“This is the closest description of what we’ve seen the team develop in. It’s drawing upon the strengths and talents God has given each of us – and using that in a team for His Glory. To make Him famous!”

Emily Spicer, Moveolution Europe Team, Moldova 2019

It has been one week since our Moveolution Europe team landed back in the UK from their 10-day mission trip in Moldova. How did God stir up faith in the community and our team?

From Moldovan-style horse and carriage commutes to sharing the love of God with over 65 children, our team were taken on a whirlwind of a journey with God this February.

We partner with OM Moldova, a mission organisation who started sharing the love of God in Moldova by smuggling Bibles into the country during the Soviet reign, to reach children and families in Palanca.

“Having the pastor share his vision on the first night then enabled our team to know how to partner, get on board and be one cohesive team working together. “

Emily, in our team, helped keep us updated while in Palanca, Moldova. You can read her awesome diary updates for further reading, but here are some of our highlights from this years mission trip.

“We thank God because it has been the most incredible experience, living in the wonderful village of Palanca.”

Moveolution Europe Team, Moldova 2019

Time with God

The team started each day in quiet time with God, centred around a morning talk with one of our partners. This quiet time was an incredible way to focus on how God was speaking to the team and the Moldovan people and to put Him at the centre of our lives.

“At first it may have seemed a lot, but has been a divine treasure for truth and talking point amongst the team,” Emily shared. “It starts the day with God first and our priority, which is a model for life back home.”

The team felt encouraged to praise God and give thanks in all circumstances for what He has already done and promised – before the situation! The team’s trust in God grew and each step unfolded with God’s provision.

Time with God helped the team grow spiritually and ignited communications with God. Reflecting on God moving in the situations and praising Him for how he was working in Palanca brought a model for back home!

Family Visits

Visiting families in their homes was an amazing way to share the love God has for the people in Moldova.

Each house was different, however the team all agreed that the Moldovan people are all extremely hospitable. The team were deeply touched by their need and love for God!

Visiting the families was an incredible opportunity to share our story, pray for their individual needs and listen to the circumstances of the families.

“When visiting people in houses it was challenging to be in small groups – but it meant we were encouraged to speak up and share our story”.

Moved by the powerful stories of the families, our team were so encouraged to share the stories of how God had moved in their lives. Many families faced difficult circumstances, who needed the hope of Jesus.

“A lot of houses we went to wanted us to pray for health because the access to healthcare isn’t great,” shared Ali. “A lot of Moldovan’s struggle to make it to 60,70 years of age; they work hard young and get worn down.”

The team gave food parcels to the families to help nourish their bodies and told stories of hope to bring the love of God in those situations.

“Refreshing and real, the experience of house visits has been a mixture of challenge and inspiration”

In the home of one of the families the team visited, a mother with a four-month-old baby felt God in a personal way. Through the love she had for her son, she was able to understand how God unconditionally loved her and died for her. She “would die for him”, her son, just as Jesus died for her. God showed up.

Another family felt particularly touched by one of the team sharing how God had shaped them. They became more interested in how the Bible was relevant in their lives today. They began to understand how God could speak into their needs and circumstances through the bible.

Children’s and Youth Programmes

During the mission trip, our team ran and hosted children’s programmes at one of the local churches in Palanca.

Venturing out into the village, our team also went into the community to invite youth to an evening service which they also hosted.

Eager and excited, the team welcomed over 40 children on the first day and over 65 children the other days to watch plays of bible stories, do arts, crafts and games, as well as pray for the children.

The children became more open and eager to participate over the course of the programme whether it was through listening or playing games.

Things got serious during the making of paper aeroplanes and they enjoyed playing with them afterward. The games brought them such joy!

At the end of the programme the team prayed individually with each child who attended the programme, bringing an opportunity to speak God into their lives and fill their hearts with the deep love of Jesus.

The team felt grateful then to have specific time with the youth. There is something special about “Teenagers reaching Teenagers!”.

