October Leadership 2022

Scripture Union is all about leading young people to know and walk with God. This year saw the reboot of October Leadership where young Christian leaders, in school Christian Union groups, came to be equipped to lead those in their school to Jesus. What does it take to be a Christ Ambassador? This is the question that was addressed at October Leadership 2022.

October Leadership is normally a camp but has been on pause since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. We had a few schools from all over Cape Town in attendance from Somerset West, Kensington, Southern Suburbs and Mondale. Next year we will be back to having October Leadership as a camp and we hope to see more schools and areas represented as this ministry grows. 

We started the day with everyone feeling nervous but quietly excited. We had one learner take the lead doing introductions and making sure everyone felt comfortable with one another. Then we jumped into our first session with a devotion from our Western Cape Director, Grant. We then went into some icebreakers and games to get to know one another better which made for some great laughs. 

We had four sessions after this looking at prayer, Bible engagement, how to prepare a youth talk and how to deal with conflict in a godly manner. All four of our speakers were brilliant and engaging. The kids gave good feedback, feeling they were better prepared to go back into their schools and share Jesus with their friends.  

It was interesting and encouraging to hear their feedback. One learner said the most helpful part of the training was learning to be a better leader and how to talk about Jesus and the truth in a public setting. Another learner was most helped by the teaching about prayer. And yet another found it helpful to be reminded of how important it is to read the Bible. 

It was great having a variety of speakers giving input for the training and the use of illustrations and videos made the sessions engaging and relatable to everyone in attendance. It was very encouraging to meet and connect with other likeminded Christians from different schools. 

The learners expressed that they really want to grow their Christian Union group at school but it is difficult. They also shared that it is tough being a Christian in school, battling to balance school work and spending time with God while facing peer pressure, bullying and struggles with family, home life, friendships and many other unseen challenges. Our teens are facing immense pressure and we need to pray for them continually, that the Lord would lead and guide them, protect them, and give them the wisdom to make good choices. 

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Author: Grant Peers
Grant is married to Joanne and together they have two teenage boys, Seth and Ben. He is an ordained minister in the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa and served two local congregations before making the move to become the Regional Director of Scripture Union Western Cape. Grant loves working with his hands, especially with wood and leather. He also plays the odd game of Sunday cricket where he can be seen trying to bowl faster that his body allows him to.
Published: 23 February 2023
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