Young people invited to join SERVE leadership programme

Wednesday June 12th 2019

SERVE – a new opportunity for young people within Connor Diocese – will get underway in September.

The SERVE leadership programme, developed by Tim Burns, Diocesan Youth Officer for Down & Dromore, will be led by Rev Philip Benson and Connor Diocesan Youth Officer Christina Baillie.

Aimed at young people aged 15 to 19, the course will explore leadership and equip the young people to lead in their local parish context.

Christina said: “We would love young people to join in this special, development opportunity. We believe it will enthuse them to develop their leadership capacity, and then challenge them to glorify God by serving in their church family.”

There are eight sessions which will run weekly from September 17 to November 12, on Tuesday evenings (except half term) from 6pm to 9pm in The Hub Chaplaincy, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast.

The cost is £50 for each participant, to cover dinner each week, handbook, and sweatshirt as well as a graduation ceremony and certificate.

The SERVE Graduation will take place on Tuesday November 19 from 7.30pm, for participants to attend with friends, family, leaders and clergy.

There are four consistent elements across the SERVE leadership programme. They are:

  1. Communal Meal: Served at the start of each session.
  2. Spiritual Discipline: Time is given after the meal to practice an element of the disciplines.
  3. Book Review: Participants will be expected to read a chapter of the selected book prior to each session, at which a young person will lead a discussion on the chapter.
  4. Teaching and Discussion: This element allows the participants to explore spiritual, practical and personal aspects of Christian leadership through discussion and activities.

Young people can apply online here:

If you would like to know more, contact Philip on or Christina on 07753312405 or

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