Research from South West Youth Ministries to capture how churches and Christian organisations are working with children and young people across the region.

South West Youth Ministries (SWYM) has been serving local churches across the region, helping resource and equip youth and children’s ministry over the last 23 years. Even with this work developing across the south west, we are all too aware that their ministry is still only scratching the surface. SWYM are therefore keen to get a snapshot of the ministry that is happening with children and young people across the region with the aim to get a picture of where there is excellent coverage and impact and where there may be gaps in provision.

Our hope is that as a part of this research we might be able to channel new work into areas of most need and least coverage in the future as well as to ascertain if the resources and training we provide for local churches to equip and resource them is in fact what they really want. In conclusion our hope is to get a clear snapshot of ministry to this generation in this region to inform and help us to draw some conclusions that might shape our and others energy and investment in the years to come.

We are really excited to be a part of this research project and want to encourage every church in the SW to get involved so we might get the fullest picture of exactly what ‘The Church’ is doing in terms of children and young people so together across denominational divides we can work together to reach a generation in every corner of the region.  

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Here in the Diocese of Truro we’re committed to being a church that celebrates children and young people at its heart. Sadly that is often not the reality, so I really welcome this piece of research that helps us establish how things really are on the ground – so that from that we can build something substantial and significant for the Kingdom of God.

Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen

Bishop of Truro

We probably know what’s going on in our local church, we may have some vague idea of what’s happening in our locality but we are all probably unaware of the much bigger picture across the counties of the southwest. In villages, towns and cities, across the range of denominational expressions many things are happening and If every church participates in this research we will have such a helpful bigger picture to aid our mission to young people and children. I really encourage us all to get involved and help make this possible.

Mark Pugh

Rediscover Church, Elim