Theology, Spirituality & Chaplaincy Summer School

Our two August 2018 Summer Schools offer a variety of teaching streams to choose from, covering the three different streams of Theology, Spirituality & Chaplaincy in week 1 (30th July – 3rd August) and three streams within Worship: Leading and Preaching in week 2 (6th-10th August).

Summer School testimonies:‘Refreshed and renewed’, ‘Helped me refocus my Christian life’, ‘Taught me to live a simple, loving, caring Christian life’, ‘Enabled me to expand and gain more knowledge’, ‘Made some amazing friends’, ‘A great boost and encouragement’, ‘A good retreat to revive my personal spirituality and service in ministry’, ‘A wonderful space to pray and reflect’.

Find out more about our Theology, Spirituality & Chaplaincy Summer School 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.

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 and theological knowledge, or a church member and want to better read and understand the Bible. You might even 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+.

  • Theology stream – ‘Introduction to Theology’- Led by Cliff College Faculty member Dr Ben Pugh, this exciting course starts by asking ‘What is Theology?’, then offers an overview of the major theological themes, covering subjects including The Attributes of God, The Trinity, The Theology of Creation, Christology and Pneumatology, amongst others! It is an excellent study course which got rave reviews in the last two years, and is ideal for those wanting an overview of some of the key theological themes of the Christian faith, and those preparing to embark on a study course at Cliff.
  • Spirituality stream – ‘Perspectives on Christian Spirituality’ – Led by Tony Moodie, Cliff College associate lecturer, and a team from the Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network of the Methodist Church, this course reflects on key themes in Christian spirituality. It reviews the examples and teaching of some major figures in Christian spirituality including Catherine Booth, Dorothy Day, Ignatius Loyola and John Wesley, as well as some current developments such as digital spirituality. If you are wanting to deepen your understanding of the spiritual life, then this is a course for you!
  • Chaplaincy stream – ‘Exploring Chaplaincy’ – An opportunity to learn about contemporary chaplaincy principles and practices, while exploring a vocation for this vital ministry. This popular course will look at a variety of contexts for chaplaincy, including new ways of working, as well as identifying the central themes which can make this ministry so significant for churches seeking mission beyond its walls. Led by Matthew Reed from the Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network of the Methodist Church, together with guest speakers from a range of contexts, the course will introduce some of the theory and theology behind chaplaincy, while offering practical tools for use in practice. Sessions will also include a focus on helping to explore a vocation for this work, whether as an individual or as a church considering a new project. The course is ideal for anyone, lay or ordained, thinking of getting involved in chaplaincy at any level, as well as those who are already active and maybe wanting to refresh their thinking. It is also suitable for those working in a related field, and who want to explore techniques that could enhance their practice.


The teaching streams will be delivered by Cliff College Faculty and Methodist Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network staff, all drawn together by Ian White, Cliff College Senior Tutor, who acts as the Summer School Co-ordinator, and looks forward to welcoming you on site.


Costs will be £280.00 for all teaching & materials, meals and refreshments, and £395.00 for all teaching & materials, meals, refreshments and accommodation in single study en-suite accommodation. 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.

Contact the Summer School Administrator, Veronica Evans for more details:  / 01246 584200.

Why not enquire, or even sign up now?!

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