Across the Diocese in churches and schools successful missional work is undertaken on a regular basis with many young people. This work tends to be with the pre-primary and primary age ranges and churches often struggle to continue relationships with young people through to the secondary level. To help the church address this issue the Diocese of Norwich Mission Strategy 2021 has targeted improving provision of project, schools and sports workers.
Our response is to launch a training scheme for undergraduates based on the BA Theology Ministry and Mission offered by Institute for Children, Youth and Mission at Ridley Hall Theological College in Cambridge. To address issues around retention from existing church children’s work and ongoing spiritual input following that given in primary/junior schools, and to recognise the poorer provision for youth across many of our churches, the focus will be the transition years (school years 6-8) and older - therefore we will focus on the Youth pathway of the degree and focus work on High School catchment areas rather than traditional Parish or Benefice areas.
Students have a main placement for the three years of the course. Students will live in or near the placement and will be involved in work with young people and/or families within the local high school, community and churches.
Students will undertake at least 17 hours per week during term-time, at least half of which will be face-to-face with children, young people or families. Students will continue to work during college vacations and are allocated a certain number of weeks holiday per year by their placement.
Parishes who would be interested in being involved in the Diocese of Norwich Undergraduate Training Scheme for Youth Ministry should contact other Parishes which are in the catchment area of the local secondary school to form a group of ‘Collaborating Parishes’.
The ‘Collaborating Parishes’ should register their interest in the scheme with the Diocesan Children, Youth and Families Development Officer who will arrange a meeting to discuss the application process.
A full information pack is available here