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Training and coaching

Foundational training and coaching

Disciple making is at the core of J-Life. Learn about a disciple making strategy for your youth ministry in four modules that build on each other. These Modules are trained at a minimum of a three month interval period during which the trainees begin implementing the training. J-Life is committed to coaching those who do the training to ensure that they are able to implement the theory learned. Coaching for implementation follows the training of each module.

Specific outcomes:
Grow leaders as disciplemakers through training and coaching
Implement effective disciplemaking ministries among youth in their ministry context
Click on the icons for more detail on each module

Additional Ministry Training Available Through J-Life

J-Life Africa is committed to ensuring that affordable and relevant youth ministry training is made available to the local church. For this purpose, J-Life offers a number of supplementary training courses that can be used as tools to build on the foundational training material.

Please contact the office at should you require any of the training.

Courses marked Basic (B) are available for download by clicking on the header. If you are interested in any of the courses marked Intermediate (I) you would need some training before you are able to offer them.
If you are interested in any of the courses marked Advanced (A), please contact the J-Life office in order to request an accredited J-Life trainer to present the material.

Please see outline below and scroll down for more details.

I. Youth Ministry Introduction
Youth ministry in context – looks at youth culture and sub-culture (B)
Stages of development – looks at developmental stages and specific characteristics at each stage (B)
The church and youth ministry – looks at a healthy climate for youth ministry in the local church (B)

II. Developing a Strategy for youth ministry
Part 1: Introduction
• Setting YM purpose and managing it (A)
• Models of Youth Ministry (I)

Part 2: Programming and Managing at each level.
•  Programming at the Commitment Levels. (A)

III. Building depth in your Youth
Part 1: The Philosophy of Building Believers in their Faith (B)
• The need for building/discipling believers in their faith (B)
• The definition of Christ-like discipleship (B)
• Broad principles for effective Christ–like discipleship and Common barriers to effective discipleship Discipleship priorities of Jesus (B)

Part 2: Spiritual Disciplines
Introduction to the Disciplines (B)
Study on the different disciplines: Bible Intake, Prayer, Worship, Evangelism, Serving, Stewardship, Fasting, Silence and Solitude, Journaling, Learning, Simplicity (B)

Part 3: 1-on-1 Mentoring (A)
• The definition of mentoring
• The Biblical concept of a mentoring relationship
• Different models of mentoring
• The mentor’s role
• Marks of a mentor
• Practicalities of mentoring for the mentor
• Practicalities of mentoring for the mentoree
• How to set up a mentoring programme
• The first ‘meeting’ of mentor and mentoree
• How do Community, Learning, Worship, Service and Prayer fit into a Mentoring Relationship?

Part 4: Small Groups (A)
• A philosophy of small groups/Understanding small groups
• Understanding the importance of small groups from Scripture and Jesus’ life
• The importance of Community when understanding small groups
• Why teenagers need small groups
• Different approaches to small groups
• A small group model
• Leadership within the small group
• How do you go about leading the time of learning, worship and prayer?
• The process of multiplication
• Putting material together
• What benefits can we gain from small groups?
• What benefits can be gained specifically for evangelism in this model that we have looked at?
• Why do small groups often fail?

Part 5: Communicating God’s word to Youth (A)
• How to Develop Curriculum
• How to put together a Talk
• How to prepare a Bible study
• Expository vs Topical teaching
• Communicating the word in a schools set-up

Part 6: Using Church Services to Build Youth (B)
• Involve youth in the services – community and service
• Communicating the Word – learning and evangelism at times
• Planned pre or post services – community

IV. Equipping Youth for Ministry
This training is aimed at giving tools to help leaders get youth involved in ministry. This helps leaders move youth from being hearers of God’s word to doers.
The training is done in 6 parts:

Part 1: Helping every believer become a Minister (A)
• Encouraging youth to minister
• Ministry in accordance to their make-up (Spiritual Gifts, Passion, Abilities, Personality, Experience)
• Running a gifts workshop
• Placing youth in their gifting

Part 2: Helping youth touch their Community (A) – This is run as a weekend Camp – Life transforming experience for youth
• Giving youth opportunity to minister to others as they serve in Church and in the community
• Service projects that scratch where it is itching
• Putting together a plan to touch the community
• Planning and orchestrating a Service project
• Recruiting youth to be involved
• Maintaining momentum
• Ministering Christ through caring for people

