For nearly 20 years, Young Lions has been instrumental in developing the next generations of AoG leaders.
Featuring a unique mixture of ministry, teaching, coaching groups & practical challenges, it is a weekend that produces incredible results in the lives of the delegates & coaches. Our Nation needs young leaders who know God, know themselves, and are equipped to further His Kingdom wherever they are.
Our Nation needs Young Lions.
We believe that the church needs to have a ‘wave after wave’ approach to developing leaders; understanding that the second we stop investing in those coming after us, we’re a generation from dying out! Young Lions plays a part in that, exposing young people to what leadership is, that there is a call on all of us to lead where we are, and to take responsibility to shape ourselves into the image of Christ.
Young Lions 2020 will be the 18th year that it has run! Over these years, we have seen hundreds of young people discover the call of God for their life and be released into leading in all areas of life! We have Young Lions who are leading & planting Churches, raising families, actors, sports men & women, and loads more!
Young Lions is for young people between the age of 16-21 who have found Christ and are beginning their journey of leadership. We don’t just want polished ‘got it together’ kids, if they love Jesus and there’s just a chance they could do incredible things for Him, send them! To coach, you must be a youth pastor/leader who has either graduated Young Lions or has good experience working with young people.
The Young Lions weekend is not your typical youth weekend away. It’s a unique training, development and assessment boot-camp! Positive peer pressure and the power of an unfamiliar environment will put delegates through their paces and in to situations that will force them to draw on the skills and abilities that they have.
The weekend is loaded with teaching sessions, encounter sessions, smaller coaching group sessions and a physical session. Every element has been designed and honed over the years to provide the most impact a weekend can offer!
On arrival, delegates will be split into small groups and assigned a coach for the weekend. Coaches are either graduates of Young Lions, or Youth Pastors & leaders attending with their young people. The role of the coach is to accompany the delegates through the weekend, and also to complete an assessment form at the end to be sent back to the delegate’s Church. This is an awesome discipleship tool for their leaders.
Young Lions is 3 weekends over 3 years; each year containing different elements of the leadership journey.
For a better understanding about what coaching at Young Lions looks like click here.
Every Young Lions delegate must start from 1st year, the experience is incomplete without it!
All leaders involved in making Young Lions happen are DBS checked and recommended by their home Church. Activities are risk-assessed and supervised, and appointed first-aiders are on site at all times. The outdoor physical does involve some physical activity, but nothing that could put someone at risk.
Young Lions England & Wales 2020 is at the Pioneer Centre, Kidderminster, Northamptonshire, DY14 8JG
Young Lions Scotland 2020 is at Lendrick Muir, Kinross.
Young Lions costs £99 for delegates until the 1st September, then £109 until the 1st October, then £129 until the 17th January 2020. It is a flat cost of £85 for coaches. We encourage Churches to book their group in as a whole, then process bookings internally as you would with a summer camp/conference.
Registration opens at 18:30 so please arrive from then. Dinner is from 19:30-20:30 and the first meeting is at 21:00 so if you’re coming late because of work, please make every effort to ensure that you’re there by then. When you register you will be given details of your accommodation and shown where things are on-site.
The last session of the weekend finishes at 15:00, but coaches are required to stay on site until they have completed their assessment forms.
All food for the weekend is provided, including Friday evening dinner and Sunday lunch. There will be a tuck shop in the delegates lounge to purchase additional snacks & drinks.
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