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Are you called to sports ministry?

Sports Ministry training at Ridley Hall is part of a national initiative to promote sport and well-being as an effective vehicle for evangelism, ministry and ministry within the UK and beyond.

Why sports ministers choose to study here

Why sports ministers choose to study here

Applicants to RLM wanting to specialise in lay pioneer ministry will often have existing experience in mission and evangelism, and come to Ridley in order to deepen their own theological understanding. Recognising that in doing so, they will become better equipped at developing and growing church in their context.

The training provides students with the knowledge and tools to develop and deepen their existing sports ministry practice, within a framework of theological reflective practice. In order to meet this aim students will develop their:

  • theological understanding
  • understanding of mission
  • understanding of ministry
  • understanding of Sports Ministry
  • self-understanding
  • Own faith
How the course resources you for this ministry

How the course resources you for this ministry

Students are placed in a relevant sports ministry context and undertake six teaching weeks at Ridley Hall, where they are supported by experts in the field, to apply their learning to their sports ministry practice. In this way the course supports students to develop and deepen the Sports Ministry they are already engaged in, while providing the skills and framework to engage in Sports and other Ministry within multiple contexts.

More about the degree

More about the degree

The training sits within the Common Awards suite of degrees validated by Durham University. The degree title is 'Theology, Ministry and Mission'. This is the same degree undertaken by ordinands, youth ministers, children and families ministers, and lay pioneer ministers, as well as LLMs and specialist LLMs, and at Ridley we have a mix of students in any one classroom.

The Sports Ministry stream is being offered from September 2019 within the Cert HE (year 1 of the degree). Successful completion of the Cert HE in Theology Ministry and Mission allows progression onto the Diploma/BA in Theology Ministry and Mission, with either a continued focus on its application within Sports Ministry (development pending), or a focus on training for leadership in the church with a specialism in youth, children and families or pioneer ministry (RLM). Students referred by their diocese may transfer onto the Diploma or BA (hons) as part of their training as a specialist LLM or for ordination. Progression with a continued focus on Sports Ministry or RLM can be undertaken by independent students.

Download the Sports Ministry information sheet (pdf).

The course is eligible for student finance.

How to apply

How to apply

To apply, please complete and return an application form to layministry@ridley.cam.ac.uk

For further information and to chat about whether this might be the degree for you, contact Robin Barden:

Robin Barden

Director of New Opportunities

01223 741065 or 07527 476588

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