Impact Training is a sacrificial year given over to learning more about God, getting a passion for the nations and having your life turned upside down. We’ll give you the opportunity to travel overseas and see how the gospel is reaching other nations, participate in the growth of a local church and equip you in sound theology and leadership skills.


Martin Tibbert, an elder at Woodside Church, Bedford, oversees and regularly teaches on Impact, with Ruth Matthews responsible for much of the day to day running of Impact as well as pastoral oversight.


Church Project

Every Impact student is based in a church, gaining experience in a particular area such as Kids Work, Youth Work, Social Action or Media, as well as many more!



As part of the Impact Year we meet regularly together in Bedford for training which covers theology, skills, leadership as well as discovering our identity in God.


Overseas Trip

You’ll have a chance to travel overseas to experience and serve a church in a different culture.


Sputnik Internship

As part of your Impact year, you can apply to specifically develop your own art practice. There will be good time given to work on your own projects under supervision from artists in your field. Based in Birmingham, this is potentially for any Christian creative who is keen to strive towards excellence in their practice and would like to create work for a universal audience (not just for Christians).

Key information


The course runs over one year starting in September and running through until July. The dates for the 2019-2020 training blocks are:

Thursday 5th to Thursday 12th September 2019
Monday 11th to Friday 15th November 2019
Monday 6th to Friday 10th January 2020 (Centreparcs)
Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th March 2020
Tuesday 21st to Friday 24th April 2020
Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th June 2020



All of the training blocks apart from the January training take place at Woodside Church, Dover Crescent, Bedford, MK41 8QH.

The January training block takes place at Centre Parcs with the other Newfrontiers Training programmes.



The cost for the year is £1350 which includes all training costs at Bedford (including accommodation and food) and the week at Centre Parcs. Costs associated with the time at the host church are not covered.



We provide hosts for you during training blocks at Bedford, usually with families from one of the Newfrontiers churches. Typically, you stay with the same family each time you come.


Please fill in an application form, which can be downloaded here, and return it to Ruth Matthews. You need to be aged over 18 at the start of the course in order to be considered.

To apply for the Sputnik Internship, that form can be downloaded here.



If you have any questions or you’d like some more information then we’d love to hear from you.

Email or phone Woodside Church, Bedford on 01234 272022