‘For me this course has been about recognising that there are others out there doing the same as me – being with like-minded people has been refreshing and affirming.  It’s exciting that stuff’s changing with kids work and people are putting more value on it.”
CATHY. CYM CORE SKILLS STUDENT

 

Overview

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 combines key understandings about the world of the child, their faith and spiritual journey, with the development of key playwork 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.

Through the use of interactive training days, distance learning materials, work with children and their families and help from a mentor, Equip Children’s Ministry aims to give learners the knowledge and understanding to –

  • Be equipped for their role to lead and facilitate sessions with children, parents and children with their parents.
  • Be responsible and inclusive in their practice
  • Understand biblical and societal models of children in community
  • Be aware of the faith and spirituality of children and the role of play in this
  • Engage in their formation as workers and ministers with children and families

This is achieved through the following units of learning:

  • Unit 1 : Being There
  • Unit 2: Being Human
  • Unit 3: Being Family
  • Unit 4: Being Responsible
  • Unit 5: Being Childlike
  • Unit 6: Being Free

Successful completion of each unit gives 12 CPD points endorsed by SkillsActive, which can be used towards further study.

TITLE: Equip Children’s Ministry

ENDORSED BY: SkillsActive

COST: £725

TIME COMMITMENT PER UNIT:
12 hours  working with children

5 hours of learning at training days
10 hours of building a portfolio

When can I start?

Bristol CYM starts in January 2017

Where can I study?

BCYM at Bristol Baptist College, Bristol

OCYM at Oxford Youth Works, Oxford

Entry Requirements

  • A placement
  • A recent CRB/DBS
  • A Line Manager
  • A Mentor
  • Access to a computer is required.

“CHURCHES THAT EMPLOY A CHILDREN’S/YOUTH WORKER ARE HALF AS LIKELY TO BE IN DECLINE.” FINDINGS FROM THE CHURCH GROWTH RESEARCH PROGRAMME, RESEARCH CARRIED OUT BY THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.