So many of the teenagers in Palanca came to the programme and engaged with what the team shared. The evening was extremely powerful.

“We reflected a generation that was listening to God and that was evident in testimonies.”

“It was great to hear the pastor of the church say he was incredibly grateful for what we did. The impact it had on the children and youth was so great, it filled his heart with joy.”

Life Back Home

Re-familiarising themselves with life back home after being taken out of their comfort zones and into God’s hands, the team are putting what they have learnt into action!

One week since returning, how is God continuing to impact our team?

Physical and Spiritual Thankfulness

Physical

Culture shock sunk in this week, as the team were faced with the luxuries which we take for granted.

During their time in Moldova, the team were faced with seeing a lack of healthcare, sanitation and safe water.

The team have come home truly appreciating and thanking God for those things which some of the world do not have access to, sometimes out of no fault of their own.

Spiritual

During the mission trip, one of our leaders, Tom, guided the team through a quiet time. In this time he highlighted that in order to live like Jesus we must thank God ahead of the situations we face.

“This isn’t just a nice saying,” says Emily. “We saw this embedded into Jesus’ ministry, such as before raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:41-43, Luke 9:16)”

The team are integrating both forms of thankfulness into their personal lives, but also in their youth ministries back home.

In Bicester, the team are putting God first by challenging themselves to praise God before their youth groups or places they serve in. Thanking God ahead of what happens.

Appreciating God’s Provision

Fabian, a member of our team, says he has been changed since the mission trip in Moldova. “I am thankful to God that He will always provide and meet every need we have, both physical and spiritual,” he says – even if this isnt how we always expect.

Facing desperate circumstances, the team sometimes felt helpless. One of the things that the team has appreciated since being home is trusting God to meet these needs and not relying on our personal strength.

The most powerful reaction is prayer and to trust God with providing for us.

Vicky was overwhelmed with the hospitality of the Moldovan people. “I am looking for ways to carry the hospitality of the Moldovan people into my core values in my personal life and in ministry.” Vicky shared.

To learn more about what the team got up to, read our Mission Diary, written by the wonderful Emily on our Gap Year Programme.

Thinking of taking your youth on a mission trip? Click here for our Overseas and UK Mission Trips.

While on Mission in Moldova, Emily brings us a diary account of what the team got up to in the village of Palanca.

Saturday 16th February – Lift Off!

After a smooth flight and safe travel – the Moveolution team have successfully arrived in Chinsinau, Moldova!

On arrival, we were greeted with a warm welcome, and a delicious meal to share. Now settled and ready for some well needed rest, we are thankful for your prayers and support for the team.

Tomorrow we will travel to a nearby village.

Sunday 17th February – OM Mission Centre

We started the morning well, with a filling breakfast at the OM centre – our mission partners in Moldova.

Followed by an inspiring discussion about the week ahead by the OM team; sharing their vision for reaching the lost and sharing the gospel with vibrancy!

Shortly after, we were given a taster experience of what visiting a Moldovan family is like.

Combined with the discussion before, and the real life example, we were able to get a practical understanding under our belts – as home visits will be happening in the village tomorrow.

Quiet time was fantastic as we explored several scriptures and fed back to the team in what God was saying through His word.

We were then kindly given transport (a really funky minibus!) to the Village in which the team will be staying for the week. The minibus stopped outside the church so we went in!

Everyone was welcoming and we introduced ourselves and sang for them. Later that evening, we ate together and got to know the pastor – at a day centre (where the boys will sleep). The girls have a host family they are staying with, 15 minutes from the Day Centre.

Since asking the team their highlights so far, it has been the Moldovan food, hospitality and quiet time where we shared about what God was speaking to us about.

Again, thankyou for your prayers and support. God’s already moving in our hearts.

Monday 18th February

The team gathered together for an early breakfast, quiet time and talk. The focus of the teaching was to trust in God and give thanks in all circumstances. The team felt encouraged to praise God for what He has already done and promised – before the situation! Faith in action!

