Specialise in children's and family ministry

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Are you called to children’s and family work?

Ridley Lay Ministry (RLM) students specialising in children’s and family ministry are called to work with children of all ages and their families.

The work may focus on under 5s, primary school age, the transition into adolescence or involve engagement with all of these groups, and may take place in a church, school, community or other setting.

But at its heart will be the support of children in their emotional, physical, social, mental, spiritual and faith development.

Why children’s and family workers choose to study here

Why children’s and family workers choose to study here

Applicants to RLM wanting to specialise in children’s and family ministry have often already worked with children in a church context and come to Ridley looking to deepen their own theological understanding and to improve their ability to facilitate the faith development of others, particularly children.

What makes a good children’s and family worker?

What makes a good children’s and family worker?

RLM students specialising in children’s and family ministry can be pastors or evangelists, teachers or prophets. Typically, they have an appreciation of and sensitivity to, the breadth of a child’s own faith and a desire to ensure they play a full part in the church community.

They often have a heart for young families, providing space, support and encouragement to parents, guardians and grandparents alike. Extraverted or introverted, they are often notable for their non-judgemental manner and calm presence within messy realities.

How the RLM course specialism resources you for this ministry

How the RLM course specialism resources you for this ministry

All students at Ridley Hall undertake in-depth study in Biblical Studies, Christian Tradition, Ministry and Mission, and Theological Reflection and Reflective Practice. Specific modules undertaken by RLM students specialising in children’s and family ministry include Bible in Context, Children’s Faith development, Pastoral Care, Management, Leadership and specialist modules in Children and Families Ministry as well as research in an area of interest at level 6.

A key element of an RLM student’s learning takes place in ongoing ministerial practice and within theological reflection groups. RLM students specialising in children’s and family ministry are placed within a relevant ministry at the start of their studies. Theological reflection groups take place during each block teaching week and are facilitated by an experienced children’s and family minister.