CREW Roles

CREW Roles


Contagious is committed to help train and develop leaders for service, both now and in the future; that is the vision that lies behind our CREW programme.

CREW (Christian’s Ready Equipped and Willing) is our young adult training programme. Our aim for CREW members is for them to be better equipped to serve as leaders at Contagious in the future, as well as being better equipped to serve God within their local church.

If you would like to Join the CREW then please read on to confirm that it is right for you.

What do you need? 

⇒ A Personal Faith – We ask all our CREW to have a personal walk with Jesus. You need to be dependent on God’s grace alone for salvation through the person and work of Jesus and showing a deep trust and confidence in the Bible.  We require all CREW to be a regular attendee and committed to the ministries of a gospel believing local church where you are known to the leadership.  We will seek evidence of your faith, witness and commitment to the local church by asking one of your church leaders in a reference.

⇒ Knowledge – CREW need to have a basic understanding of the Christian gospel and be keen to learn and grow in bible knowledge. You need to affirm the Contagious statement of faith (FIEC statement used) without compromise, and demonstrate an understanding of Christian service and ministry.

⇒ Experience – We would like (but not required) our CREW to have some experience of Christian service in their local church, either within youth and children’s ministry, welcome, practical tasks, UCCF or schools work that demonstrates a willingness to give of yourself in practical tasks. It would be helpful to have some previous experience of Contagious or other Christian camp.

⇒ Checks and References –We require a clear and acceptable DBS/PVG disclosure check as well as two positive references, including one from your local church leader.

⇒ Personal Commitment – Contagious conferences require a lot of energy, enthusiasm and some physical ability – it is hugely rewarding and tiring!

What else do you need to Know?

⇒ You need to be in a place where they can physically, emotionally and spiritually give their time, energy and focus to practical tasks and be keen to stretch themselves to face new challenges. 

⇒ We will train and encourage you to run some activities for the young people.  You will be given opportunities to use your gifts in sport, creative arts, administration or music.


⇒ You need to be willing to listen to instructions, get prepared, be organised and manage your time.   

⇒ We will also teach you Bible handling skills, lessons in Christian service and some Christian doctrine, so you need to be willing to work hard, engage with the Bible and allow God’s word to impact your life. 


You will meet with one of the leaders during the week to enquire about your Christian walk and encourage you to keep growing in your faith. 

⇒  All previous CREW/TaskForce teams speak of their own appreciation and growth under the teaching of Contagious CREW.

One more thing

Furthermore, we ask our CREW to pay the full costs of the conference so that the fees for the young people are not subsidising the CREW.  However, if you are unable to pay the full fee we will support you with our bursary fund.  This all sounds heavy and demanding, but serving on Contagious is fulfilling, enlightening and you will make many wonderful friends.  Please join the CREW!


CREW year one

⇒ The CREW group will be divided into small groups of 6-12 people, called SUS groups which stands for ‘Scripture Under Scrutiny’. You will be assigned a leader who will mentor, teach, train and support you throughout the week.

⇒ Each CREW member will be allocated one of the studies to prepare and lead. We do not expect perfection, but just want you to have a go and use it to learn how to lead studies more effectively.  Your mentor will be close at hand to give advice or guidance and they will also meet with afterwards to give you some encouragement and suggestions to improve.

⇒ We will also divide the group into practical teams to complete the many tasks that we do throughout the week, such as: moving chairs, setting up rooms, tuck shop, bookstall, refreshments, waking up the young people in the morning, running the SUS group Tournament, moving equipment, helping with activities, clearing litter, playing in the band, and many many other small but important tasks. 

⇒ The conference you are supporting may have a talent show/battle of the bands where its tradition for the CREW to perform – be creative, go for it and have loads of fun!

⇒ Your CREW mentor will prepare a brief report on your service throughout the week that will be shared with your church leader (The referee you provided during your application).

CREW year two

⇒ Many of the practical tasks in CREW year two remain the same, but you will be expected to take on more responsibility to show the year one’s what is required.

SUS in year two is likely to be different also as we expect year two’s to have learned from their year one experience. You may be asked to observe more experienced SUS leaders by observing them teaching the young people in SUS or Seminars.  You may be asked to lead one of those SUS groups to young people.  You will receive encouragement and one suggestion about how you could improve.

⇒ Your CREW mentor will prepare a brief report on your service throughout the week that will be shared with your church leader (The referee you provided during your application).

CREW Leader

The main responsibilities include preparing and delivering the teaching programme for the CREW at Contagious and leading the tasks and activities for the CREW.


⇒ Attend the 24-hour training and then use the Contagious teaching material, prepare a two year teaching programme for the CREW that includes SUS group studies, bible handling workshops, doctrine or apologetics sessions. Allocate teaching responsibilities within the CREW leaders and agree SUS/mentoring responsibilities.

Communicate to previous CREW year one leaders and encourage them to return for a second year. With the support of the Operations team, communicate to the 19 year olds and encourage them to join the CREW.  Monitor the applications for CREW and references, giving approval or seeking more information as required.  Write to any CREW applicants that are deemed unsuitable.

⇒ Organise the CREW into SUS groups, allocate CREW leaders to each group.

Prepare information for the CREW to help them to prepare for their time serving at Contagious, including the allocation of SUS studies and guidance notes to help them.

⇒ Communicate final details with CREW about when to arrive, training, what to bring etc.

During Conference

⇒ Welcome the CREW on the first day, provide them with training and information about the week and then organise the set up tasks.

⇒ Liaise with the Contagious Teaching Leader and Coordinator about the daily tasks required to support the main conference. Identify the gifts and skills of the CREW e.g. music, creative arts, sport, administration, manual handling etc. and then organise the CREW into teams to complete the practical tasks each day.  Try to give the year two CREW more responsibility to model servant leadership to the year ones.

⇒ As a team deliver the CREW 2 year teaching programme to complement the main conference teaching and include Bible handling training, servant leadership training, doctrine and apologetics.

⇒ Mentor each CREW member with one to one at the beginning of the week and towards the end. Include support and guidance for them in preparing and delivering their SUS study and provide them with encouraging feedback.  Use examples of their activity throughout the week to train them in servant leadership.  

⇒ Observe and listen to CREW to identify any issues of concern within the group. If necessary, provide gentle correction or discipline within a culture of encouragement and praise. Look out for any who are struggling, offer support and encouragement or maybe relieve them of some duties in order to maintain a good quality of care throughout the week.

⇒ Build positive team morale with additional times of prayer, communication and social time to encourage CREW members to flourish in a supportive happy environment.

Post Conference

⇒ Complete a brief encouraging report on each CREW member that is then shared with their church leader. Make clear your recommendations about serving at Contagious/CREW again in the future or suggest other ways for them to serve or receive further training.

⇒ Reflect and review the conference with your regional steering group. Attend the Review and Envisioning meeting to share your experience with other CREW Leaders and learn from other good practices.

⇒ Seek to build good relationships with CREW members throughout the year by praying for them, contacting/meeting them and encouraging them to return the following year. Identify other suitable CREW members and invite them to join Contagious.