Children, Young People and Families

Today almost half of Anglican Churches have fewer than five young people under 16. Churches with no young people are most likely to be in decline. Conversely, churches with young people are twice as likely to be growing, and where they employ a youth or children’s worker they are half as likely to be in decline. (From Faith Generation written by Nick Shepherd, 2016). The statistics are comparable for all our mainline denominations.

St Padarn’s has a heart to help in the development of all children, youth and family workers across the world. One of the ways it aims to do this is by the provision of a Master of Theology in Children, Youth and Families (MTh CYF). It is course run specifically for those who are involved or want to be involved in this area of the church’s mission. The lecturers understand the demands of a Masters Degree, but they are also exceptional practitioners in their particular fields, they include Lucy Moore (Messy Church), Mark Ritchie (73rd Trust), Gary Smith (The Message Trust) Rachel Turner (Parenting for Faith), Bill Wilson (Metro World Child) and many others. The MTh explores contemporary models of mission to young people and children, it critiques our understanding of faith development and analyses the way the church engages with contemporary culture. But we believe it is much more than an academic learning experience, as with all St Padarn’s courses you will become part of a formational community that is committed to being better equipped for mission

MTh (CYF) Brochure

For more details and to request an application form, please e-mail

But as well as our general responsibility to equip and empower the universal church, St Padarn’s has a specific responsibility for the training and development of those who are licensed or have been selected for licensing in the area of Youth, Children and Family ministry within the Church of Wales. It delivers it’s mandate for this in several ways:

  • Provides a place of training with specific Youth and Children’s Ministry support for those selected by their bishops.
  • Works with Bishop’s advisors to provide training events to equip and empower children young people and family workers across the province. Details of upcoming training can be found here. We also seek to promote awareness of the need for more children, youth and family workers and actively recruit in that area.
  • Provides specialised training for all those training within all areas of the Church of Wales (for lay or ordained ministry) in how to work within the areas of children, young people and families.

Mark Griffiths oversees the areas of children, young people and family development under the leadership of Revd Professor Jeremy Duff the Principal of St Padarn’s.

MTh CYF information

Mark Griffiths oversees the areas of children, young people and family development and is also Tutor in Missional Research. Mark was Head of Children and Family Ministry for 13 years and then went on to develop “Where Adventure Begins” and “Family Time”, initiatives to help parents communicate faith to their children. He has worked for several local churches holding positions from children’s pastor and associate pastor to senior minister. He has written 8 books primarily on family ministry and its links to church growth and has spoken at many of the countries theological colleges. He has worked with a wide mix of denominations and has spoken at many churches and conferences nationally and internationally. His PhD is in church growth and child evangelism.


There are presently no training events scheduled, but please continue to check back regularly.













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