Last school year, a new training course was started within Royal Mission: youth work training. The youth work training is a training in which (candidate) youth workers receive one year of education about deepening and growing in youth work. The year is divided into ten weekends. These ten weekends are again divided into three different blocks, with the theme: ‘I’, ‘you’ and ‘we’.
We are convinced that a passionate youth worker can make a difference when it comes to reaching teenagers and young people (12-25 years old) with the gospel. That is why we do everything we can within the training to grow the passion for young people and youth work. In addition to focusing on how youth work works, there is also room for personal growth in faith.
The kick-off of the youth work training was on September 12. Meanwhile, the second weekend has already passed. With 14 students of different ages and different religious backgrounds, it is a pleasant group. The weekends start on Friday evening with a hot meal and end on Saturday afternoon. Practice is central on Friday evening. The first weekend was mainly about getting to know each other. The names were printed in a hilarious game. A response from one of the students: ‘I have a hard time remembering people’s names, but now I know almost all of them in one evening!’. Furthermore, Friday evenings are occupied by a youth worker. After the youth worker had explained how he tries to reach teenagers and young people in his community, there is room to chat around the campfire.
Saturday is all about education. The first weekend was about discipleship. Martin Dol got the students to think about what discipleship means. The second weekend Gerlof Wiersma was the teacher and the focus was on the church. The church as the community of Jesus Christ and what place does youth work take within the community. In addition to listening to the teacher, there are individual or group assignments in learning teams. These learning teams work together every weekend to learn together, from each other and with each other. In between the weekends there is a monthly assignment that is carried out per individual and discussed in the learning teams. There is also an option to receive coaching in addition to education.
With this training we want to help (candidate) youth workers to confirm the passion they have for young people. We also want to help them strengthen their vision and increase their knowledge. In this way, the need of good youth workers to renew and revive their church is addressed.
This report was written by: Janine Holtrop