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Youth Growing Leaders is a course we run to enable Christian young people to grow in leadership gifting and ability.

This page explains more about the course, includes some video testimonies and explains how you can apply online.

Who is it for?

The course is open to anyone who will be in year 10 and above from September, is a committed Christian and feels that leadership may be something that they want to grow in.

  • Do you want to understand more of what plans God has for you?
  • Do you want to help lead others to know Jesus?
  • Do you want to be more confident in your faith?

What is it?

Growing Leaders meets monthly from September to April. The course runs for 8 sessions (Monday evenings 7-9pm), including two sessions which are overnighters (Saturday afternoon – Sunday afternoon)!

This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about leadership, identify your gifts and develop your character, helping you to grow and lead more like Jesus.

The course is designed for those who are Christian, who want to grow in Christian leadership, and want to learn how to effectively use the gifts God has given them.

Where and when?

For the 2020/2021 we are running two courses: one in Leamington Spa and one in Coventry.

Session Leamington dates Coventry dates


Session 1

Leadership matters

Sat/Sun 12/13 September 2020 Sat/Sun 12/13 September 2020
Session 2

Foundation 1:Remember who and whose you are

Monday 12th October 2020 Monday 19th October 2020
Session 3

Foundation 2: Getting to the heart

Monday 9th November 2020 Monday 16th November 2020
Session 4

Foundation 3: Leading where you are

Monday 7th December 2020 Monday 14th December 2020
Session 5

Skill 1: Growing your gifts

Sat / Sun 16/17 January 2020 Sat / Sun 16/17 January 2020
Session 6

Skill 2: Part of the team

Monday 22nd February 2020 Monday 1st March 2020
Session 7

Keeping 1: The bigger picture

Monday 22nd March 2020 Monday 29th March 2020
Session 8

Keeping 2: Keeping on growing

Monday 19th April 2020 Monday 26th April 2020

Who runs it?

Andy Castle, CEO and founder of Thrive Youth Ministries, hosts both courses with different youth leaders from across the area.

How to apply

  1. Chat with your parents/guardians and your youth leader about whether they think this is a good time for you to do the course.
  2. Pray about it.
  3. As part of the course, you will be assigned a mentor who you should meet up with monthly to see how you’re getting on, what things are challenging you and to make sure you’re growing!
  4. There are limited spaces on the course so it is of crucial importance that those chosen are able to commit 100% to this opportunity. By applying you are making a commitment to the course and will be expected to attend all the sessions.
  5. Apply using our online application form by Friday 3rd July 2020. The earlier you apply, the better!

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What is Growing Leaders?

Growing leaders – youth edition is a course originally written by CPAS although over the years Thrive has adapted it. It is run in Leamington and Coventry each year for young people aged 14-18.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about leadership, identify gifts and develop in Christ-like character, helping young people grow and lead more like Jesus.

Hear from participants from the 2018 Youth Growing Leaders Course

“It was great learning about what gifts we have so we could work out which area of leadership we should be in.”

“Thank you so much for running this course. It has definitely changed my life for the best!”

feedback from previous participants

Find out what previous participants thought about the course

youtube  See all the video testimonies.