ENGAGE logo‘ENGAGE’ is a sub-group of Mission Representatives Fellowship (MRF) that works to help young people in the 18-25 age range to connect with global, cross-cultural mission issues and opportunities. For the past 18 years we’ve worked together to provide mission input for university CUs, including delivering an annual world mission night at each Christian Union across the country.

It’s been a concern to us that in only speaking to CUs, we haven’t been connecting with all the Christian young people (18-25 year olds) in any area, so we’ve decided to launch a new initiative to help us to connect more cohesively with 18-25 year olds through local churches. We’ve called this resource ‘ENGAGE’, and it’s a 90 minute inter-active event designed to help young people to think about how they can and should engage with mission ‘here, there and everywhere’. As part of the programme on the night, we would like to include someone from a church in their own community who would be interviewed about how they are already engaged in mission, either locally or globally.

We’re offering this as a free resource to local churches throughout Scotland – aiming to hold one event in each town – and are keen to hear from churches that have a heart for young people and a heart for mission who would be keen to be our host venues. Is this something that your church would be interested in? Can you provide the venue and some refreshments, and ask your young folk to come along? We can provide you with an email flyer to help you promote the event to the young people you know in your church and to other local churches in your community, and we will get the word out as widely as we can in your area too.

The agencies that are part of ‘ENGAGE 2019’ are Africa Inland Mission, Friends International, GLO, Interserve, MAF, Mission Africa, OM, Pioneers, SELBL and WEC.

If you want to find out more, or to enquire about becoming an ‘ENGAGE’ host church, please email engage@mrf.org.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

With ‘ENGAGE’ we want to inspire local young Christians to be involved in Kingdom mission – beginning on their own doorstep. I really hope that you will want to be a part of this (ad)venture with us!