Good support for youth leaders ensures a safe environment for everyone. It also helps leaders enjoy what they are doing and grow in the process rather than burning out. Here's a checklist of things to put in place to ensure your youth leaders can thrive.
Confidentiality is an important issue in youth work. Used well, it can strengthen the relationship and deepen trust between youth leader and young person. The general rule is that what is shared privately, remains between you and the young person. However there may be circumstances when, for... See more
Do you want to turn the leadership potential you see in your teenagers into reality?
Are you keen to help your existing young leaders grow and mature in their leadership roles?
Are you looking for leadership training that is straightforward, grounded in Scripture, adaptable, and... See more
It is essential that when we are providing transport for young people we do it safely and competently. Creating a safety policy for transport will ensure that this happens. Here are some mandatory requirements for drivers, as well as points to take into consideration when creating... See more
Mentoring Young People is a practical guide for training adults to be mentors. This manual covers the mentoring process from start to finish, and includes the purpose of mentoring, questions to ask during sessions, and safe practices.
Prepared by Phil Trotter, following a request by young... See more
The Anglican Youth Ministry Qualification (AYMQ) is for people called by God to a vocation in youth ministry.
Students obtain a Bachelor of Ministries Internship Degree from Laidlaw College with high Youth Ministry and Anglican components.
Study is undertaken via regional courses, block... See more
Looking for a new youth leader? Here are the four things you need to check before your new volunteer jumps on board...
Note: This checklist is intended as a guide. Your Diocese will have their own Recruitment Policy for Volunteers. Check your diocesan website, or contact your Diocesan... See more
Young leaders are people who will make mistakes and fail occasionally; they aren't expected to know everything. They are being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Young leaders are allowed to ask questions about faith and life; they are allowed to wrestle with doubts and fears. They are prepared to let... See more
For so long ‘burn out’ has been synonymous with youth ministry. Ministry is sacrificial, yes. But where we can look after our workers, we must.
The Network of National Youth Ministry Leaders (Aotearoa/NZ) have put together a list of seven practices that will sustain youth workers, youth... See more
Jesus said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5
Disciples are people who are captivated and changed by God's grace and are in the process of becoming more like Christ. They encourage,... See more
'Shepherds and Sheep' is a training session intended to be used with a group of young leaders. By looking at Jesus, the Good Shepherd, they will discover more about Christian leadership and how to care for their own 'sheep'.
If appropriate, you could share briefly about how... See more
Prayer is one of the foundational practices of the Christian faith. Praying with a group of other believers is one type of prayer that can bring great blessing and encouragement to everyone involved.
Some main barriers to ‘group prayer’ are:
Shyness: many people are very shy when it... See more
Here's our top 5 places on the web for youth ministry! At each of these sites you'll find plenty of quality, free youth ministry resources, ideas and inspiration.
This is the site that inspired RESOURCED! Best adjective: abundance! With thousands of... See more
A Simple Method for Studying the Bible One on One
It can be quite daunting meeting up with someone to look at the Bible together, especially if you have never done it before. However, even if you have never read the Bible with someone else before, it is possible to mine the riches of the... See more
The heart of a good study is the questions and personal study of the passage by the leader.
Be well familiar with the passage; study it yourself, maybe using these notes.
Come up with a 'Big Idea' - a 1-sentence summary of what you think the passage is... See more
It's great to get together with your youth ministry team at the beginning of the year. Gather for an evening, an afternoon, a day or even get away overnight to team build, to pray and to plan the first term (or the whole year).
Here are some exercises you can use to help build and bond your... See more
Whether you're planning a special youth event, service or camp, here's a step by step guide that will help your event run smoothly and take your youth to the next level.
Prayer is an essential part of the planning process. It's easy to forget to take time to pray when we're... See more
These books are for youth leaders asking, 'What's the next step?'. Combining a biblical framework with cultural insight and an honest critique of the church, they provide new thinking and understandings of youth ministry that may challenge current practice, counter inculturation, and offer ways... See more
There are so many great books out there on youth ministry, but it can be hard to know just which to read. These five books cover Youth Ministry 101. All have proven the test of time in delivering sound theology and practice for making disciples of our young people. Filled with practical ideas for... See more
Sarah West shares the approach she has used with her youth group to help them develop a passion for praying together.
Modelling: Keep it Simple
If the youth pastor and/or youth leaders are praying long and complex prayers, it can put a silent pressure on the youth to conjure up ‘fancy’... See more
Questions you can use in a mentoring relationship, where the focus is on leadership and/or ministry development.
- What is the strength of your ministry at the moment? Where would you like to see growth?
- How are you keeping God’s purposes at... See more
Doing talks using the Hook, Look, Book, Took approach.
‘Talks’, ‘God-spots’, ‘devotions’, ‘up-fronts’ - whatever you call it, youth leaders often feel nervous about doing Christian input well on your main youth group night.
The ‘Hook, Look, Book, Took’ model is a pretty... See more
Meet, discuss, laugh, pray, encourage, worship and eat with 200 other Anglican youth leaders who love Jesus and who love working with young people!
The Abbey 2017 starts on Friday 25 August at 8pm and finishes on Sunday 27 August at 2pm. We're back at El Rancho in Waikanae this year,... See more
In a small group young people are given the space to grow in a more intimate setting. Small groups have the potential to create lasting connections with other people in an atmosphere where honesty and vulnerability is encouraged.
While small groups should be able to... See more
It's always good to take a moment after youth group to debrief how effectively the message was delivered. Use this checklist to run through the key aspects of speaking up front to help you and your youth leaders develop your communication skills.
Speaking Up Front Checklist (PDF, 65KB) See more
Every youth group faces it at times – disruptive or distracting behaviour, inattentive young people, or failure to follow basic safety principles. Below are some tips on how to get the best behaviour out of your young people and how to deal with them when things start going awry.
Firstly, a... See more