Certificate in Youth Ministry


Cliff College is delighted to be in partnership with Youth for Christ, and running this short course certificate under the leadership of John Hawksworth, YFC's local ministries senior manager (north).

Certificate Youth Ministry

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.

The Certificate in Youth Ministry is a week-long course designed to stretch, inform and inspire. This short course has been developed in partnership with Youth for Christ. It is designed for those who are working regularly with young people on a paid or volunteer basis or just looking for ways to test their calling in this area of ministry. It would be an ideal course for those on a youth ministry internship, and on a gap year. There are only 25 places available on this course, so book early!

The course is led by John Hawksworth from Youth for Christ and includes contributions from Cliff College faculty and other expert adjuncts in the field of youth work and ministry. 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 short course aims to enable new learning and provide the student with skills and resources for both individual and Church applications.

Subject areas

  • Exploring Gen Y & Z
  • Best practice, motives & ethics
  • Leading & building teams
  • Engaging and communicating with young people
  • Discipleship & faith formation
  • Skills & resources useful for ministry

The aim of the teaching is to introduce the latest thinking on young people’s spirituality and faith development, develop engagement and communication best practice with young people and further resource leaders in their work and ministry with this key age group.

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 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.

'We are really looking forward to working alongside John Hawksworth as he brings his passion for youth ministry, as well as his considerable experience and expertise to the course. We value the partnership with Youth for Christ, one of the leading ministries amongst young people across the UK. A course that will encourage, inform and empower.'
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.

Your Cliff College short course Certificate in Youth 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 the Academic Director.