Jamie’s Story

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Hi everyone! I am Jamie Gurling and I started studying at Reign this year. I am 19 and from Glasgow in Scotland. I left high school in 2022 and I thought the next step was obvious, to go straight into further education, just the same as everyone else. So, I followed the norm, moved city and went to university to study Mechanical Engineering. I thought this was what we had to do. I lasted 3 days (must be some kind of record, right?) before I realised that maybe I didn’t need to do this like everyone else.

During the summer before my “long” stint at Uni I was doing so much stuff at Church. From summer camps with Scripture Union Scotland, both as a leader and camper, to being a ‘summer intern’ at my church helping with our summer youth programme. I loved everything I was doing that summer, how I was surrounded by Christians the whole time, and I just felt so on fire for Jesus. That summer was so special to me that I decided to get baptised at the end of it.

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But this whole summer I had the impending doom of going to Uni lurking over me. I didn’t want to do it; I didn’t think it was what I should be doing. But I kept thinking to myself maybe it will be different when I start. I thought I was just enjoying myself and it would be fine when I got there. Turns out it wasn’t. All these opportunities that summer weren’t just for me having fun and meeting so many cool people, (although they did that too) but they were given by God and were showing me what gifts I was given, and what he was calling me into. I’m still glad those 3 days in Uni happened though, as they were what really showed me where I should be.

So, after I had a plan of what to do when I got home, (a gap year working at my church alongside a one year course with the Baptist Union of Scotland). I am so grateful for all the opportunities and all the people that have helped me this past year, growing my experience in Youth Work and learning so much about God, myself and what it means to be a Youth Worker. I was recommended to look into Reign Ministries and after research and prayer, I applied, and fast forward another great summer, I am now in Year One with Reign Ministries and absolutely loving it!

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I am doing my placement in the southside of Glasgow and as part of it I am doing so many amazing different things. One of the main things I do is a discipleship group which usually has about 11 young people aged 11 to 15. I love seeing them come back week after week, growing friendship, building new ones, as well as them deepening their own faith, and asking questions for themselves. Another thing I have the pleasure of doing is helping at a variety of SU Scotland events, such as Equip West (12-17 year olds from across the West of Scotland, meeting once a month, with games, snacks and a speaker) as well as going to a number of residential events throughout the year. Here I get to go away for a few days and spend time leading groups and meeting young people from all over Scotland, helping them on their with walk with Jesus. I love these times away so much as I know how important they were for me growing up and I love being able to journey with young people the way my leaders journeyed with me.

If you, like Jamie, aren’t sure if conventional university is for you, then why not give Reign Ministries a chance? Click the link below to find out more!


This article was written by one of our past or current students, for a first hand feel of what the Reign Degree Program is like.

Categories: Testimony, Theology Degree Course, Youth Ministry Degree Course

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