Key Leaders Retreat

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    After the success of our inaugural Queenstown Key leaders Retreat we are delighted to announce that Key Leaders Retreat is back and one day longer this year!

    PYM is inviting key youth leaders, who attended Connect 2019 to attend our Key Leaders Retreat in Queenstown for FREE.

    We will pay for one key youth leader per Church. Additional key youth leaders or those who have not attended Connect 2019 can still attend the retreat for $99.

    We acknowledge the essential work of “key” youth leaders within the church’s youth ministry. A key Leader is someone who heads up youth ministry at a particular church or organisation and leads a team of youth leaders. The key leader may be a volunteer or paid position. Research continues to show how vital the role of key leaders are in the health and effectiveness of a youth ministry. We continue to see youth ministries thrive when a key leader has been in the role for 5 to 7+ years. This key leader retreat is aimed at, gathering, acknowledging, refreshing and equipping key leaders from across the PCANZ.

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    This one’s on us! We know how hard you work and how much you sacrifice to care for young people in your parish and community. We want to say thank you. So if you have attended Connect 2017 this three-day retreat in Queenstown is absolutely FREE! All you have to do is get yourself there.


    It’s good to be together! There is tremendous value in networking. This retreat will be a fantastic opportunity for you to connect up with other key leaders in the PCANZ; sharing stories, best practice and offering encouragement and support.


    Good youth workers are pastors and role models, not just organisers of events and crazy games. This means that taking time to seek God about the vision and direction of their ministries isn’t incidental to their work. It is indispensable. PYM believes it is vital for churches to give their key youth leaders time away from the busyness of ministry to pray and seek the Father. The best thing your young people can find in a youth worker is someone who’s following God with all their heart.


    Amidst the time to refresh and connect with other key leaders we will devote small pockets of time to up-skilling you in the unique role the perform focusing on soul care, spiritual formation and how to lead other leaders effectively.


  • Keynotes: Jeannie Martin Blaker  

    MAppling.,  BEd.,  Hghr Dip. Tchg., TTCCert. Spiritual Direction, Cert. Supervision 

    Jeannie has been a spiritual director for the past 12 years. In that time she has helped many to cultivate a deepening connection with God. She regularly leads retreats for Baptist, Anglican and Presbyterian churches, pastors and chaplains. It was Jeannie’s influence on me (Matt) that lead us to make spiritual direction a key part of the Connect conference experience over the past four years and it has been fantastic to hear of the fruit of many of those spiritual direction sessions for leaders like you. Jeannie lead our spiritual practices teaching times at Going Further in 2018, she shared immense wisdomoffering it to her listeners in a profoundly inviting way. Jeannie is also the best godmother I have ever seen! 

    At Key Leaders Retreat this year Jeannie will take four sessions to help us to know God and ourselves better. 

    Korero 1 – Church Leadership Hacks – Rev Wayne Matheson AES 

     Wayne will share from his great experience as a local church minister for many years and as the PCANZ AES some great hacks for how you can create a dream working relationship with your Minister and session, how to get all the resource and support you need, how to raise the profile of youth ministry in your parish and how to make the most of the support structures in Presbyterian and the National church to help you 

    Korero 2 – Intergenerational ministry hacks 

    Research continues to highlight intergenerational connections as a strong predictor of lifelong faith in the young people that we are forming. The PYM team will host a discussion where we share practical insights into how we can foster better intergenerational connections in our parishes. 

    Choose your own topic 

    We’ll also be providing opportunities for you to gather with other key leaders to discuss topics and issues that are relevant to your ministry. 

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    Situated in Kelvin Heights, only 15km from Queenstown and overlooking Lake Wakatipu, we will be in a wonderful setting for our retreat.

  • Stuff You Must Remember to pack

    Bible, Pen, Paper.
    Clothes (pjs, walking clothes, relaxing clothes, togs)
    Toiletries & Medication (if required)
    Shoes (Walking, casual,slippers)

  • Where is the retreat?
    At Lakeland Park, 496 Peninsula Road, Kelvin Heights, Queenstown

    What time is the Retreat?
    5:00 pm 25 Nov to 1pm 28 Nov

    What time should I fly in.?
    Fly in at 3:30pm at the latest on the Monday, and leave no earlier than 2:30pm on the Thursday? Of course many people may choose to arrive earlier or leave later and make their own plans.

    Is PYM putting on a courtesy shuttle from the airport?
    Yes, we will pick up people from 2pm-4:30pm on the Monday, and we will drive people back to Airport on Thursday from 1pm.

    What is a key leader?
    A key Leader is someone who heads up youth ministry at a particular church or organisation and/or leads a team of youth leaders

    When does registration end?
    Registration will stay open until the 31 October, unless the retreat is sold out sooner.

    Can’t make  Key leaders retreat 2019?
    We plan to run this key leaders retreat every two years, in the alternate years to General Assembly. Our next Key leaders retreat will be in 2021.