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PT YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS WORKER – AUCKLAND

Massey Presbyterian Church, a multi-cultural evangelical church on the growing northwest edge of Auckland, is looking for a new youth and young adults staff worker: someone who is deeply committed Christian believer, is able to connect warmly with youth, has a strong biblical understanding, is passionate about helping people come to faith and become disciples of Christ, is an effective communicator, has good people skills and is a team player, is energetic, and is able to inspire and build. The role is initially half-time, but could be combined with other work, or study. Expressions of interest to our senior minister, Stuart Lange: stuart.m.lange@gmail.com

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PT Youth Worker Position – CHCH

John Knox Presbyterian is looking for a Youth worker

Overview:

That John Knox Presbyterian Church in Rangiora will be a welcoming and nurturing place for young people to develop to their full potential, including their spiritual and personal formation in Christ and His Church

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How to plan your youth ministry teaching for the year

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Video Script

In this video we are going to look at planning the curriculum you are teaching for the year in your youth group. And we are going to see how the Stepping Stones website can help with this.

So firstly we would pull together a planning group, your key leaders, perhaps your minister, elder for youth, or similar, maybe even the key children’s leader?.

Before we look at any curriculum, or the Stepping Stones website, we are going use a tool from Grow Ministry which works really well with Stepping Stones to help us put the right curriculums in the right place.

So what we have up on the board is the months of the year, and also the four school term dates.
Next we are going to put up the events we do every year no matter what. In this example, that is Easter Camp, Church camp and White Sunday.
Now we are going to think about about Stepping Stones.

On the stepping Stones website, it talks about discipling your young people in a well-rounded, holistic way through 4 key areas

Belief – and doctrine
Practices – to grow in relationship with God
Justice – to help transform society
Life – to keep our actions consistent with our faith

On the website, you are just encouraged to touch on all these areas (or Stepping Stones) to ensure you are not teaching on pet topics continually. You could be quite casual about this, or formal. Eg, the first week of the month is Belief, the second is Practices and so on.

In this tool, we are going to say, we are going to do a different “stepping Stone” in each term.
So we will put up the four Stepping Stones below each term, and now I’m going to put a card, under each Stone, where we will write the curriculums we will do.
So now looking at the chart we have terms, the Stepping Stones, the curriculum for the term, and below any events we choose to do. It may well be a good strategy to have one event a term.
Now I have just put the “Stepping Stones up in a random order, but we may now want to discuss is there a preference of order? Perhaps, you think they just work well in a particular order, but I would I also say also, it is good if the events are similar the teaching.
For example, I’m going to choose to Justice in Term 2, because we could do the 40 hour famine, and also encourage our young people to wear pink on Pink Shirt Day, the anti bullying campaign day.
im now going to put Practices in the term we are doing singing practice for White Sunday, Belief in term 1 when we have easter camp, and we do topics in term 4.
For you, this may look quite different, your church may offer a confirmation/baptism class each year in term 4, so you want to do Belief in term 3, and then at the end term challenge the young people to sign up for the class in term 4.
This is now the time we would look at the curriculums that match the Stepping Stone topics. You as the key leader should probably prepare before the meeting by looking through the Stepping Stones website, and have good suggestions that you can bring.
For me in this example, we have looked at the website, and we have decided this year
For the Belief Section to run some sessions from the Bible Project, great videos and free.
For the Justice Section, we are going to do the free L is for Life curriculum from Tearfund and also do a couple of sessions from the 40 Hour Famine resource from Fuller Youth Institute (again free)
For the Practices we are going to do the Alpha Prayer course, we have heard great reviews and it is also free.
And finally for the Life section we going to spend some money and splash out $20 on the High School Topics Talksheets from the Book Depository (free shipping)
You may now want to add a couple more events into your calendar, perhaps a welcoming event, or a Christmas Party.
This is where are going to stop in this video, but in your meeting you may want to add in a row for parent events, and a row for youth leaders events, put up Connect and leaders meetings etc.
This is a great tool to play around with ideas with your leaders. Making sure things flow well and dont clash with other events.
After this meeting the next stage of course will be splitting it down to what you are doing for each week. But you have got the big picture planning done, and you wont spend time each week stressing what you are going to teach at youth group.

I hope this, or a variation of this will help you in your planning.

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Youth Group Registration Form Template

 

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PYM has put together a template youth group registration form that you can download. Feel free to alter it and to make fit your situation.

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It is easy to forget important information. If you already have a registration form check it has:

  • First & last name of youth
  • DOB
  • Year at School
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Parent/guardian name
  • Relationship to youth
  • Email address
  • Mobile phone number
  • Home phone number
  • Other important information (e.g. medical info, allergies, special needs, etc)
  • Parent/guardian signature

You may wish to collect on the form:

  • Names of siblings who are also in the group
  • Other emergency contact details
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Read Scriptures App

The Read Scriptures app has to be one of the best Bible apps around for encouraging young adults to read scripture on their own and see how the Bible is one large story that all flows together. It allows the reader to not only track where they are reading but it also breaks up the Bible in sections that we believe are very helpful to understand the larger story.

On top of that, each section has an intro video that’s extremely helpful and simple at the same time to help the reader understand more.

This app has been created from the folk behind the Bible Project, and you may well recognise some of the videos, as this Bible app has become an awesome home for all their videos.

We highly recommend this app for young people 15+

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WOF Refresher Scenarios

We have had over 270 youth and children’s leaders complete our WOF training day. As part of your ongoing development, we ask that you sit down with your leadership teams and work through at least some of the scenarios listed below first citing any material from the WOF manual that may be relevant, then discussing what you would do and why.

 

  1. A 16-year-old confides in you that they are regularly smoking marijuana and occasionally P and pleads with you not to tell their parents… What would you do?
  2. You are considering running a hunting camp for teens which involves firearms. Using the Wof manual, what steps will you have to take to ensure this is a safe camp that parents will consent to their teens attending?
  3. You are a male leader asked to drive a van load of girls home after an evening activity because no female leaders have their full license.
  4. One of the young males in your youth group has begun to excessively hug one of the female leaders and you have noticed the hugs grow longer in time.
  5. It’s Friday night and youth groups about to start but this week we are driving off site to go bowling. You overhear some of your volunteer leaders chatting about their day. One of them who is also one of your drivers has just been out for an after work drink before youth group.
  6. One of your single female adult youth leaders lets you know that a 15-year-old boy in the youth group is being physically abused at home, and so he has moved into her flat to protect him from the violence.
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Recommended Pay Scale for youth workers

The PYM Recommended payscale has been recently updated for staff being employed in July 2017 – June 2018.

Recommended Pay Scale

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 $20.20. 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.

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.

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Children’s and Youth Leaders Safety Warrant of Fitness Training

Keeping young people out of hospital and youth and children’s workers out of prison…

 ***Key leaders please pass this on to your teams***

 PYM and Kids Friendly are happy to announce this free warrant of fitness training days

21-23 July – @ Connect – Waikanae
12 Aug – Oamaru (Weston Community Church) – 9am-2:30pm (lunch provided by Synod)
16 Sept – Auckland (Ranui PIC) 9am-4pm
11 Nov – Christchurch (venue tbc) – 9:30am – 3:30pm

Cost: Free to people from Presbyterian or Uniting churches. $20 for others.

 The warrant of fitness training day encompasses vital training on the youth and children’s code of ethics and health and safety practices and is strongly recommended for all leaders working with children or youth.

 For more information on the WOF training please visit http://pym.org.nz/wof/

 Participants must attend the full day in order to receive the PCANZ WOF certificate.