So we had a great time last week with others reviewing 2015 and looking ahead for MAD in 2016.
We are being ambitious in setting extra dates for this year, but we are recognising that the young people are loving being together, and loving being on mission together.
We We are exploring how to move this around, and engate in ddifferent areas around the region.
So if you are a youth leader, or know of Secondary school young people who would love to get together, and enjoy Making A Difference locally, please make a note of these dates, and more info will be coming soon:
As part of our calling it is important to gather leaders, and give them some space to hear from god, and process things for their context.
So to this end, we are hosting 2 network lunches coming up before the summer.
These will be times to come eat together, have some inpt, and some tiem fo prayer also.
February 2, is at Kairos Netowrk church, and will runn from 12.30 to 2 pm.
it would be great if as amny youth leaders could make this as possible so we can honour you, engage better with you, and enable to see more of what god has for you.
This last Tuesday, Andy and Ness had a day away, listening to God, praying together, dreaming together and working some things out for the coming time.
Some new things are coming through in terms of publicity, communication, networks and also funding, so please do pray over all these things.
We are also releasing Ness to dream, to hear form God about how to draw young people together better, in different ways, so more can happen and more gifts can be released.
Please do continue to pray for all that we are engaging in, and for all that we believe God is calling us too.
We are really excited to launch our first youth leaders learning community in April 2016.
This is an 18 month process, exploring 4 key elements: Discipleship, Leadership, Mission and Legacy.
Learning communities can be a great way for youth leaders to explore key elements in their work with young people. It is a time to withdraw with your team and engage in different ways, to explore what is truly happening in your work, hear what God is saying to you, and make plans and goals for the future. It is also a time to learn and input into others - sharing thoughts and practices is really key.
This is not a conference, it is a facilitated time that also gives space for you to work things out in your own context. Guidance and support will be available throughout the 18 month period. This is an opportunity to engage in the questions of what is?, what could be?, and what will be?
What is the time commitment? There will be four gatherings over the 18 month period, beginning on Friday evening, 22nd April (7pm-9.30pm) and then through the day on Saturday 23rd April (9.30am-4pm). We will publish the dates of the other weekends as soon as possible and will try to ensure that those dates work for everyone booked on.
Is there a cost? Yes there is one! However, as this is our first learning community, we are really keeping the cost down to enable teams to engage in the process. For the whole 18 month process, including leaders' support times, we are charging £600.
How do I book? Each attendee should register here: https://rtrlearningcommunity.eventbrite.co.uk. However, we ask that each team also nominates one person to be their main contact. That person should include their phone number when they register. For any other information, please contact Andy on email@example.com