SWYM Big Training Day

12th October 2019

Join us for a day of inspiration, keynote sessions and expert workshops for Line Managers, Mentors, Youth Workers and Children’s Workers.

Saturday 12th Oct. | 10am to 4pm

Belmont Chapel, Exeter

Tickets: £15


Discipling Children – Olly Goldenberg
As the challenges of the world grow, the need to effectively disciple a generation increases. We will be looking at how we can disciple our children at different stages of life, equipping them to live fully for God. With inspiring stories of children being transformed and impacting their community, Biblical theology and practical ideas, prepare to be sharpened in the ministry God has called you to.
Youth Work: Vision Into Reality – Matt Summerfield
God has an amazing vision beyond your wildest dreams with the rising generation, but how do you get hold of it? Understand your part in it? Invite the right people to join you with it? And actually see it become a reality? These sessions will explore vision and strategy, and will equip you to set culture and build teams for your local church youth work.
Mentoring – Rob & Kath Smith
Mentoring is a key part of the SWYM experience. Whether you have been a mentor for years, new to the role, or just thinking about it, these sessions will combine theory, practice and discussion to help us learn together. We will focus on exploring the specifics of mentoring/discipling a SWYM trainee and share experiences to help encourage each other.
Effective Line Management – Sharon Prior
These sessions will explore the why, what, who and how of effective line management. We will develop a theology for effective line management and why we want to be effective line managers. We will also discover top tips for effective line management, and ask practical question such as: “What kind of person makes an effective line manager?” “What should you do as a line manager and what should you not do?”
The Missional Conversation

With: Andy Thomas, Adam Dyer, Carl Smethurst, Revd. Barry Dugmore and Ruth Flanagan

It is so easy to let maintenance be the driving force in our churches, so how do we keep mission front and centre? How do we equip and release others to effectively engage with our community? In this new Missional Leadership stream, we will have a panel of missional thinkers and practitioners helping us to engage with these issues. With inspiring stories of church projects impacting their community, missional theology and practical ideas, come with questions and a heart to learn.


Adam Dyer leads Yeovil Community Church and is passionate about community transformation and the church working in partnership to see our nation transformed. He is also an ambassador for Cinnamon Network, and a school governor.

Carl Smethurst works for the 100 Baptist churches across the South West as the Regional Minister for Mission. He gets excited about helping churches discover where God is at work in their neighbourhood and enabling them to get involved.

Rob Smith is curate of two churches in Swindon and has previously worked as a youth and children’s worker for a church in Bristol. Rob is an experienced mentor, having set up mentoring projects and serving with a school chaplaincy team.

Kath Smith is the Wiltshire Area Coordinator for SWYM. She has a wide experience of mentoring young people and SWYM trainees. She has a big heart for pastorally supporting individuals as well as equipping others to mentor.

Revd Barry Dugmore is the Diocesan Mission Enabler in Exeter Diocese. Barry’s ministry involves resourcing local churches to grow in discipleship, confidence in evangelism, exploring new expressions of church, and church planting. 

Matt Summerfield is the Senior Pastor of Zeo Church. Matt is passionate about releasing potential in people and organisations, with a particular commitment to see young people live God’s great adventure. 

Sharon Prior is a Baptist Minister, works for Moorlands College, and leads Catalyst Training and Mentoring. She has many years of line managing people in a variety of settings and has written a Grove booklet on Effective Line Management.

Olly Goldenberg is an international speaker and author. He and his wife Helen lead Children Can, a ministry that equips and inspires families and churches to raise up the next generation. They host At Home with God on TBN UK.

Ruth Flanagan is a lecturer at Exeter University training Primary teachers. She is also the Race Equality Resource Officer supporting students in cases of racism and equipping teachers to teach pupils from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. 

Andy Thomas is the SWYM Training Manager and Moorlands South West Senior Tutor. His  passion for mission has seen him church planting in Brazil; involved in HIV/AIDS-related ministry in South Africa; and church leadership in rural Devon.


Belmont Chapel


10:00 Arrivals & Refreshments
10:30 Opening Session
11:15 Break
11:30 Workshop Streams
12:45 Lunch Break
13:45 Workshop Streams
15:00 Break
15:15 Closing Session
16:00 Finish

Venue: Belmont Chapel, Exeter. EX1 2DB

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