Certificate in Pastoral Care


Cliff College is delighted to be running this short course certificate under the course leadership of Jennie Fytche, trainer and mentor in pastoral care, children’s and family work.

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, which adversely affect the usual Cliff College experience, this course has sadly been cancelled. We are planning to launch a number of online short courses before Christmas 2020, and a package of short courses at Cliff in the spring and summer of 2021. Keep an eye on this web page for when this course will be rescheduled, and on both the website and our social media to find out about what we’ll be offering online.

Building on our successful Introduction to Pastoral Care training days, our short course Certificate in Pastoral Care is created to stretch, inform and inspire. Designed for those who are interested in caring for people compassionately or just looking for ways to develop and reflect on current practice and learn from others, is the Certificate in Pastoral Care for you, or a member of your team?

Our world has become busy and noisy, and our days can be spent grabbing quick coffees and equally quick conversations with people around us. Regardless of circumstance, background and life choices more people are yearning for both a sense of peace and to be noticed and heard. At the heart of the Christian message is the offer of shalom, a life encompassing peace that impacts every area of a person’s life – their relationships, physical and spiritual wellbeing, and emotional wellness.

Often people come to churches and Christian organisations at their point of need seeking this shalom. This new course explores how we can compassionately and responsibly care for those in need. This course will enable students to develop new knowledge and understanding of pastoral care as well as developing and gaining new skills to use within your context.

The short course is led by Jennie Fytche, with contributions from Cliff College faculty and other expert adjunct teachers and practitioners. There is time for personal reflection and social space, as well as teaching delivered via lectures, seminars and workshops with practical as well as theoretical applications. The course aims to enable new learning and provide the student with skills and resources for both individual and church application.

Subject areas

  • Biblical and theological understandings of pastoral care
  • Models of pastoral care
  • Shalom as a theology of wholeness
  • The theology of hospitality
  • Skills in pastoral care
  • Responding to tough questions
  • Credible and responsible prayer ministry
  • Taking care of ourselves
  • Safe practice

The aim of the teaching is to equip people with the knowledge and skills of credible compassionate pastoral care which transforms individuals, communities and churches.

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.

The course was so encouraging, and it has helped me a lot in my own ministry. The teaching sessions were good and the trainers delivered the material in a very professional manner.

In one word – WOW! I didn’t realise theological learning could be like this. Being here this week, with others and in the way we’ve been led has completely energised me and has actually made me want to write the essay and do the reading.

‘We are really looking forward to working again with Jennie Fytche on this course focussed on the crucial ministry of pastoral care. Important for the way we relate to those around us both professionally and personally, this course provides some of the necessary training into this important area of ministry.’
Ian White, short course programme leader, Cliff College

The dates for this course are yet to be confirmed - please contact the short course administrator for more details.

The cost, in the region of £450.00, includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single en-suite rooms.

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 on the short course and is payable on your acceptance of the place offered. The balance of fees should be paid on arrival or before.

To apply for this short course, email shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk or call Pete Anderson on 01246 584203.