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Mission Academy Live: helping young people share Jesus
A new training programme has been announced to help young people in evangelism.
Mission Academy Live has been developed in response to research which revealed almost a quarter of young people follow Jesus.
The programme will train young people in peer-led evangelism.
Phil Timson, youth director at HOPE said: "Whatever young people mean when they identify as "followers of Jesus", it means we have a great starting point as we seek to equip young Christians."
"The research didn't define "church", so for a young person this might include chapel services at faith schools, youth groups, Bible studies, prayer events or any other manner of things that young people could identify as "going to church".
"That means there is openness to Jesus and the Christian faith."
The research commissioned by HOPE Revolution Partnership was carried out by ComRes in December 2016.
Some of it's key findings were that 21 per cent of young people self-identify as followers of Jesus, and that 13 per cent of young people aged between 11 and 18 say they pray and read the Bible weekly, and attend church monthly.
Mission Academy Live will launch in September with local groups being established across the country.
The groups will be led by their local church leader or youth worker and will use 10 video-based sessions to explore God's story of forgiveness, prayer and evangelism.
The sessions will help equip young people to share their faith naturally with their friends.
Regional hubs will bring small groups together in order to stage larger events and to support local youth leaders.
Mission Academy Live will be launched with six regional events on 30 September in Peterborough, 7 October in London, 14 October in Burnley, 21 October in Lichfield, 28 October in York and 4 November in Bristol.
You can find out more about Mission Academy Live and more details on the research on the HOPE Together website.
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