Youth programme

CWM believes in equipping and enabling young people to participate in God’s mission not as objects of mission but as full partners and participants.  CWM has an active and exciting range of opportunities open to young people that encourage full participation in the life of CWM and also develop young people’s involvement in God’s mission.

Training in Mission (TIM)

The Training in Mission (TIM) programme brings together a group of 10-12 young people from the churches and ecumenical partners for 10 months of intensive mission training. TIM uses an action-reflection model of learning that broadens experience, understanding and perspectives in mission, self awareness and spirituality.

Training in Mission participants should be at least 18 to 30 years old at the start of the programme, single and not an ordained minister. Participant must be able to spend ten (10) months away from home; interested in exploring mission issues in an international and multicultural context; able to relate well with others and mature enough to cope with stress; and committed to sharing experiences upon returning home. Experience in project work through voluntary or paid involvement in church programmes or with secular NGOs is also an advantage. Ideally, the participant must have completed high school and preferably other further training. English proficiency is an advantage, as this is the language of communication in the programme.

Face to Face

Face to Face is a programme of intense theological, sociological and contextual exposure and engagement. It challenges participants to engage with the realities of how the fullness of life is being denied to a large majority of the world’s population. It seeks not only expose but also to engage participants in cultural, social, theological and contextual realities so that they may grapple with and be motivated by the world around them. The programme is challenging as well as socially and theologically transformative for all participants. This programme exposes students to a context other than their own to stimulate theological reflection, encourage sensitivity to people of other cultures and motivate people to engage in mission. Such exposure might be used to:

  • – Enlarge the horizons of theological understanding of the participant
  • – Experience contextual realities of different communities
  • – Equip someone for multicultural ministry
  • – Explore Mission in the context of Empire

Participants from around the world gather in one of the three (3) Face to Face locations for a total of seven to eight weeks. They are being exposed to the context, hear and witness the narratives of the people, encounter diverse theologies, histories, societies, social realities and personal stories. They will be required to reflect both practically and in writing on their Face to Face journey.

Regional Youth Forum

CWM are committed to including young people in its programme but also in ensuring the voices of young people are heard in the CWM structures.  In 2018 CWM will hold a Regional Youth Forum which will bring together young people from all the CWM member churches and ecumenical partners to explore mission in a global context.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities or would like further information, do please contact the CWM(UK) offices using the contacts page.