Church of England

CORE Skills is a modular scheme which offers foundational training for anyone involved in children’s ministry. It was developed by CGMC (the Consultative Group for Ministry among Children), an ecumenical network of children's ministry specialists. Originally published in 2006, it has been fully revised in 2013.

It is available in book form or as downloads from the CORE Skills website. Each inter-active two-hour module includes session starters, core material, creative activities, biblical and worship resources and questions for reflection.


The modules in CORE Skills are:

  • Introductory Session
  • Child Development
  • Working as a team
  • Programme Planning
  • Children and community
  • Pastoral awareness
  • The Bible and Prayer





The modules in More CORE Skills are:

  • The Global dimension
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Developing young leaders
  • Special needs
  • Advocacy
  • Transitions