The National Youth Strategy has been developed by the Archbishop’s Council in pursuit of two of its four Themes for the current quinquennium: Equipping to Evangelise (theme 2); and welcoming and encouraging children and young people (theme 3). Its underlying philosophy is a continuation of the recommendations detailed in Youth A Part, which was endorsed by the General Synod in July 1996.
Alongside the National Youth Strategy is the proposal that a Youth Evangelism Fund be set up with the need for these two initiatives to be considered together.
The National Youth Strategy, and the establishment of a Youth Evangelism Fund were approved by General Synod in November 2002.
Download the National Youth Strategy.
There are four elements to the strategy:
Young People and Worship, Young People as Leaders, Resourcing Youth Workers and Young People and Mission.
1. Young People and Worship (pp 6-8)
To enable more young people to have a deeper and richer experience of worshipping God within an Anglican context.
This will involve work with the Diocesan Youth Officers’ Network to identify the most effective examples of worship with and for young people.
Good practice will be identified which enables worship to be a tool for effective mission and evangelism with and for young people.
2. Young People as Leaders (pp 9-14)
Develop a training framework which equips young people to be leaders and innovators in the church.
Continue to develop the Young Adult Observer Group at the July sessions of General Synod to enhance Diocesan and regional initiatives
Secure a stronger representative voice for young people through the Synodical Review process.
Develop the Church of England Youth Council as a national forum for young people.
3. Resourcing Youth Workers (pp 14-20)
Establish and accredit training for voluntary youth workers at Diocesan and national level.
Identify and map the growing number of routes towards training and qualification.
Undertake an audit of youth work appointments within the Church of England
Establish a process of recognition for youth workers within the Church of England.
Develop a more coherent strategy for the deployment of youth workers.
4. Young People and Mission (pp 21-27)
Review projects in mission and evangelism with young people and publish a best practice guide.
Identify Diocesan projects that give or could give young people an opportunity for service both in this country and overseas.
Train and equip young people as partners in mission and evangelism within their own communities.
The aim of the fund is to promote and resource the work of evangelism among young people in England. It will be a national fund with local expression that aims to assist and support local people to do what best fits with their situation and insight. The fund will operate with a system of matched funding and applications will be assessed (and supported) locally and selected nationally.
Three points are worthy of note: