The role of the Synod Youth Advisor is to encourage and assist youth leaders and churches throughout Otago & Southland to develop healthy youth ministries that offer young people the opportunity to grow in their faith in God.
We serve the church through:
We offer training for both Youth Leaders and Emerging Leaders. Each year we gather for training nationally at ‘Connect’ and regionally at ‘re:Gen.’ We also work with local churches directly and organise customised training opportunities based on needs and ministry direction.
We develop resources for youth ministry as well as filter through the thousands of resources available and offer the most useful and relevant resources to you via the PYM website. We also work with local churches and point them towards resources that may suit their needs and ministry direction.
We help organise, facilitate and support local and regional events that encourage and help grow local youth ministries by bringing youth ministries together for fun, learning, service, and worship.
We represent the issues and needs of young people in the Presbyterian Church at a local, regional and national level. We are also available to act as an advocate for youth leaders and can provide advice.
We help youth leaders meet other youth leaders in their region and around the country, to support each other and figure out ways to work together.
We are there to support youth ministry leaders in anyway we can, which includes being there for you as a sounding board for ideas or someone to vent at during times of challenge; someone to encourage you and someone to pray with you.