Young Leaders in Ministry Fund – applications welcome

Wednesday May 12th 2021

The Church of Ireland Youth Department’s Young Leaders in Ministry Fund is once again open for applications, with a closing date of May 31. 

The fund is open to young people aged between 15 and 25 years who can demonstrate a current involvement in the Church of Ireland.  It seeks to support training and development courses, mission teams, leadership opportunities and placements that can be shown to:

  • Significantly develop the faith of the young adult applicant.
  • Grow the skills of the applicant especially, but not confined to, leadership skills.
  • Be of significant use to the ministry of the Church of Ireland in the 12 months following the completion of the opportunity.

The next closing date is Monday May 31, and application forms can be downloaded HERE:

Encouraging applications, National Youth Officer Simon Henry says: “The impact of Covid-19 on young people has been significant in many ways and as a Church we need to be continually supporting our young people in not just nurturing and growing their faith but also with opportunities to grow new skills and qualifications that will be of benefit to the Church of Ireland.

“CIYD’s Young Leaders in Ministry Fund aims to provide financial support to encourage more individuals from the Church of Ireland to undertake existing opportunities, both within and beyond the Church.”

Simon continued: “This fund exists to grow young leaders, and as we look to a post-pandemic future, I would encourage clergy and youth leaders alike to direct their young people aged 15-25 to apply to this fund – whether it is for a youth work qualification, internship opportunity, or perhaps more local mission over the summer period and beyond. 

“The potential impact of this fund is huge and we have had a very encouraging response since the fund launched in 2019.”

Youth leaders are also encouraged to consider applying for the Aurora certificate in youth ministry, delivered by CIYD and designed to meet the needs of volunteer youth leaders who have busy lives and no formal youth work qualifications.  The next course will run from September 2021 to May 2022, and more details are available at  

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