Thanks to a creative partnership between Church Mission Society, Oxford CYM and Frontier Youth Trust, pioneer children and family workers can join a unique learning programme that combines the best of CMS’s experience of pioneering mission and ministry, CYM’s experience of training for children and family work, and FYT’s experience of working with young people on the margins.
The certificate in pioneer ministry consists of six modules which are outlined below.
These are taught over two years. Most students complete four in the first year and two in the second. Each module is generally taught over a series of seven days in Oxford. The days run from 10.30am to 4pm to give students time to travel. There are two weekends incorporated to visit and learn from mission practice..
The resulting award is a Certificate in Mission, Ministry and Theology through Durham University as part of the Common Awards.
The certificate comes endorsed by CYM.
- Mission and Evangelism
- Foundations for Theology and Reflective Practice
- Introduction to the Bible
- Informal Learning with Young People and Children
- Basic Playwork Skills in Children’s Youthwork Practice
- Introduction to Spirituality and Discipleship (half module)
- Values Policy and Practice in Children and Family Work (half module)
“As a pioneer who is called to help children and young families to explore their faith, the pioneer course at CMS provided me with an invaluable space and resources for my ministry.” Ali Middleton, Pioneer Minister, Wellingborough
Mission and Evangelism
Introducing the mission of God, pioneering mission theory and practice. We look at current thinking in missiology through a series of frameworks for mission. We explore what part culture has to play and how to communicate cross culturally. And consider evangelism and meet practitioners to hear from their experience. The module includes a weekend where we go and learn from those doing pioneering mission.
Introduction to the Bible
A look at the grand sweep of the salvation story told in scripture from Genesis to Revelation. It also defines the different genres that are contained in the Bible and how the historical context affected the recording and interpretation of key events.
Foundations for Theology and Reflective Practice
An introduction to basic elements of the study of practical theology – its sources, methods and contextual nature. Students will learn the principles and methods of theological reflection and its central place in reflective professional practice, with application to contexts and issues relating to working with children and young people.
Informal Learning with Young People and Children
An exploration of key pedagogical and andragogical learning theories and applying these to practice with young people and children. Students will develop key skills in facilitating learning among young people and children. They will reflect theologically on learning and on being an educator in their professional and ministerial context.
Basic Playwork Skills in Children’s Work Practice
Foundational understanding of the professional disciplines of work with children and families and playwork and the relationship between them. Students will develop professional skills in work with children and families and apply these in practice. Students will develop as self-aware, collaborative, theologically reflective practitioners.
Introduction to Spirituality and Discipleship [50%]
Students will explore and experience selected approaches to the Christian life of discipleship and prayer. They will reflect upon their personal life of prayer through self-awareness, practical activities and disciplines. They investigate the spirituality of children and young people and explore appropriate approaches to discipleship.
Values Policy and Practice in Children and Family work [50%]
Foundational understanding of the professional disciplines of working with children and families and playwork. Students will explore the principles and values of working with children and families and playwork. They will reflect on the values and practices of children and family work from the perspective of the Christian faith.