We are all out of Alert Level 3 right now however, should things alter, here are some guidelines for youth ministry at Alert Level 3.
As people have moved in and out of different levels, there is a weariness in many and it is taking it’s toll on mental well being. Let’s all continue to be... See more
We are all out of Alert Level 3 right now however, should things alter, here are some guidelines for youth ministry at Alert Level 3.
Guidelines updated 20 September 2020
Resuming youth ministry in person is desperately needed but has to be done carefully, respecting the guidelines set out by the New Zealand Government. As a nation we have come a long way in the COVID-19 journey and we are not wanting to compromise the ground... See more
Kia ora, Hello to every one involved in youth ministry in Aotearoa. We are in a season like no other. From midnight 24 March we are moving into Covid-19 Alert Level 4. As anxieties build and things change so rapidly can we start with a quote from Farid Ahmed A Christchurch shooting survivor and... See more
As the church adapts to these extraordinary times, when we can no longer gather in person, we are navigating and exploring new ways of connecting. Even though your youth group may not be meeting in person, our young people still need opportunities to stay connect with one another, and receive input... See more
Most young people don’t see the internet as something they engage in; rather it is a vital part of everyday living – like electricity is. Phones aren’t a luxury in their minds but an essential part of life. Here are some questions that may be helpful in helping young people consider their... See more
What is available on the internet - and the challenges this presents - is constantly evolving and changing. It is important to keep up to date and current.
The NZ Police are specifically saying that parents and teens should know two things:
- Once a picture or video leaves... See more
Against the Tide, Towards the Kingdom is the story of the Urban Vision community in New Zealand. Written by Jenny & Justin Duckworth (Bishop of Wellington), this book recounts the story of a group of young Christian adults who over the last fifteen years have relocated to the colorful ends of... See more
Twenty-One Elephants is about a whole-of-life spirituality that messes with our relationships, reputation, families, money and living situations. It’s about the joy and the grief of embracing the reckless way of Jesus.
After coming to faith in the middle-class northern suburbs of... See more
Here are fifteen apps to be aware of in terms of keeping our young people safe online, including a quick summary as well as any issues to be aware of with and how young people are using these apps. The online world is forever changing and evolving, so get in touch if you are aware of any popular... See more
There are loads of great apps out there that help young people to grow and connect with God. Here are some of our favourites:
- Engage: Scripture Union's audio bible with daily questions and closing prayer.
- YouVersion's 'The Bible': Daily verses sent out (can be in a... See more
If you are walking with a young person who is struggling with their mental health, here are some recommended contacts and organisations that you can refer them to for help.
Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.
Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or 09... See more
Performance management is an important part of the employment process for Youth Workers/Youth Pastors, to improve the effectiveness of their ministry and the church, as well as supporting the performance and overall well-being of the employee. A performance review is part of an ongoing cycle... See more
NUA is a film series that encourages questions, acknowledges doubt, and offers an engaging perspective on the Christian faith.
Created by Scripture Union, this series of eight short films is all about exploration, looking into questions about the Bible and what it means to be a Christian. NUA... See more
The Code of Ethics provides an agreed set of guidelines for youth work in Aotearoa to ensure that youth work is carried out in a safe, skilled, ethical manner.
The Code of Ethics for Youth Work in Aotearoa New Zealand is designed for youth workers but is relevant to all individuals working with... See more
Make sure you cover all your bases with a general permission form for your youth programmes. We've got a sample form that you can easily adapt to your own needs. This will enable you to also collect the relevant personal details, such as emergency contact details, and any relevant medical or... See more
The final session in the 'Discovering Your SHAPE' series will help them see how the different aspects of their unique 'SHAPE' come together and discover how they can use their SHAPE to help others and to honour God.
About the 'Discovering Your SHAPE' series
'Discovering Your SHAPE' is a... See more
This fourth part of the 'Discovering Your SHAPE' series focuses on understanding that what they have experienced in life forms a significant part of who they are. They will learn that God can use their experiences, both good and bad, to help others.
About the 'Discovering Your SHAPE'... See more
This third part of the 'Discovering Your SHAPE' series focuses on identifying what their natural abilities and skills are, as well as discovering what the Bible says about spiritual gifts and figuring out what theirs could be.
About the 'Discovering Your SHAPE' series
'Discovering Your... See more
'Discovering Your SHAPE' is a teaching series all about helping teenagers learn about their identity, with a special focus on how they can uniquely help others and impact their church and community using the gifts and skills God has given them.
Using the acronym 'SHAPE', they will learn about... See more
Friday the 15th of March was a very sad day in our nation. Many of us are struggling even to know where to start in processing the brutal murder of so many of our Muslim neighbours.
Our interdenominational national youth leaders have put together this simple resource to help you... See more
Being able to understand and interpret scripture is an important skill in Christian leadership - not only for our own personal growth as a disciple of Jesus, but also for teaching others. This is a training session on how to use the framework of a 'journey' for understanding and interpreting... See more
Faith Talk Triggers are a great way to start God-centred conversations with intermediates and teenagers.
The cards have fun 'would you rather' openers, and cover 40 different topics including reputation, peer pressure, forgiveness and many more.
