SAVE THE DATE: Connect 2022

The last time we ran our flagship youth workers conference was in 2019. It seems a lifetime ago that we gathered in Ohope as a community of youth workers, ministers and elders, who share a youth ministry kaupapa . With the nation moving into the new traffic light system, we have confidence that we will be able to run the Connect conference, but at this stage with the uncertainty of exactly how the traffic light system will work, we cannot yet confirm where it will happen in 2022. 

With this being said, we have provisionally booked two different venues in two different parts of country during the July School holidays. We have booked both the 14-16 July in Auckland and the 22 –24 July in Wellington. After observing the roll out of the traffic light system, conversations with experts and stakeholders, we will make an announcement on the 21 Feb, which will clarify if we are going to run Connect, where and when.  

Please put both these dates in your diaries. We know you understand there is much uncertainty in the country at the moment and why we are not able to announce a date and venue for Connect at this time. 

COMING SOON: The Whānau Friendly process

In March 2022, the Whānau Friendly process will be launched.

Our dream is that the local church is a place where all generations are present, thriving, encouraging one another and growing in faith together. The Whānau Friendly process has been designed to help your church move closer to this. 

The resource is available for churches to run in the new year. In this process your whole congregation will discover together six ministry essentials that can help ministry to children, young people and their families flourish in your parish. Your congregation will also discover that everyone benefits and grows when we are intentional about connecting across the generations. 

The resource has been created in partnership with Presbyterian Children and Families Ministry and includes a film series, intergenerational teaching curriculum, community surveys and resources to create actions and priorities for ministry. 

All the latest Buzz (Dec ’21)


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

In this months edition:

  • Easter Camps
  • Key Leaders Retreat
  • Connect
  • 2022 Wall Planner
  • Safety Wof Refresher
  • Whānau Friendly Process
  • PYM Internship
  • School Leavers Resource
  • Emerge Leadership Formation Video Course


Wall Planner 2022

We are delighted to offer you the gift of a calendar for 2022. This has been created in collaboration with our friends from  Presbyterian Children and Families Ministry (PCFM). and Presbyterian Support Northern.It highlights public holidays as well as ‘holy days’ and important dates in the Presbyterian Support, PYM and PCFM calendars. Many of the highlighted dates are interactive and when you click on them will take you to the relevant website for resources.


Connect Online Video Recordings

In 2021, PYM offered 5 online training events over Zoom. We called the series Connect Online.

  • Setting up your ministry to thrive
  • Young Adult Ministry Essentials
  • Intermediate Ministry Essentials
  • Transitioning well, moving on from Intermediate and High School.
  • Helping parents win

School Leaver Resources and Articles on the Web

Notes from video talk


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