Forge – A new series of posts

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Last week I attended the FORGE conference run by ALOVE, the body who head up Youthwork for The Salvation Army UK wide. I am gonna blog about it or some topics which i thought about during the time away. some will be random. some excellent. some with no real point. but these are my reflections and thoughts. below is an introduction to what Forge is meant to be and what it was.

What is FORGE- (taken from ALOVE’s pre-event Publicity)
FORGE – ‘Shaping a Vision for Salvation Army Youthwork’
A new ALOVE UK staff conference for Salvation Army youth workers

What does the future of Salvation Army youth work look like? What are the needs of a new generation and how should we respond? How are we shaping a vision for Salvation Army Youth work? ALOVE UK invites you to respond to these questions and more at FORGE – a new staff conference for Salvation Army youth workers.

What was FORGE – (Taken from ALOVE’s website after the event)
108 people including youth workers, DYO’s and members of the ALOVE UK team gathered in Swanwick, Derbyshire for a Territorial Youth Worker training event. The three day conference was a fantastic opportunity to be able to meet up as a network of youth workers to form relationships, share ideas and develop ideas for the future.

We hope that FORGE has provided those who attended with good quality teaching and training, but also a chance to have a few days away from front line youth work to be able to refresh and renew so that they can return to their jobs with a new found energy.

Neil Hudson and Jason Gardner provided excellent teaching on discipleship as well as sessions being led by the ALOVE UK team. A highlight of the conference for many was hearing from youth workers as to what they are doing in their various parts of the country. The breadth of youth work that takes place throughout the Territory was impressive. As a group of youth workers there were people in the room that worked in so many different situations and settings and listening to the stories of others was both encouraging and inspiring.

Matt Leeder led worship that helped to focus the minds of the delegates and really helped in making FORGE not just a training event but an opportunity to worship too.