Stepping Out In Faith: Josh’s Story

Have you ever been called by God to something and then felt unsure about it? Our alumni student Josh initially felt that he didn’t have what he needed to train as a youth minister. But he stepped out in faith and grew as a result. Read his story below!

Josh’s Story

Josh N Jason

Hello, my name is Josh and I am a Reign Ministries alumni student. I’m based in Gorebridge, Scotland and I’m thoroughly enjoying the degree course. I had always planned on going into higher education after high school and have always been very determined on having a career in some form of youth work. However, youth ministry had never even crossed my mind until just a few years ago.


After finishing high school without any solid plans, I became quite stressed out about what I was going to do. I had only been a Christian for 4 years and had been leading in our youth activities for less than a year. So, when my youth minister suggested I joined this course my initial reaction was to run away, in the opposite direction, screaming! I felt as though I was barely able to be a leader to one young person, never mind a full group. I also thought my knowledge and understanding of the Bible was very minimal.


Despite having these concerns, I went away and spent a few days praying about the idea. I started to feel a tug from God towards ministry, but I was still unsure. I then decided that if my youth minister, personal mentors, and God were all saying do it, then I should at least give it a shot.

Looking back, I realise that I was being incredibly harsh on myself in regard to my own skills. I’d adapted the unhealthy mindset of thinking that in order to study to become a youth minister I would need to somehow already be one, which is ridiculous!

Now that I have graduated, I am extremely glad that I joined the Reign Ministries Degree programme. I know more than ever that we are all on a journey and this, like many situations in life, is a learning experience. I was taught the skills and the Biblical knowledge that I knew I was lacking, all whilst having a supportive community alongside me on the journey.

Over To You

Maybe as you read Josh’s story, some of it resonated with you as you consider your future? We would love to share about the degree and introduce you to students, so why not join an Open Day? Online on 12th April, or in-person on 26th April! There is no single perfect student, so we suspect you’ll be ideal to study with us!


student

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, Youth Ministry Degree Course

If you liked this...you may also like...

Img 20240328 144243 411

Jamie’s Story

Updated: 28 Mar 2024 | Posted by: student

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 […]

Read more
Img 0694

New Changes. Same Passion.

Updated: 18 May 2023 | Posted by: Hannah Owen

As a ministry we have been reviewing how we deliver the degree progamme in a way that fits both our vision and DNA, whilst still providing quality training for the next generation of disciple-making leaders. From September 2023 we implemented some changes and we are excited to see how God is going to lead us […]

Read more
Reign

Who Do I Disciple?

Updated: 26 Apr 2023 | Posted by: dstevens

“Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.  He appointed twelve – designating them apostles – that they might be with him and that he might send them out…”  (Mark 3.13-14) Where do I start? I had just started my first real ministry role in […]

Read more
Reign

A Shout Out To The Small Youth Groups

Updated: 29 Mar 2023 | Posted by: Charlie Morris

Is Bigger Better? The bigger your youth group, the better, right? We get a special energy from the buzz of a crowd. We believe that when we’re connected to more people we’re able to have more impact. But is this really the case in youth ministry? Most of us have the feeling that this approach […]

Read more
Reign2019

A Brief Intro to Discipleship

Updated: 22 Feb 2023 | Posted by: kmckinnon

If you were to attend one of our Expand Training Experiences you will hear our team talk about discipleship. That’s because it is the foundational to who Reign Ministries is. During our Expand: Online training you will learn the tools to help you be effective in your discipleship of young people. Watch the video below […]

Read more
Alexander Andrews Jygnb9gtcls Unsplash

A Calling To Youth Ministry

Updated: 8 Feb 2023 | Posted by: Charlie Morris

Where Is God Calling Me? I have a calling to youth ministry. But 30 years ago – I had no idea! I remember sitting in a marquee at a Christian music festival as a teenager, listening to a speaker talking about ‘Hearing God’s Call’.  This was something I was wrestling with, so I figured that […]

Read more

Back, Up, Forward

Updated: 4 Apr 2024 | Posted by: Hannah Owen

Matt, our Training Co-ordinator, shares a useful tool to use when doing discipleship in small groups of young people. What do you think? Is this something you already do, or would like to try? For more helpful tools or to learn more about our Expand Training Experiences, click the link below!

Read more
Img 2944

Prepare for your future with Reign Ministries

Updated: 24 Jan 2024 | Posted by: Hannah Owen

With each new year comes thoughts about the future. What can I do to get healthy? How can I improve my relationships or achieve a better work/life balance? Are there any new skills I want to learn? At Reign Ministries, we believe that our degree will prepare you for the future, whatever God calls you […]

Read more

Contact Us