Bespoke Training

We’re really keen to help where we can, so if you would like us to deliver specific in-house training to your volunteer teams in your church, then please get in touch. Here some example sessions we could run for you:

1) Getting the Message

Youth and Children:

Before we worry about how to teach our Youth and Children, we need to know what we are going to teach them! This module works as a basic introduction in developing teaching programme schemes, and how to get from scripture to the content of a talk or bible study.

2) Getting the Message across 1

Youth:

This session will look at delivery, presentation, and various illustrative materials that you can use to amplify the truth without dumbing it down, whilst still engaging with the culture your youth have to live in every day.

Children:

This session gives a broad vision picture of Biblical Children’s ministry with an emphasis on visuals and examples. Main emphasis is on ‘Sunday School’ work but also covers all-age talks and services. Note: this module is best used as a double length session.

3) Getting the Message across 2

Youth and Children:

This module looks at the specific task of preparing and delivering talks to either Children or Youth.

4) Getting the Message across 3

Children:

You may not have noticed, but Children are very different to us grown-ups! This session will introduce the whole field of learning styles, attention, concrete and abstract thinking etc. It includes particular strategies for working with younger children and working with a mixed ability group.

5) Getting the Message into their hearts

Youth:

Youthwork is not about simply keeping our young people in church, it is about disciple-making. This session will focus on what that might look like. How can we get the truth to stick in the young people’s hearts so that they don’t fall away as soon as they leave home? How can we ‘make disciples’ who go on to serve and follow Jesus for their whole lives?

Children:

Programme ideas which promote a focus on the Gospel, rather than run the risk of cultivating little Pharisees. Practical suggestions for keeping ‘fresh’ the activities that happen every week, eg telling a story, teaching memory verses, and craft.  Also practical ideas for building each individual week’s learning into a wider understanding of the whole bible story.

6) Getting the Message into schools

Youth:

Evermore increasingly, 18 year olds are turning up to University with fixed minds, and as a result, the generation below (i.e. secondary school) is the most fertile field for evangelism. This session will look at the problems with getting into schools in the first place, the pros and cons of delivering assemblies and RE Lessons, and how helping to facilitate a Christian Union’s existence might just be the best way in.

Children:

Primary schools are often willing to forge links with the local church.  This session will look at the variety of ways churches can connect with local primary schools including: assemblies, lessons, after school and lunch clubs or arranging school visits to the place of worship.  It will also address the issue of ‘what the law says’ providing confidence in sharing the gospel message in school.

7) Getting the Message into the Community

Youth and/or Children:

The community around your church should be the primary field for evangelism – and a great place to start is with the youth and children.

This session will include practical ideas in how to run/launch outreach youth and children’s clubs, a look at different models that have been used in the past, and point out some of the difficulties that others have experienced in the past. It will also include ideas on how to best use Children’s events as evangelistic tools.

8) Making sure they listen to the Message

Youth and/or Children:

The youth and children that we teach need to hear the Gospel – and they won’t if they are misbehaving or someone else is distracting them. Whilst we are not trying to replicate school, this module looks at practical strategies for promoting and maintaining good behaviour, and for correcting disruptive behaviour.

9) Looking after your Messengers

Youth and Children:

Looking after your team of helpers is crucial if the message is going to get out and so this module looks at some strategies to develop skills and techniques in those leading leaders – regardless of the size of your team.