In 2001, some missionaries from the USA felt called to work with young people in a local church in Bicester. They quickly realised the need was greater than one church could meet. So in 2005 they formed Reign Ministries UK, a charitable trust registered in England & Wales. The charity steadily grew as new programmes were developed to better achieve the goals.
Early on it was obvious that the church across the UK needed to rediscover Jesus’ model of discipling young leaders. Who in turn will disciple other young leaders. This has led us to focus on training young leaders. Primarily through a Youth Ministry Degree and the GreenHouse Gap Year.
Reign Ministries is currently working towards this vision. “In the next ten years we will train 200 Disciple-making Youth Ministers and 20 Movement leaders. Who will make a difference in the church and in the lives of young people.” We are intentionally putting our best time and resources into a few leaders. Who we pray will spark a movement among young people.
Our undergraduate degree, a BA in Theology and Mission, with a Specialism in Youth Ministry, is delivered through ForMission College. It is accredited by Newman University. This three year programme provides a fabulous balance of classroom learning, work based placements and a rich student community.
Running since 2010, our GreenHouse Gap Year offers a 10 month long intense, live in gap year programme. Which focuses on discipleship, personal growth and calling.
A Learning Community is our two-year long training programme run for youth leaders and their team of volunteers. With four weekends of training and planning followed up by monthly peer meetings for support, encouragement and ideas.
Though Moveolution, youth leaders have an opportunity to take their young people somewhere outside of their comfort zone. Whilst coaching them in ministry, through serving others and peer evangelism. Trips are run each year to Europe as well as within the UK.
Knowing that our staff can’t be in all places at once, a suite of Resources is being developed to provide youth ministers with tools to better connect with and disciple their young people. We designed Stir Pack to engage young people in faith conversations where they have never thought about God before, and the Discipleship Pack is intended to provide a guide with questions and ideas on helping a young person grow in their faith journey.
Reign Ministries believes that “We will see youth ministry that is based on Jesus’ timeless methods bursting out and streaming everywhere. We want to see these small streams of new life come together to create a vast rush of fruitful and effective youth ministry that begins to sweep across the nation.”