The statistics are shocking! Depending on which report you might read, anywhere between 61-88% of teens are estimated to have left the church soon after their 18th birthday. Many parents, pastors, and young people themselves claim to have the solution to the mass exodus, often with conflicting opinions. One thing is for sure, the past youth ministry culture of entertainment and gimmicks has done nothing to arrest the decline. Dodge-ball, fog machines, iPod incentives and chubby bunnies have not proved to be the solution!

So, what is the answer? More than ever, we’re convinced that there is only one thing that has the potential to bring lasting change in our young people’s lives – the gospel of Jesus Christ. And, what we need more than ever is youth leaders enthused, equipped and trained to teach this gospel faithfully, clearly and creatively to young people.

That’s where ‘Building to Grow’ comes in. On Thursday 22nd February 2018, we’re launching this new interdenominational training course for youth leaders (employed and volunteers) to help them keep the Bible at the centre of their ministry and equip them to teach it with increasing effectiveness. Please do share these details with leaders in your community and network who may benefit from such a course.

More information can be found at www.buildingtogrow.com. Participants registered before 12th January will receive a FREE copy of ‘Amaze Them with God – winning the next generation for Christ’ by Kevin DeYoung. Flyers can be viewed and downloaded by CLICKING HERE.


Venue: Cafe Grace – Elmwood Avenue, Belfast

Dates: Last Thursday each month starting 22nd Feb 2018

Time: 7.30-9.30pm

Cost: £45. Payable on first night and includes copy of the core text book.

Register: www.buildingtogrow.com 

Lead Trainers: Johnny Beare (St Elizabeth’s, Dundonald) and Colin Morris (Crosslinks Ireland) who between them have almost 30 years experience in full-time youth ministry.

If you have any questions, need more information or would like some publicity please do get in touch (buildingtogrow@gmail.com). Updates and news will be posted on our Facebook page. Our prayer is that this course would bear lasting fruit as young people commit to a lifetime of service in the local church.


The ‘Building to Grow’ Team

Johnny Beare – Youth & Children’s Worker (St Elizabeth’s Church, Dundonald)

M: 07801480301

Colin Morris – Ireland Staff Worker (Crosslinks)

Dave Armstrong – Short-term Missions & Young Adults Worker (Crosslinks)