STUDENT TOM INVITES YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN TEAM!
Young people who feel they have a calling into Christian ministry are being encouraged to consider a new training programme from Counties and First Serve.
19 year old Tom Binding, who is currently serving as an intern with Counties, believes the training will help other young people who want to serve in their local church.
TEAM (which stands for Training in Evangelism and Mission) is an integrated training programme aimed at 18-30 year olds. With a mix of college training and practical hands-on experiences, this one-year opportunity aims to help students explore and develop their gifts, encouraging them towards ministry in the local church.
Tom, from Swansea, has been taking part in a pilot TEAM programme since February this year. So far, he has served on board Counties popular schools resource GSUS Live; helped out at toddler groups and youth groups at a local church; ran a guitar workshop at the Forest of Dean Community Church in Cinderford and led the worship at a church planting conference.
He said: “This has really led me to step out of my comfort zone and give new things my best shot. I’ve learnt to trust God and feel more confident in my own abilities now. “I hope this training programme will ultimately help me get a job serving in the local church. It’s been a great experience so far and I’ve definitely learnt a lot!”
After Tom left school, he went to university to study early childhood but felt God was saying it was the wrong path and that he should go home. Tom explained: “I had been praying about this and one morning I opened my Bible and saw a verse that really struck me about being called to serve. I knew then I had to explore other options and the Counties TEAM training seemed ideal.
“If other young people are thinking about going into Christian ministry I would say - go for it! Rely on God, pray and strengthen your relationship with Him and with others. It helps you to step out of your comfort zone and teaches you to do things that you would never be able to do on your own.”
Ash George, Counties Training Officer, said: “We’re excited to launch TEAM this year in partnership with First Serve at GLO’s Tilsey College. The programme can help to shape the future of students, where making Jesus known becomes a central ingredient. “TEAM has a real emphasis on practical engagement, mission training and discipleship. We hope the training will be a spring-board for students to then go on to ministry – whether that’s as an evangelist, youth worker, overseas mission worker or further theological training.”