Claiming the youth of Britain for Christ
Graduating from Ridley in 1927, E.J. Nash (affectionately known as 'Bash') responded to God's call to present the Gospel at the leading British public schools of the 1930s. 'Bash camps' offered wonderfully clear biblical teaching coupled with friendship and pastoral care, proving to be a powerfully attractive medium through which the Gospel of salvation was brought to over 7000 boys during Bash's leadership.
Our country's young people are the Church of the future, and nowhere has this been better illustrated than in the lasting impact of the Bash camp ministry. Through involvement in these camps, many influential leaders discovered living faith and grew in their discipleship. These include John Stott, David Sheppard, Michael Green, David Watson and Timothy Dudley-Smith, all of whom trained at Ridley before making their own unique and faithful contribution within the Church.
These camps still flourish today, alongside a wide array of other Christian activity holidays inspired by them. Ridley's current ordinands continue to be involved in such strategic youth initiatives, gaining valuable experience for their future ministries.
Moving with the times
Responsibility for Christian work with children and young people over the past thirty or forty years has gradually moved away from young curates, vicars and volunteers to men and women trained specifically as youth workers. And this vital mission field itself has changed: many young people today have never even opened a Bible, and few know the real Christian story.
Throughout its history, Ridley Hall and those formed for ministry here have responded with far-sighted vision to the needs and opportunities among young people at a particular time. To see how Ridley is responding to the contemporary world in this field, read about our focus on youth ministry today.