to embark on a study course at Cliff.




Greek in a Week; Biblical Language – Led by New Testament scholar and former Cliff College Faculty member Rev Dr Peter Ensor, who has recently returned from being Senior Lecturer at Kenya Methodist University teaching Biblical Languages and New Testament studies, this course offers a framework to begin exploring the language of the New Testament. Ideal for those wanting a starter course in this New Testament language, and for fellowship group leaders and preachers too.


Engaging with the Word; Creative Bible reading – Led by Rev Dr Mike Parsons who 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. The week will explore what sort of book the Bible is, how the Bible can fit better into our spiritual life, how it can strengthen our personal discipleship, and will introduce the participants to a variety of different reading strategies. Ideal for church members wanting to read their Bibles in a more creative way, for small group leaders, worship leaders and preachers.



The three teaching streams will be delivered by Cliff College Faculty and expert guest lecturers, all drawn together by Ian White, Senior Tutor at Cliff College who acts as the Cliff Summer School Co-ordinator, and looks forward to welcoming you on site.


Costs are £435.00 for all teaching & materials, meals, refreshments and accommodation in single study en-suite rooms, and £295.00 for all teaching & materials, meals and refreshments (non resident). There is a slight reduction for couples sharing a double room. Students already signed onto one of our validated courses are entitled to a subsidy on the teaching aspect of the overall cost.

A non refundable deposit of £75.00 secures your place. The balance of fees should be paid on arrival.

Why not book now?! Return the booking form on this page by email to or by post to Summer School Administrator, Cliff College, Calver, Hope Valley S32 3XG. Please contact the college on 01246 584221 if you have any further administrative questions.


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