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Developing leaders in the Way of Jesus

We believe God has a calling on each of our lives, which is sometimes lost, confused or distorted.
Why not dedicate this year to going on an adventure with Jesus? Our vision to love Jesus, love Church, love people and love Crawley means we have the privilege of seeing God move in amazing ways in this town and would love for you to join us on this adventure.

Throughout the gospels, you see Jesus come alongside so many different people saying ‘follow me, learn my ways’.  This year you’ll learn more about who you are, who God is and what He’s calling you into. You will be stretched, challenged and encouraged and will grow in the way of Jesus.


When there are so many opportunities to spend a year with God, why would you come to Crawley? We think we have the answer - something new is happening in this ever increasing town of 120,000 as we start a journey with two new church plants  you will be a part of. It is close to Gatwick and 30 minutes from both London and Brighton. Steve and Liz, the leaders of St John’s have a grace-rich story of God’s transformation, we would love to see emerging leaders learn from their mistakes, be inspired by the Holy Spirit and see the power of God’s transformation in their own lives.



In a world where so many leaders fail, character matters. Our character is defined by “what you do when no-one’s watching”. The church needs leaders of character, if you want to be in leadership and stay the course, working on your character is essential. 


You will be mentored in an area of ministry within the church, where you will be able to lead having developed resilient and adaptable skills.




You will be part of a close-knit, fun team, where you will be supported, inspired and challenged to play your part and to cheer others on. Your gifting will be encouraged and character will be refined, and together they will be released for the benefit of the whole community of St Johns. 


This year offers sessions facilitated by YWAM, Leadership College London and Worth Abbey that will help you discern your calling into whatever sphere of influence God sees you working to bring in His kingdom. 





Tuesdays and Wednesdays we will spend time discovering the nature of God, awareness of who we are, and our role in His kingdom, through classroom sessions and formational input. The sessions are run by inspiring leaders and teachers who have experienced the highs and lows of leadership.


We believe that formation always happens, either intentionally or unintentionally. This year we want to intentionally partner with the Holy Spirit to be formed through Jesus’ teaching, real community and forming a rhythm of life that will sustain you and grow you.


You will have opportunities to put theory into practise by serving on teams in a wide range of contexts and ministries. This will stretch you, but give you real life experiences under the support and encouragement of the team. 


An important aspect of character development is creating a team behind you to support, encourage and expose areas that need improvement. We have experienced mentors who are so excited to help you on your journey this year and be part of your team.




Can I work while doing CY?

Yes - the year is designed to allow you to work if you need or want to, but we would encourage you to have some time to build relationships in the wider community of St John’s.

Where is CY based?

CY is based at St Johns Crawley and it's partner churches in Crawley, St Peter's and St Richard's.

Do you provide accommodation?

We do not provide any accommodation as part of the course but please get in touch if you would like any advice on finding a place for the year.

How much does it cost?

The cost for the year is £800 GBP. The cost covers all teaching and content plus two CY retreats

Do you offer bursaries?

We never want money to be the reason someone doesn't apply! We have bursaries available for anyone in need of extra financial support. To apply, just tick the box in the application form and one of our team will be in touch.

What days will I have CY on?

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Wednesday evenings and Sundays. 

What is the deadline for applying?

The last date for applying is Friday 19 August 2022. If you’re an international applicant, please ensure you leave plenty of time for Visa’s to process.

Is there an age limit?

No, we recognise character is something we are always working on and would welcome any age to apply.

What does a typical week look like?

Sessions will include teaching, group discussion and time for personal study or time with a mentor most weeks. Sundays you will serve on or lead a team, and the cost of the year includes tickets to Focus and Leadership Conference. 

Meet the CY Leadership Team