Lay Ministry Training and Formation
Ridley has offered new courses in youth and children’s ministry from 2015. We are pleased that this offer has now been expanded to include training for lay pioneers and those interested in training within pastoral contexts such as chaplaincy.
What training do you offer?
We offer degree level training that combines theological study with extensive practice experience. You can study at various levels but all our courses are validated by Durham University. We also offer an Introduction to Mission and Ministry course for those requiring an access course into degree level study with us. More details are given below.
Where do I study?
You can study at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, or at our London Teaching Centre in Enfield. We currently offer all our courses at Ridley Hall and the Cert HE part-time at our London Teaching Centre. Students at both centres are full members of Ridley Hall and The Cambridge Theological Federation with access to all that provides.
Further details can be found by following the links on the menu under Lay Ministry.
Is this a youth ministry, children’s ministry, pioneer and/or pastoral ministry degree course?
Yes! The course is suitable for people looking to train in any and all of these ministerial specialisms. Building on 20 years experience of training youth and children’s ministers we have specifically designed the course to train students in all these ministerial specialisms.
The degree is structured so you integrate your developing theological understanding, faith, self-understanding and specific practice experience to bring about transformative learning in your ministerial specialism. It is this transformative learning that becomes the bedrock for sustainable and purposeful life-long ministry in the your chosen ministerial specialism.
What qualifications do I need to apply?
Applicants onto the Cert HE require two A levels at E or above or equivalent. Successful completion of the Cert HE allows you to progress onto the Diploma or BA(hons). If you are 21 years or over we will take into account your skills, experience and interests, whether you have formal qualifications or not. If you are unsure do contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are do not have the necessary qualifications why not consider undertaking our level 3 access course? Successful completion will provide access onto our degree level courses. Click on the tab below to find out more.
Do I need a placement?
Yes, all our degree students have a placement for the duration of their studies. We call these ministerial practice agencies or practice agencies for short. You should expect to spend an average of 16 hours a week in your practice agency when not in college, engaged in relevant ministry as part of an existing team.
Do I find my own placement?
We will support you to find a suitable placement or practice agency. Many students apply with a practice agency already in mind but some don’t. The practice agency can be a church, para-church, or other faith context. Students typically stay with the same practice agency for the duration of their studies but it is possible to have a different agency each year.
We would encourage you to explore our partner agencies that have extensive experience of supporting students on the degree. Many of offer specific and sustainable support. Further details can be found by following the link on the right hand side.
What do others say?
Graduates of the course regularly reflect on their studies as a key transformative time within their life and ministry. What they have appreciated includes:
- theological engagement that deepens and develops faith
- engaging in a transformative learning experience that forms the basis for future ministry and mission
- a supportive learning community of both peers and staff
- gaining extensive practice experience and developing networks within the field
- studying modules that that relate Christian tradition and practice to ministry and mission today
- learning from experienced teachers and practitioners who are passionate about building God’s kingdom
- teaching that is passionate, lively and relevant
- learning with students and teachers who come from a wide variety of church backgrounds and traditions
- access to the extensive resources of the Cambridge Theological Federation, both electronic and physical
I'm interested - What next?
Have a read through the extra information below and by following the links in the Lay Ministry menu and we would be delighted to hear from you. To apply, please complete and return our application form. To attend one of our open days email us on email@example.com, or call us on 01223 746583.
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Degree Course Information
All our degree courses are delivered through The Cambridge Theological Federation.
Find detailed information about taster modules here
- Find detailed information about the 60 credit award Theology Ministry and Mission (coming soon)
- Find detailed information about the Cert HE Theology Ministry and Mission
- Find detailed information about the Diploma in Theology Ministry and Mission
- Find detailed information about the BA (Hons) in Theology, Ministry and Mission
All students studying for children, youth, pioneer and pastoral ministry are based within The Department for Lay Ministry at Ridley Hall (RLM).
As part of the Lay Ministry Department at Ridley Hall (RLM) you will be provided with academic and pastoral support from departmental staff as well as specialist tutors and lecturers from the field. The Director of Studies for Lay Ministry, Robin Barden, oversees your studies. You can find more information about the academic and support staff here.