After that, the team split into 3 groups (along with 3 fantastic translators) where each one would visit a family in the village of Palanca, Moldova. Each house was different, however, we all agreed that Moldovans are extremely hospitable. We were all deeply touched by their need and love for God.

One team in particular were able to guide a family in how to practically follow Jesus, through ways they could understand.

Vicky, Tim and Fabian share and listen to their unique stories with a lady in her home.

Fuelled by a traditional Moldovan lunch, the team headed to the village church to run the children’s programme, prepared by Fabian, Emily and Sean.

We were delightfully greeted by 40 eager-to-engage children/teenagers from the village. The next two hours were bursting with excitement and energy! The team particularly enjoyed the simple joy of the children singing us songs, playing games and showing God’s love to them. Despite the language barriers at times, the team and children had a blast!

As we thanked God this morning for what He had already done, our trust in God grew and each step unfolded with God’s provision.

On reflection, the team were specifically impacted by the difficult circumstances the families faced in the house visits. Alongside their openness to accepting the hope of Jesus we shared through testimony, scripture and prayer.

Having all the fun on the children’s programme in balloon volleyball!

Tuesday 19th February

The team came together for another delicious breakfast and joyful conversation. Tom lead the hour quiet time -which we have every morning.

At first, it may have seemed a lot, but has been a divine treasure for truth and talking point amongst the team. It starts the day with God first and our priority, which is a model of life back home. We learnt about God giving us a choice to seek him and that means taking a step of action to walk with God, talking to Him.

Similar to yesterday, the team visited different homes in Palanca, and shared hope and encouragement to families, alongside food parcels. Most importantly we listened, and loved. This is what Jesus would do.

Emily spending time with God and journalling how God is speaking to her.

After a very filling lunch (Moldovans are very hospitable!) we began the second children’s program, prepared by Jess, Vicky and Isabel. 65 children came with expectation, and the team have agreed that al in all, it was a great success.

The activities stretched from singing songs, to acting out Daniel and the lions den -to creating their very own lion masks. God showed up as we noticed the children were more open, willing and engaged with the team and each other/

I think the team particularly enjoyed the moment where there was Caleb (a member of our team), comfortably sitting, playing the guitar… in a lion costume.

For dinner we ate a traditional Moldovan dish. It tasted amazing – but catches you out with how full you get! We then had a team debrief where we shared thoughts, and reflections from the whole day.

We sang worship songs, and encouraged one another on where we saw God move in today. It was great to see how the team really worked well together, particularly in the children’s program. Having God as our focus is the best way to be. We know the children are so loved by God and we continue to pray for them.

Daniel and the Lion den re-enactment!

Wednesday 20th February

This morning, after breakfast, God spoke to the team during quiet time in unique ways.

We had the opportunity to discuss how the scriptures stood out and how we could apply that treasure in today. From this, we were able to intentionally pray for one another in groups, since we had shared openly about what God was saying to us. This is definitely the best way to start the day, and the team are learning to continue this value of spending time in God’s word – for after Moldova!

This time, the tam’s transport to the house visits was not the typical way… horse and cart! A common mode of transport in Moldova. We managed to squash 10 people in the small cart, meaning some were more off than on! What an experience!

As mentioned before, we were again overwhelmed by the generosity and hospitality of the Moldovans as we visited the families in the village.

As we shared how God shaped our story, one family in particular became more interested in how the bible was relevant for them, in their needs and circumstances. Refreshing and real, the experiences have been a mixture of challenge, and inspiration.

Off to church in true Moldovan style – Horse and Cart!

After lunch, was the children’s programme prepared by Carina, Ben and Caleb. It involved many interactive games, convincing acting from audience participants, and joy from energetic games.

The children learnt through am interactive visual that God is enough for them, and more important than earthly things i.e. money.

