Last week we heard from Sam’s Dad. He told us about his experience with Sam doing the degree with Reign Ministries. Now we will hear from Sam!
When we first met Sam he was a young person in the youth group of one of our students. He then journeyed through Reign Ministries. Begining on some of our old mission trips, through the degree, and finally as staff member. Hear his story below!
How did you first hear about the degree?
I got to know Reign Ministries as a young person with my youth worker who was training with Reign Ministries. I learnt more about the degreethrough some of the mission trips that I attended with my youth worker. Much to my surprise during 6th-form I felt God saying that the degree was the right fit for me. Although I resisted at first (I had my own plans!) within weeks I couldn’t deny that God was clear that this was my next step. Begrudgingly I applied but was soon bombarded with lots of Godly ‘coincidences’ all confirming and answering the questions I had about the degree.
How did you experience growth & transformation on the degree?
I was based in Bicester throughout my degree, and noticed quickly how the degree, and support from the team, was not only equipping me, but also leading me into self-discovery and awareness of my own personal relationship with God. I hadn’t looked too much into the syllabus and assumed it would mostly be theology for the sake of knowledge. Very quickly I found that the course was much more focused on practical theology, the church in a modern context (whilst also understanding what came before) and how we could not only impact teenagers effectively but also create healthy discipleship making ministries.
Would you recommend Reign Ministries to someone who is thinking about a degree in youth ministry?
I graduated a few years ago and I’m finding the knowledge and wisdom that I gained more and more beneficial. As well as working part-time with Reign, I lead a youth ministry and help to run my local church. The things I learnt during the degree have been invaluable to me in the last few years. Being part of Reign’s family whilst studying allowed me a safe place to process both personal and spiritual things. The confidence and foundation that it has given me has been invaluable. I love that Reign has only improved in supporting it’s students not only academically but holistically too.
I would thoroughly recommend doing the degree with Reign Ministries. I have found it to be a pivotal point of my early adult life and something I still daily see the benefits from.
Sam has recently changed jobs and now works at coaching young people. We are so excited to see how God uses his gifts in this setting!
To learn more about how God could use and transform you through the degree, click the link below.
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