Shape the Church for God’s Mission.

The Ambassadors programme has been designed to give you the opportunity to be  a representative voice and advocate for children and young people within the life of the Methodist church in Ireland.

What’s involved?

ADVOCACY.

As an ambassador you will be an advocate for children, young people and IMYC, being a representative voice in various areas of ministry within the life of the Methodist Church in Ireland. You will have the opportunity to share the thoughts of children and young people in important conversations and be right at the heart of decision making.

 

COMMUNITY.

This is key to all that we do as IMYC and as the Methodist Church in Ireland. Ambassadors will be part of our Methodist Church community as well as having the opportunity to serve within and build a community of young leaders who have a heart to see the voice of children and young people shape the church for God’s mission.

DISCIPLESHIP.

IMYC will invest in you as an ambassador by providing ongoing training and support that equips you for your role and encourages you to grow as a disciple. We will encourage you to use your gifts and provide opportunities for you to explore and learn.

 

LEADERSHIP.

As an ambassador, you will represent IMYC and the Irish Methodist Church at local, connexional and international level. You will also take a leadership role in connecting with, hearing from and sharing what you have heard from children and young people in order to inform the direction and focus of your role.

USE YOUR VOICE TO SHAPE THE CHURCH FOR GOD’S MISSION

Apply for the Ambassadors programme today. Applications close 15th November.

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Ambassador Roles

<b>EMYC Ambassador:</b>
EMYC Ambassador:(European Methodist Youth Council)
This role provides the opportunity to represent children and young people from the Methodist Church in Ireland at the European Methodist Youth Council. Each September, you will travel with members of IMYC to the hosting European country and will be part of the council.

Expectations:
You will be expected to contribute to discussions and be willing to be part of smaller working groups and conversations. You may also be asked to reflect on your learning from these gatherings and share them with others where appropriate.

<b>IMYC Ambassador</b>
IMYC AmbassadorIrish Methodist Youth and Childrens Department
As an IMYC ambassador, you will be part of our executive committee and represent the voice of children and young people at these meetings. The exec exist to support and encourage us in our work but also to challenge us. You will also be given the opportunity to speak into the work we do as a department and will help us stay focused on children and young people. Part of the role will see you be an advocate for IMYC at other events within and outside of the Methodist Church in Ireland.

Expectations:
You will prioritise and commit to attending quarterly meetings usually held in Edgehill House where IMYC are based. There will also be opportunities to represent IMYC, children and young people around the connexion and you will be encouraged to think creatively about how we engage with children and young people in order to hear their voice that will inform strategy and wider areas of ministry.

<b>WDR Ambassador</b>
WDR AmbassadorWorld Development & Relief
Anyone engaging with WDR at committee level will have the opportunity to be part of an active team committed to tackling material poverty in developing countries by partnering with indigenous partners in ten different countries that are involved in a whole range of themes: clean water, education, agriculture, healthcare, rights, disability. Getting to know these partners is one of the privileges of engaging with WDR’s work. You will speak into conversations on funding allocations (about £300,000 each year), development education within Ireland, marketing, fundraising and communications as WDR continues to build support so that more can be done.

Expectations:
There are three evening meetings each year (October, March and May) but WDR is keen to use everyone’s skills and enthusiasm beyond those meetings if possible. There are also opportunities for training that will equip you to engage in large fundraising events and speaking engagements as a WDR ambassador.

<b>WMP Ambassador</b>
WMP AmbassadorWorld Mission Partnership
WMP works with churches and organisations around the world to proclaim the gospel. This can take the form of evangelism, church planting and leadership training. WMP is soon to set up links between the three new Irish Methodist Districts and three partner churches; Poland, Togo and Ghana. We want to gather and share stories in both directions, giving people opportunities to learn, pray, give and go. WMP is also responsible for the children’s mission programme, Junior Mission for All (JMA), the Container Ministry, mission partners, MEET teams, presence at Castlewellan Holiday Week, Autumn Soul and Soulmates, allocation of mission grants and managing relationships with Bible Society NI, Frontiers Ireland and Church in Chains.

