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Every person who serves in youth ministry can benefit from further development and equipping.
We have developed a list of what we would consider the crucial training topics for youth leaders.  The Core Topics list is a great way for youth leaders to determine what future training they would most benefit from.
We have categorised the training topics under three leadership stages:
Presbyterian Youth Ministry is committed to running the trainings on these Core Topics on a regular basis.
Look out for the Core Topic logo tiny-sizw-ct, on youth ministry trainings in your area and nationally.

mid-sizw-ctESSENTIAL TRAINING

Core Topic training categories in this section are for everyone from Emerging Leaders through Key Leaders:

  • Leadership Introduction (Heart & Character of a Leader)
    • Characteristics of Christian Leadership
    • The Call to Leadership
    • Motivation for Leadership
    • Character and Leadership
    •  Personal preparation for leadership
  • Time Management
    • A Biblical Perspective of Time and Work
    • Enemies of Effective Time Management
    • Strategies for Effective Time Management
  • Spiritual Gifts
    • The purpose and use of spiritual gifts
    • Discovering our gifts
    • Using spiritual gifts in youth ministry
  • Spiritual Disciplines
    • Bible Study
    • Prayer
    • Worship
    • Listening to God
    • Journaling
    • Fasting
    • Silence and Solitude
  • Leading Youth Games/Activities
    • Preparation
    • Leading
    • Explanation
    • Considering participants
    • Leadership considerations
    • Knowing when to end
    • Evaluation
  • Leading Small Groups ( Bible Study and Discussion)
    • Selecting a passage
    • Considering your participants
    • Communicating ideas effectively
    • Asking effective and engaging questions
    • Personality types and small groups
    • Listening skills
    • Creating safe spaces
    • Group dynamics
    • Measures of effectiveness
  • Public Speaking Skills
    • A template for preparing an effective message
      • Statement of purpose
      • Effective opening and closing
      • Illustrations
    • Guidelines for effective presentation
      • Body language
      • Using your voice effectively
      • Telling stories
  • Running Events & Camps
  • WOF
    see our WOF page on this website
  • A faith filled response to suicide and mental health
    • Incidence in NZ
    • Predisposing factors
    • Courageous conversations – getting honest about suicide ideation
    • Creating safe communities
    • Responding to an imminent threat of suicide
    • Suicide postvention – responding when the unthinkable has happened
  • The big picture of scripture
    • What is the big picture of scripture?
      • learning it together as leaders
    • Why the big scripture of scripture?
      • Understanding who God is
      • Understanding God’s Mission
      • Understanding our role in God’s mission
  • Intro to interpreting the bible
    • Understanding biblical genres
    • Interpretive questions:
    • What is the context of the text? – or what is the rest of the passage trying to say?
    • What is the historical context? What’s been going on for these people
      • E.g. when we talk about Twin Towers we instantly think about the 9-11 tragedy. There are some references in the bible that the people of the day just got because they were there –we have to do a little investigation to understand them
    • What is the cultural context? What was culturally acceptable?
      • As culture evolves so to does language and customs,
      • Paul tells women to keep their heads covered when they pray in 1 Corinthians 11:6 because of a cultural issue.
    • Using study tools
    • Linking texts and themes into the Big Picture of Scripture

mid-sizw-ctRECOMMENDED TRAINING

Core Topic training categories in this section are recommended for all Established Leaders through to Key Leaders.

mid-sizw-ctKEY YOUTH LEADER TRAINING

Core Topic training categories in this section are recommended for Key Leaders.