Emily is a year two student on the degree. Like many students, when Emily was first thinking about applying for the degree, she had loads of really good questions. A couple of them sounded very familiar. Maybe you are asking questions like these as well:
‘I’m not sure I’m that mad about working with young people and I’m definitely not ready to sign a contract to work for a church. I might be interested in these things, but I’m not sure yet. So if I’m not sure, why should I undertake a degree in Theology that’s delivered by Reign Ministries?
What if I don’t end up going into youth work?”
These are great and honest questions. Let me share the summary of my response to Emily and it may help you as well!
No matter what you do for a career, I believe this degree – with a practical placement in a church – will prepare you to do whatever God calls you to do and I believe it will do it more effectively than sitting in a university classroom for three years.
How can I be so confident? Here are a few reasons:
You will be able to APPLY what you are learning from Day 1
The beauty of a placement-based degree (serving with a Work Based Learning Provider to be official!) is you do not have to wait until you graduate and get a job to practice what you are learning. You actually get university credit for putting things in action!
You will learn incredible PEOPLE SKILLS
One of the key skills that any employer looks for is the ability to understand and work with people. The degree will teach you to care for the social, emotional and spiritual needs of young people. These valuable skills can be translated to almost any profession.
You will learn how to LEAD
Your classes and weekly coaching Cluster will equip you to lead young people, lead volunteer teams and lead the church. I often tell students, ‘After you graduate, I think all you have to do is get an interview. Once the employer meets you and hears about your leadership experience, they will see the benefit you can bring to their organisation!’
You will learn about YOURSELF
The degree experience isn’t all about giving out to others. It is also a time to learn about your personality, strengths, life shaping experiences and passions. Class time and weekly Cluster meetings devote space to grow in self-awareness in these ways. This accurate picture of yourself can help you clarify the vision God is giving you for your future.
So there you have it. If you are sure you want to work with young people for a lifetime, the degree is perfect for you. But even if you are still questioning your career path, we believe your three years with Reign Ministries will cultivate valuable experiences and skills that you can draw upon for whatever calling God has in store for you.
Darin is a coach at heart. He loves to develop young leaders to become effective in their local ministries. Darin also serves as Head of Training as he oversees Reign Ministries' training programmes and resources. Darin has been discipling young people for 25 years and brings his love for young people into every part of our organisation.
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