They are easy to use to start up... See more
As a leadership team, you need to have a clear policy about smoking at youth events as there are issues of role modelling, self-control, health and anti-social behaviour to consider. It is generally advisable to ban smoking during youth group. At the same time, you need to be careful not to make... See more
Depression has been described as the common cold of Western mental illness. In "Defeating Depression", Belinda Stott explains the six different types of depression and how to heal from each of them. The framework provided for this talk has been developed by Kiwi counsellor David J.... See more
A youth takeover is a great way to give your young people a chance to stretch themselves and have a go at leading!
There are lots of different ways for doing this, but a couple of ways that we have found have worked well is having a youth-led worship service and getting our youth to lead our... See more
Disappointments and losses are a normal part of life, so sooner or later everyone will have to process grief.
In 'Good Grief', Belinda Stott explains what grief is, how to work through it and how to know when you're healing. In addition, Belinda tackles the six most common myths about grief in... See more
Not sure if that movie is suitable for your next youth event? Common Sense Media is a great tool for honest reviews on current movies (including the perspectives of parents and young people) that cover issues like content, themes and language. There are also reviews of games and apps, tips for... See more
1 in 4 New Zealanders suffer with anxiety. While small amounts of anxiety can provide us with necessary motivation, too much fear for too long can have a devastating impact on our mental/emotional health and physical bodies. In this episode of Soul Talk, Belinda Stott explains what anxiety is and... See more
Soul Talk is a young adults resource to help groups to go deeper with each other and grow in their understanding of several important mental/emotional health topics. It tackles some of the big issues that are tragically affecting our society today - issues like anxiety, depression and burn out.... See more
A national research study has been completed, exploring attitudes towards religion, spirituality and Christianity in New Zealand. Commissioned by the Wilberforce Foundation, the research was undertaken during March and April 2018 and the full report was is available now. The research enables us... See more
Feelings and Needs Cards have been created by Soul Tour for young adults to use in their small groups to develop deeper levels of sharing and community.
Each set contains 54 feelings cards and 58 needs cards. To use them, simply lay the cards out in the two sets. Ask group members to select at... See more
Youth ministry text books for the thinkers and the scholars!
All these books can be borrowed from the John Kinder Theological Library via their online catalogue: firstly, become a member, and then request the title(s) you want. If the requested books are available, they will normally be... See more
Young Anglicans’ Programme forming Young Anglican Leaders
Te Ruinga is a one year discipleship programme with St John's Theological College for young Anglicans (18-25) from across Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific. Over the year, participants will live, learn, pray and serve together as... See more
How hard is it to make sure your leaders have had adequate training in health and safety? People are so busy that getting them together in one place to spend the time required to train is challenging to say the least, and is made even more difficult by the fact that many will not see this topic as... See more
These books are for youth leaders looking for practical youth ministry reads.
All these books can be borrowed from the John Kinder Theological Library via their online catalogue: firstly, become a member, and then request the title(s) you want. If the requested books are available, they will... See more
Street Stories is a two-part series of DVD resources designed to build emotional resilience and empathy in intermediate age students. It is packed full of gritty street stories about real people who overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The stories are hard-hitting and honest, telling the... See more
The end of the year is a great opportunity to say thank you to your leaders for all they have done throughout the year.
Here are some ways to say a big 'thank you' and to help them know how much they are appreciated:
- Have them over... See more
Looking for a resource for discipling young Christians? Growing Young Disciples is a series of discipleship studies, written by experienced Australian youth pastor, Tim Hawkins.
Aimed at younger teens, these short studies give a simple, scripture-based overview of what it means to follow Jesus.... See more
Kahoot! is a free online tool which makes it easy to create fun, multiplayer quizzes. These quizzes are great for youth group - play them just for fun or use them as a learning tool. See more
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Do your youth ministry well
Just as you can draw life-giving, refreshing water from a well, Youth Ministry Well offers refreshment that will deepen your youth ministry and strengthen your faith in God.... See more
A series of exercises to help young leaders and older teens to explore different ways of engaging and connecting with God.
God has made us all uniquely. Therefore, the way we draw close to and connect with God will be different for each of us too. Prayer and reading scripture are really... See more
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.
- Pray together as a... See more
Engage is a new way to engage with God through scripture. Created by Scripture Union NZ, its a daily Bible reading app that is aimed at getting young kiwis exploring the Bible every day.
New audio Bible readings, along with discussion questions you can follow with on-screen, are released every... See more
Life saving skills at your fingertips! The New Zealand Red Cross has a free first aid app. It's a comprehensive pocket guide to first aid and emergency response. It features simple, easy advice on everyday first aid scenarios, as well as tips on how to prepare for natural disasters and... See more
Keeping in regular communication with the parents and caregivers of the young people that participate in your youth programme is a must. Regular emails, sending out detailed term planners, a facebook group, your church website, conversations at church or before/after your youth gatherings are... See more
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
A 10 course buffet of ideas to help your church services inspire and enthuse the youth - through visuals, involvement, prayer, worship and more.
How does the room look and feel?
