Looking back on learning to Engage

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;

incline your ears to the words of my mouth!

I will open my mouth in a parable;

I will utter dark sayings from of old,

things that we have heard and known,

that our fathers have told us.

We will not hide them from their children,

but tell to the coming generation

the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might,

and the wonders that he has done.

He established a testimony in Jacob

and appointed a law in Israel,

which he commanded our fathers

to teach to their children,

that the next generation might know them,

the children yet unborn,

and arise and tell them to their children,

so that they should set their hope in God

and not forget the works of God,

but keep his commandments;

                             (Psalm 78:1-7 ESV)

On Saturday March 3, lay people from our diocese gathered to participate in "Engage" Youth Discipleship Training. More than 40 people from around LA and San Diego met up at All Saints Cathedral and another 8 from around the Arizona Deanery joined via videoconference from Christ Church in Phoenix. It was a joyful day lead by a team from Young Anglicans (ACNA Youth Ministries): Steven Tighe (ACNA Canon for Youth Ministry); Julie Moser (Youth and Children's Missioner, Diocese of Qu'Appelle); and Dave Wright (Coordinator for Student Ministry, Diocese of South Carolina). Attendees received encouragement and instruction in overcoming fears and obstacles related to engaging in personal, one-on-one ministry with young people. Offering a simple model of Talk-Study-Pray, participants were brought to understand how truly simple it can be to have a lasting impact in the life of a young person by showing interest in their life, studying God's word with them, and praying together. Equally important, each person had time to prayerfully create and discuss a plan to begin this ministry - both who God wanted them to approach and how to take first steps. The day ended with a commissioning of each of us to "go and preach Christ and Him crucified." All in all, it was a fruitful and Spirit-filled day of empowering and equipping the church for the important ministry of passing on the faith to a new generation. Stay tuned for additional opportunities for you to take part in repeat Engage training days!

The slideshow below shows some of what happened during the day:

What is The Engage Initiative?

The Engage initiative is designed to raise up ordinary members from your congregation to begin and carry on the important work of passing on the faith to young people. 

Participants need to be adults of your congregation that you identify as godly individuals who live a life worthy of imitation (1 Corinthians 11:1) and love and trust the scriptures (1 Timothy 4:16).

Register here to participate!

What is the ENGAGE Method?




Many adults are capable of helping young people to follow Christ but just need some encouragement and basic training in order to get started. Engage works around the simple idea of equipping older Christians to meet regularly with one or more young

people to:

  • Talk with them to get to know them and discuss matters of faith
  • Study the Bible
  • Pray together

This is a simple method of engaging young people in the faith. Yet for many, this kind of ministry has never been modeled for us, so starting out can be a little intimidating. Engage will help equip ordinary members of congregations through a weekend of



Young Anglican Project trainers will teach participants how to choose a young person to ENGAGE with, how to make the initial approach, and how to study the Bible together with that young person.


In addition, during the training participants will be matched with coaches who will provide ongoing support and encouragement in the important role of building the Christian faith of young people.

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