Pioneer Youth Ministry Training at CMS

Pioneer Youth Ministry Training at CMS


If we want to reach young people or
reach people that are well beyond the church, we need to start doing ministry
in a completely different way. We need to look at it differently we need to
embrace culture and embrace what God is doing outside of the church as well as what
he’s doing inside. The CMS youth ministry training program takes the wealth of
mission expertise within CMS and the practice on the ground from Frontier Youth Trust and pulls it together you’re taking the core disciplines of youth
work and looking at them through a missional lens the majority of training
out there equips youth workers to nurture young people within the church
and it does it really well but we need training that equips youth workers to go
outside of the church to go into culture to go into context we often expect young
people to come to us but really we need to be going out and meeting young people
where they’re at. Pioneering and youth work go hand in hand because in both
cases we need to be crossing cultural boundaries to meet people in context and
working out what the gospel means in those contexts rather than pulling people
back into our way of doing things. I’ve kind of found that the study here is
very much rooted in your in your actual context wherever you are so that a lot
of the time none of it is really abstract, there’s always something
that relates from the study to your context which is a great help and makes it less stressful but also it allows for you know your own personal growth in in what
you’re doing and actually you can bring what you learn to what you do.
Working with young people who kind of really struggle with Church has
really made me think about how we might have to do church differently and so
that’s kind of I guess the biggest link for me between youth work and pioneering.
It’s been a great community feel on the course and actually we’re all very
supportive of each other and that’s been really enjoyable too.
What I really love about the CMS way of training pioneers is that it takes
culture seriously it says God might be working in a
context or God is working in the context and we can go and find him and join him
there. Adolescence is such a challenging time young people are trying to work out
who they are in the face of what is quite a challenging and changing
environment. Young people going through all these changes as they grow up and
trying to work out who am I as a person and so youth ministry is important
because it’s not just responding to need but it’s helping form people at
those moments in their life which is going to shape who they are as
adults. I mean a pioneer is somebody who breaks rocks you know they’re not even
they’re not even a group of people that went summer there’s the one person that
went beyond where anybody else ever went and broke rocks the first time,
dug the first trench what does that look like in youth work, who knows? It’s
just pushing boundaries taking risks I suppose and I think if
you want to be a pioneer you’ve got to be able to see where what the boundary
already is and think well what’s beyond that we do the graffiti stuff which we’ve
got over there which is about values based identity formation you might talk
about how they’re feeling they might talk about spiritual stuff you might
talk about how they might draw it how they think about it how to feel it and we
just draw stuff and we do our graffiti and we do art and we’re just
exposing them to this bigger thinking all the time or at least trying to
expose them to this bigger thinking as often as we possibly can. Young
people make better decisions if they think bigger about the world in which
they exist and I think that’s that’s why pioneering is important. CMS has a long
history of helping people to put their call into action so if youth work on the
margins is something you think you’re being called to, get in touch. We’d love
to hear from you.

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