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Winter Fun and Faith Formation with SU

Wanna ski/snowboard during the day, eat good food in a warm lodge at night??? Of course, you do!!!! Scripture Union Camps (SUNZ) are looking for Winter Camp Leaders for both weeks of the October School Holidays.
They aren’t looking for the perfect people, but people who are wanting to be a part of a fun, safe and grow in your faith experience for youth. Whether you know Jesus a lot and want to know Jesus more, then this might be for you. Got questions??? Then contact Natalie 027-253-3370 or

The Buzz Sept

We invite you to read the latest edition of the Buzz Newsletter

In this month’s Buzz:

  • Alert Level Changes and Youth Ministry
  • Connect Online – 213 Sept – Successfully transitioning into and out of youth group
  • Discipleship Pathways – Online Youth Ministry Training
  • Key Leaders Retreat in Queenstown

Connect Online – Successfully transitioning into and out of youth group

7:00pm – 8:30pm Monday 13 Sept 2021: – via Zoom, from anywhere in the country. 

The stats don’t lie, many of our young people exit our churches when they move from children’s ministry into youth group and when they finish. These transition periods marked to moving into college and going to university are tricky for young people, parents and churches to navigate.  

In this super practical session the PYM team will share and explore helpful strategies for supporting young people, their parents and leaders at these important transition stages. We will also make sure you get the opportunity to learn from each other in our breakout group discussions. 

Register Here 

The Latest Buzz – July/Aug

Read the latest edition of the Buzz Newsletter

In this month’s Buzz:

  • Connect Online – 26 July – Neville Bartley – Intermediate Ministry Essentials
  • Regional Connect updates
  • Young Adult Ministry Cohorts
  • Key Leaders Retreat in Queenstown
  • Top Ten Ideas for parents on how to connect with their teens and model faith

Connect Online: Intermediate Ministry Essentials

Intermediates Don’t Miss the opportunities!

Intermediates is a goldmine of opportunities and often under-rated by our churches. Join us and look at how intermediates ministry can fulfil the opportunities it has by being on the cutting edge of youth ministry.

In this session we will be joined by Neville Bartley, National Youth Ministry Leader at Scripture Union. Neville is passionate about training, supporting and equipping both leaders and young people to be all they can be in Christ. We will also make sure you get the opportunity to learn from each other in our breakout group discussions.

7-8:30pm, Mon 26 July
via Zoom

Register here

Connect Online

7:00pm – 8:30pm Monday 10 May 2021Setting up your ministry to thrive
via Zoom, from anywhere in the country. 

Register here

This is the first Connect online training of 2021. In this session we spend the first hour looking at what we can do to set up our ministry to thrive in this uncertain time. During the last half hour there will be time for group discussions.

We encourage leaders from the same church to sit together in the same room, perhaps have a meal beforehand, and during the group discussion segment chat amongst themselves. For leaders participating alone, we will use Zoom breakout rooms during the group discussion.

After registering you will be emailed information on how to attend the training. 

Future Connect Online dates for your calendar: 

  • 10 May, Young Adults 
  • 12 July, Intermediates 
  • 13 Sept, Transitioning well, moving on from Intermediate and High School. 
  • 8 Nov, Helping parents win 

These are our provisional topics, we may change topics if circumstances require us to tackle another topic urgently. 

The Buzz Feb

We invite you to read our Buzz Newsletter

In this month’s Buzz:

  • Connect Online
  • Regional Connect
  • Youth Leader Coaching
  • Easter NUA
  • Emerge Leadership formation
  • Teen Mental Health
  • Key Leaders Retreat – Queenstown
  • General Assembly

or you can watch it here

Connect is going to look different this year!


We would love to put on the Connect conference as a national gathering once again this year but we have to acknowledge that New Zealand isn’t out of the woods yet in regards to potential future lockdowns and travel and gathering restrictions related to Covid 19. We appreciate that this uncertainty can cause a lot of stress particularly for those travelling from different parts of the country.
We know that there is so much fruit that comes out from the national conference. There is much benefit from youth leaders connecting with others from around the country, from worship together, and from the quality training and resourcing. While we can’t replace a national conference, we will do our best to deliver on the same goals.
With your safety as the first priority here are our plans for 2021

Multiple Regional Connects.

We want to bring some of the fantastic learning, worship and fellowship opportunities that our national Connect conference is so well known for to each of our five regions. These day-long local events will provide a wonderful opportunity for whole leadership teams, ministers and elders to learn and grow together at a very low cost and with very little travel time. These events are also far less susceptible to the cancellations and limitations that may again plague larger events due to Covid 19. We will be sending communications out about the location and dates for these Regional Connect dates in the next couple of weeks.

Six Connect Online trainings

As already promoted we have six 90 minute long zoom based training times. It’s our hope that Church leadership teams will gather together in someone’s home or the church, share a meal and participate in any of the relevant training sessions together.
  • 15 March, Setting up your ministry to thrive
  • 10 May, Young Adults Ministry
  • 12 July, Intermediates Ministry
  • 13 Sept, Transitioning well, moving on from Intermediate and High School.
  • 8 Nov, Helping parents win
Next week we will send registration info for our first Online Connect

Queenstown Key leaders retreat – 26-30 November

We want to give our key leaders the opportunity to connect the network with each other around the country. As the government is planning to issue Covid 19 vaccines to anyone who wants them by the end of the year we think that a key leaders retreat later in the year will provide the best and safest opportunity for national networking to happen. The aim of this retreat to reconnect, acknowledge, refresh and equip key leaders from across the PCANZ.