'By their fruit you will recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.'
Matthew 7: 16 - 20

Available courses and training

The Training and Equipping Courses are designed to help those working with children and young people to bear better fruit in their encounters with young people and children. These courses are open to anyone who has a role within the church that involves working with children and young people; this includes, but is not limited to, volunteers and paid workers, ministers and lay workers, Sunday school leaders and messy church runners. All are welcome.

We currently offer two levels of training:
Level One: Core Skills Training
Level Two - Parallel Equipping Training:

Stand alone training days designed to expand and build upon the knowledge and skills of workers and volunteers alike

The different modules available as part of these training sessions can be found below, including a detailed breakdown of the course content. 

Core Skills in Youth Work and Children's Work

This training resource is designed to equip youth workers (voluntary and paid) with the ‘core’ skills needed to develop and build a sustainable youth provision in your church. This is not about teaching you to suck eggs, but arming you with the tools to better suck those eggs. It is based on the Spectrum training resource created at Wesley College, Bristol in partnership with Churches Together and the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Reaching and Keeping Volunteers

This practical and interactive equipping day will explore how we can recruit new volunteers as well as keeping and valuing the ones we have.

The environment and young people

This interactive equipping day will explore the issues surrounding the environment and children/young people and how we as the church can equip, inspire and encourage young people to take action; but also give practical ideas for action that the church can take.

Detached youth work: engaging with young people on the fringes

Detached youth work, which is rooted in Christian tradition, can be a great way on reaching and connecting with and supporting socially excluded young people, detached work can be more than that.

Working Multi-culturally

This equipping day will explore how we can engage with and build relationships with young people from different cultures.

Core Skills in Family Ministry

This interactive workshop has been crafted to develop the key skills needed for church-based family ministry, and is based on 'Core Skills for Family Ministry' published by the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) in partnership with Barnabas for Children and The Consultative Group on Ministry among Children (CGMC). It also incorporates the 'We Are Family' research completed by the Methodist church in 2016.

Developing young leaders

This ‘train the trainers’ course is designed equip workers with the resources to enable them to run a Young Leaders Discipleship training course within their setting.

Encouraging Holy Habits in Children and Young People

This practical and interactive workshop explores ways of encouraging children and young people to explore Holy Habits and Beautiful Disciplines, discovering creative and practical ways of helping young people and children ‘rediscover’ these ancient ways of discipleship. To engage with the bible and prayer, including through the use of multi-sensory worship, prayer rooms.

Evangelism: Tools to Share

This equipping day will give you the tool to be able to equip children and young people to be better able to share the good news of the gospel with their friends.

Jesus @ the movies: Film and theology

Exploring practically how films can be used as ‘modern day parables’ in ministry with young people. As well as helping young people to engage with films in a way that points them to Jesus.


This ‘How-To’ guide workshop will take you through the process of setting up and running a mentoring network, as well as equipping you with the ‘tools’ to mentor young people.

Working with children and young people with additional needs

This module will give participants a basic knowledge of the differing types of additional needs and the tools and techniques to help those children and young people with additional needs.

Reaching out into the community

This module explores ways of researching the needs of your community and then ways of reaching out to the children in your local community.

Gun and knife crime

This equipping day aims to raise awareness on gun and knife crime, looking at the issue, risk and protective factors, interventions, including how to empower young people to stay safe and make better choices.

Pornography and young people

This webinar is intended to address the impact of online pornography is having on young people and equip you in talking with your children and young people about it in ways that are factual, sensitive and appropriate for them.

Understanding the teenage brain

We will be exploring how the parts of the brain all fit together, what they are called and what they do. Then we’ll delve deeper into what actually happens in the head of your average teenager as they go through (and even before it starts) adolescence. All while simultaneously pointing out how all these theories and new discoveries impact on youth ministry.

Talking about relationships and sex with children and young people

So many children and young people are crying out for the church to talk about relationships and sex. This day will encourage leaders to think about the why and how of putting this into practice. We’ll consider healthy relationships, self-esteem, and media influences such as sexting and porn. This session will be run by a member of Acet UK’s Esteem Network

Voice Activated: Developing Participation

Based on Voice Activated (produced by the Well) this interactive module will take attendees through the theories behind youth participation, equipping them with the knowledge and techniques to enable them to empower children and young people in the decision-making process of your church or project.

Getting into the minds of youth workers

This equipping day will take you inside the mind of Youth Workers, to help churches and circuits get the best out of their worker, and to ensure that they are appropriately supported and managed.

Social media: the positives and pitfalls

This training day will equip attendees with resources to better engage with young people on the issues surrounding social media, using CEOP’s online resources. As well as exploring ways in which we can use social media to positively engage with young people.