Young people in a group

Training young leaders

With the right support and resources, young people can become great leaders of Christian groups in their schools

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On this page you will find materials that are designed to enable you to run training events for young people.  Everything you need (session outlines, handouts, notes for talks, PowerPoint presentation etc) can be downloaded by following the links below.

The course contains three core sessions and ten skills sessions. The course overview contains two sample programmes and some important information for trainers. These materials are free to use, but before downloading any files, please read this document carefully.

The core sessions

These three sessions cover the essential foundations for being a leader of a Christian group in a secondary school. They are designed to equip young people to become effective leaders of Christian groups in secondary schools. 

They should be included at the beginning of the training event.

The skills sessions

These sessions cover a range of skills that young people will need if they are to become effective leaders of Christian groups in secondary schools. You will not have time to run all of the sessions in one training event, so choose the ones that are most appropriate for the young people you are training.

The sessions are:

Skills Session 1 (Group dynamics) – Understanding how a group operates can be vital in ensuring that a group is effective.

Skills Session 2 (Leadership skills) – This session will enable the young people to discover their preferred leadership style and recognise their strengths and weaknesses.

Skills Session 3 (Preparing and leading a group Bible study) – A practical session that will help young people to use the Bible more effectively in their groups. A printable booklet is also available to download.

Skills Session 4 (How to start a group) – Advice and guidance for those who are wanting to start a new group in their school.

Skills Session 5 (How to plan a programme) – This session will help the young people see why programme planning can be really useful. They will also look at some ways of actually doing this.

Skills Session 6 (How to plan a meeting) – Top tips for turning good ideas into great meetings. A printable handout is also available to download.

Skills Session 7 (Building groups that last) – The opportunity to reflect on why some groups wither quickly while others run for years and years.

Skills Session 8 (How to be a servant community) – A session to help groups see that what they do is as important as what they say. How can they show Jesus' love to their school?

Skills Session 9 (How to handle difficult behaviour) – Top tips on handling challenging behaviour. The session also looks at the effective use of rules and sanctions.

Skills Session 10 (Presentation skills) – A practical session designed to develop the young people's presentation skills.

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