COmMISSION is an exciting mission programme which takes the good news of Jesus to children and young people in Scotland.
Each year around a hundred young leaders receive training helping them to recognise their potential and then go on placement with SU Scotland teams and live out the COmMISSION adventure. Join with them, and then gather at the end of the summer for a massive celebration and review with other teams to hear amazing stories of how God has changed lives; and you'll get to share your story of how God used you!
Designed to help you get involved and develop the skills you need as a volunteer in Christian children's and youth work in Scotland, the programme includes three steps.
Attend a weekend or a full week at Basecamp or LeadUP to help equip you as a leader. Bible teaching, workshops, team building, small groups, worship and prayer will help prepare you to work amongst Scotland's children and young people.
This is where the training is put into practice! We will work with you to prepare an tailored programme of events as part of teams at SU Holidays, beach missions and church-based mission weeks, on international events, or a combination of these, including any events happening in your local church.
Come together to reflect on your experience and share how you have seen God at work with children and young people as well in you; then consider how you can continue being involved.
Taking part in a ministry like this costs money. We ask each person to play a part in raising support from their local church, friends, family, and fundraising events. We're not expecting you to raise the full cost of all three parts of COmMISSION - which would be £400-500+. We're setting you the challenge of raising around £275 as a contribution towards these costs.
We've put together a pack with loads of tips and ideas to help you raise support - download the Support Pack.
It may be that you can only attend a training event rather than the entire programme - the contribution for these is £60 for a weekend or £120-£150 for a week.
Every year there are more and more young people involved in SU Scotland events for whom the good news of Jesus is completely new. Previous knowledge of the Bible is increasingly scarce. Families and communities are fragmenting, and the children suffer most. Scotland is now a priority mission field, and Scotland's young people desperately need to hear about Jesus' love for them.
The name COmMISSION refers to Jesus' words at the end of Matthew's gospel, "Go and make disciples of all nations", often called the Great Commission. The name indicates that:
Tapping the potential of your young people - impacting the life of your church
Training young people for ministry plays a vital role in the life of the church - we believe that proper training and discipling are a positive experience for young people as they serve in a variety of ways. The benefits of this training are of long-lasting value to their own churches as well as to SU Scotland.
Our mission and discipleship programme equips young people for the immediate challenge of helping in church ministries, and gives them skills and confidence to grow into leadership in their churches and in school, college and the workplace.
"I have found through my own experience that these training events profoundly impact the lives of the young people that attend them. If you work with people in that age bracket then please encourage them to be part of these events."
Ali Laing, Youth Pastor, Queens Park Baptist Church
Would your church consider sponsoring a young Christian in your fellowship to enable them to participate in the COmMISSION programme? Prayer and financial support are both greatly appreciated to help them make the most of the opportunity.
If you are still at school and looking to attend the Basecamp Kingscross or LeadUP training events this may well involve asking for permission to miss classes. We have always been happy that the training we provide at these events can be applied wider that the SU Scotland context and stands you in good stead for the duties and learning expected of you as a prefect or senior pupil.
Our position was endorsed by Youthlink Scotland when they selected the COmMISSION programme as a good example of how non-school groups contribute to the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence in their document Building Capacities through Experiences & Outcomes.
Basecamp is for you if are 16-18, in S5 or S6 at school, or have recently left school.
All Basecamp events include worship, teaching, training sessions, activities and time to relax. Over and over again people talk of the huge benefit of Basecamp as a place to go deeper in your faith, get into the Bible, learn new skills and develop lasting friendships.
You choose one of the three Basecamp training events (see our events section for full details). The weekend Basecamps at Pitlochry and Lendrick Muir provide an essential introduction to being a leader. The six day Basecamp at Kingscross is an in-depth introduction with more time to delve into the issues, have fun and learn together.
All the Basecamps include excellent Bible study through first class Bible teaching and group discussion. You'll also meet with a training adviser who will help you develop your own training plan. Workshops are designed to help you develop the skills you need to work with children and young people and introduce them to the Christian faith. You will have opportunities to:
LeadUP is for you if you are 18+, a student or a graduate of Basecamp. At LeadUP we'll help you take the next step in your leadership skills and in serving Jesus with others wherever you are involved with mission among children and young people.
