Children, Young People & 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.