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 2019/20.

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.

Reflective Practice

Understanding why we do what we do

Understanding the reflective cycle

Context, Leadership and Relationships

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)

Spirituality, Faith Development and Worship

What is spirituality?

Faith development and spiritual formation

Whole life worship

Worship styles: Children and young people as co-worshippers

Participants are required to complete these modules by undertaking 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.

The Amplify course will start in the Autumn term of 2019. The training sessions are delivered over two residential weekends, and a final day ending with a celebration and commissioning.

The dates for the 2019/20 course are as follows:

The dates for the 2019/20 course are as follows:

7pm Friday 4th October 2019 – 2pm Sunday 6th October 2019

Departing after lunch

Anderton Centre, Chorley*

7pm Friday 13th March 2020 – 2pm Sunday 15th March 2020

Departing after lunch

Foxhill Residential Centre, Frodsham

Saturday 6th June 10am-9pm

Venue TBC

*It is likely that accommodation will be shared at this venue. If this presents a problem, please let us know and we will try to make alternative arrangements.

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.

Lancashire Tutors

Sarah Earnshaw (Children’s Work Adviser)

Ben Green (Youth Work Adviser)

Manchester Tutors

Karen Beal (Children’s Work Adviser)

Susie Mapledoram (Youth Work Adviser)

Chester Tutors

Jonathan Masters (Youth, Children and Families Missioner)


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.

It 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

To apply for Amplify you will need to complete an application form and we must have received all reference forms back from your referees. These can be downloaded below.

Closing date for application: Friday 31st May 2019