Mission Academy Live
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Mission Academy Live is series of 10 innovative video-based sessions, each one empowering young people as missional disciples within a small group context. With a focus on peer to peer evangelism, each session will provide an understanding of today’s contemporary context, with teaching, discussion, and testimony, all leading to a practical response. Through accountable relationships, this first of its kind evangelism and discipleship tool encourages young people to be intentional, authentic, united and obedient to the call and command of Christ to ‘Go, and make disciples’ (Matt 28:20).
Via sign-up: downloadable videos and leader’s pack PDF, summary of vision and information booklet as a PDF. Designed to be run as monthly sessions over a year, but adaptable. Support and link-in to MAL central; plus any local groups. Opportunity to create larger outreach events with other MAL groups.
First two sessions:
Youth, small groups. Beginning and Growing.
Well-produced, colourful and lively resource aimed at effectively empowering young people to share their faith with peers, in a carefully-supported context. Easy to use and inspiring.
Beautifully clear, in concept and layout.
Very easy to use. Downloadable leader’s information booklet explains rationale and motivation, with some encouraging statistics that highlight the current opportunities for positive evangelism. Sign up via the website to access material, which also links you in with MAL initiatives nearby. Leader’s pack is also downloadable. It provides overall guidance for running the sessions, plus short Actions, Challenges and supporting notes for each individual one. Otherwise, follow the video, which flags up clearly the pauses for discussion after two input sections from a guest speaker. Sessions do not have to be run in the suggested order, apart from the first two.
Someone who can enthuse and support young people to talk to others about Jesus would be great. The material is easy to run, and there should be support somewhere near you too, from other Hubs and groups.
No separate resources for participants.
Very good, dynamic videos including the input. Latter is filmed inside with different guest speakers each time, all of whom communicate very well. Most of the rest of the videos are shot on location, often outside. Two excellent young presenters, Kadie and Ashton, introduce and guide us through the topic, with challenges to end the video. Clear icons show when to pause and initiate discussion, with one question on screen each time. Talking Heads vox pops are interspersed throughout, with a range of young people, and these are honest, helpful and multicultural. There are also real-life testimonies from a young person on each topic.
Familiarisation with the material – it would be best to allow time to watch all the videos; decisions on how frequently to run the sessions; linking up with MAL locally and nationally.
Good, focused website with helpful links, including the Talking Jesus research upon which the resource is based.
Good. Each session begins with talking about how faith-sharing has gone. Questions provided to kick this off. Discussion and praying for and with each other is there in every session; plus encouragement to stay in touch for mutual support.
Good mix of video, with pauses for discussion, prayer, and working out how to do evangelism together. Hopefully a local event to join in with too.
Should suit most groups of young people, wherever their confidence levels are currently. The mix of youth featuring on the videos should relate to a wide range of people.
Each session begins with some feedback time, and each one ends with a practical challenge for talking to peers about Jesus, learning together, praying and supporting one another. The vision is to join in with a nearby MAL evangelistic event towards the end of the course. Funding is available for this, plus a detailed, downloadable event planning manual.
Each session’s input picks up a theme from the Bible.
Bible is quoted and used by speakers, as they base their teaching on the biblical theme. Not Bible study as such, but teaching based around it.
Geared around empowering and encouraging for evangelism, whether explaining the gospel, talking about the help the Holy Spirit gives or how to pray. Good, practical teaching, firmly biblically based. Teaching appears in two slots of around 8 minutes each.
While this resource is focused on young people sharing their faith with peers, the input covers a wide range of topics, with some solid teaching on each from the guest speakers. These are not specifically named but come from a variety of backgrounds and roles. The challenges include lifestyle discipleship – e.g. showing kindness in practical ways – as well as learning how to share faith stories in ways that both suit your style, and are sensitive to those you are talking to.
The resource encourages young people to directly connect prayer to their attempts to talk to their friends; to pray for each other and for themselves; and to be bold in trust. Lots of examples of different ways that God works through what we offer; from playing cards with friends to inviting people to church or events via social media. Tons of encouragement.
Great stuff. Some really inspiring stories from the video testimonies featured in each session, raising expectations of the real power of the gospel in people’s lives. Very encouraging and memorable, yet still easy to relate to. A particular strength of this resource.
The challenges of sharing your faith are tackled head on, but these are carefully balanced with encouragement and reality. The two presenters do much to enable this. Sensible expectations about the likelihood of response are highlighted. The 2017 research suggests that one in six people will be interested enough to find out more.
First class encouragement and equipping. A very practical resource, starting from where young people are, and building courage to step out in faith in talking to friends about Jesus in natural ways.
The ideal is for a MAL small group to be formed that is linked in to a local Hub of small groups. This may be through already existing networks; or through creating new Hubs which can resource more people, especially youth workers in isolated situations.
Not a focus.
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