- Is this a youth friendly space? Is it comfortable and inviting? Is it warm? freezing... 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
This is one of Phil Trotter's favourite resources! He highly recommends that every youth group has a copy of the Student's Guide to the Bible.
It’s a great resource just to have lying around the youth room. Because of its magazine style format– young people will pick it up and read... See more
Alcohol can be a destructive influence in a community setting. Whilst it may be appropriate at a family event or event for those 18 years and older, it is not recommended for an event that young people are attending. Special care will need to be taken on occasions when alchohol is available at a... See more
Use this odometer-type tool to help your mentee consider how they're doing on several important self-care gauges in their ministry or life. Such tools actually make it easier to share personal stuff by shifting the focus off the person and onto the piece of paper.
Like an odometer on a car,... See more
A sample pay scale for youth ministers in parishes/ministry units. Please note that this is not a national scale but the one adopted by the Diocese of Christchurch. It is provided as an example. Now updated with 2016 figures.
Sample Pay Scale for Youth Ministry Staff from 1 May 2016 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
How do you transition kids into youth group? How do you transition youth into young adults ministry?
A new year is beginning. We find ourselves hoping and praying that as term one begins, the new kids will just rock on up to youth group or turn up at our small group. We hope that it will just... 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
What are the key elements of a youth group? The team of youth staff in Wellington have identified these seven practices as being integral to youth ministry in their diocese.
- Tribal Identity: Ensure you have a group culture and that everyone knows they are part of your... 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
A fun and engaging way to cover many basic safety issues with your youth leadership team. Include it in a full safety training session or just spend 20 minutes on it over the next few leaders meetings.
How to use this video:
- Play the video, asking leaders to spot the safety... See more
Here is a simple method to use when reading scripture: respond with your head, heart and hands.
To make the most of this method, create a space that is quiet and free of distractions from the outside world or from your own busy mind.
Start by reading your chosen Bible passage, then ask... See more
The Kairos Method is a simple way to read the Bible, inviting readers to focus on a God thought, Life thought and Self thought that arises out of the passage.
To make the most of this method, create a space that is quiet and free of distractions from the outside world or from your own busy... See more
The Swedish Symbol Method is a straightforward Bible reading method with three helpful symbols to help you get into the passage.
Start by choosing a passage - this method is most suited to the teachings of Jesus and sections of the Epistles.
Read the passage, then use the following three... See more
20 practical ways to engage and excite young people with the Gospel...
Nelson Anglican Youth have come up with twenty simple, practical and honest ways that will get people excited about engaging with teenagers and the gospel.
1. Start with who you have.
Invest into the young people... See more
The Six Symbol method introduces young people to Bible Study in an interesting and engaging way. It gives them a tool to explore a Bible passage and develops the skills of looking for meaning, understanding and application in Scripture. It can be used individually or together in small groups which... See more
Lectio Divina is an ancient form of seeking to hear God speak to us through the Scriptures, which is attributed to Saint Benedict (c. 480 – c.543). Here the basic form has been adapted for use by small groups.
Small Group Method
Start by choosing the text that you... 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
- Atmospherics: Set up the room well before young people arrive.
- Check-Ins: Have a fun activity that gives everyone a chance to say their name and/or share something interesting. (See Community Builders)
- Run a game (model positive interactions,... 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
Looking for a youth minister? Or trying to find out what positions are available around NZ? Here's where to go and who to contact within the Anglican Church and beyond.
Church vacancies are listed on anglican.org.nz/News/Vacancies under each Diocese.
To contact a Diocese... 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
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
An easy to use template to use when planning your next youth group outing, whether you're just heading out for the night, or away for a camp. Plus a handy checklist to make sure nothing important gets overlooked!
Risk Management Plan for Youth Group Outings (PDF, 37KB)
Risk Management Plan... See more
A handy checklist to use when planning your next youth group outing, whether you're just heading out for the night, or away for a camp.
Pre Activity Check List
- Offsite venue visited
- Permission Slips returned
- RAMS form completed
- Medical... See more
10 Tips on starting a youth group. These are not hard and fast rules, but this is the approach that the Diocese of Christchurch found worked well when they started 11 youth groups.
1. Have your "five loaves and two fish"
Just as Jesus needed “five loaves and two fish” to start with... 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
An easy-to-use template which you can use to create a job description for a youth minister - whether you're looking for a full-time or part-time position.
Sample Job Description (PDF, 43KB)
Sample Job Description (DOC, 94KB)
Questions you can use in a mentoring relationship, where the focus is on discipleship.
Developing a Personal Faith
- What do you love about God?
- What is your faith?
- What are your core beliefs about God?
- Why... See more
We've done most of the work for you! View a Sample Employment Agreement here or download the editable version, fill in the blanks, and you're good to go.
Sample Employment Agreement (PDF, 52KB)
Sample Employment Agreement (DOC, 118KB)
For more information, see our guide to Writing an... See more
A guide to writing an Employment Agreement for Youth Ministry Staff, with legal requirements and other considerations.
Writing Employment Agreements.pdf (24KB)
See also: Sample Employment Agreement
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