Message Trust,
Lancaster House,
Harper Road,
Sharston,
Manchester
M22 4RG

Tel: 0161 946 2300
Fax: 0161 946 2310

info@message.org.uk

The Message Academy

The Message Academy is ten months of training for 18-25 year olds run by The Message Trust. We aim to give you the best possible experience in pioneering youth work evangelism and enable you to become a ground-breaker for God.

What is it?

The Message Academy is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in God’s plan for Manchester by being part of the amazing team that brought you The Tribe, Message 2000 & Festival Manchester. We have over 20 years of experience in cutting edge, innovative evangelism to the poorest and hardest to reach. By joining The Message Academy, you will get to share in that experience and be part of its future!

Over the year you will receive training & teaching from some of the best leaders & evangelists, as well as gain hands-on experience working with our schools, prison & outreach teams. You’ll experience everything from running small groups to helping at our major events to 1000s of people.

What’s involved?

What we offer is the opportunity to be immersed in a culture that creates and cultivates innovative mission. During the first four months, you will receive teaching & training (looking at topics ranging from Heart of an Evangelist to Old and New Testament), as well as workshops in Youth Work & Justice. It’s an intensive time of investment in you that will spark your imagination to the possibilities for what God can do through you.

During the final six months, you will be encouraged to innovate you own ideas & outreach projects, as well as working alongside our existing teams to deliver the Gospel in a variety ways through schools, youth clubs and the city. Whether you are into music, drama, extreme sports or academic sparring, Manchester is the perfect place to hone your talents and gifts and put them into practice.

Core Elements

Morning Teaching – Throughout the year we have biblical teaching on various themes from self, the Bible, evangelism, social action and the Kingdom of God. Our aim is to not only equip you with the knowledge of the scriptures, but to empower you to be all you can in God through the promises in His word. A good study Bible is essential for the course!

Youth work placements – You will also spend time doing youth work placements as part of the course. Here you can practice what you are learning, build your gifting and make a real difference in people’s lives. Placements can vary from detached work to youth clubs, street soccer or homeless outreach, helping on the Eden buses or helping in your church activities.

Church placements – You will be encouraged to attend Ivy Sharston, which is a Church based at The message HQ and connected to our work in the prisons & with the MEC. You will have a chance to serve in every aspect of Church life and be encouraged to use your skills learnt on the course. You can opt to find another Church if you choose and we will help you pick one that’s right for you.

Team Time – Every week we make time for Message Academy team time. Morning prayers for all at The Message happen throughout the week, with special team prayers every Wednesday. Every week we also make space to talk and pray through all that’s going on. There are two residential trips throughout the year and the odd trip to McDonald’s all helping us stay together as a team and support one another through the course.