New future for CYM at Ridley
Ridley Hall has been training children, family and youth workers since 1998, under the auspices of CYM. We are proud of all our graduates, the impact they have had on the lives of so many, and the professionalism with which they have gone about this task.
The World is Changing . . . and We are Changing to Meet it
We have learnt a lot over this time, and from September we will be utilising this experience as we say an amicable goodbye to CYM and become The Department for Lay Ministry Training and Formation at Ridley Hall.
The move to lay ministry training enables Ridley to meet the need within the Church for a more diverse leadership of full-time lay personnel. Full-time lay positions often have a focus on youth and children’s ministry, but they also focus on all ages, chaplaincy, mission etc. Accordingly, students studying lay ministry at Ridley Hall will have the opportunity to specialise in specific roles, including youth ministry, but also in more generic roles such as pastoral assistant or chaplain. The strength of our approach to contextual ministerial training and formation, underpinned by theological reflection, is it allows us to offer one degree for multiple specialisms.
At the heart of this change is the desire to offer training to all those who are called to lay church leadership, irrespective of age and focus. We have already moved our teaching to six block weeks over the year in order to maximise access for students of all ages and to ensure students have a substantial training experience within a relevant ministerial context. This has been a great success, not only providing a positive learning experience for all, but also enabling students to form a worshipping community within which they can explore their particular vocation with the support of peers.
For further information or if you are interested in accessing training, from one module to a whole degree, please do contact the Director of Lay Ministry, Robin Barden at firstname.lastname@example.org.