Figuring out what’s next after school or in your career is a tough decision, you can often feel overwhelmed for choice. You might have even narrowed it down to a certain type of career you’d like, or a rough sense of what God is calling you towards. You are possibly looking at this article because you feel a passion for youth work and church, but even then, there can be so many factors to consider when choosing a youth ministry course. Here at Reign Ministries we aim to do all we can to answer your questions, address your concerns, and make our degree possible for you. Let us try and address some of the initial questions that you, your parents, or church leaders may have:
Can I Afford This?
Most degrees in the UK are over £9,000/academic year. That’s just your tuition; living costs like food and rent are additional, even if you live in halls. However, we are able to save you money by just charging £7,750 per academic year for tuition fees. As you will be part of our conference community 2 times a year, there is also a small charge of £250 per year which goes towards the conference delivery costs for each of these weeks. That’s a very welcome saving! Our degree is recognised by the various student loan organisations across the UK, so most students are eligible for a student loan to help cover these fees.
Will I Qualify For The Course?
Whilst the course is practical it is also academic. However, if you do not meet the minimum entry requirements (a minimum of 80 UCAS points and English GCSE grade ‘C’ or ‘5‘ or above), then it is possible to do some online tests to see if you can still enrol on the course. Our team will be able to assist you in every aspect of applying and being accepted onto the course. If you do not have the relevant qualifications and aren’t able to pass the initial tests, or perhaps English isn’t your first language, then we also offer a Foundation Year. This year is intended as a year of preparation, and aims to help you develop the necessary academic skills, ability in English, and knowledge to commence the BA programme. We want you to feel that you can do this right from the start.
Will I End Up With A Recognised Qualification?
All students that successfully graduate will end up with a BA (Hons) in Theology, Mission and Ministry with specialism in Youth Work. This is issued by Newman University. All of the content and course work is designed and delivered in partnership with ForMission College. It is possible to earn a different qualification if you’re unable to finish the programme for any reason.
Where Will I Study?
We currently have 4 Hubs throughout the UK. It is here where our students live and participate in work-based learning. Work-based learning will usually take place in a church or youth ministry placement. If you’re already living within a Hub, this could be your home church. We can also help to find a different church or youth ministry placement if needed. Get in touch to find out more about where our hubs are!
For your degree work you will be led in facilitated classes covering the degree modules. These will take place both online and in person:
In person: twice yearly in person at a conference in September and April. These conferences are currently held at The Poplars in Ledbury, roughly an hour south of Birmingham.
Online: in between these conferences, classes will take place online one day a week. These will be no more than 4 hours in total.
Will I Be Supported As A Leader?
Most students will have a level of leadership responsibility within their church placement, and our team will seek to support you as you develop in this, as well as the support you’ll get from your church. One space where you will recieve this support from Reign is through a weekly hub cluster group, made up of a few students from across year groups and one or two experienced cluster leaders. This is a place where you can share, ask for prayer, receive personal training and support. Our support will help you grow personally and spiritually, in leadership, skills and confidence.
Will I Be Accepted?
If you love Jesus and want to lead young people then you are welcome. We are not seeking to become a factory that produces identical graduates from our programme. Instead, we want to help shape and empower what God is already forming in you. And we want to give you the skills and abilities to release those gifts and impact young people with Jesus. We celebrate each person’s uniqueness, the differences they experience in their placements, and the different young people they work with.
We hope you will agree that this is a unique course which is accessible for you. It might be that you have other questions. If this is the case, then please email Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we have already suggested, it can be overwhelming when you look at all the options before you, but we believe that Reign Ministries offers a unique mix of academic content, practical ministry experience and a highly supportive environment. We desire to ensure the degree programme is within reach of most people in order to raise up future leaders, and to see more churches following a disciple-making strategy within their youth ministry. We would love to see you in September, so what’s stopping you?
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