Expectations:
The committee meets about five times a year in the evenings. By being a member of WMP, you’ll have the chance to shape and develop all this and more for the whole church. You will also have the opportunity to dream and be part of pushing further into how we engage with children, young people and the wider church around areas of mission.

<b>Home Missions Ambassador</b>
Home Missions Ambassador
The Home Mission Department exists to resource God’s people for mission. As Home Mission Ambassador we hope that you will be involved in the work of the Home Mission Department through your heart and giftings for mission at the same time as being an advocate for children and young people. You’ll engage with members of the staff team, be part of the Home Mission Forum and represent Home Mission at events. You will also have the opportunity be involved in training events and visit and build knowledge of pioneer mission.

Expectations:
We’d love to meet with you to consider together what being a Home Mission ambassador might look like for you. Expect to set aside time for some of the following: attending meetings of the Home Mission Forum (In Edgehill House) meeting with staff members and being part of events such as All IN and Calling Labs

<b>Secretary of Conference Ambassador</b>
Secretary of Conference Ambassador
This role will see you work closely with the Secretary of Conference, meeting once a quarter, to keep up to date with the big issues arising within the Methodist Church in Ireland and to help them hear the voice of a young person. You will also have the exciting opportunity to be part of the Conference Planning Group as you help shape what conference looks like.

Expectations:
The meetings with the Secretary of Conference can be arranged to suit your working patterns. Attendance at Conference, which meets from 11-15th June 2020 in Lisburn would be ideal.

<b>District Youth and Children’s ambassadors</b>
District Youth and Children’s ambassadors3 available roles
As a District Youth and Children’s ambassador, you will be an advocate for children and young people (as you sit on the District Advisory Group) as you encourage their participation and engagement in all areas of church life, share stories of God at work and help us remain mission focused. There will be the opportunity to travel around your district and further afield as you engage with children and young people across the Connexion in order to support local churches in their mission and directly hear what children and young people have to say. (You will also at times have a role to play in showing support and care for churches, individuals and the District Superintendent if difficulty issues arise).

Expectations:
Alongside the District superintendant, you will commit to finding creative ways to hear the voice of children and young people in your district, working alongside leaders and volunteers to support and encourage children’s and young peoples participation. Time commitment will vary and change as the role develops

FAQ’S

  • To listen to children and young people on their district and be a representative voice at local and connexional level, including annual conference
  • To represent IMYC and the Irish Methodist Church at local, connexional and international level
  • To encourage and promote participation of children and young people in the life of the church, at the very heart of decision making enabling them to take their place in Gods mission
  • To connect and partner with other agencies and organisations in order to learn from and support their mission
  • Give ambassadors opportunities to speak into wider conversations taking place within MCI and be part of decision making processes
  • Invest in ambassadors by providing support and training
  • Provide opportunities for ambassadors to engage with children and young people in order to hear their voice that will inform conversation and decisions
  • Disciple and encourage ambassadors in their own journey
  • Encourage active participation and release ambassadors to use their gifts in all areas of ministry within the church
  • 3 ambassadors in each of the 3 Districts- totalling 9 ambassadors
  • Each district team of 3 will work together to hear the voice of children and young people in their district, while also holding individual roles in other areas of ministry – the larger group of 9 will support one another, discuss what they are hearing and be a collective representative voice for children and young people at Methodist conference.
  • Anyone aged 18 – 24 years old who is part of the Methodist Church in Ireland.
  • IMYC will appoint individuals in consultation with the districts where appropriate
  • Volunteer 2 or 3 Year long commitment  (with stepping down possible if required or necessary)
  • 1 weekend residential to begin the year (3rd-5th January 2020)
  • 1 overnight / weekend in middle of year (18th – 19th April 2020)
  • Attend conference in June (10th – 14th June 2020)
  • Bi-monthly half-day or evening check-in (could be via skype)
  • Other commitments role dependant* (committee or council meetings, youth forums etc…)
  • IMYC will cover costs of the programme with mileage being paid for travel
  • Leadership development, facilitation and listening skills, being attentive to the Spirit, exploring theology, Methodism, nurturing and developing a missional heart.

USE YOUR VOICE TO SHAPE THE CHURCH FOR GOD’S MISSION

Apply for the Ambassadors programme today. Applications close 15th November.

APPLY NOW