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What we believe

Cliff College - a global centre for evangelism and missiology

Cliff College is an evangelical learning community which is rooted in God’s Word and Spirit, for the purpose of equipping God’s people for practical ministry and cutting-edge missional engagement.

Theological – our emphasis as a College and as a community is on discipleship – both personal, as we pursue God in our individual faith journeys, and social, as we seek to offer Christ to the world and maintain our historic motto ‘Christ for all – All for Christ’. Our commitment to discipleship shapes us for mission in today’s world. We stand in a tradition of Wesleyan holiness and charismatic renewal, with the Word as our light and the Spirit as our guide. This enables us to welcome students, staff and visitors from a variety of church backgrounds with open arms. We encourage everyone to join us in the adventure of faith as we learn and grow together as a community. We are part of the Methodist Church of Great Britain and operate as one of their training institutions, with a particular calling to serve global Methodism. We are also a member college of the Evangelical Alliance.

Academic – Cliff was birthed from a desire to train and equip God’s people to reach others with the good news of Jesus. As the College has developed over more than a century, we have maintained this passion and calling, and as we look to the future, we rejoice in the ways that evangelism and mission remain deeply rooted within every area of the College's life and community. Pursuing this ongoing calling involves the need for academic rigour, to prepare our students for the unique challenges of mission in today’s world. Our partnership with the University of Manchester has enabled us to challenge and develop our students to this end as they study for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, while our short course and Cliff Year programmes offer high quality teaching and learning to help equip the wider Church. This commitment to learning is not for mere academic speculation – rather, we participate in theological formation that shapes our thinking, our worship, our prayer and our lifestyles.

The education we offer at Cliff is theology for the real world – rooted in practice, forged in community, grounded in the authority of Scripture and consistently prompting us to face outwards. We proclaim the Gospel and invite everyone to experience the life-changing transformation of a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Cliff College adheres to the Evangelical Alliance's Basis of Faith, which you can find here.

Our ethos and charisms