Training for work with children
Building on Ridley Hall’s 20 years experience of training children, youth and families workers for ministry in and beyond the church, we continue to offer practice based, degree level training, for all those called to work with children, families and young people as part of The Common Awards suite of degrees. The Common Awards suite of degrees in Theology, Ministry and Mission is recognised by the church as preparation for professional ministry and mission within churches and to the world. The degree is validated by Durham University and offered at Ridley Hall as part of an ecumenical federation of theological training colleges. Our children, families and youth ministry students are an exciting mix of Anglicans, Pentecostals, Free Church, Baptists, Methodists and more!
The delivery method for this pathway concentrates all teaching into three intensive blocks (Monday to Wednesday) a year for two years. It has been designed specifically to meet the needs of those working with families, young people and children. In the standard programme, students will study three modules a year for two years, followed by a year of dissertation writing. Residentials take place at our site in Cardiff, where there is purpose built modern ensuite accommodation, catering, teaching rooms, common room and chapel.
Teaching team include Gary Smith (Message Trust), Lucy Moore (Messy Church), Yvonne Morris (Oxford diocese) Rachel Turner (Parenting for Faith), Mark Griffiths (St Padarns/New Wine), Chloe Richards (Alpha)
Gap year in discipleship and practical children and families ministry.The course includes the Level 3 “Engaging with Applied Theology” course from Moorlands College and includes input from Children and Families specialists employed by Scripture Union. Be Transformed is a great opportunity to explore if children and families ministry is something that God is calling you into in the long term. The course acts as a gateway therefore into further training in children and families ministry. Students will be placed in a children and families setting within the South West of England, on a full-time basis, which will enable them to implement and develop their learning and skills.
SWYM trainees can access the Moorlands College BA (Hons) in Applied Theology, validated by the University of Gloucestershire, through Moorlands College’s South West regional centre based at Brunel Manor, Torquay. Students will be placed in a church or inter-church project somewhere in the south-west of England and will then attend study blocks plus on the ground support through SWYM.