The Faith Project is an exciting, challenging and uniquely Anglican youth initiative.
The Faith Project takes young people on a journey that will grow their Christian faith and their confidence to step out and do the things God put them on this planet for. With the support of a mentor, they complete a series of challenges and projects centred around the Marks of Mission, and discover how their whole life can become an incredible ‘faith project’.
Highly adaptable and customisable, The Faith Project is an intergenerational approach to faith development and discipleship. It suits a wide range of young people and contexts, and works especially well in rural parishes and churches that don’t have a youth group.
The Faith Project Story
The Faith Project began in 2012 in the Anglican Diocese of Waiapu as ‘LT4Youth’ (Leadership Training for Youth). Aiming to help raise confident young people who are committed to faith, service and leadership, they have seen many young people across the Waiapu region develop a real appreciation for the world, their community, their church and how they can become the people God is calling them to be.
As interest in LT4Youth has grown, the Waiapu Diocese is delighted to now share it with other dioceses around Aotearoa, New Zealand under its new name, The Faith Project.
How it works
Teenagers go on a mission to complete projects for the following five ‘Marks’ over a period of two years:
- Telling our story – Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom;
- Growing in faith – Teach, baptise and nurture new believers;
- Serving others – Respond to human need by loving service;
- Standing up – Seek to transform unjust structures of society, challenge violence of every kind, and pursue peace and reconciliation;
- Caring for creation – Strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Along the way, they receive rewards, and when all five Marks are completed, they will be eligible to receive a Bishop’s Award.
The Faith Project recognises much of what a young person may already be doing through school and other activities, while also encouraging them to grow in their faith and give new things a try.
They will meet regularly with an adult mentor, who will work with them to create a unique plan that will work best for them. They will also have support from their church, other young people, their diocesan youth team, and The Faith Project resources and training.