Part 3: Helping youth to minister to Children (A)
• How to train youth to effectively lead children
• Understanding children
• The importance of youth Developing long term relationships with children
• Using youth to run small groups with children
• Training youth to lead children to Christ
• Using music and drama with children
• Youth being involved in a ministry that teaches children to:
o Love God’s word
o Pray
o Show God’s love to the community

Part 4: Equipping Youth to minister through Music and Drama(A)
Part 5: Short Term Equipping Mission (A)
• Understanding Missions
• Purpose of Short Term Missions
• Ministry options on a Short Term Mission
• Putting together the programme
• During and After the Mission
• Understanding Cultures and Ministry (A)
• Practical implementation of the theory (5 days mission trip)

Part 6: Holiday Bible Club – (A)
This training is aimed at equipping a few key leaders from the church to put together a HBC within your church. The training covers all aspects of a club – from each days programme to what games to play with the children
• Using youth as leaders during a Holiday Bible Club
• Recruiting Leaders
• Running a Training Camp for the Leaders
• The logistics of a HBC
• How to develop your own curriculum or find curriculum

Part 7: Worship Ministry Training – (A)
This training is aimed at equipping a few key leaders from the church to lead youth in worship – corporate and individually
• The life of the worship leaders
• Practical skills in leading
• Building a team
• Practical worship team skills

V. Equipping youth to share their faith
This training aims at mobilizing youth to share their faith with their peers in lifestyle evangelism.

Part 1: Jesus and Evangelism (I)
• Jesus’ model of evangelism
• Process of Evangelism
o Placing yourself where you can Tell the Truth
o Making Contact
o Relationship building
o Sharing your faith
o Calling for a response

Part 2: Training youth to Share their faith (I)
• Using Your Testimony
• Triple T (Telling The Truth) Gospel presentation Course
• Tools to share our faith – tracts, colours, questionnaire

Part 3: Leaders role (I)
• Creating an environment for Youth to share their faith through:
o One on One evangelism – House visitation, Shopping mall evangelism
o Small Groups – Open airs, Home Groups,
o Big groups – Youth “rallies”, Schools Ministry
o Running Camps (I)
o Sports ministry (A)
• Encouraging Peer on Peer Evangelism

Part 4: Schools Ministry Evangelism – Ergo Leadership resourses

VI. Training for the Leader/Shepherds
This training equips leaders with…

Part 1: Leadership Skills (A)
• Leading with Values
• Leading with Vision
• Leading with Mission
• Leading by Goal setting
• Leading by Evaluation
• Leading by Empowering the next generation

Part 2: Management Skills (A)
• Time Management
• Conflict Management
• Crisis Management
• Team Management
• Change Management
• Event Management
• Calendar Management
• Ministry Management

Part 3: Building a Team (DISC Personality Profiling) (A)
• Understanding different personality styles
• Getting people to work according to their strengths
• Adjusting behavior to enhance team work

VII. Other training offered:

Part 1: Sports Ministry and the Local Church (A)
• Discovering a Biblical foundation for sports ministry
• Learning how to use sports as a tool to reach young people through sports days, coaching, running leagues, etc.

Part 2 Emotional Intelligence (A)
Part 3 Schools Ministry (A)

World Teach – material
• Vision of the leader (A)
• Teaching with Style (A)

GC² Beta Groups

Intensive 1 year programme

Further Theological Training

Should any J-Life Alumni wish to study further, J-Life has established partnerships with two Theological Seminaries that offer these Alumni credit for any training done through us.

For more information of these seminaries…

Short Term Missions Opportunities

J-Life has many needs that can be met through teams of short term missionaries coming out to assist. This might be something that your youth ministry or church would like to get involved in.  Areas that you can help

Building projects on J-Life training centers
Maintenance and repairs on our training centers
Youth ministry/Childrens work alongside some of the J-Life youth missionaries
Church building project
Social upliftment projects alongside churches J-Life is working with
Ministry training with young emerging leaders

Venue: in any of 11 countries (Country Location)

Duration: 5 to 14 days (longer trips can be arranged)
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Click on the following links below to download resource material

Youth programmes
Youth events
Small group material
New Believers – basics to Christianity (one on one or Small group)
Copy2Paste (12 Week Peer on peer discipleship material)
Holiday clubs
Get Real Holiday Bible Club – Based on reality TV shows.
Camp programmes
Shape Gifts Camp – Youth camp designed to help your committed youth discover their spiritual gifts/place in ministry
Articles on Youth Ministry
Leadership Training
Empowering leaders through coaching
Articles on leadership
Teaching resources
Schools ministry
Key links to other resource sites