Lay Ministry Training and Formation
Lay Leadership Training
Cert HE, Diploma, BA Hons.
The Lay Ministry Pathway will prepare you for lay leadership within the Christian church. You will be placed in a church or other appropriate setting for the duration of your training where your formation in ministry and mission will be rooted in ongoing ministerial practice.
As you develop a specialism in your chosen ministry, your studies will lead to a Cert HE, Diploma, or BA (Hons), in Theology, Ministry and Mission validated by Durham University. We currently offer the following specialisms: Youth Ministry; Children and Families Ministry; Pastoral Care / Pastoral Assistant, and Lay Pioneer.
London Teaching Centre (for part-time study)
Students can undertake the Cert HE in our London teaching centre (Enfield). This part-time route provides you with foundational ministerial training in a range of possible specialisms, including: Youth Ministry; Children and Families Ministry.
Teaching at the London Centre provides an opportunity for students from a range of backgrounds to engage in high quality ministerial training while living and working within London. Successful completion of the course leads to the Certificate in Higher Education validated by Durham University. For students wishing to continue in their studies the Cert HE also provides access onto the Diploma and BA (Hons) taught at Ridley Hall.
Browse the tabs below to find out more about studying at Ridley and learning in context. If you would like to explore further, we would love to hear from you. Contact Fiona our Ministry Support Officer to discuss the course or arrange a visit. To apply for a place on the course, download an application form (Word doc).
Studying at Ridley
Students studying in Cambridge attend Ridley Hall for a total of 6 intensive teaching weeks over the year. Each teaching week lasts for three or five days depending on the length of the module.
Students studying at our London teaching centre attend each Wednesday during academic term time.
Teaching at both locations involves a mix of formal lectures, group work, and personal tutorials.
I’m regularly challenged in my own faith in a way that stretches me, pushing me out of comfort zones, expanding my thinking and opening my eyes to so much more of God.
Year 2 student
A key aspect of learning for all students is their involvement in Ministerial Formation Groups. Ministerial formation groups are facilitated by expert practitioners and provide students with the space to reflect on and grow in their ministerial specialism.
The teaching at both centres is provided by experienced lecturers and tutors with a range of publications between them.
Learning in Context
The Lay Leadership pathway requires students to be involved in relevant ministerial practice throughout their training. Part of an existing ministry team, it is here where students are supported to apply their learning, grow in ministerial competence, and develop expertise in their chosen ministerial specialism.
Cert HE (London/Part-time)
Students are required to undertake 100 hours of ministerial practice a year in a relevant ministerial context.
Cert HE/Diploma/Degree (full time)
Students are required to undertake 200 hours of ministerial practice a year in a relevant ministerial context. Many students undertake an average of 16 hours a week.