Clifton Ministry Skills Course

 

Notes toward a programme of formation leading to declaration of readiness for pastoral ministry for students in the Loyola Certificate in Pastoral Ministry course as well as other people preparing for active pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Clifton

Clifton Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Skills:

The Clifton Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Skills is a practical course designed for people who do not wish to do the Loyola Certificate Course but who do want to develop their practical skills in a parish or chaplaincy setting.

The Clifton Ministry Skills consists of nine six-hour sessions over two years, one-hour online sessions and the development of a project in the third year with two six hour sessions. This will be of a practical nature with theological reflection.

What to expect from the Clifton Ministry Skills Course:

The foci of the Clifton Ministry Skills Course are on:

  • Developing a deep understanding of the role of accompaniment in pastoral ministry and the skills associated with accompaniment.
  • Experiencing and learning ways of prayer and discernment in a pastoral setting and deepening one’s spirituality as a leader.
  • Application and understanding of the role of scripture in pastoral ministry
  • Understanding the role of lay or religious leaders in relation to the parish priest and deacons within a context of pastoral ministry
  • Developing the skills of group facilitation rooted in deep listening.
  • Developing a sound knowledge and appreciation of safeguarding in parish life.
  • Initiating and developing a project to run in a pastoral setting (Parish or chaplaincy)

To find out more about the course and related costs, please contact Sarah Adams, sarah.adams@cliftondiocese.com

What current students have to say about the course…

‘I find the Clifton Ministry Skills Course in Pastoral Ministry to be thought-provoking, prayerful, and a gateway to grace. It is a journey of self-discovery and a walk to Emmaus where the God of mercy breaks through, setting Pope Francis’ emphasis on compassion into the pastoral context.’  Cymonne

‘My aspiration on joining the Pastoral Ministry Skills course was to gain a skill set that would enable me to deal effectively with some of the pastoral duties within our parish.

During the first year of this course, I began to worry about a lack of direction because it was unlike any other course I have attended, and I didn’t feel I was learning any new skills that could be useful to the parish which worried me.  There did not seem to be a structure or a definite goal instead our time is and was spent in prayer and listening, nothing that I didn’t already know.

Going into the second year I began to understand the way this prayer filled course has been unfolding within me which has been quite unexpected.  As I mentioned one of the main emphases of the course (if it can be called a course) is listening.  Listening to God, listening to others. The starting point for every session is prayer, St Ignatius’ Imaginary prayer, contemplative, reflective prayer.  Other key elements have been the importance of stillness and quiet for hearing and so necessary for accompanying others on their journey of faith and within any ministry.

I know now that I will not gain a shiny, new, dynamic set of skills from attending this course, but I am not disappointed.  I have gained something far more valuable, this is not a course as such, but a journey of spiritual growth which completely depends on and draws from Christ Jesus.  This will always be the basis of my approach to not just my ministry within the church but in every area of my life.’ Fiona

David Blake

David Blake

St Osmund's, Salisbury

Rui Silverio

Rui Silverio

St George, Taunton

Cymmone Immes

Cymmone Immes

St Luke's, Wincanton

Annette Wells

Annette Wells

St Osmund's, Salisbury

Mary Lillis

Mary Lillis

St Aldhelm, Malmesbury

Fiona Mills

Fiona Mills

Forest of Dean Churches

Course materials:

To get access to these resources, please contact Sarah Adams: sarah.adams@cliftondiocese.com

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