“Studying for the CYM MA has challenged me to move outside of my comfort zone and to consider perspectives I would not have otherwise encountered. This has impacted my practice as I have refined my understanding and in the process have become more self-aware.”



This flexible postgraduate studies pathway is ideal for those newly appointed into children and families ministry roles, or those more established who are seeking to challenge and deepen their understanding and practice in this area.

It enables students to gain an essential grounding in the theology of ministry and of contextual mission, and to combine these foundations with contemporary patterns and approaches in Children and Families Ministry.

Through the analysis of historical and contemporary literature from the field, it will enable students’ to unpack, explore and critique their own ministry with children and their families both theologically and practically.


PG Cert Ministry, Mission and Professional Studies (Children and Families Ministry*)

Theology, Social Context and Mission

This module will enable students to identify and critically appreciate missional approaches, and their theological roots in Christian thought and practice.  It will introduce concepts and theories of culture, subcultures, diversity and society, and require students to engage both theological and sociological knowledge and understanding. Through assessment tasks, these debates and understandings will be brought to bear on ministry and mission with children and their families.

Human Identity and Ministry

This module will provide an overview of perspectives on human identity and personhood found in development theories, theological anthropology and social and cultural studies. Particular emphasis will focus on an exploration of the concept of imago Dei and use this vantage point to develop an interdisciplinary dialogue on identity formation and social relationships. Through assessment tasks, these debates and understandings will be brought to bear on ministry and mission with children and their families.

Patterns and Approaches in Contemporary Ministry

Children and Families

Students will have the opportunity to explore and critique patterns, approaches and models in children and families ministry, and their theological and practical foundations. This will include stimulating an informed response to the principle texts in the field. This will include family ministry skills, spiritual accompaniment, discipleship, intergenerational approaches, pastoral care for children, mission with children and their families, community action and engagement amongst others.

PG Dip Ministry, Mission and Professional Studies (Children and Families Ministry*)

Students will study either

  • Theological Themes inChildren and Families Ministry


  • Professional and Ministerial Development


  • Theology, Management and Leadership

Plus 1 of the following:

  • Theology, Learning and Education
  • Community Engagement and Transformation

MA Ministry, Mission and Professional Studies (Children and Families Ministry*)

Complete your studies with a supervised, extended piece of original research into an aspect of contemporary Children and Families Ministry. Tutorial support for the dissertation also includes a study block focussed on empirical and library based research methods, and the opportunity to work with others to identify and refine a focussed research topic.

Check out our dissertation library to get a flavour of the research undertaken by previous postgraduate students with CYM.

VALIDATED BY: University validated

COST: PGCert £2,000, PGDip £4,000, Masters £6,000

DURATION: PGcert 1-2 years, PGDip 3 years, MA 4 years part time

Entry Requirements

  • BA Honours degree at 2:1 or equivalent experience/ prior learning
  • At least three years experience in Children and Families ministry, or related professional work.
  • Completion of safe to practice checks (Access NI, Enhanced DBS)

Where can I study?

Block weeks at MCYM and CYMI plus study days at regional CYM teaching centres

Fees and Funding

Check out our fees and funding overview for further information

CYM Postgraduate Studies