My journey to places I could never have imagined!
If you’d asked me when I started my CYM degree in 2005 whether or not I’d find myself working for Scripture Union producing exciting new resources and content in 12 years time – I’d have said ‘No way’! But here I am – in a role that fits me to a ‘T’.
In everything I’ve done since I graduated in 2008, I’ve found a use for the things CYM taught me. In particular, I’ve become so used to theologically reflecting on everything that happens, and on everything I see – it seems to happen automatically. This is particularly amusing if you’re someone who knew me as an undergraduate, since on so many occasions I just hated being told to ‘theologically reflect’ – I didn’t appreciate the value in a process that is now a staple of my daily living.
Most recently perhaps, as part of my role with Scripture Union, I’ve had the privilege of writing a brand new version of Luke’s gospel – Diary of a Disciple: Luke’s Story. Diary is aimed at children aged 8-11, and is written in a quirky, contemporary, doodle style, designed to help children discover Luke’s story for themselves.
In writing Diary I’ve drawn heavily upon the foundation of Biblical Theology that CYM provided, I’ve used my CYM-given-knowledge in child faith development, I’ve considered the ways people learn differently and tried to write for as many learning styles as I can, and I’ve definitely theologically reflected as part of the writing process itself – but also on the experience of seeing the Bible in a whole new light.
When I started my undergraduate degree course I was very much a ‘youth worker’ who would only ever work with young people. I couldn’t imagine working with those under 11 – I mean, children’s workers are a totally different breed – right!?
But the grounding I was given in both children’s and youth ministry has set me up well – shaping and honing my practice as a youth worker, enabling me to support and mentor new CYM students as a professional practice tutor, and now underpinning my work with both children and young people in my role as Content Innovator for Scripture Union.
It doesn’t really seem like almost a decade has passed since I left CYM, because I’ve never really said ‘goodbye’. I’ve enjoyed some great CPD training over the years, and have held on to some ever deepening friendships.
Now when I look back over my journey of learning, I can honestly say I’ve valued every moment – and I wouldn’t change it for the world!
If you’d like to find out more about Scripture Union, or about Diary of a Disciple: Luke’s Story visit www.diaryofadisciple.org.uk