Certificate in Parenting for Faith
The new Certificate in Parenting for Faith course in partnership with Cliff College will be available from 1 March 2021 as an online self-study programme. As restrictions are lifted, it will be also be available as a week's residential course.
Designed to stretch, inform and inspire those working in a professional or voluntary capacity with children, young people and families in churches, this course will equip you to successfully support parents and carers as they disciple their children and explore what parenting for faith might look like in your church and community. The online version is taught through videos, with optional reflective activities designed to help you process how what you have learned might look like in your setting. There are 12 units to complete, covering the history of children's discipleship and God's plan for discipleship; the practical skills you need to envision and equip the parents and carers you work with; and units thinking through what that looks like in different situations: for example, in kids' and youth groups, in church services and on the fringes of church. The course ends by thinking through the theory of culture change, to help you work out your next steps.
We have created the course knowing that some people taking it will be new to parenting for faith while others might be vastly experienced. There are two tracks: one for those new to parenting for faith and one for those already used to the basic tools and ideas. The former includes two units on the key tools while in the latter, these units are replaced with 'advanced leadership' units covering topics such as helping parents continue their parenting for faith journey after the course, and team training.
There are two options for taking the Parenting for Faith course – the ‘completion’ option, which costs £150, or the ‘Cliff College Certificate’ option, which costs £175. The course content is the same for both options, but the ‘Certificate’ option gives you the opportunity to submit a written assignment to help you further engage with the learning of the course.
Students who take the completion option can engage with the course at their own pace, whereas the Cliff College Certificate option gives students 12 weeks to complete the course and 12 weeks to complete the assignment. The assignment will be marked and then moderated by college staff. Students who obtain a pass mark or higher will receive a Cliff College Certificate in Parenting for Faith, awarded at the Cliff College Graduation ceremony.
Students who choose the self-paced ‘completion’ option will receive a completion certificate and do not need to complete a written assignment.