Risk Everything: Practicing the way of Jesus




Elmdon Church


B92 9EJ

Risk Everything: Practicing the way of Jesus

This year at the National Youth Ministry Weekend we are creating a fantastic opportunity to start your event journey early by reconnecting to the call of Jesus that underpins our work and our life.

In addition to the main weekend, this year we’re hosting a Retreat Day with the phenomenal Mark Scandrette, who has been developing experimental and contemplative Christian practices for two decades.

Come to the NYMW early, and take some risks that will allow you to more actively put the teachings of Christ into the heart of your own walk and work.


So many of us want to live in the way of Jesus—pursuing a life that is deeply soulful, connected to real needs and good news to our world. Yet too often our methods of spiritual formation are individualistic, information driven or disconnected from the details of every day life. If Jesus of Nazareth demonstrated and taught a revolutionary way of love that is actually possible, alive with healing and hope, then we need a path for experiencing that revolution in the details of our every day lives. Perhaps what we need is more like a karate studio than a college lecture, shared spaces where we can take new risks to practice the way of Jesus together.
Mark Scandrette

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"I am convinced that God's good news spreads best, not through force, but through fascination. Mark Scandrette is fascinating. He lives with imagination and beauty. He is a poet and artist. But he is not just about creative thinking; he is about creative living.”
Shane Claiborne, author, preacher, activist

Mark Scandrette is an author, teacher, activist and coach for those who want to create a better world from the inside out.

He is the founding director of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Integral Christian Practice, where he leads an annual series of retreats, workshops and projects designed to help participants apply spiritual wisdom to everyday life.

Mark is a gifted teacher who draws on his knowledge of Christian theology and scripture, human psychology, and 25 years experience as a pastor and seeker. A sought-after voice for creative, radical and embodied faith practices, he frequently speaks at universities, churches and conferences nationally and internationally and also serves as adjunct faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary. Wherever Mark travels he speaks with the goal of awakening imagination and inviting audiences to take new steps into life and wholeness.

His most recent books include FREE, Practicing the Way of Jesus, Belonging and Becoming and The Ninefold Path Notebook. Before each book is published Mark usually spends several years piloting the concepts and processes explored with groups in different contexts.  He is currently working on a sixth book on self-awareness, personality and transformation.

Mark lives with his wife Lisa and their three young adult children in San Francisco’s Mission District. He loves walking city streets and discovering beauty in unexpected places.


In this one day workshop retreat we will:

  • Consider how the gospel compels us to take new risks.
  • Engage the dynamics of group experiments through hands on learning.
  • Explore how to integrate group experiments and practices in your life and youth work.

The day will run from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

It is a full programme that will flow throughout this time based on Mark’s book Practicing the Way of Jesus, Life Together in the Kingdom of Love.

"Mark Scandrette is better than most in helping us move our faith from a thought to a lifestyle. In a magnetic and compelling way, he offers us an irresistible invitation to open our lives to the many ways in which we can follow Jesus. Reading about his 'experiments' in faith makes you close the book and think, 'I can do this! I want to do this!'"
Nancy Ortberg, author of Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey Through Tattoos, Tofu and Pronouns


Tickets for this stand-alone event are £38 for the day including lunch, refreshments and a copy of Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love.




Just 6 miles from the main NYMW base, Elmdon Church is the perfect retreat venue. The beautiful church dates in part to the 18th century and a place of worship has existed here since 1200AD.

The church is set in 12 acres of award winning parkland, which is home to a meadow, native woodlands and lakes. The site also offers a perimeter walk and heritage trail that take in the remains of Eldon hall and the walled garden, the latter of which is now a nature reserve managed by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.