Aurora Youth & Children's Ministry Training

Aurora is a wonderful opportunity for those involved in youth or children's ministry to gain some new skills, increase their confidence and learn with others.  Aurora offers students a Cliff College Certificate in Youth or Children's Ministry and a Bishop's Certificate in Youth or Children's Ministry.

These courses have been designed to meet the needs of volunteer youth and children's leaders with busy lives.  They are ideal for people who have no formal youth or children's work qualifications but want to improve their skills and understanding and be more effective in God's mission to the children and young people in their community.  They will help deliver the diocesan vision of building sustainable, lively and diverse communities, by helping youth and children's leaders to make disciples who seek transformation in their world.
These year-long courses provide all the essential skills, knowledge and understanding needed to be effective in youth or children's ministry.

We are excited that these courses are comparable to many similar accredited courses, but without the extra costs that accreditation brings.  Other courses of this nature charge around £650 per student.  We ask for £200 per student and encourage local churches to pay this fee. (Discounts for multiple students from one church available)

The courses start each September and the teaching schedule includes three Saturdays and monthly Wednesday evenings (7-9pm).  The courses run out of MyPlace in Rotherham, and in addition to these face to face training sessions, students are invited to complete six assignments over the year to gain the Cliff College Certificate, or a portfolio of learning evidence for the Bishop's Certificate.

Students who complete one of the courses and produce a portfolio of learning evidence may be Authorised by the Bishop as a Youth or Children's Minister (if placed in the Anglican setting, in negotiation with church leaders and course tutors.)  Students get the backing of their local church / organisation, and ensure that suitable support and management structures are in place before the commencement of the course.  Students should be involved in regular youth or children's groups.  It is hoped that churches or organisations will either fully fund the students, or at least part fund them.

The teaching and co-ordination of both courses is overseen by Mike North (Children and Young People's Adviser for Sheffield Diocese) with Jon Buckley (Ecunite Manager for YMCA White Rose) who co-leads Aurora Youth.  Other experienced / qualified local youth and children's ministers across South Yorkshire will also contribute to the teaching sessions and support of the courses.  If you are aged 16 or older, involved in any Christian youth or children's work setting, you are welcome to apply for for this September.

If you would like to know more about this training opportunity, please visit or contact Mike North ( or Jon Buckley (