Certificate in Family Ministry

Designed for family work practitioners within the church and the community, the short course Certificate in Family Ministry is a week-long course in this growing area of ministry. We are excited to be working in partnership with the Methodist Learning Network and BRF in the delivery of the course. This course has been full over the last five years we have run the course - so book early!

Please note that this is an online course - all the teaching and learning will take place online. Students who wish to access the online course from Cliff College in order to have somewhere quiet to study are welcome to do so - see our 'Dates and cost' section.

Family Ministry Certificate

The online short course is delivered via lectures and seminars and has practical as well as theoretical applications. The aim is to enable family workers to reflect on their practice, learn new skills, and gain greater confidence in their ministry. Subject areas include:

  • biblical and contemporary reflections on the family
  • the importance of family, and ideals surrounding family
  • the seasons, celebrations and significant moments of family life
  • the role of relationships in family life, between families and the Church, and in the community
  • the well-being, wholeness, and health of the family
  • practical approaches to working with families

These subject areas comprise the Core Skills in Family Ministry curriculum. This short course would be ideal for practitioners, those wanting greater knowledge about this area of ministry, and those seeking to resource others in the life of the Church.

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 short course.

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.

'This course has already begun to shape family ministry practice across the country as it brings together some of the key threads in this field of mission and ministry. Working with some of the key practitioners and thinkers in this subject, we welcome the opportunity to again work alongside Gail Adcock and other national speakers’
Ian White, short course programme leader, Cliff College

‘This course offers valuable time and space for those working in this area to dig deeper, with fun and friendship along the way!’
- Jane Butcher, Advocates Lead, BRF

Monday 24 - Friday 28 January 2022

This course is taught online, and students will be able to access all the seminars, lectures and materials from our online learning platform. The total course cost is £255.00.

Some students may wish to stay at Cliff College for the duration of the course in order to have somewhere quiet to study. We are happy to offer full board and accommodation for these students at a cost of £195.00 for the week - this brings the total cost for the course to £450.00.

Additional nights can be booked at an extra payment for those travelling a distance in readiness for the (mid-morning) Monday start.

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 before the course commences.

Applications for this course are now open - apply here!

If you have any questions, please contact us on shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk or call us on 01246 584200.

Your Cliff College short course Certificate in Family 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 us on shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk.