Shaping the Church for God’s Mission.

The Ambassadors programme has been designed to give young adults 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.

MEET THE AMBASSADORS

North Eastern District Ambassadors

<b>Irish Methodist Youth and Children's Department (IMYC) Ambassador</b>
Irish Methodist Youth and Children's Department (IMYC) AmbassadorDanielle Chambers
As IMYC’s ambassador, Danielle is a part of our executive committee and represents 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 as a department. Danielle will be speaking into the work we do as a department and will help us stay focused on children and young people.

Hear from Danielle:
“After becoming a christian at 16, I can honestly say that IMYC events have played a massive role in my faith and have taught me so much about what it means to follow Jesus. So I am passionate because I would love the children and young people of the church to feel that they have a voice, that they are being heard, that what they have to say matters and that they can help shape the future of these events.”

<b>Secretary of Conference Ambassador</b>
Secretary of Conference AmbassadorDavid Griffith
David works 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. He also have the exciting opportunity to be part of the Conference Planning Group as you help shape what conference looks like.

Hear more from David:
“I am excited to work with the other Ambassadors and get into conversations with young people in my Local area about how they see God’s Church and the Methodist portion working in todays world. My Prayer is that we would be re-inspired by our past as we look towards the future. That we would be reenergised in body, mind and spirit, to further God’s Kingdom in people of all ages.”

<b>North Eastern District Ambassador</b>
North Eastern District AmbassadorAaron Sweeney
Aaron is an advocate for children and young people as he is seated on his District Advisory Group. He encourages their participation and engagement in all areas of church life, sharing stories of God at work and helping the group to remain mission focused. Aaron also travels around his district to 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.

Hear more from Aaron:
“For me, being an advocate for children and young people means to give them my time and energy. I’m looking forward to visiting some of the churches in the North Eastern District and starting to have conversations with their children and young people to get their initial thoughts and opinions! I’m also really looking forward to getting to continue travelling after my year on TOM finishes!”

Southern District Ambassadors

<b>EMYC Ambassador:</b>
EMYC Ambassador:Tara Redmond
Tara represents children and young people from the Methodist Church in Ireland at the European Methodist Youth Council. Each September, she travels with members of IMYC to the hosting European country and is a part of the council.

Hear more from Tara:
“From being involved in the Methodist Church for many years, I have met and heard lots of stories and voices of young people that are so passionate about the wider church. I’m excited to be a part of helping these voices to be heard alongside my fellow ambassadors. I have also had the privilege to be involved and attend EMYC meetings the past two years already, so I am looking forward to now bringing these voices with me.”

<b>World Development and Relief (WDR) Ambassador</b>
World Development and Relief (WDR) AmbassadorRhys Earl
Rhys is a 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. As WDR’s ambassador, he has opportunities to 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.

Hear from Rhys:
“Mission is an incredibly important part of our faith, as is including our young people in shaping that mission. I am excited to hear what children and young people are saying and to challenge how we respond to that voice. I think my main prayer for this year is to think BIG! God can do immeasurably more our prayers don’t have to be reasonable or practical, stop putting limits on God, and have high expectations!”

<b>Southern District Ambassador</b>
Southern District AmbassadorBevin Jennings
Bevin is an advocate for children and young people as she is seated on her District Advisory Group. She encourages their participation and engagement in all areas of church life, sharing stories of God at work and helping the group to remain mission focused. Bevin also travels around her district to 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.

Hear from Bevin:
““I am looking forward to going around the district and meeting the children and young people there. I’m excited to be a voice representing them in places where they are not being heard. I’d like to see the children and young people in the district coming together for more events throughout the year!”

North Western District Ambassadors

<b>Home Missions Ambassador</b>
Home Missions AmbassadorRebekka Snoek
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.

Hear more from Rebekka:
“I’m excited to be a part of the Home Missions department as I get to help with local churches and the passion they have for those within their communities. I feel like this is a good opportunity to help children and young peoples voices be heard in this area specifically. My prayer is that God would equip me and guide me!”

<b>North Western District Ambassador</b>
North Western District AmbassadorJoshua McRoberts
Joshua is an advocate for children and young people as he is seated on his District Advisory Group. He encourages their participation and engagement in all areas of church life, sharing stories of God at work and helping the group to remain mission focused. Joshua also travels around his district to 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.

Hear more from Joshua:
“My prayer is that the children and young people of the Methodist church in Ireland know that they are valued, that they are loved and that we are cheering them on in their faith. I pray that we as a church will be able to learn from them as they step forward and step up as the next generation of Christians, representing Jesus wherever they go.”

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.

SHAPING THE CHURCH FOR GOD’S MISSION