The Academy

Develop your skills, leadership, and character.

This course will encourage you to “Step Up” and “Step Out”, building on the discipleship journey in Be Transformed and go deeper into specific topics. During the course, you will sharpen your skills and experience to develop your practice through group work, leadership and managing programmes.

As part of The Academy, you will be working towards an Award in Christian Leadership from Moorlands College, which has been accredited by NCFE as a Customised Award with the learning outcomes benchmarked at Level 3.

The course is designed to enable you to grow as a pioneering leader, covering a wide range of issues and practice. Our aim is that, over the year, your passion for reaching children, young people, and adults with the Gospel will be increased as your practice continues to develop.

The Academy is ideal for those not looking to do a degree, or who may want a stepping stone to the degree after completing Be Transformed. Many trainees completing The Academy have launched straight into full-time youth or children’s ministry positions. 

Course Overview 

The Biblical Leader

This unit will help you to analyse key leadership issues in the Bible and examine how they relate to Christian leadership in the 21st Century.

The Discipling Leader

This unit will help Learners to reflect on a discipling relationship where the Learner is a disciple and then put that into practice by the Learner discipling someone younger.

The Pioneer Leader

This unit will help Learners to critically reflect on pioneer leadership and how important it is to the 21st Century Church.

The Reflective Leader

This unit will help Learners to reflect on different leadership situations and how they should be addressed by the leader. It will help Learners to be reflective practitioners.

The Discipling Leader

This unit will help Learners to reflect on a discipling relationship where the Learner is a disciple and then put that into practice by the Learner discipling someone younger.

The Practical Leader

This unit will help you to demonstrate and evaluate key leadership skills in practice.

Ready to Apply?

If you would like to explore joining SWYM then please fill in an application form, and one of our team will be in touch to discuss the next steps.

I am really enjoying how the Academy is equipping us through inspiring teaching, engaging discussion and applied assignments. Everything we are learning from our lectures is directly applicable to both outreach and discipleship settings in our placement. 

The Academy course is encouraging, transforming and affirming me to become a more confident, courageous and missionally-minded Christian leader in ministry.

Abigail White