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
Tips and training on a variety of youth leadership topics. Use the buttons to find a training resource by category or view all the resources below.
Contact us if you would like some more further training or if you would like to simply chat through these notes.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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