School Leaver Resources and Articles on the Web

We’ve looked through the different resources and articles on the web to help churches think about their year 13 students moving out of school.



Youth Train 

  • Prepare: A three part series for those planning on leaving home to work or study 


Transitions (Scripture Union) 

Transitions gatherings help equip year 13 students prepare to transition into tertiary study or work 


College Transition Initiative – a website dedicated to college transition. Very conservative American 


The Smooth Move  

A short film in 5 episodes about country-city transition for young people. Uniting Church, Grampians Presbytery. 

The Smooth Move 



Leaving home to study 


School leavers Toolkit 

Ministry of Education 

Advice, about housing, gettitng a job, finances for uni, taking care of yourself etc 





Five Easy Ways Churches can transition kids to college 


Six Ways to keep college students connected to the church 


13 ways to stay connected with college students 


How you can help high school grads transition 

Just general moving out from youth ministry – not that great an article 


Winter Fun and Faith Formation with SU

Wanna ski/snowboard during the day, eat good food in a warm lodge at night??? Of course, you do!!!! Scripture Union Camps (SUNZ) are looking for Winter Camp Leaders for both weeks of the October School Holidays.
They aren’t looking for the perfect people, but people who are wanting to be a part of a fun, safe and grow in your faith experience for youth. Whether you know Jesus a lot and want to know Jesus more, then this might be for you. Got questions??? Then contact Natalie 027-253-3370 or

Recommended Pay Scale for youth workers

The PYM Recommended payscale has been recently updated for staff being employed due to the recent increase in the Living Wage.

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The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand adopted the Living wage at GA2012 as the minimum an employee should be paid. The Living wage is currently set at $22.75. This is the minimum amount any lay ministry staff member should be paid.
In addition to the current living wage, it is recommended churches take into account qualifications, experience, responsibility and their location when determining the pay.

It is hoped that the pay scale will encourage lay ministry workers to work longer for churches and to get better qualified.

This pay scale ranges from $22.75 per hour for an inexperienced, unqualified lay ministry worker in a rural setting to an annual salary of $73k for a lay ministry worker, who manages a team of youth workers in a large ministry context in a major city, is qualified and has over 9 years of paid experience. 

It is recommended once employed, the lay ministry worker should be reviewed annually, with an increase in salary set on 1 July based on the Labour Cost Index to March, issued by the Department of Statistics.

The Buzz Sept

We invite you to read the latest edition of the Buzz Newsletter

In this month’s Buzz:

  • Alert Level Changes and Youth Ministry
  • Connect Online – 213 Sept – Successfully transitioning into and out of youth group
  • Discipleship Pathways – Online Youth Ministry Training
  • Key Leaders Retreat in Queenstown

Connect Online – Successfully transitioning into and out of youth group

7:00pm – 8:30pm Monday 13 Sept 2021: – via Zoom, from anywhere in the country. 

The stats don’t lie, many of our young people exit our churches when they move from children’s ministry into youth group and when they finish. These transition periods marked to moving into college and going to university are tricky for young people, parents and churches to navigate.  

In this super practical session the PYM team will share and explore helpful strategies for supporting young people, their parents and leaders at these important transition stages. We will also make sure you get the opportunity to learn from each other in our breakout group discussions. 

Register Here 

The Latest Buzz – July/Aug

Read the latest edition of the Buzz Newsletter

In this month’s Buzz:

  • Connect Online – 26 July – Neville Bartley – Intermediate Ministry Essentials
  • Regional Connect updates
  • Young Adult Ministry Cohorts
  • Key Leaders Retreat in Queenstown
  • Top Ten Ideas for parents on how to connect with their teens and model faith

Connect Online: Intermediate Ministry Essentials

Intermediates Don’t Miss the opportunities!

Intermediates is a goldmine of opportunities and often under-rated by our churches. Join us and look at how intermediates ministry can fulfil the opportunities it has by being on the cutting edge of youth ministry.

In this session we will be joined by Neville Bartley, National Youth Ministry Leader at Scripture Union. Neville is passionate about training, supporting and equipping both leaders and young people to be all they can be in Christ. We will also make sure you get the opportunity to learn from each other in our breakout group discussions.

7-8:30pm, Mon 26 July
via Zoom

Register here

Job Vacancy: PT youth leader, Auckland


Senior Youth Leader (10 hours)

Junior Youth Leader (5 hours)

At Greyfriars we are looking for committed followers of Jesus who have skills in working with young people to help us develop our senior (high school) and junior (intermediate school) youth ministries.

We want leaders who can encourage our young people in their faith, help them build strong relationships with God and with each other, and have fun together.

If this is you, we’d love to hear from you.

Two positions are available, which may be combined into one 15 hour position by negotiation. Refer to the Job Descriptions for more information and instructions on how to apply.

Send your application to the Parish Minister, Rev John Malcolm

For queries, email

PT vacancy – Christian Families Coordinator, CHCH

John Knox Rangiora is seeking a Christian Families Coordinator to lead our Children and Youth ministries and provide pastoral support for our church families and wider community.

We are looking for someone with a strong Christian faith who knows the challenges and blessings associated with young families in a local Church community.

The Families Coordinator will work with our current Children and Youth ministries and pre-school music group to support and resource those involved. Their primary role will be pastoral care for Children, Youth and Families while providing leadership and guidance where needed.

We are looking for someone who can:

  • Dream: discern the heart of God for families at John Knox and wider communities
  • Lead: teams of volunteers in the Children and Youth Ministries
  • Be Hands-on: in activities and services that bless our current and new families.


The position is for 20 hours per week which can be managed around both set and flexible times.


For a Job Description, Application Pack or if you have any further questions, contact Jason on:

027 452 7546


Applications Close 9th June 2021