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Seminar Options*

Fortify.

Slot 1

  1. Teaching a biblical theology of the body to children and young people
  2. Teaching ethics to children and young people
  3. Teaching Psalm 139 to children
  4. Helping teens in a world of identity angst
  5. Teaching Genesis 1-2 to under 3s

Slot 2

  1. Teaching Psalm 139 to teens
  2. Leading small groups
  3. Teaching and helping children to pray
  4. Starting out in youth and children’s ministry
  5. Working together as a united team

*Seminar options may vary depending on venue and personnel available.

Roz Lake

Director of Operations

Roz joined Growing Young Disciples as Director of Operations in July 2022, she is loving her role and being part of the team. Prior to this she worked at Keswick Ministries for almost 10 years, being responsible for donor relations and donations, including managing the ‘Gift Processing Team’ during the 3 weeks of Convention.

Roz moved to Cumbria from Biggin Hill, Kent in 2007, she is currently living in Whitehaven on the West Coast and has been actively involved in her local church since becoming a Christian in 1998, mainly through youth ministry and latterly being Head of Finance and is currently serving as a Trustee.

Roz has 4 adult children and enjoys spending her spare time with them, her grandchildren and friends. Also walking the rugged coastline with her dog, a Bedlington-Whippet, and is often found foraging for seaweeds and other coastal delights, which she particularly enjoys doing on warm summer days!

Johnny Beare

Director of Volunteer Training

Johnny joined Growing Young Disciples in January 2023. Since 2000, he has been involved in full-time ministry to children and young people, working for various organisations and churches throughout Northern Ireland. For 13 years, prior to joining GYD, he served in St Elizabeth’s Church (Belfast), first as Youth and Children’s Worker and then as Associate Minister. Johnny is also the Chairperson of the Irish Youth Convention, an organisation which desires to see generations of young people, across the whole island of Ireland, raised up to be disciple making disciples of Jesus Christ.

Johnny loves encouraging and equipping others to open up the Bible with children and young people. He particularly enjoys working alongside volunteers, within the local church, supporting and training them as they seek to communicate the good news of God’s Word to the next generations.

Johnny is married to Susanna, Dad to Lois and Joel, and in his spare time enjoys time on his motorbike, Paddleboarding, drinking coffee and cheering on the mighty Liverpool FC.

Timetable

Fortify. Sheffield.

10:00am

Doors open

10:30am

Plenary Session 1

That the next generation should know the glorious deeds of the Lord

Peter Wright

11:15am

Coffee break

11:45am

Seminar Slot 1

12:45pm

Lunch

1:45pm

Plenary Session 2

Teaching to reach the heart of children and young people

Melanie Lacy

2:45pm

Break

3:00pm

Seminar Slot 2

4:00pm

Closing Plenary

4:15pm

Finish

Timetable

Fortify. London.

10:00am

Doors open

10:30am

Plenary Session 1

That the next generation should know the glorious deeds of the Lord

Peter Wright

11:15am

Coffee break

11:45am

Seminar Slot 1

  • The importance and power of illustration and application
  • Preparing a children’s lesson from scratch (part 1)
  • Partnering with parents in kid’s and youth ministry
  • Effectively communicating with children

12:45pm

Lunch

1:45pm

Plenary Session 2

Teaching to reach the heart of children and young people

Melanie Lacy

2:45pm

Break

3:00pm

Seminar Slot 2

  • Discipling teenagers in a crazy world
  • The importance of the family of God in discipling the next generation
  • Preparing a children’s lesson from scratch (part 2)
  • Understanding the spiritual development of children

4:00pm

Closing Plenary

4:15pm

Finish

Timetable

Fortify. Belfast.

10:30am

Coffee

10:45am

That the next generation might know
An exposition of Psalm 78

11:30am

Coffee

11:45am

Teaching to reach the heart

12:30pm

Lunch

1:30pm

Seminars

  • Understanding Gen Z in order to disciple them well
  • How to plan an all age service
  • Understanding the spiritual development of kid’s and youth

2:30pm

Seminars

  • The importance of Illustration and application in kid’s and youth ministry
  • Understanding Generation Alpha in order to disciple them well
  • Partnering with parents in kid’s and youth ministry

3:30pm

Closing Session

4:00pm

Closing Plenary

4:15pm

Finish

Friday 2nd

7:00pm – Dinner
8:00pm – Evening Session: ‘Christ in all the Scriptures’ An exposition of Luke 24:13-49
9:15pm – Ice Cream Social

Saturday 3rd

8:00am – Breakfast
9:00am – Praying & Planning in Teams
10:30am – Coffee
11:00am – Morning Session: ‘Teach the Whole Counsel of God’ Understanding the Biblical Metanarrative
12:30 – Lunch
2:00pm – Seminars

  • Teaching Christ from the Old Testament
  • Raising Teens in a Post Truth Culture
  • Teaching the Bible to Under 5s
  • Teaching to Reach the Heart

3:15pm – Seminars

  • Preparing a Youth Talk
  • Preparing a Children’s Lesson
  • Illustration and Application
  • It’s all about me – Expressive Individualism

4:30pm – Afternoon Session: Building a Biblical Worldview
5:30pm – Farewell