Mission

Free Church Bootcamp Trains Young Church Leaders

January 23, 2017

The Free Church Leadership Bootcamp takes place this year from the 26th - 30th June 2017 at Lendrick Muir.

In 2014, the Free Church held its first Leadership Bootcamp to help mentor and support potential future leaders in the church. The Bootcamp is a residential camp that includes intensive theological teaching, challenging physical activities, with interactive discussion sessions on theology, leadership, and service.

Bootcamp was initially introduced to equip young men and women with the biblical teaching and skills to lead well within their local church, and chosen vocation. Participants sign up to a three-year programme with a focus on using physical activity as a stimulus for learning and engagement.

2017 will be the fourth year that the Bootcamp has been running, with just under 40 young people having gone through the programme, and with the hope of 12 – 15 young people entering in to Year 1 this summer.

Ceit Macmillan of Cornerstone church completed her 1st year at Bootcamp in 2016 and shared her experience: “Bootcamp inspired me to become a more self-disciplined individual - in terms of both my physical and spiritual health,” said Ceit. “The excellent lectures covered some tricky concepts, but gave me insight I hadn’t gained before into theology and how to read the Bible.   It was also a great opportunity to meet other young people who are interested in sharing the good news of Jesus with their neighbours, friends, and communities in Scotland.”

Sarah Macleod plays a key role in helping to organise the Bootcamp as the co-ordinator for the work of the Free Church Mission Board. “Bootcamp, for me, is one of the finest initiatives that we do as a denomination,” said Sarah. “It is a great privilege to spend time with the young people at Bootcamp and to see and hear their desire to know the gospel well and to share it with others. We are excited to see the impact that these young leaders will make for the sake of the Gospel in their churches, workplaces, and families.”

“There is still time for ministers, assistant ministers, elders, and youth workers to recommend those who they think are suitable for beginning the programme this summer. We would be delighted to hear from you!”

“As plans come together for Bootcamp we would love for you to set aside some time to be praying for it. Pray for the young people that come along to Bootcamp, for their lives to be entirely shaped by the Gospel.  Also pray that they would encouraged, strengthened, and challenged through the week at Bootcamp, the reading, and their relationship with their mentor so that they lead well in whatever their calling is in life.”

For further information please contact Sarah on sarah@freechurchofscotland.org