Below are some articles from around the web on the subject of starting up a youth group
We’re excited to share with you the brand new music video by Malcolm Gordon, ‘Beneath the Southern Cross’. This song celebrates the diversity and richness of the Presbyterian Church here in New Zealand, and the heritage of the story that we are a part of. It is our gift to the wider Church to give thanks for 200 years of the Gospel in Aotearoa.
For many young people leaving home to attend a university in another part of the country can be daunting. It’s a time of great change, excitement and many new challenges. Home, and your home church, can feel very far away when in an unfamiliar place surrounded by lots of new people.
Last summer I got to hang out with Mark Oestreicher for a week in Auckland. Marko heads up the Youth Cartel, and was president of Youth Specialties for 8 years. Here is Marko’s list of must read youth ministry books.
Trying to plan a meeting with with other youth workers, ministers or church members is a nightmare. All of the back-and-forth emails about who is in town, or not, or who can meet after lunch, before lunch, catch me after church…
Being a youth worker, it is very easy to be busy, but it is not so easy to be productive. Often you are interrupted in what you are doing to do other tasks, whether that is from a student, your minister, a parent, a member of the congregation etc. I think most of us are very good at using a calendar, we put events and meetings into our calendar, and we trust the calendar system, and we check our calendar so we know what we are up to, and we don’t miss calendar events.
Peter Cheyne was the moderator of the Presbyterian church of Aotearoa New Zealand from 2010 to 2012. His theme was Making disciple-making disciples
Peter says he chose this theme because Jesus’ parting words to the disciples were “go and make disciples” and it’s something he is passionate about.