Core Skills

Core Skills is an interdenominational modular training resource produced by CMN and published by BRF. They aim to offer foundational training for all those involved with church-based children’s ministry addressing the key areas of expertise set-out by the DFES in the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children’s Workforce.

Core Skills Aims

  • To enable participants to develop an understanding of children and the skills required to nurture children on their journey of faith.
  • To provide the participants with the opportunity to explore and reflect on their own experience of faith and Christian journey, and the effect it has on their work with children.
  • To help participants capture and share a vision of a Christian community in which children’s faith is expressed and valued.

Core Skills (revised)

The six stand-alone sessions are:

  • Child  Development
  • Working  as a Team
  • Programme  Planning
  • Children  and Community
  • Pastoral  Awareness
  • The Bible and Prayer
  • Custom college essays

All six modules have been thoroughly field-tested as two-hour training programmes in ecumenical pilot groups. Each module is creative, thought-provoking, interactive and designed to inspire and refresh children’s workers at all levels of expertise and experience.

More Core Skills

The six stand-alone sessions are:

  • Transitions
  • Special needs
  • Challenging behaviour
  • The global dimension
  • Children’s advocacy
  • Young leaders

Building on the foundational teaching in Core Skills for Children’s Work, this complementary resources offers six key modules of extended training for children’s workers and their teams of adult helpers and young leaders. Interdenominational in its approach, the material is suitable for anyone working with children in a church context.

Core Skills for Family Ministry

The six stand-alone sessions are:

  • Biblical, historical and contemporary understanding of family
  • Why family ministry?
  • Celebrating as family
  • The role of relationships
  • Family wellbeing and wholeness
  • Working with families

This complementary resource has been developed to equip all those working with families. Interdenominational in its approach, the material is suitable for anyone working with families in a church context.


From time to time we commission research to help us better understand our contexts and areas of ministry.

We are Family (summary)

How is the Church working with families today? What does this ministry look like? What training and resources are available for those working in this field?

CGMC and The Methodist Church commissioned research into family ministry and launched it at a conference in September 2015. This ground breaking project explores a range of themes looking at the current shape of work with families across the church in the UK.

This is the summary version of the report.

We are Family (full)

This is the full report version of the We are Family research.

CMN Publications

We in CMN (and CGMC before it) have enjoyed a long history of publishing our own works. These have had a profound influence on the understanding of children, their gifts and needs in our Churches and organisations.

The Bible and Children

A book that indicates some of the ways in which different approaches may be made to sharing the Bible with children.

Unfinished Business

A report encouraging the churches to move forward with their ministry among children. This is accompanied by a study guide – Reflection and Action.

The Child in the Church

A ground-breaking report on the church’s need for children and the child’s place within the church. Published in 1984 by the British Council of Churches.

Tuesday’s Child

A reader for Christian educators

Children and Holy Communion

A thought-provoking review of theory and practice in different denominations. Published in 1989 by the British Council of Churches.

Although I am not a member of the group, I have benefited from the resources they have created, and the wisdom that they share.

Darren Philip, Church of Scotland