Bookings for this training has closed

Bookings for Amplify 2018/19 have now closed. Please watch this space for 2019/20 applications opening. 

Introduction

The Church works with thousands of children and young people across the UK, however we are aware that the majority of people that work with them are volunteers living full lives. We know that many workers have a deep faith in God and care well for the children and young people that they come into contact with, but have received minimal training in children’s and youth ministry. Amplify seeks to be ecumenical, giving these workers and volunteers across the Church in the North West confidence, a deeper understanding and a grounding in reflective practice. We are now welcoming applications for Amplify 2019.

Outline of Modules

Amplify will provide participants with an opportunity to build on their foundations in children and youth work, as well as offering a starting point for exploring deeper study. Amplify is delivered in an environment and setting where children’s and youth leaders will learn together but some elements of each module will be taught separately. This is to allow for both helpful conversations across the disciplines and specialist input when it is needed.

Participants are required to complete a number of assignments, which will include presentations, and creating a reflective journal/portfolio of evidence which will grow throughout the course, demonstrating learning and understanding of each module in full.

Understanding why we do what we do

Understanding the reflective cycle

Understanding your local context and allowing that to inform your ministry

Cultivating and sustaining healthy relationships

Leadership styles (Christological; children and young people as leaders)

What is spirituality?

Faith development and spiritual formation

Whole life worship

Worship styles: Children and young people as co-worshippers

Schedule

The Amplify course will start in January 2019. The training sessions are delivered over two residential weekend, and a final day ending with a celebration and commissioning.

The dates for the 2019 course are as follows:

  • 7pm on Friday 25th January (starting with a meal) – 2pm Sunday 27th January (departing after lunch) at Foxhill Residential Centre, Frodsham WA6 6XB
  • 7pm on Friday 22nd March (starting with a meal) – 2pm on Sunday 24th March (departing after lunch) at Foxhill Residential Centre, Frodsham WA6 6XB
  • Saturday 8th June 10am-9pm Venue TBC

Each weekend presents seven sessions, blending creative and interactive lectures with guided discussions, plus plenty of opportunity to build relationships in between to share ideas and embed learning.

Each participant will be expected to have the full support of their home church, and a member of their church should act as their mentor, whose role is:

  • to provide oversight of their practice in church and their learning journey
  • to offer encouragement, practical and pastoral support as necessary
  • to provide the participant with relevant experiences and opportunities which will allow them to complete a full journal during the course

When applying for the course, each applicant will need a reference from their senior church leader.

The Amplify course has a unique assessment style which allows participants to engage with the assignments at a level appropriate to them. At the end of the course, participants will have submitted a minimum of three assignments and will produce a reflective journal of learning, although there will be the option to extend learning through a range of other optional tasks. Our aim is that students will grow their expertise and become confident in reflective practitioners.

Tutors

The course will be delivered by a team of dynamic and experienced tutors who have been involved in children and youth ministry for many years.

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Chester Tutors

Jonathan Masters jonathan.masters@chester.anglican.org

Cost

The cost for Amplify for 2019 is £350, including the residential weekends. This is usually payable in full before commencement of the course, however other payment methods can be discussed. Non-residential candidates with exceptional circumstances will be considered. For more details contact your local Amplify tutor.

If is hoped that the home church will support students via financial assistance with course fees and provision of appropriate care for the participant during their time on the course.

How to Apply

Click here to download the application form.

Click here to download the reference form.

The closing date for applications for Amplify 2019 is Friday 30th November 2018.