Why do Relay?
Here are some reasons we think Relay is one of the best ways to be equipped for a lifetime of walking with Jesus.
Relay is about investing in you
As a Relay worker, you have a team of people committed to your growth – your Staff Worker's primary role is to support you as try new things, encourage you where you're timid and correct you when you're wrong. Observing and working with someone more experienced in the Christian life and ministry is an invaluable opportunity to grow in a life-on-life way. You'll also be part of a regional team of other staff and Relay workers to spur you along.
Relay is about skills AND character
Relay has opportunities to learn all kinds of skills such as Bible handling, evangelistic speaking and pastoral ministry, but at its heart there's a deliberate focus on growth in character and godliness. A strong distinctive of Relay is the detailed application of grace to every area of life and ministry. We all know that the gospel of grace is not only the entrance to the Christian life, but the engine as well. What Relay does is to actually work out that sound-bite in practice. Again and again the testimony of Relay workers is that they came to Relay feeling that they had so much to give to a CU, but then discovered that actually God decided to teach them some foundational lessons about pride and the depths of sin, and that sustainable and Christ-like living and ministry can only be empowered by His grace.
Relay offers a huge range of experiences
Your work with students will involve some of the most unique opportunities to support and develop creative outreach.
In different CUs there will be opportunities to train Bible Study leaders, work alongside CU leaders, help organise mission weeks, give evangelistic talks, lead discussions with non-Christians, work with international students, help run a Pure course and much, much more. In fact some Relay Workers have even been placed to pioneer a brand new CU!
Relay offers a unique study program tailored to you
Relay workers follow a unique study programme designed to ground them theologically and practically through diverse means of study. Relay is designed to have both training/study elements and that will be passed on through practical hands-on ministry with students. As well as the conferences, one morning/afternoon a week is devoted to core study which works through Biblical doctrines and another morning/afternoon requires elective study, where Relay workers decide upon a topic to study in depth. Other training opportunities are open to Relay such as the Biblical Evangelism Conference and New Word Alive.
Relay opens lots of doors...
Relay is primarily a training year where others will be investing in you. There is no requirement that after Relay you have to go into full-time Christian work! In fact many Relay workers have gone into secular employment, but the lessons learnt on Relay have equipped them and grown them in godliness, not only to be fruitful Christians at work but also to be active and equipped members of their local church.
Interested in doing Relay?
Have a chat with your CU Staff Worker, or find out how to apply.