Practical Training For Youth & Children’s Ministry

IMYC is available to provide training in many areas of youth and children’s ministry as well as in safe guarding. The staff here have a wealth of expertise they are willing to share with you and if they don’t know they will sign post you to someone who does!

Members of staff are also available on request so please do feel free to contact our Training and Development Officer for availability and details at

More of a discussion than training, we look at the different ideas that are on offer in the area of all-age worship.  We’ll think through some critical issues, some important issues, and do some wishful thinking!

Key Learning

Introducing interaction
> Including different ages
> Working through new resources.

Finding or developing resources can be one of the biggest challenges as a leader. This session looks at what is available and what is most appropriate for the different age groups or children and young people that we work with in the different groups.  We’ll look at how to pick resources and how to get the best out of them.

Key Learning

> Opportunity to see new resources
> Time to read through material
> Opportunity to compare resources for different groups

It can sometimes be difficult to know where to start when trying to create a childrens or youth programme. This session will provide leaders with a basic structure that can be used in developing a youth programme. Along with some practical support, we will look at the importance of recognising and responding to the needs of our young people.

Key Learning

> Techniques for creating a youth programme
> Recognising and responding to need
> Sharing resources and ideas

Each training session is unique as we understand that each individual is unique.  The main points that are looked at include:  training and recruiting volunteers, educating the church, making brave decisions, meeting individuals needs, enforcing discipline, communicating effectively and suggestions for producing materials.

Key Learning

> Inclusion strategies
> Communication technique
> Theological underpinning

As a leader there are many ways we can engage with young people as we encourage them to discuss and share opinions about a range of subjects, including our faith. One of these is small groups. This session is designed for paid or volunteer youth leaders who are interested in developing key skills in facilitation of small groups.

Key learning

> Creating a safe environment
> How to ask good questions
> Dealing with challenging behaviour
> Encouraging participation