All in all, the team were amazing at working together to show love to the children, and give them our time. God showed up here.

Break time involved a group of 4, going into the local school in the village of Palanca, to invite the young people to come Thursday evening for a youth program.

Whilst the rest of the team worked on their talks, testimonies and programs these would later teach. The team then headed down to the church again, for a service completely run by us!

It was incredible to see how everyone brought a unique perspective of God, through song, testimony, talk and encouragement.

The Moldovans were inspired by the thoughts and experiences of the team and were incredibly thankful that we wanted to spend our evening sharing the gospel with them.

We learnt as a team, that we do our best, and then need to leave the rest up to God. He is bigger than us, and it’s not our job to move people’s hearts. It’s out choice to love and share our story. To end a wonderful evening, we arrived home to a hot meal, which then led to a final debrief of what seemed a full day.

From fun transport, to courageous moments of sharing testimony in front of a whole church – the team thank God for walking with us today and the week.

Isabel sharing her story and sharing the hope of Jesus with the Children of Palanca, Moldova

Thursday 21st February

Our last day in Palanca, Moldova. We thank God because it has been the most incredible experience, living in the wonderful village of Palanca.

We ate breakfast together and spent an intentional hour with God, reading scriptures based on forgiveness. The team would agree that this quiet time is a particular highlight of the mission trip.

It’s not often we get a whole hour to intentionally spend time in Gods presence and word- so we really treasured this, and will continue valuing time with God in the everyday at home.

Our smaller teams again spread out in the village for home visits, and were touched by inspiring stories and hard backgrounds from families.

One mother was able to clearly understand how God loved her, with regards to her son. He was 4 months old, and as you can imagine, she “would die for him”. He showed up because this love was only a fraction of the unconditional love that our Father has for his children (us).

When we explained this is similar to the love she had with her newborn son, she saw God in a personal way. It’s moments like these when our team is so encouraged that our God is good and on the move.

This is only one example of where God moved in one of the team’s visits. Our final children’s program of the week involved everyone in the team. We saw how God’s given us each different gifts to build his kingdom, and serve the children according to their needs.

One team member highlighted that since we have been known for the week, now the children were even more open and touched by our deep love for them.

It was touching to have the opportunity to individually pray at the end, for each child who came to the children’s program (roughly 50), and we beleive God is truly working in them.

Praying for the children and sharing words of encouragement from God.

We believe God has so much love for every one of his children and so this so beautifully reflected His healing heart. We stayed on to prepare a Youth program for this one evening. On reflection, the team were pleased about having specific time with the youth.

This is because, as you can imagine, during the day children’s program, they couldn’t quite relate with the content. However, our team made space to prepare and deliver a while evening for them.

Many of the village teenagers of Palanca came, it was wonderful.

From the beginning, to the end, each teenager was incredibly engaged and accepting, with what we shared. There’s something incredibly powerful about teenagers reaching teenagers. We reflected a generation that was listening to God, and how that impacted our lives was evident in our testimonies and sermons. Not only this, but the Moldovans interacted too.

Despite the language barrier at times, the team enjoyed playing games, singing, and talking with the young people. We spoke truth into their lives, hope into their present.

It was an unforgettable moment to be able to partner with God. The team were so encouraged by how the teenagers listened, and we are so thankful for them. We have watered the seed and the rest is up to God.

When we arrived to the day centre for dinner we were so thankful to be served PIZZA! After a delicious meal, we gave our gifts to the sisters and pastor who cooked and served us during our time in Palanca. Tom shared with us during our evening debrief that leadership is exercising Gods gifts in you and engaging in that.

This is the closest description of what we’ve seen the team develop in. It’s drawing upon the strengths and talents Gods given each of us- and using that in a team for His glory. To make Him famous.

Each day we grew more and more closer with understanding each other. We all brought a different flavor to the team dynamics, and God is lifted up higher because of it. (see 1 Peter 4:10)

22nd and 23rd February

Friday morning the team left the village Palanca. We set off for a 2 hour journey to the capital of Moldova, Chisinau. Since it was our last full day, we ended the week with a spot of tourism!

