Certificate in Parenting for Faith


Cliff College is delighted to be working with our partners Bible Reading Fellowship on this new certificate short course, under the leadership of Becky Sedgwick, BRF’s Local Parenting for Faith Coordinator.

Parenting For Faith

The new Certificate in Parenting for Faith course is a week-long short course designed to stretch, inform and inspire as those questions are explored. It is designed for those working in a professional or voluntary capacity with children, young people, and families in churches. This course will equip you to successfully support parents and carers as they disciple their children and explore what parenting for faith might look like in your church and community. Is the Certificate in Parenting for Faith for you or someone in your team?

Course content

What is it to share Christian faith within the family? How can we better parent the children of our communities to grow in God, or as adults accompany children on the Christian journey? What can it mean for the Church to support a family and have effective input into young people’s lives? How can we develop confidence in parents around prayer and the sharing of the Bible story?

This short course will help people working with children, youth and families in their churches and communities learn how to position themselves for maximum impact; develop foundational values and practices to operate out of, and establish practical steps to shape a culture where parenting for faith can flourish.

Subject areas include:

  • the current crisis in spiritual parenting
  • an overview of Parenting for Faith and its five key tools
  • skills and values you need to successfully support your families
  • Parenting for Faith in children’s and youth work and intergenerational spaces
  • working with your church and planning your next steps.

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.

Parenting for Faith has been a part of the Bible Reading Fellowship's children’s and family ministry since 2016. Its vision is to see children of all ages recognise and connect to God in everyday life so that they develop their own real, vibrant relationship with him.

Parenting for Faith believes that the best people to nurture children’s spiritual development are those God has already placed in their lives: parents, grandparents and other family members, carers and any other Christians working with children. It believes the Church’s role is to be a community that supports them as a family, equips them to succeed and cheers them on the journey.

Parenting for Faith exists to support parents and carers as they discover their own best ways to parent for faith, and to equip and inspire the church communities that surround and love them.

For those who want to grow in confidence and skills, making a real difference to children’s faith and to family life, Parenting for Faith has a lot to offer.

My wife and I came into the course open and willing to learn new methods to help our children find Jesus on their own terms. This course really delivered.

Doing the course was life-changing in terms of my parenting and it was amazing as a pastor to see significant changes happening in the lives of the participants.

‘We are delighted to be working with our partner BRF on this new course, which explores the role that parents, guardians and significant adults have in the lives of children, and points to skills and resources that can help them better shape faith in the lives of children. A great course to add to our portfolio of courses around children, youth and family work.’
Ian White, short course programme leader, Cliff College

Dates are being confirmed. Please contact the administrator for more information.

The cost 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.