'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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Responding to and dealing with challenging behaviour
This practical and interactive one day course will equip youth and children’s workers with the tools needed to respond and deal with challenging behaviour. Aiming to clarify what is meant by challenging behaviour, to know how to look for the cause(s) behind the behaviour, to become more aware of the attitudes and behaviours of adults, to explore different strategies for dealing with behavioural issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.