Last week, some youth church and evening church members attended the Leaders in Training conference run by Youthworks. Young adults, Jackson Walker and Emma Stewart were each helping lead a group of teenagers through the materials, while others from JAC were delegates of the conference.
I asked Emma a few questions about LiT.
What happens each day at LiT?
- After breakfast we had Connect Groups (like discussion groups) to discuss the talk from the night before.
- Time With God – campers and leaders spent half an hour in God’s word.
- Teaching Target – back into connect groups to look at Luke 11:1-13. Each day we went through a different tool for understanding the passage including: context, structure, big idea, supporting ideas, application then, application now.
- After morning tea we had training sessions. Stage One were all together while Stage Two had two options each day.
- After lunch we either had free time until dinner or some free time and then a compulsory fun activity which all three stages were involved in.
- The campers also had a prayer group before dinner which was run by the Stage three campers. Each group had a mix of campers from each stage.
- After dinner we had the ‘Gathering’ where we sung praises, learned a memory verse and heard a talk from one of the speakers.
Who from Jannali Anglican went along this year?
Leaders – myself and Jackson Walker.
Campers – Chantal Marbach, Luke Hunnisett, Nate Walker, Lara Knight, Ruth Hunnisett, Emmy Rolland, Jonah Van Waart.
What was your particular responsibility this year?
My responsibility included leading a connect group, and getting alongside the campers with their responsibilities throughout the week. Also just being an encouragement for the campers as it’s such a big week!
What was most encouraging about LiT this year?
The most encouraging thing was seeing 150 campers wrestle with God’s word and singing His praises!
How does LiT help young people understand God’s word better?
They are able to understand it better because of the tools they have been given which make it easier for them to apply it in their independent Bible reading. They grow in confidence as they dig deeper into the Word. They also learn where the passage fits in the overall context of the Bible.