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Training leaders for future ministry

Erin, Rebekah, Lyndal and Koloa enjoy fellowship and learning
The Youth and Children’s Leaders Ministry Training Day held at Park Church Tongan Congregation in August proved to be an inspirational event for young leaders.

Teams of leaders from eleven different churches attended, with people from The Granite Belt through to Redcliffe.

Tom Kerr said YACMU sees training events such as this a “great way to resource congregations in their ministry to young people and to provide ways for congregations to skill their front line troops for their ministry”.

The events have been so popular this year that next year YACMU will be including a state conference for youth leaders, and Mark Cornford’s Greenhouse Project will offer training in local mission.

Sione Kaloni of Park Church Tongan Congregation saw the experience as invaluable.

“I came empty and I am going home overflowingly full. This training has opened up my eyes that there is plenty of learning to be done on my behalf for the sake of all the Sunday school children in our church,” he said.

Beenleigh youth leader Rebekah Wein was looking forward to putting what she learnt into practice.

“I feel more opened up to the wide world of youth ministry and feel better equipped to run programs that are both fun yet devotional. I have found it inspiring and encouraging and am looking forward to putting these ideas into action in my own youth group.”

Erin Van Krimpen of The Gap found it important to know she is not alone with the hardships of running a youth group.

“It was so fantastic to learn from other Christians with a passion and dedication to young people. That I know our youth group is not alone in its struggles of low numbers and uncommitted kids is an invaluable resource.”

For more information of Youth and Children’s Ministry training and events, contact YACMU on 3377 9866 or email info@yacmu.com.au.

Photo : Erin, Rebekah, Lyndal and Koloa enjoy fellowship and learning