Key Leaders Retreat

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    queenstown info 500As a new initiative, PYM is inviting key youth leaders, who attended Connect 2017 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 2017 can still attend the retreat for $149.

    We acknowledge the essential work of “key” youth leaders within the church’s youth ministry. Key leaders, whether paid or volunteer, head up youth ministry, develop and lead teams and set curriculum. 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.


  • We are going to be joined by

    debbyDr. Deborah Bower

    Church Leadership Support Advisor for Southern Presbytery
    Lecturer at Otago University
    Strenths Coach
    Director of Soul Scape Ministries


    “Soul Restoration: What stands in the way of the task?”  Allowing God to restore aspects of our souls can be painful, and sometimes fear-filled. What do we need to know so that we don’t hinder this work. The promise of restoration is so much more than we can ever imagine. But the choice is ours.


    Deborah has over twenty years experience in biblical based preaching, pastoral supervision, mentoring/pastoral care, and spiritual formation. Her area of expertise is in encouraging and equipping people to regain, or develop, spiritual and emotional health. Deborah has a passion for opening up the Scriptures to reveal the heart and character of God.

    Deborah holds a PhD in Theology from Otago University. She has spent over five years teaching aspects Old and New Testament studies at both Laidlaw College (Dunedin Campus), and at Otago University.

    At present Deborah works for the Synod of Otago and Southland as Church Leadership Support Advisor for the region. She is Convenor of the Leadership Sub Committee of the PCANZ, and also ministers nationally in a Presbytery recognised ministry called SoulScape.

    Deborah lives in Queenstown, New Zealand with her husband Gordon, and their two wee dogs, Lily and Poppy.

    Additional content

    Additional content will be provided by the PYM National and Regional Team

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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?
    3:30pm 27 Nov to 1pm 29 Nov

    What time should I fly in.?
    Fly in at 3:10pm at the latest on the Monday, and leave no earlier than 2pm on the Wednesday? 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-3:15pm on the Monday, and we will drive people back to Airport on Wednesday 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

    Can’t make  Key leaders retreat 2017?
    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 2019.