A Gift to all new Presbyterian Youth Workers
We want to welcome all new paid youth workers in a Pressy Church in Aotearoa New Zealand with a gift bag filled with information and goodies. So if your church has just hired a new youth worker, or you have just started working at a church, fill in the form below.
written by Graham Redding 2012
This document gives a history of the Presbyterian Church starting from the 20 February 1840, two weeks after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, when the Rev John McFarlane landed in Wellington among a contingent of Scots.
This is an ideal document for a youth leader to read who is starting to minister in a Presbyterian context for the first time or somebody new to New Zealand, but will probably be a good insight for all youth leaders in a Presbyterian setting.
The document looks at the early history, the growth, renewal, revival and the decline. It looks at the mission of the church, theology, ministry, ordination, and relations with other churches. The document is well written and the reader will have a good understanding of where the church has come from.
External Supervision is a requirement for all Paid Presbyterian Ministers and Youthworkers.
Supervision is a formal process aimed at enabling a worker to practice safely and to their best potential.The process of supervision is a regular meeting between two (or more) people with the main focus being the person in ministry who is being supervised.
To learn about Supervision checkout the Supervision section of our website, it covers the following areas:
- About Supervision
- Why is Supervision necessary?
- What happens at Supervision?
- Models of Supervision
- Selecting a Supervisor
- Free Supervision Book
- Recommended Supervisors
As a professional youth worker you are expected to attend Connect.
Connect is our flagship national training event held each July, 4 Keynotes and 42 workshop options. Come and here some of the best theological thinkers around.
Key youth leaders should be networking,
If you are in a city or large town you are blessed, there will be network groups already in existence, whether that is a Presbyterian group or an ecumenical group. If you don’t know about such a group ask a fellow youth worker in town, or contact me [email protected]
Rural Youth Workers
If you are in a rural setting it is not easy to connect with other youth workers on a regular basis, but PYM is here to help. We have Skype Networking groups that you can join. Thanks to the power of Skype we can have up to ten people in a group. All you need is a laptop, a microphone, a webcam, skype( download for free) and a cup of coffee.
We have found, that these groups create real relationships, that even though you have never met the other people, you are actually blessed by them. We try to keep them simple; check in with each other, have a discussion around a relevant youth ministry issue, and pray. Skype networking groups tend to meet monthly. If you are the key youth leader at your church, why not sign up today.
Regional Youth Coordinators
If you are fortunate enough to be in an area that has a regional youth coordinator, touch base with them, they are an awesome resource to you.
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