Training for volunteers
A University level regional course provided by the Dioceses of Chester, Manchester and Blackburn; validated by University of Chester
The BA (Hons) Professional Practice, Contextual Ministry and Practical Theology delivered by MCYM in Nottingham provides a flexible qualification for those wishing to train in mission and ministry in a range of contexts. Study three years full time or up to six years part time. Combining interactive and creative teaching days with challenge and inspiring practical work in a ministry context, the course is designed to support your growth and development in all areas of your life and ministry. Live where you are doing your ministry and travel to Nottingham for two days a fortnight in term time. We can help you find a suitable practice agency for you. Students can specialise in a chosen area, particularly chaplaincy or children and family work. This course is eligible for student loans.
Three year full-time or part-time equivalent degree course validated by Staffordshire University and incorporating professional validation (JNC) through the NYA (in England) or NSETS (in Ireland); combining term time teaching days at the regional centre (one day weekly in Ireland - Youthlink NI Belfast; two days fortnightly Midlands - St John’s Nottingham) and learning in a professional practice agency (a church or faith based organisation). Each student has a practice tutor to work one to one with them to complete their practice portfolio and gain their professional qualification. We can help you find a suitable practice agency where you would be based and engaged in youth work weekly. You also have the opportunity to complete two shorter placements in contrasting settings to broaden your experience and enhance your employment potential. Eligible for student loans.
The Level 3 Certificate is recognised as conveying the Youth Support Worker Level 3 recognition.
The course involves 6/7 day conferences, distance learning, reflective supervision and learning by doing!
One student says “I enjoyed gaining a better insight into youth work. I loved the fact that the course gave a chance to apply our learning and learn things outside of the classroom. My knowledge has increased and my love for youth work has also increased.”
Equip Children’s Ministry is for those working with children and their families within their community including church as a paid worker, volunteer, gap year student or young leader. The course will be taught at Level 3 by experienced CYM tutors. Learners will gain a Level 2 Certificate qualification with the potential to also gain a CYM Level 3.
Combining key understandings about the world of the child, their faith and spiritual journey, with the development of key skills relevant for children’s work and ministry, in addition, the role and responsibilities of children and families worker working in a church and/or wider community context are explored. Within these focal areas, learners are challenged to undertake Biblical and Theological reflection on ministry and work with children and their families.