BA (Hons) in Practical Theology

Children and Family Ministry

Children and Family Ministry - Overview

This course will expand your knowledge of child development and the role of children and family work. You will gain experience working alongside children in their communities, supporting them as they grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

locationLocation
CYM Nottingham

attendanceAttendance
Full or part time

durationDuration
3 or 6 years

start-dateStart date
18 September 2022

costCost
£8,500*

validated-byValidated by
Newman University

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*Course costs stated are for 2023. Also, some students pay for an overnight stay 1 night per fortnight. 2023 Fees.

Following the Children and Family Ministry pathway on our BA Honours degree in Practical Theology offers a qualification for careers in various contexts with children, young people, and their families.

This course will expand your knowledge of child development and the role of children and family work. You will gain experience working alongside children in their communities, supporting them as they grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

This course combines interactive and creative teaching days with practical experience in Christian youth ministry and statutory settings. You will apply what you learn in the classroom while developing your knowledge, skills, and abilities by engaging with children and their families in churches and the wider community.

"The course just ticked all of my boxes really... I wanted to get trained to work with the people I was already working with - trained up in social science as well as in theology."
- Rachel, Third Year Student

Studying on this pathway, you will gain:

  • Essential knowledge of the Christian faith through key theological disciplines, and the ability to relate this understanding to youth and community work practice.
  • A grounding in relevant social sciences such as psychology, sociology and cultural studies, and the ability to apply these as you serve children and their families in context.
  • An in-depth understanding of community and church-based children and family ministry.
  • Core skills as a children and family ministry practitioner.
  • Broad experience of children and family work, through the completion of two pieces of alternative practice in community or statutory settings
  • A range of transferrable skills, including independent and creative thinking, self-organisation, teamwork, communication, and project management, all of which will equip you for your upcoming career

    Learning in and from practice

    For the duration of the course, you will work and learn in a church or other appropriate setting, so your professional formation as a Children and Family worker will be rooted in ongoing practice.

    You will have regular one-to-one tutorials with experienced practitioners who will support your personal and professional development. You will also participate in small group activities to help you apply what you learn to your practice.

    Academic and Pastoral Support

    You will receive support from a dedicated line manager and other supportive colleagues, as well as access to the supportive team within the theological college that oversees your studies.

    Alongside the interactive lectures and seminars, you will be part of a facilitated peer formation group, have the support of a personal tutor, and have supervision externally by an experienced practitioner in the field. To find out what modules you will study, download our Course outline.

    Where can you study

    Students attend two days per fortnight at our Nottingham teaching centre and spend the rest of their time in their practice context. 

    Other Specialist Pathways

    Community Youth Work

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    This unique degree pathway will equip you to be inspired by your faith, build relationships with young people from all backgrounds, and demonstrate to them the values of the Kingdom of God.

    Chaplaincy with Children and Young People

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    On this pathway, you will gain an understanding of the history and theological basis for Chaplaincy and explore your practice as a chaplain in various practice contexts, working alongside experienced professionals who will help you reflect on and grow in your ministry.

    Community Ministry

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    This is ideal for those with a passion for a particular area of ministry or who want to pioneer new ways of working with communities. Previous students have been involved in running a food bank and worked with asylum seekers or those who are homeless.

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