A year to grow.
What is Riverside Academy?
Riverside Academy is the name for the year-out scheme at Riverside Church in Birmingham. It is a gap-year for 18-30 year olds who want to give a year to grow and discover God’s purpose for their lives. You’ll have a life-changing year to grow in faith, character and grace, and explore what life serving God in a church is really like. It runs from September through to July every year.
What Will I Do?
During the 9 months with us, participants will have a wide variety of experiences depending on your gifts and passions. There is a combination of weekly central discipleship input and an opportunity to be linked with an area of ministry to use your gifts and skills. From performaing arts to worship; from media to children’s work; from youth to cross-cultural mission there is something for you.
What Will The Year Be Like?
It will be a creative mixture of classroom teaching, one-to-one mentoring, dynamic experiences and simply using your gifts & skills in life at Riverside Church. Each Academy cohort will learn together, and then you will be involved in different ministry settings for the rest of the week.
How Will I Grow?
For the duration of the year with us, you will be linked to one or two ministry settings. For example, someone could be part of youth outreach and worship ministry, whereas someone else could be linked to Riverside Performance Arts.
The year gives participants the opportunity to have a variety of experiences – from input in a more formal classroom environment to using your gifts and passions to put your learning into practice alongside one-to-one coaching.
All of this to develop some key characteristics of what it means to live thriving lives for God. We hope that you grow in your faith and also develop leadership skills and a sense of God’s calling on your life.
Interested in Knowing More?
We are currently registering interest for starting in September 2020. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org registering your interest and we’ll send you more information nearer the time!