This course 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. The course is studied 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.
This course is approved by ACC – The Association of Christian Counsellors.
All places have now been filled for this year - but you can apply for the next course which starts in September 2018, please see below for dates.
Feedback from previous courses
'Really enjoyed the course, very well run. Course tutors very engaging and passionate about subject matter, came across and helped with understanding and insight. Very good.'
'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.'
'It is helpful and constructive, safe to talk and ask questions.'
'What a great experience the Skilled Pastoral Carer course has been. The residential elements were well structured with a great team of tutors and with good opportunities to practice and develop skills. The assignments were interesting and met my desire to consider a Biblical perspective on how God works in us. More than this the assignments enabled excellent self-reflection and a better understanding of myself as a pastoral carer. Overall, the course has increased my reliance on God and my confidence to engage with others. My wife and I often provide pastoral care together and we have found it really helpful to do the programme at the same time.'
Jack Telfer – Skilled Pastoral Carer – 2017/18
Dates for 2018-2019
Opening Residential:7-9 September 2018
Closing Residential:8-12 April 2019
The course is led by Allan Bartlam and a team of experienced tutors.
Venue - this year the residential weekends will be held at Cliff College, Calver S32 3XG in the beautiful Peak District in Derbyshire.
Costs for 2018-2019: £995
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 attend the residentials takes approximately 150 hours, and includes written assignments.