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Nov 20

Thrive’s training day enables leaders to grow their youth groups

On Saturday 8th November over 30 leaders gathered together in Leamington Spa to spend some time exploring how they can grow a thriving youth group. The day was led by Thrive’s director, Andy Castle, who created the material and inspired leaders to consider afresh what God is doing amongst their young people and how they could grow their groups in the future.

venue ready for training

The venue ready and waiting for the participants to arrive

The day was split into three sessions, exploring the context young people are growing up in today and their influences. We also looked at some principles to enable a youth group to have a better chance of growing and thriving. We explored how evangelism, worship, discipleship, fellowship and ministry all need to be a part of a flourishing youth ministry. There was good, lively discussion amongst participants as people engaged with the subject.

It was wonderful to see people making new connections with leaders from other, similar churches and to hear them encouraging each other with their experiences and insight.

Feedback from the day was excellent with the vast majority giving a star rating for the day of 4 or 5. One person said as she left, “this was one of the best training days I have ever been to!”.

Here are some other comments which participants gave on their feedback forms:

‘A really valuable use of my time…even on a Saturday!’

‘I got new ideas, especially on how to involve the youth in church life’

‘We all need to stop and reflect on what we are doing and this provided an excellent opportunity’

‘I enjoyed time to reflect – with really helpful questions to enable that to happen’

‘well thought through, clear, kept to time yet relaxed; good use of AV and good small group discussion’

‘really helps to think through youth work – from understanding young people to how to do quality youth work’

‘very good, Bible based, relevant to today’

‘thank you for a special day – I came a bit anxious about the future but feel encouraged to let (the youth group) grow at God’s pace.’

‘I have more confidence in what we are offering and appreciate its value to the young people’

‘we need to talk about this stuff as a church!’