The MA in Mission and Ministry (Children and Family Work) enables those working with a range of age groups to explore their approach to developing the social and spiritual lives that children and young people grow up in.
The course is ideal for those both with experience and previous qualifications in the field, or retraining to enter ministry with children, young people and/or families for the first time. You will develop knowledge of the social world of the child and apply that to approach to ministry – for example Messy Church, play, discipleship, community projects and so on appropriate to your context.
Your learning is based on your practice and students will continue in their paid or voluntary roles to reflect on real world situations throughout their course. It also encourages opportunities to try new approaches to ministry by spending time with other experienced practitioners.
Studying on this programme will enable you to gain:
- A theological and theoretical underpinning for ministry and mission to children, young people and families
- A grounding in relevant social sciences such as psychology, sociology, social policy and community studies and the ability to relate these to practice in a range of contexts
- A critical understanding of community and church based work, and the tools to transform your practice
- A range of transferrable skills including independent and creative thinking, self-organisation, team-working, communication, project management, etc of interest to employers.
- Broader experience in practice, as a result of undertaking a piece of alternative practice in a alternative context.
Learning in, and from practice – placements
For the duration of the course, it is a requirement that you are hold position (voluntary or paid) within a mission or ministry setting, where your formation as a Children and Families worker will be rooted in ongoing practice.
You will also engage in 1-1 tutorials with experienced professionals who will enable you to learn from what you do in practice, and demonstrate competence as a worker.
Academic and Pastoral Support
Alongside the interactive lectures and seminars, CYM provides study skills training, and ongoing academic advice and support for students, as integral components of the programme.
- Missional approaches to working with communities (30 credits)
- Transforming leadership (15)
- Patterns and approaches to ministry (15)
- Ministry and professional practice in social context (30)
- The ecology of child and adoescent development (15)
- Optional module (15)