Some very big and exciting GYD news!

We are really delighted to introduce to you our new GYD Fortify programme. As you know, we are very concerned to equip and resource all those doing children’s, youth, and family ministry in the local church and as part of the growth and development of GYD we are now focusing much effort and many resources into particularly serving volunteer leaders.

We have wonderfully just appointed a Director of Volunteer Training; they will join the GYD team a little later in the year.  In the meantime, let me tell you why we’ve named this new initiative Fortify…..

We recognise that there are literally thousands, if not tens of thousands, of volunteer leaders sacrificially serving in churches across the U.K. and Ireland. Among them there is a tremendous wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding, as well a great passion for the work with children and young people. We also know that there are many kid’s, youth and family workers who are striving to train their teams well and are constantly multiplying ministry. We rejoice and give thanks for those teams and workers.

And so we simply want to Fortify, add strength to, the tremendous work that’s already been done. In the same way the perfectly satisfactory Rice Krispies are fortified with vitamins and iron, we hope to strengthen volunteer leaders as they seek to show Jesus to the next generation and nurture them in faith.

You will find more details on the various Fortify tabs, but in short, we are going to offer a residential conference for volunteer leaders, in-person training days and some short courses throughout the year in kid’s, youth, family and under 5’s ministry. We pray that there will be something to serve all, and over time we might be able to join you in fortifying your teams for the sake of the gospel.