Lay Ministry Training and Formation
Building on 20 years of providing degree level training for youth workers and children & family workers under the auspices of CYM, Ridley started offering a new degree course for youth, children and family ministers as Ridley Lay Ministry (RLM) 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 degree do you offer?
We offer the BA honours degree in Theology, Ministry and Mission validated by Durham University. The degree is part of the Common Awards suite of degrees developed by the Church of England and partner churches.
Who is the degree for?
The degree is particularly relevant for youth ministers, children and family ministers, (lay) pioneers, and those working in a pastoral capacity, both within and beyond the church.
Do I have to be an Anglican?
No, we are an ecumenical course and have students from a range of denominational backgrounds including Anglican, Methodist, Pentecostal, Free Church and Baptist.
How does the degree work?
The degree combines three equally important aspects of learning, providing you with a unique and deeply transformative learning experience. These three areas are:
1. In-depth, biblical and theological study.
2. The opportunity to apply learning in practice as part of an existing ministry team.
3. A space, facilitated by highly experienced practitioners, where you can learn alongside peers and struggle with the realities of applying your learning into practice.
For further information on our pedagogy do ask us for a free copy of the Grove booklet on PC3 training. The booklet can also be purchased direct from Amazon.
What will the degree give me?
- A widely recognised theology degree from Durham University
- A solid foundation in the ministerial specialism of your choice
- A transformative learning experience that will deepen and strengthen your faith
- An opportunity to test your vocation and discern God’s plans for you
- The tools, skills, knowledge and aptitude to further God’s calling on your life wherever this may lead you
Where do I study?
We have two teaching centres:
- Ridley Hall, Cambridge
- London Teaching Centre, Enfield
We offer the full suite of degrees at Ridley Hall, and the first year of the degree - Cert HE - at our London Teaching Centre.
Students can undertake the Cert HE at our London Centre and be equipped for ministry, or go on to complete the BA (Hons) by studying at Ridley Hall for a further two years full-time.
What modules do I study?
Please see the most recent module choices (pdf).
How often will I be in college?
The teaching pattern is dependant on where you study.
- Modules at Ridley Hall are taught over 6 specific weeks in the year
- Modules at Enfield are taught one day a week during term time
Further details about the learning experience at both Ridley Hall and our London Teaching Centre can be found by following the relevant link in the Lay Ministry Training menu. Alternatively, why not contact us direct or come to one of our open days to find out more?
What qualifications do I need to apply?
Candidates should normally hold at least one A Level (Grade E or above) or equivalent, for entry onto the Cert HE. Successful completion of the Cert HE allows you to progress onto the BA(hons).
Students with three A level's (Grade E or above) can apply directly for entry onto the 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 do not have the necessary qualifications why not consider undertaking our level 3 access course? See the tab below to find out more.
If you are unsure please do contact the Director of Studies (Robin Barden) on email@example.com
Do I need a placement?
Yes, all students have a placement for the duration of their studies. You should expect to spend an average of 16 hours a week in your placement when not in college, engaged in work relevant to your ministerial specialism as part of an existing ministerial team.
Do I find my own placement?
We will support you to find a suitable placement. Many students apply with a placement already in mind but some don’t. The placement can be a church, para-church, or other faith context. Students typically stay in the same placement for the duration of their studies but it is possible to have a different placement each year.
We would encourage you to explore our partner agencies that have extensive experience of supporting students on the degree. All offer specific practice support and some offer considerable financial support. Further details can be found by following the relevant link in the Lay Ministry Training menu.
What do others say?
Graduates of the course regularly reflect on their studies as a key transformative time within their life, faith and ministry. Graduates have commented on:
- the depth of theological engagement that deepens and develops faith
- the relevance of the teaching
- the benefit of learning with students and teachers from a wide variety of church backgrounds and traditions
- the academic, spiritual, and personal support provided by staff and peers
- the extensive practice experience gained
- the networks that have been built
Please follow the ‘stories’ link in the Lay Ministry Training menu to read more about specific student experiences.
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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.