An hour into our travel to Chisinau, it snowed, and by the time w arrived, everything was covered in white. The team were so excited to step out into the cold snow!

We walked to a souvenir shop, and filled up on a delicious McDonalds! Public transport in the city was an experience. Such as seeing how many people can fit into one small mini bus.

Then, we visited the city’s Orthodox Church. What stood out was how beautiful and detailed the paintings were, all around the walls and ceilings. Each one displaying a significant bible story that anyone could see, no matter what language you spoke. This is how the Bible can be accessible to all.

Next, we travelled to the OM mission centre, the buidling we first stayed at on day 1. Here, we took time to debrief and reflect on the week gone by. The team had quiet time reading scripture, and listening to what God wanted to say to us.

The talk that evening was based around forgiveness, and the power of choice. Tom encouraged us that before we make a decision, consider God. Followed by many captivating stories, the team soaked up all that was shared and related to different areas in the talk.

The team really benefited from this time of reflection, because during the busy week in Palanca, it;s often difficult to stop and think, what does this mean for me? How do I feel about that? etc…. The team encouraged one another for the remainder of the evening, and shortly headed to bed.

The next day, we had one last talk/debrief from the OM team that were a huge part of our mission here in Moldova. They arranged parts of the trip such as the village we stayed at, and the small details in the expeirence.

Altogether we were able to gather our thoughts and reflections in a discussion, which really helped process the whole experience for the team.

Things like;

  • how did we find the culture difference?
  • What was challenging?
  • How has our relationship with God changed?
  • And what were the proud moments we had?

Fancy bringing your Youth Group on a Mission Trip with Reign Ministries? Click here to find out more about out our Upcoming Overseas and UK Missions.

Halloween is a time where we want to fill our local communities with the light of God and splice through the darkness with the truth. Here are some ideas to help the youth feel like they aren’t missing out on the fun, get their friends involved and impact the community at Halloween.

 

 

 

 

 

1) Light Festival

“Ending the night with fireworks, the Night of 1100 Lights pours light across the town but we focus on showing the love and splendour of God! We want to show that light really does overcome the darkness!” – Jo, Friend of Reign

Lots of churches are doing light and bright parties but why not make it a bit more hip with the youth? Ask the worship team or some of the musical if they can play some live music. Dress up in light, bright and sparkly costumes.

Maybe set a theme such as sparkles, glow, multi colours or maybe superheroes. You could make cosy winter drinks and set up some interactive stations around the church.

Fancy making a church-wide event? See if there is an outdoor space where the community can come along. Set up some games, music and food then fill the space with all the lights! St. Paul’s Weston hosts an amazing event called “1100 Lights”.

 

Check it out here.

 

 

 

 

 

2) Trick or Treat with a Twist

The church was built to get involved with the community and meet people where they are even if they are in darkness. Why not open the church up to Trick or Treaters, always giving treats of something yummy with words of encouragement attached to it. Fill the front of the church with fairy lights and lanterns.

Parents will probably be thankful for not having to knock on strangers doors and for non-scary costumes. It also will help the community to see youth are actually quite awesome and not as scary as they may think!

 

 

 

 

 

3) Pumpkin Lanterns

Pumpkins are normally scarily decorated but the humble pumpkin is such a yummy seasonal vegetable and makes the most beautiful lanterns when decorated with stars, lots of diamond shapes and crosses. The carvings can glimmer light onto your walls, make pretty outdoor decorations for a nighttime roasted marshmallow fire or show the community the incredible light in Jesus.

Help to reduce waste by mustering up a pumpkin soup with the insides and give it to a charity who help the homeless, or just enjoy it all together. You can make an autumnal evening of it with music, snacks and winter warmers.

