My first few weeks at NTC with Cameron Preece

Blog — 8th July 2020

My first few weeks at NTC with Cameron Preece

(Photo taken in 2019)

Cameron came to NTC in September 2019, having planned to get into Christian Youth Work through a modern apprenticeship, he then decided to apply for a Christian Youth Work degree and found NTC through the UCAS website.

He originally applied to study on the BA Theology (Youth and Community Work) pathway but after attending an interview at NTC, he decided to change direction to study on the BA Theology pathway. He realised, following a faith crisis and a period of self-reflection, that he had a theoretical mind rather than practical. “I had made these changes through e-mail and was given amazing support from the admissions team.”

The community here is kind and welcoming and I’m finding my time with other students to be deeply enjoyable

His first week at NTC was brilliant! “I enjoyed the orientation week, which was filled with fantastic team building, icebreakers and activities alongside other students. This consisted of fun challenges, helping us to get used to the area of Didsbury, movie nights, dessert nights, games and discussions. The community here is kind and welcoming and I’m finding my time with other students to be deeply enjoyable; we get to discuss all sorts of things together and get to learn about each other’s lives and approach to faith, as well as making lifelong friends. During this time, I have made many close, life-long friends”.

His first month of studying theology at NTC has been a time of learning about God, life, himself and others, while growing in faith, and experience, as well as developing holistically. His favourite subject is Spiritual Formation (taught by Michael Kane, NTC Chaplain), where he is learning more about different approaches to Christian living. “It can sometimes be challenging when presented with different traditions and teaching, but in that, there is an opportunity to learn from each other and solidify what we believe”. It has been a good time for him to wrestle with the deeper questions of faith and life.

Initially, he had planned to do Christian Youth Work as a vocation, however, he has figured out he has more thinking to do. He could volunteer in Youth Work or a Church setting, but regardless of where he works after NTC, he hopes to use what he is learning in his daily life, with others and in his relationship with God.

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