The programme is packed with opportunities to put your learning and new skills into practice, much of this in teams where you do these things together. This all happens alongside quality Bible teaching and time for personal reflection to help you move forward your Christian faith.
This week long event is based at Alltnacriche, our residential centre on the edge of the Cairngorms. It is a week of leadership training and personal discipleship that will stretch, challenge, inspire and help prepare you for wherever you are serving over the summer and beyond.
"The COmMISSION programme was an absolutely incredible experience. At times in the past few years, it has sometimes felt like leadership was just the next stage in my life but this year COmMISSION gave me the courage and opportunities to go out and make a difference.
Basecamp was amazing and full of surprises as I went with no idea with what was ahead of me but I loved every minute of it and it was great preparation for being part of a leadership team. I had been to camp for multiple years but being a leader at one was so different to what I had expected and Basecamp had really prepared me for any situations that were thrown my way. It was amazing to feel as though I were out in the world doing God's work. Thank you so much to all who help run and contribute to the COmMISSION programme, for making this summer possible!"
Ella Pollitt, Basecamp 2012
"This summer, I took part in the LeadUP event as part of the COmMISSION programme. This followed on from Basecamp last year which I thoroughly enjoyed, but I wanted to push my skills as a leader further and challenge myself. My motivation for being a volunteer group leader for SU Scotland came from witnessing the amazing work God was doing in the lives of leaders from previous camps, and wanting what they had! I also feel it is vital to share the good news of Jesus Christ to as many people as we can.
LeadUP helped me to assess my response to working under pressure and having greater responsibilities within the running of the camp. I was also able to identify my strengths and weaknesses so that I can make the best contribution in team working circumstances. The rest of the summer consisted of mission work at Prestonpans Holiday Club in East Lothian, where I lead a small group of Primary 3 kids and LM6a residential camp at Lendrick Muir. The whole experience gave me more confidence in my own ability. I found it a very rewarding summer and made some great friends. Seeing God visibly working in so many people, in so many ways, all over the country is all the encouragement I need to volunteer again next year. It was definitely a summer to remember!"
Callum Cruikshank, LeadUP 2012
"The week of training at Basecamp prepared me in a whole host of ways, from teaching me how to handle a group of kids when leading games, to sharing my faith. It gave me the confidence I needed to approach my role as a trainee with enthusiasm and pure excitement.
I had the privilege of being part of both Elie Beach Mission and an SU Holiday week at Lendrick Muir. Having never done a mission I arrived at Elie not really knowing what to expect. It was a week of excitement, silliness and sharing Jesus with children as young as three or four - and I loved every moment. The prospect of then being a trainee at the Lendrick Muir camp where I had grown in my own faith was slightly scary, but my anxieties about making the transition were completely put at ease within the first day. I felt completely part of the family and was able to share my faith with so many youngsters in a way that I didn't even know I could do."
Sarah Mackie, Basecamp 2012
"In June I took part in Basecamp at the Kingscross camp site, the place where I'd started my SU Scotland journey with KX2 six years previously. Across the week I learned ways to help share God's message with campers, ways to run worship and group time, whilst also meeting some fantastic new people and sharing time with them. After the week ended it was down to me to put into practice what I'd learnt during a week at Lendrick Muir.
I worked with a group of campers for the week, supporting them and teaching the word of God. It was a week full of ups and downs, where I found myself having to adjust and learn quickly "on the job" but I had a fantastic time! Before I came I had been worried that I would struggle, but I trusted that God would be with me and he certainly provided me with the support I needed during some of the more challenging times."
Stephen Hedges, Basecamp 2012
"SU Scotland has been a huge part of my life so I decided to go to Basecamp and be a trainee leader at a summer camp - not only to give back but also because I was keen to help other young people meet Jesus.
It was an incredible experience: I became more confident not only in my leadership abilities, but in my faith and have grown so much closer to God. Last summer the thought of speaking to a group about God and having so much responsibility was daunting but the training and help from leaders at camp made it an exciting challenge. Volunteering for SU Scotland has been one of the most amazing experiences and I would encourage everyone to take the chance and sign up."
Sarah Muir, Basecamp 2012
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