 

 

 

 

 

4) Tour of Surprises

Do a daytime event on a weekend or during half term with a tour of surprises. Make a tour of the local community and arrange for the youth to receive a surprise activity, item or clue at each stop. They could also give something at each stop.

Choose 4 or 5 places such as a hospital, charity, pier, park with a pre-organised game, ice skating rink.

 

 

 

 

 

5) Harvest

Harvest is such a magical time in the calendar, with a celebration of our food and giving thanks to others. Make a celebration day or evening with fun events. Ask everyone to bring something for the local FoodBank, you could even ask to help the FoodBank organise their collections. You could do a ready steady cook dinner with teams and find some seasonal fruit, veg and staples to make a yummy dinner and eat all together. You can integrate with some fun autumn games.

 

Sometimes it can feel like the youth and the church are disconnected from each other. Here are 5 simple ways to help your youth and the church develop a relationship and feel more connected.

Our students, friends and team share some tips and tricks to help the church and youth feel more connected to each other (they may also help to get in more volunteers!)

Prayer can not only help grow our faith as it encourages us to be in conversation with God and seek His help, but it also helps us to think about what we pray.

By encouraging the church or leadership team to pray for specific things within your young people’s lives and praying with the youth for other aspects of the church, helps us to think of eachother and feel more connected.

Because prayer invites testimony, praying for each other helps the church feel connected and invites spiritual and numerical growth to happen.

It may require us to keep updated in what is going on across all congregations, teams and individual people within the church but it will also help the youth and members of the church to have something to talk about.

We believe discipleship and growing youth ministry is all about being relational, that it is more than just a programme.

Youth ministry thrives for relationships helping them with their spiritual adventure. Help the church to see that youth ministry isn’t just a programme but a place to see the youth’s relationship with Jesus grow by being relational and working as a community!

We are near enough born for relationships and connecting with others. Christian author, Stasi Eldredge, says;

Part of discipleship is being overseen by a spiritual parent. One of the best ways to see youth and church members disciple others is by seeing how healthy discipleship works from your example.

Encourage your team to spark conversation with the youth and be real, help show the church the youth are wanting a relationship with God and connection with the community and no one is too old for getting down with the youth!

Inviting people in to talk to the youth about their testimony or have a go at serving on the youth team is a great way to help the youth get to know people in the church and know who they are.

Often, I felt the youth got a bit bored with my voice and having someone fresh to talk to help inspire them. They may feel like someone else in the church inspires them with their faith more or their story may resonate.

When someone comes to faith often they feel motivated to serve and help others, sometimes serving helps us to come to faith because we see generosity, love and relationship. The Bible inspires us to serve, and joy can come to us through helping.

Asking the youth to help serve on a team will not only make the teams super grateful but will help the youth to build relationships with people in the church and with God. Working together can be fun, starts a conversation and helps us to feel part of something.

It also helps the youth to see the generosity of the volunteers helping and maybe help them to respect you. Serving on a team can be so life-giving and gives all the feel-good vibes!

Many studies have found having a mentor helps people massively in all aspects of life, especially teenagers. According to research from 2008, having a healthy mentor-style relationship during teenage years helps to reduce the likelihood of substance abuse, promotes better mental health, increases confidence, betters academic performance and improves family relationships. This relationship helps youth to feel listened to, supported and increases personal relationships.

So many of our students are inspired by people in the church who mentored them or invested time into their spiritual journey. This helps to ignite a passion to do the same.

Alex, who is currently studying on the Degree says; “Because people discipled me and invested into my life, I want to do the same for others. I want to be the person who invests into others and helps the to grow in their relationship with God.”

If you feel they are able, it may be good for the youth to mentor someone else. Maybe there is a younger person in the youth who would benefit with a mentor in your youth group.

Action!

Finding a Mentor – Ask the church if there is anybody who would like to be a mentor for one of the young people and to sign up in whichever way is easiest for your context. Then you may be able to see people who would suit mentoring a specific young person in the group.

