21 September 2018
Mel Lacy, leader of the Keswick Convention’s Youth summer programme and full-time faculty member at Oakhill College, London has launched a new Charity for young Christians called Growing Young Disciples.
Mel leads the youth teaching as part of the Keswick Convention children’s ministry, which, each year, hosts around 1,200 young people during the 3 weeks of the Convention. Now, Mel is launching an exciting new charity called ‘Growing Young Disciples’, which will provide training, resources and consultancy services to all those involved in children’s and youth ministry in local churches.
“Growing Young Disciples is an expression of my passion to see young people raised in the knowledge of Christ and to equip those who teach them with Biblical resources which are relevant in today’s Christian context”, says Mel. “I am looking forward to getting this young charity off the ground and making a difference to the lives of our young people.”
Keswick Ministries Director, James Robson commented, “Young people today face unprecedented challenges. We live in a fractured society with increasing religious intolerance. 'They are suffering, and we see the need to invest in, draw alongside and help them, in conjunction with their churches and families. It is essential that we step up and invest in the future generation, so they can move forward in their faith and lives with confidence. We can see this type of commitment at the Convention’s youth programme and it is wonderful that Mel has now taken the opportunity to launch Growing Young disciples. It is a generational investment that will help young people by training up others to serve them effectively.”
In addition, Growing Young Disciples will provide training and resources for individual youth workers and churches, and will also facilitate a number of training events and conferences each year. The first of these training events, CONTEND, will run at from 14 – 17 January 2019 at Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre.
Growing Young Disciples is fostering exciting links with a number of organisations and is hoping to help churches and parachurch organisations strategically think about how to reach and raise a new generation for Christ.
Melanie was born in Ireland and has been living in the United Kingdom for almost 20 years. For 9 years she was a faculty member at Oak Hill. Throughout this time, she has been involved with children’s and youth ministry and remains committed to raising passionate and confident young Christians. She will continue heading up the Keswick Convention summer youth programme.
David Sawday: “Mel has been instrumental in leading the Keswick Convention’s youth programme for the last 6 years. Her work is not only renowned among those attending, but churches across the country and other parts of the world. Mel is committed to Biblical and family-centred teaching. Our congratulations go to her. We are absolutely delighted that she is now sharing her expertise with the many dedicated youth and church leaders across Christian denominations. Her years of experience offer invaluable insights and a selection of rich resources, addressing the real issues young people of today face.”
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