The Church of Ireland Youth Department’s Young Leaders in Ministry Fund is again open for applications. The fund is open to young people aged between 15 and 25 years who can demonstrate a current involvement in the Church of Ireland. It seeks to support training and development courses, mission teams, leadership opportunities and placements that can be shown to:
- significantly develop the faith of the young adult applicant;
- grow the skills of the applicant especially in, but not confined to, leadership skills; and
- be of significant use to the ministry of the Church of Ireland in the 12 months following the completion of the opportunity.
The next closing date is Monday, 27th September 2021, and application forms can be downloaded at the links below.
Encouraging applications, National Youth Officer Simon Henry says: “The impact of Covid–19 on young people has been significant in many ways and as a Church we need to be continually supporting our young people in not just nurturing and growing their faith but also with opportunities to grow new skills and qualifications that will be of benefit to the Church of Ireland.
“CIYD’s Young Leaders in Ministry Fund aims to provide financial support to encourage more individuals from the Church of Ireland to undertake existing opportunities, both within and beyond the Church. This fund exists to grow young leaders, and as we look to a post–pandemic future, I would encourage clergy and youth leaders alike to direct their young people aged 15–25 to apply to this fund – whether it is for a youth work qualification, internship opportunity, or perhaps more local mission over the summer period and beyond. The potential impact of this fund is huge and we have had a very encouraging response since the fund launched in 2019.”
Youth leaders are also reminded that the Keeping In Touch packs, which help to welcome young people back to in–person events, are still available for parishes across the island of Ireland. Just click here to find out more and order your free pack.
Places are also still available on the Aurora training course for youth leaders in the Republic, which starts later this month and runs until next May.