Training is an important part of our work with parishes across the Diocese. The youth department uses three regular training activities with other parish-specific, bespoke training offered if requested and possible. We offer a year long course, as well as shorter courses and one session training events. If you need some training in youth or children’s work in your parish or deanery contact us and we will be happy to help. There is more information about our year-long validated training below.

Church Universities' Certificate in Christian Youth Work and Church Universities’ Certificate in Children’s Ministry

"It is an amazing course.  Not only do Mark, Susie and Kat deliver a packed programme but they also journey with you as you unpack your ministry and in some cases yourself!  You also get the opportunity to meet and work with others who are passionate about serving young people. It is a truly awesome experience and I would recommend it to you." Graham Student 2013/14

The Church Universities’ Certificate is an opportunity to go deeper into the world of youth or children’s work/ministry. It is an in-depth training opportunity for those working with children or young people looking to develop their knowledge and practice.

The course is taught over three weekends (one a term) and one module introduction night a term.

The three modules studied in the youth stream are:

  • Key Skills
  • Context, Relationships and Leadership
  • Spirituality, Faith Development and Worship

The three modules studied in the children’s stream are:

  • Understanding Childhood
  • The Bible and Children
  • Children and Worship

You then have the opportunity to accredit the work and combine your learning and practice through a variety of written work and presentations. The validated route is a nationally recognised course that consists of three level four modules and can act as a standalone qualification or an access course to further education. These ground breaking courses have been taught for several years and are taught in conjunction with the Dioceses of Manchester and Blackburn. They are validated by the University of Chester.

If you are interested in developing your skills in this way but are not sure if either of these courses is for you and would like an informal chat about the courses please email Jonathan.

The dates for the 2017/18 courses are as follows:



 15th - 17th September

26th - 28th January

13th - 15th April



 17th - 19th November

2nd - 4th February

6th - 8th April


How to Apply


The cost for this year's course is £750.

To apply please print the application form, fill it in and send it to Jonathan Masters, Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington, WA4 4GE.

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