Sam, Friend of Reign

We hope this gave you some inspiration! For more resources, stories and information check out our blog and website

*With all these suggestions make sure you keep on track with safeguarding and DBS. Speak to a church leader if you need any help with this. Have fun!

Welcome to ‘Friends of Reign’ where we’ll share the latest stories from our students, teachers, staff members and more. Discover the heart of what we desire, what drives us and how we aim to strive for God’s best in every young person we encounter.

“When we were younger we had a really inspiring youth leader – actually my auntie – we had a very mixed youth group. Many of us weren’t Christians at the time and she loved us anyway and did life with us. She loved being with us and was there for everything. I guess I wanted to do what she did for us for other young people. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be walking with Jesus today. I love being a youth leader – you get to hang out with young people and be a kid again too!” – Olivia Dicksons, York

 Click here to read more stories like Olivia’s.

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In this, our third and final podcast, we talk with Reign Ministries Director, Kyle McKinnon and youth practitioners Brad Laing, Meghan Murphy and Sam Williams, as well as researcher Phoebe Thompson about the implications of the Losing Heart report for youth ministry training organisations.

If you have a heart to change the trend in your local context and could use support and training, contact us to see how we could help prepare you to develop an effective, disciple-making ministry in your church or youth project.

 

Today’s podcast is fifteen minutes long.

 

The team at Youthscape Centre for Research surveyed over 2000 churches regarding their youth and children’s work.  It’s key three findings are that:

  1. Churches, especially smaller ones, do more children’s work than youth work.
  2. Churches are failing to talk about the topics young people want to discuss.
  3. Churches know that they are struggling with their children’s and youth work but don’t know how to fix it.

The Losing Heart report suggested a crisis of confidence that churches have in their ability to reach young people.

Yesterday we began our podcast series with researcher, Phoebe Thompson sharing a summary of the Losing Heart report.  If you missed yesterday’s introduction podcast, you can listen to here.

In todays podcast we discus the report with a team of youth ministers.  We discuss how the church can better prepare itself to receive youth, and the role of the volunteer in the future of youth ministry.  Today’s podcast is 15 minutes long.

 

 

In December 2016 a sobering report was released by Youthscape Centre for Research.  It highlighted the crisis of confidence that churches are having about their ability to engage young people.

Many simply can’t seem to provide any youth work or don’t have any young people left to work with, and it’s hard to know what comes first: young people leaving the church, or a lack of youth provision. For many of these churches, the workers are few and they are losing heart and confidence.

Losing Heart Report, Page 8

Since our heartbeat at Reign Ministries is to train youth ministers and volunteers and spark movements of discipleship among young people we thought it imperative to sit down with researcher Phoebe Thompson and discuss her findings.  We’ve broken our podcast into three parts which we will run over the next three days.

If you would like to read the research for yourself you can download it at:  https://www.youthscape.co.uk/research/publications/losing-heart

Today’s podcast is just over eight minutes long.

Welcome to our series ‘Friends of Reign’ where we’ll share the latest stories from our students, teachers, staff members and more. Discover the heart of what we desire, what drives us and how we aim to strive for God’s best in every young person we encounter.

“I began thinking about youth when I started my gap year at church. I started university but was put on a different course that I had applied for and so I came back not knowing what to do. My youth worker at the time offered me some work with her at the church. We had an amazing youth service one night and I thought ‘I really want to do this all the time’ and so I started looking at where and how I could study youth work. There weren’t many colleges near me that I could do this so the format of Reign Ministries really worked for me. I wanted to stay at the church I was at too.
What I love is that I didn’t have any training but young people were telling me that what I was doing was ‘amazing’ and ‘fun’ and they loved it so that encouraged me to pursue the degree. One young boy in the youth asked if he could help run an evening so just seeing his passion growing made me realise how valuable what I was doing is.” – Pippa, UK

 Click here to read more stories like Pippa’s.

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