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 youth work practice through group work, leadership and managing youth 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 and young people 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.

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.

Every topic has been relevant and applicable to my own workplace. The size of the group allows for discussions which enable each of us to think about how to apply what we’re learning to our own ministry.

The lecturers are all passionate and engaging and the mixture of SWYM staff and outside people delivering the training has offered diverse and helpful insight into a range of subjects.

Mike Waine