Cliff Summer School

Cliff Summer School is back for our 10th year! We have enjoyed some great times of learning, fellowship, worship, and celebration together over previous years, and are already looking forward to welcoming folk back on site. Will you be one of them?

Summer school group

You might be contemplating a full- or part-time course here at Cliff College – if so, Summer School is a great way to get to know us and see if Cliff College is right for you. Maybe you are a small group leader and want a refresher course to further your biblical knowledge, or a church member and want to better read and understand the Bible. You might be looking for new ways to pray, or seeking some direction in terms of ministry. You might just want to come to beautiful Derbyshire to reflect on your understanding of God. If any of this appeals to you, Cliff's Summer School is what you're looking for.

As well as the dynamic teaching, participants share in social times, meals, devotions, evening worship and reflection. Off site, there are opportunities to visit the nearby national attraction Chatsworth House or go into the village of Bakewell, whilst Curbar and Froggatt Edge are just a short walk away for those wanting to put on their boots. Of course, we have a selection of tea and coffee shops close by!

During the week free resources will be on offer to support Bible reading, as well as a pop-up bookshop carrying a variety of resources on-site midweek, and an opportunity to support the work of Micah68 in the Middle East with olive wood gifts from Palestine.

Explorations in the word - Ephesians

Led by our Cliff College faculty member and lecturer in theology Dr Ben Pugh, this course digs into Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Exploring the historical context, Paul’s knowledge of the church in Ephesus and the key themes of this important letter, you will come away informed, encouraged, and refreshed. It is an excellent study course and is ideal for those wanting to ‘go deeper’ into the Bible, for those leading groups or have a preaching call, and those preparing to embark on a study course at Cliff.

Engaging with the word; Creative Bible Reading

Led by Rev Dr Mike Parsons who has in recent times been the commissioning editor for BRF, and before that taught systematic theology in Murdoch University and Vose Seminary, Perth, Western Australia. The week will explore what sort of book the Bible is, how the Bible can fit better into our spiritual life, how it can strengthen our personal discipleship and will introduce the participants to a variety of different reading strategies. Ideal for church members wanting to read the Bible in a more creative way, for small group leaders, worship leaders and preachers.

The short few days have had a potentially lifelong impact on my Christian journey – something I simply was not expecting – but God has worked powerfully through Cliff.

Well balanced and organised, with inspirational leadership.

I have been inspired, enthused and encouraged by the whole experience. The lectures and fellowship were wonderful.

Engaging with other students made the learning experience communal and fun

Monday 26th - Friday 30th July 2021

The cost of £450.00 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single en-suite rooms. There is a slight reduction for couples sharing a double room. Students already signed onto one of our validated courses are entitled to a subsidy on the teaching aspect of the overall cost.

A non-refundable deposit of £75.00 secures your place and is payable on your acceptance of the place offered. The balance can be paid on arrival or before.

To register for this short course, download the attached booking form and send it back to If you have any questions or need further information, you can call the Summer School administrator, Cathi Thacker, on 01246 584221.