Veteran Youth Worker and Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry (Briercrest College, Canada), Ken Moser says, 
“As I reflect on youth ministry, I am absolutely convinced that ministry to young people is about grabbing hold of this world with the gospel of Christ, shaking it alive and placing it on the road to eternal life. In short, youth ministry is about changing the world for Christ. Nothing more, nothing less.”
Therefore, I believe Youth Ministry is like any other gospel ministry – it is about the proclamation and teaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This is why I’ve been keen (along with Colin Morris & David Armstrong) to establish an interdenominational training course, which will equip those working with children and young people to teach the Bible faithfully, clearly and creatively. 
Our course, Building to Grow, will launch on the 22nd February 2018 (Cafe Grace, Elmwood Ave, Belfast). It will be only require a once per month commitment over 18 months (Last Thurs per month, 7.30-9.30pm). It is low cost – only £45 for the entire course. But, it could have eternal consequences for those who attend and the young people they work with.
Find out more about the course at
Look at the material we will cover on the course, and encourage those you know who are involved in youth work to sign up. Those who sign up before 12th January will receive a free copy of ‘Amaze them with God – Winning the next generation for Christ.’
Please do share this information as far and wide through your networks as possible. Our prayer is that this course with give youth leaders the convictions, competencies and the confidence to put the Bible at the centre of their ministry.
This is what some church leaders are saying about the course:
“I am greatly encouraged and excited about this training course. One of our greatest needs in the church today is to see young people trained by godly leaders in the context of Bible-centred youth ministries. I have no doubt that this course will be of tremendous benefit to everyone who attends.” 
Matthew Campbell Youth Director – Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland
“Now more than ever in youth ministry, leaders and volunteers alike need to be disciples making disciples, teaching God’s Word faithfully to young people in relevant and accessible ways. As a former full time youth worker, I know I often felt ill equipped to confidently teach the Bible to a room full of teenagers. A course such as this one will equip youth leaders and volunteers to “train a child up in the way he should go” and to have the Bible as front and centre of their youth work.” 
Simon Henry National Youth Officer – Church of Ireland Youth Dept

“I believe any opportunity to reflect, develop and sharpen ministry practice is worth taking and so this new training from Crosslinks and St Elizabeth’s Church sounds like a great opportunity to deepen your understanding and widen your influence. It is vital that youth ministry maintains a sharp focus on growing disciples of Christ, and by engaging in these topics you will be equipped as a disciple-making youth leader.”
Rick Hill Discipleship Development Officer – Presbyterian Church in Ireland
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Yours in Christ
Johnny Beare
Youth & Children’s Worker (St Elizabeth’s, Dundonald)
M: 07801480301