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)
This pathway explores the interaction between ethical, sociological and psychological theories and theological perspectives in relation to working with children, families and local communities.
Drawing on Biblical perspectives, the course critically examines intergenerational ministry, how families relate, parenting, issues around divorce, and just about everything to do with working alongside families in the context of their community. The course will also encourage you to understand your God-given gifts and abilities in this field, and equip you for ministry.