This course is for those working mainly with children up to secondary school age, in or for the church on a paid or voluntary basis. It covers:
- How children grow and learn and the issues they face in that process
- Theological understanding and principles related to children and childhood
- The spirituality and faith of children
- An introduction to mission to and with children
- Management of self, team and leadership skills.
Study skills* (10 credits)
This unit provides students with the necessary tools for studying effectively at HE Levels 4-6.
Leadership, team and self* (10 credits)
This unit introduces students to leadership and team building skills and the ability to manage one-self professionally.
Applied practice* (20 credits)
This unit offers students the opportunity to focus on mission and ministry practice through observation, reflection and action in their own and another context. Students will be taught reflective skills and encouraged to use them in starting to analyse their own practice, and that of others in order to better understand why what works well, works well, and how to improve what doesn’t.
Spirituality and faith* (20 credits)
This unit introduces key theories relating to spirituality and faith development.
Issues facing children (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to the key issues facing children in 21st-century Britain.
Introduction to theology and children (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to some of the key doctrines and theological themes of the Christian faith. It will enable students to start to critique and evaluate these doctrines and framework, and relate them to the context and culture of children and their mission and ministry practice.
Introduction to mission to and with children (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to biblical, historical and contemporary concepts of mission, and relates it to their practice amongst children.
*These are core units which run every year.
You need 120 credits to complete the level. If you are part-time, you will need to attend one teaching week a semester over two years. If you are full-time, you will need to attend six teaching weeks over the course of one year.
‘Over these last two years many things in my life have been flipped upside down. But one true constant has been Cliff; the lecturers, worship and my fellow students have been a bigger support than you will ever know. I wish to thank you as an organisation for that and for the incredibly hard work you do to make our stays and weeks as great as possible.’
‘It was a really well planned and structured week where everyone was helpful and supportive. Lectures were excellent and it was a very positive start to the study weeks. The staff made big efforts to support us all personally and get to know us, which was well above what is expected in most education settings.’
‘It has helped me order things in my mind and given me a framework to help me make decisions about the direction of my ministry. The presence of God weaving everything together this week has been such an encouragement.’
Students completing this course could be employed by churches in a voluntary or paid capacity to work as part of their children’s mission and ministry team. Students’ natural affinity with children and creative communication methods will have been enhanced with Biblical and theological understanding, and this will give them the confidence to lead sessions as part of the church’s worship and teaching, for events and holiday clubs, or in local primary schools.
Students can also use this course as a foundation for employment with and further training from childcare or education providers.