Why we exist
We exist because we feel God has called us to Rebuild a generation. We do this by empowering and resourcing the local church through training, coaching and resources for youth and youth leaders, students and student leaders and young adults and young adult leaders. This existence is a part of a bigger story, a story that has stirred us and shaped us of the past four years. This is our story…
The story began at St Thomas Church Philadelphia, Sheffield, England. Rich Atkinson felt God calling him to invest in the next generation of youth in the church (a ministry he called Forge) so that there wouldn’t be another void in the church. This story helped him to learn how to lead leaders, release team and see a movement in youth work take shape (read the rest of that story here). After investing in the youth of Sheffield God called him and his team to Rebuild the ancient ruins and raise up the old age foundations of a generation.
In 2009 the Evangelical Alliance called 18-30’s ‘The missing generation of the church’. This generation is seeping from the organised church in the country. 75% of young people who are Christians when they arrive at university don’t continue with their faith. There is a consumeristic, individual attitude in young adult culture of today.
The scope for youth and young adults and how the church will look in the next ten years may look bleak. However we believe God is calling what many describe as the missing generation to become the Rebuilding Generation. God gave us the verse Isaiah 58:12 ‘Your people will REBUILD the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.’
Our heart at REBUILD is to train, equip, encourage and resource the amazing leaders around Europe and beyond that are seeking to see the missing generation of youth, students and young adults be reached and discipled to become all they can be in Jesus. We want to invest in you to see a generation step up and become the Rebuilding Generation.
This vision will be reached when a generation recognises their identity, mission and call, to be sons and daughters who intimately know their Heavenly Father, glorify the Son and partner with the Holy Spirit to advance God’s kingdom. We will REBUILD!