Raising up servant leaders

Doulos is a leadership development programme for young Christian leaders from across Teesside. We want to see a generation raised up who are passionate about seeking God and helping others around them to the same. Doulos is a three-year program open to young people in year 10 and above who have been nominated to take part by their youth worker or minister. There are eight sessions a year that look at different aspects of leadership and growing in your personal relationship with God, plus a weekend away together in the autumn.

Doulos: a bondservant, devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests

Servant leadership

Doulos is about learning to lead like Jesus did- by serving other people. This is backwards to the world’s idea of leadership, which is about setting yourself above others. The verse we focus on is Matthew 20:28, which says ‘the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.’



People learn differently, which is why we create experiences to explore the Doulos concepts in different ways. Whether it’s climbing a hill to look out over Teesside and talk about vision, or having a Q & A session with today’s inspiring leaders, we want to help you learn to lead by doing things that are exciting!


A huge part of being an effective leader is having a close relationship with God. We want to help you grow deeper in your faith, which is why we encourage Doulos participants to meet regularly with a mentor as part of the course. We also provide you with weekly devotionals related to each Doulos theme.


Getting involved with mission is a great way to grow as a Christian and learn how to serve others. Doulos gives young people the chance to engage with mission projects both locally and abroad. We currently partner with the 58 Foundation in Dallas, Texas, who reach out into some of the city’s poorest communities.


We have tried to keep the fees for Doulos low at £150 per young person (per year). This includes the weekend away and all sessions/outings. Our heart is very much that any young person who wants to take part should be able to, and if finance is an issue then we have options available to help with this. Payment can be made in full or in installments (eg £12 per month by standing order).

Doulos is run in partnership with The Rose Education Foundation and several local churches.

Are you a youth worker ready to nominate a young person for Doulos?

Our next group will start in September 2018; nominate your young people to be sent information about the Doulos launch BBQ in July.

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