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The Skilled Pastoral Carer

Skilled pastoral carer

This course (previously called Counselling Skills for Pastoral Care) will help you develop a Christian understanding of people and equip you to express God's love and care to them in a practical way. It is part of the distance learning Certificate in Christian Studies but may also be studied as a stand alone module by those who wish to gain a solid grounding in basic Christian pastoral skills. Pastoral skills cannot be taught at a distance, so an integral part of this course is the two short residential periods.

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This course is approved by ACC – The Association of Christian Counsellors.


Feedback from previous courses

'All the tutors have been amazing, thank you to all'

'All excellent. Thank you'

'Final group session brilliantly handled'

'The standard of teaching and tutoring was very professional. Well balanced with theology and counselling. Well worth coming from Spain - can't recommend this course highly enough.'



Dates for 2017-2018 TBC

The course is led by Allan Bartlam and a team of experienced tutors.


Students will stay in accommodation close to St John's School of Mission and teaching will take place on campus.


Costs for 2017-2018 TBC

Students are sometimes able to obtain funding from their employer or church, who may benefit from the training.

More about the course

The residential parts of the course include plenary sessions, skills practice and small group work. The distance learning module, which is completed between the times you come to St John's, takes approximately 150 hours, and includes written assignments. 


Many students study this course for its own sake. However, it can be offered as one module towards the Certificate in Christian Studies. This is a flexible course with a wide choice of modules and you can study further modules at any time in way that suits you. 


For more information please refer to the leaflet or contact Admissions on 0115 9683203 or email. To apply you will need to complete the application form and provide two references based on the guidance in the reference letter.  A payment form can be requested from Admissions on 0115 9683203 or email