Next week marks the beginning of the annual Free Church leadership bootcamp, which runs from Monday 6 to Friday 10 June at the Windmill Christian Centre in Arbroath.
Combining physical activity with academic learning, leadership bootcamp aims to equip young people in our churches with the necessary tools to build them into effective and influential leaders in whatever calling God has placed on their lives.
Bootcamp – a three-year programme established by the Free Church’s Mission Board - aims to encourage learning through the stimulus of physical activity, which in turn sharpens the mind, and develops character and endurance.
After its introductory year in 2014, bootcamp is now in its third term, with the inaugural young leaders who began the programme now entering their final year.
This year, the third years will be spending their time looking at Gospel calling with teaching sessions being led by Professor Bob Akroyd and Matt Round from Charlotte Chapel.
Second years will be learning more about leadership principles this year through the insight of Nathan Olson, Ishbel MacLennan and Rev Neil MacMillan
A new batch of first years will be tackling an intense introduction to theology and the Gospel with Rev Dr David Kirk and Rev David Robertson as their tutors.
Second year Matthew Macleod, from the Bon Accord Free Church congregation in Aberdeen, completed the first year of the programme at last year’s bootcamp.
Matthew said: “My first year at bootcamp was, if I'm honest, nothing like I expected it to be.
“It somehow managed to be both physically and spiritually challenging and extremely enjoyable at the same time.
“In year two I'm looking forward to experiencing that again and seeing everyone that I met last year. I'm not looking forward to the 6am runs!”
The Bootcamp course is headed up by Rev Neil MacMillan, who was inspired by a similar programme that is run in Eastern Europe.
Please pray for the organising team, the leaders, teachers, campers and cooks.