Riverside Academy is a gap-year for 18-30yr olds who want to give a year to grow and discover God’s purpose for their lives. It is a life-changing year to grow in faith, character & grace, and explore what life serving God in a church is really like
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
Riverside Academy's year-out programme runs from September to July each year and participants will be expected to commit to a full-time work schedule during this time.
During the year, you will have the opportunity to be linked to one of our specialised tracks. The Performing Arts track is linked with Riverside Performing Arts, the church's full-time professional theatre company, while the other tracks operate under supervision from relevant church ministry departments.
Currently, we offer training and development within the following tracks:
- Performing Arts
- Youth Work
- Children’s Work
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.
For the duration of the year with us, you will be linked to one specific ministry setting. For example, someone could be part of youth outreach or worship ministry, or work alongside Riverside Performing Arts.
All of this will 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.
We all learn in different ways. In the Bible, Paul gave a glimpse into how he taught the early church, ‘Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice’ (Philippians 4:9). In a similar way, we will give you an opportunity to learn in a more formal classroom environment and put your learning into practice alongside some one-to-one coaching.
The Academy programme costs £1500 for the year, which covers costs for all training, teaching materials and administration costs. The fees can be paid in one lump-sum at the start of the year, or payments can be spread over your time at Riverside as agreed with us. We want to encourage anyone to apply though, so if this cost makes things difficult, please contact us and we'll do what we can to help.
During the year, participants will work the equivalent of five days a week, including time spent serving within church on a Sunday as part of the programme. Each participant will have a standard holiday allowance, with time off being agreed with relevant programme leaders.
Riverside Academy doesn't provide accommodation to participants, but would be able to assist with finding suitable lodging for participants should this be needed.
Further information about the programme, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org 0121 442 4484
We are now taking applications for 2021-22 academic year.
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