More Than ‘Doing A Degree’

This week (Sept 2021) saw our first face to face conference since March 2019.  For the majority of our students, this has been the first time of being in the same room as one another.  It has been a time to celebrate, re-establish our culture and DNA, and experience again what it means to be part of the Reign Ministries family.

I caught up with Claire, one of our staff members and degree graduate, to talk about her experience of doing the Reign Ministries degree.  In particular I wanted to see how the course had helped her develop skills and confidence in leadership.

Claire’s Story

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“I had already done the Greenhouse gap year with Reign and had some of the team investing in me and encouraging me personally.  I really didn’t think that the degree was for me, I found writing difficult and hated doing essays.  But I felt God calling me to go in that direction and looking back, I can see the change in myself from when I started the gap year to when I finished the degree. 

I found that my classes not only gave me a deeper theological understanding, but I also came away with practical skills to use when discipling young people.

The training was really relevant, and I felt able to share what I’d learnt with the girls in my discipleship group.  Which, in turn, left them wanting to know more.  Since then, two of those students have begun their own journey with Reign Ministries.

One of the best things about being part of the Reign family is that there is space for you to come completely as you are.  Each student is cared for holistically, being formed by the community, peers, tutors and other staff; with a foundational value of being completely for one another.

When a whole community of people get together, surround you, and are completely for you – however you come – it gives you the space and freedom to grow into the person who God has made you to be; I was becoming more secure in myself.

I’m still growing in a lot of the skills that Reign has given me.  I hated having to do presentations, but in hindsight, practicing these in class provided a safe place to learn this key skill.  And now I’ve even been able to hold assemblies in front of an entire school.

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”I hated having to do presentations…now I’ve been able to hold assemblies in front of an entire school.”

The degree gave me the knowledge and practical tools to minister to young people in my area, but even more than that, Reign was concerned with who I was, God’s calling on my life, and who I was becoming, in Him.  It has given me a degree, but has also shaped the woman I have become, and continues to shape who I am becoming.”

Reign Ministries has a vision to impact churches across the UK by training up a generation of disciple-making youth ministers.  This goes beyond students graduating with a degree; our students emerge from the programme equipped to lead, disciple and build relationships. Our aim is that at the end of their three years with us they are more connected to, and in love with, God than the day they started.  Claire’s story of feeling unprepared and unsure of her abilities is common for many new students. We celebrate when they can look back and see the impact Reign Ministries has had on them through this journey.

Click here to learn more about the degree programme. Maybe you could be the next ‘Claire’ to join our degree next September.


Hannah Owen

Hannah is an old friend and alumni of Reign and has recently joined our team, taking on the role of marketing Coordinator. She is mum to two beautiful girls and in her spare time likes to knit and do arts and crafts.

Categories: Articles, Testimony, Uncategorized, Youth Ministry Degree Course

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