Cliff Summer School


Cliff Summer School is back for our 11th year in 2022! We have enjoyed some great times of learning, fellowship, worship, and celebration together over previous years, and are really looking forward to welcoming folk to another week of teaching here in the Peak District. 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 led by Ashley Cooper and Ben Pugh, participants share in social times and shared meals, as well as morning & evening prayers led by Ian White. 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, 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.

Missional Engagement 1: The Spirit and Church Growth, a Samuel Chadwick Centre Course (Leader: Ashley Cooper)

A stream exploring mission in the power of the Holy Spirit. Sessions so far planned include:

  • Paul’s Church Planting Methods;
  • Invading, Inviting, Infiltrating: A History of Evangelism;
  • Crazy Charismatic Innovations: Inner Healing, Spiritual Warfare, Signs and Wonders and Mission;
  • Gifts of the Spirit and Churches that Grow: The Latest Research;
  • Growth in a Sea of Decline: The Story of Swanbank Methodist Church;
  • Samuel Chadwick, the Spirit and Evangelism.

Missional Engagement 2: Navigating the Culture (Leader: Ben Pugh)

A stream exploring mission within our culture. Sessions so far planned include:

  • Choosing a Story;
  • The ‘Postmodern’ Story;
  • The ‘Post- Christendom’ Story;
  • 'Secularisation';
  • ‘Above us Only Sky’: Our Culture’s Problem with Transcendence;
  • Pluralism, Multiculturalism and Tolerance;
  • The Many Faces of Humanism;
  • Indifference to Faith and What we Might Do About it.

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 25 - Friday 29 July 2022

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.

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.

Bookings are open now - click here to book!

When you book you will be shown the full cost of this course - however, many participants prefer to pay a deposit when booking and pay the full balance shortly before the course starts. Therefore we have enabled BACS payment rather than card payment for this course, and you will receive an email with payment details after completing your booking. You do not need to make a payment in order to complete your booking.

If you have any questions or need further information, you can contact the Summer School administrator, Cathi Thacker on c.thacker@cliffcollege.ac.uk / 01246 584221.