Residential Conference • 17–20 January 2022

Residential Conference

17–20 January 2022

Yarnfield Park

Conference begins at 4:00pm and concludes at 1:30pm.

We’d love for you to join us for our 19th Growing Young Disciples residential conference.

It’s a great time for those serving in children’s, youth and family ministry, whether in paid employment or those who volunteer, to come together to be encouraged, refreshed, trained and better equipped for ministry. The theme for our 2022 conference is: Sacrifice. Generation Z are the most individualistic generation yet. We therefore want to consider what it means to live sacrificially in light of the gospel, and raise countercultural, sacrificial servants.

Watch the video below from our 2020 conference to find out more


Peter Wright

Peter will be unpacking Romans 12 and helping us to think through both how we can serve sacrificially in the ministries that God has given us and also how we can raise children and young people who will serve the Lord Jesus sacrificially in the world.

Peter is preparing to work full time with Growing Young Disciples in September. For the last 12 years he has been in full time youth ministry in Hill Street Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland. Peter is also a tutor on the Crosslands Children’s & Youth Ministry track. He is married to Linda, Dad to Tobias and Eden, a passionate Leeds United fan and a lover of specialty coffee.

Nick Tucker

Nick will be speaking about the doctrines of the church, of sacrifice and of the new creation in order to help us to nurture selfless young people who are anticipating eternity while sacrificially living for Jesus in the here and now.

Nick Tucker is the Vicar of the Old Church, Edgbaston in Birmingham. He is married to Sam and they have three teenage children. After leaving university, Nick was a staff worker at UCCF before training for the ministry. He did his curacy at St. Andrew’s Bebington before returning to join the staff at Oak Hill Theological college in 2007 as a research fellow. Nick completed his PhD in Church History in 2018. He is involved with the leadership of the youth ministry at the Keswick Convention.

mel lacy

Mel will help us think through what it means to evangelise and disciple children and young people who are being raised in a be true to yourself and live for yourself world.

Mel is the Executive Director of Growing Young Disciples. She has been in full time ministry for 20 years and most of that time has been concerned with both doing kid’s and youth ministry as well as training others for that ministry. She is passionate about seeing this nation won for Christ and wants to raise up generations who are committed to Him and ready to stand courageously for Him in this world.


Mike McGarry

We are also delighted to welcome Mike, who will be running a 4 part training stream across 2 afternoons.

1. The landscape of modern youth ministry;
2. The Bible and youth ministry;
3. Church history and youth ministry;
4. Ecclesiology and youth ministry.

Mike has a passion to see teenagers become lifelong disciples who love the local church. He attended Gordon College where he double-majored in Youth Ministry and Biblical/Theological Studies. He also completed his M.Div. and D.Min. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is also the author of A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry: Teenagers in the Life of the Church (Randall House Academic, 2019) and Lead Them to Jesus. Mike has served in youth ministry for over fourteen years. His hobbies include reading, writing, Patriots football, archery, skiing, and coffee.


Here’s a taste of some of the optional afternoon seminars: (more details coming soon.)

Disability and the Gospel: Extending Christ's Welcome to all

Sarah Thrift

Up to 1 in 5 people in the UK live with a disability, but are 20% of our church families disabled? Why not? For too long the church has been blind to the needs of some of the most vulnerable and unreached people in the world. What does the Bible say about disability and the church? How can we get involved in sharing the good news of Christ with the disabled community? Let’s make a change.

Accessible Children's and Youth Sessions: Getting Hands On

Sarah Thrift

The Gospel is for all people and everyone needs faith in Jesus to be saved – but how can we explain the Gospel to those with intellectual disabilities? What could our youth and children’s sessions include to be more accessible for all? This will be a more practical session thinking about available resources and engaging all of our senses as we teach the Bible and encounter Jesus.

Establishing a Youth Ministry that Endures

Johnny Beare

Youth ministry can be one of the most bruising ministry endeavours. The buzz of walking alongside teens faithfully following Jesus, can so often turn to despair as they seemingly walk away from Him after leaving the security of our youth groups. How do we build a youth ministry that endures, where teens continue in faithfulness long after leaving our groups? This seminar will explore some of the Biblical principles which will help us establish youth ministries with an eternal impact, while also allowing time to share experiences and practical ideas with one another. 

Transhumanism: The future of humanity, the final frontier or foolishly playing god?

Adam Thrift

Imagine a world in which technology could radically extend our lifespan, take over the day to day running of our lives and help us overcome the limitations of being human. How should a Christian begin to think about such issues? How would we respond to those scientists and philosophers striving to make it a reality? How might we best serve the children and young people living in a world increasingly captivated by a transhuman future? We’ll explore the answers to these questions as we think about transhumanism, an increasingly popular, but insidious modern philosophy.

-Apologetics and young people: How to train young people in defending the faith.

-Preparing young people and the church for their entry into the wider church.

-Serving sacrificially whilst caring for your family well.

-The role of the imagination in children’s and youth ministry.

And more! (Further info to come.)

Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Staffordshire ST15 0NL

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