Can students do the Specialist Ministry modules first?
Yes we can arrange that. If you have identified someone who you think has gifts in a particular area (perhaps especially those who may be called to up front ministries) and you would like them to receive some training in this area before they commence the rest the of the course that can be done. Please contact the Director of Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01332 388674) for a chat about it before the student fills in an application form so that arrangements can be made.
What support will I need to give students?
It depends on whether they are taking assignments or not. If not, then your support will be minimal if anything at all. However, if students are doing assignments they will be practical projects so will need your permission at the very least. If they are doing the Certificate in Mission and Ministry (CMM) they will need a statement of support from you and preferably the support of the PCC. You will also need to give them one supervision session during each module plus, at the end of year one, a written assessment of how you feel they are progressing and confirmation that you are happy for them to continue onto year 2. At the end of the programme it will be your decision as to whether or not the student is allowed to minister in their chosen pathway in your parish(es).
What support will I get from the Diocese as a supervisor?
The Director of Studies will be in contact with you at the beginning of the course and at least once during each year as well as the end to find out how you feel the student is doing. We don't want to pressure you so we won't be constantly in touch but if there are any issues that arise during training please get in contact with us straight away and we will do everything we can to help.
What other support will students have?
Each student who is taking a module for assessment will be allocated a local supervisor. They will also have regular study days with specialist tutors as well as being able to contact module leaders and the Director of Studies whenever they need to. In addition to this we will encourage students to gather around them supportive 'critical friends' in the church and for those studying on the full CMM programme we will also strongly advise the support of a Spiritual Director.
Is the Certificate of Mission and Ministry (CMM) a University Qualification?
No, the CMM is only valid in the Diocese and it does not have anything to do with a University, though the second level modules are at university undergraduate level. If students want to do a University course at any time they may be able to put some of their learning towards whatever qualification they wanted to take but that would be up to the University to decide.
Does the Certificate in Mission and Ministry (CMM) result in a ministry license?
No, it doesn't. Students who successfully complete the CMM will only be able to minister in their chosen field in their home parish and then only if they have their incumbent's permission and the support of the PCC. This course does not provide any kind of Bishop's license nor does it in any way confer her authorisation to minister. Please note, however, that due to the practical nature of the assignments students must produce (for you as well as the training team) a C0 Safeguarding Certificate BEFORE undertaking assignments.