Epic Ministries is looking for a passionate, hands-on Youth Worker.
Epic Ministries is a well-established Youth Development Organization that serves the community of Central Hawkes Bay. It has a strong missional focus that supports the development of youth practitioners while modelling the Christian kaupapa that underpins it. Our vision is to see a generation of young people empowered to reach their maximum potential; physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually so they can be contributors to a healthy community.
Epic Youth Workers have developed initiatives across: in school, after school and camps as a framework to engage and develop young people. Connections established with the local community, Police and District Council serve as the platform for youth development focusing on good practice around authentic relationships using a strengths-based approach.
We’re looking for an experienced Youth Worker who is willing to be part of and invest into our team culture.
As an Epic Youth Worker, you will:
work with our team across a range of programs and initiatives
help with the development of young leaders and mentors
work with individual youth to help strengthen their story
facilitate a range of outdoor experiences and activities
Skills and Experience required:
five or more years youth work experience
experience leading a range of outdoor activities
willingness to engage and develop relationships with youth, families and the community
the ability to manage Health and Safety practices
a full Drivers License
a strong personal alignment with the mission, vision and values of Epic Ministries
a heart to see youth empowered
resilience and grounding in healthy spiritual practices
energy, adaptability and a practical approach
Applicants must be eligible to work in New Zealand and must undergo the Police Vetting process
PYM is currently working on making some Tips and Tricks videos which will be used when coaching youth leaders. We need your help!
We are wanting youth leaders to film little 30s clips of themselves answering questions, Below are the questions we would love you to answer.
You can film 1 video answering 1 question or film multiple for each topic whatever feels manageable. The best way to film is to just film facing a camera and be somewhere quiet so we don’t pick up too much background noise! Just remember that 30 seconds is a great length and over a minute is probably a bit long (unless it’s a really epic story that needs slightly longer) Video parameters:
Send as many video’s in as you like but keep it around 30s-1 minute long.
Film in landscape view
Be yourself and have fun with it
Reduce background noise.
Use a good camera if possible.
feel free to answer the question or share any stories you might have about a win that’s happened on that topic: e.g. a time discipline led to a young person gaining confidence
Please send your videos to email@example.com
We love to hear your stories and ideas and maybe even something that didn’t work well….
1.Dealing with unacceptable Behaviour
How you have provided discipline in a way that’s both loving and effective?
What is the best rule you have put into place in your ministry?
2.Teaching and Communication
What is the best tip you have to communicate what you want effectively with teens.
How do you get students talking during small groups?
3.Discipling young people
What does discipleship look like in your context?
4. Adolescent development
How has your teens adolescent development shaped what you do or how you do ministry?
What do you do differently for your year 9 vs year 13 students?
5. Engaging and Supporting Parents
What’s the best way you have found to support and engage with parents?
How has engaging with parents changed your ministry for the better?
6. Pastoral care
What is one practical way that you have shown care to your young people?
7. Intergenerational Ministry
What is the best way you have found for building intergenerational relationships?
Do you have a story of young and old forming connections?
Start and Grow Your Ministry with East Taieri Church
East Taieri Church (Mosgiel, Fairfield and Brighton in the Dunedin area) is seeking a passionate, energetic Christian disciple to join its fun and focused ministry leadership team.
East Taieri Church is a large and vibrant Presbyterian church, which actively engages with its surrounding communities in God’s mission. At East Taieri we are passionate about seeing lives transformed through the saving power of Jesus Christ. We seek to provide a place where people of all ages and stages can encounter the living God. Each Sunday we offer four great worship services across three locations, which range in style from contemporary to traditional. We also support a wide array of ministries, which aim to help Christians live out their faith in their everyday lives.
About the role and where you fit in:
This full-time role will have particular responsibility for and a focus on:
Preaching, service leading and equipping the body of Christ
Building and supporting teams
Pastoral care and discipleship
Leadership support for our ministries which are engaging children and families
This role offers the opportunity to learn and grow under the guidance and mentorship of an experienced Senior Pastor and broader ministry leadership team whilst also being able to take the lead in areas of responsibility and try new approaches in the implementation of the vision and strategy of East Taieri Church.
The Associate Pastor position is ideally suited to someone starting out in ministry, although someone experienced in ministry with families may well feel called to apply.
Some of the personal qualities and gifts we are ideally seeking include:
Leadership ability – able to motivate and supervise staff and volunteers
Preaching/Teaching gift – able to teach and equip people to carry out pastoral care and discipleship
Pastoral gifts and listening ability.
Apostolic gift – able to take risks to start new ventures.
Self-starter who is able to manage own time and priorities and organize and manage projects.
It is expected that applicants will already have a degree level theological/ministry training qualification, although ongoing professional and personal development is also part of our team culture.
For a position description and to apply:
We have a great team of people at East Taieri Church and invite you to consider whether God may be calling you to join us. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack. Applications close at 5pm, on 25th November 2020. www.etchurch.co.nz
Youth South West Trust is seeking to appoint a Youth Director to lead and manage youth work, across three sites of Hope Presbyterian Church and beyond into the communities that make up South West Christchurch. The leader will coordinate the team of youth workers and a large team of volunteers. This is a full-time role reporting to the Hope Youth Trust Board and the Senior Pastor. The Youth Director is a member of the Core Leadership Team of Hope Presbyterian that is led by the Senior Pastor.
We need a Director who has strengths, experience and evidence of competencies in the following areas: visionary leadership, administration, developing a coherent and effective youth strategy, managing a cohesive and effective team, connecting with community and business leaders, maintaining effective key relationships. Experience in the funding and grants applications process would be desirable.
We are looking for a person who is sustained by a deep personal Christian faith, who has a heart for the empowerment of youth, an empathy for those who work with youth, and who will develop and maintain spiritual and personal disciplines and a work – life balance that contributes to long term, sustainable ministry.
It is expected that the Director would commit to worshipping within the Hope context.
To be eligible to apply, you must hold NZ Residency and have a full NZ drivers’ licence. As a condition of your appointment, you must successfully complete NZ Police vetting.
This position commences on 1 February 2021.
If you believe God is calling you to this exciting role, please send a letter of application and current curriculum vitae to: email@example.com.
Do you have a heart for what God can do among youth, and among those at the edges of society? Island Bay Presbyterian has a joint Youth Pastor/Youth Work position for 14-16 hours a week working in with a team of staff and volunteers to disciple our church youth, but with the main focus on being part of our community development project in local supported housing complexes. We are seeking someone who can work alone and with others, who can plan activities and relate well to teens and tweens, who can be a regular presence in our faith community, and who is comfortable with people of different cultures and backgrounds. For more info and the job description, contact Rev Nathan on 021 040 8323 / minister@IBPC.org.nz
Applications invited for ecumenical formation and leadership development through virtual training: Asian Ecumenical Institute–2020
The Asian Ecumenical Institute (AEI), an annual ecumenical training programme of CCA, will be conducted this year through a virtual (online) platform.
AEI has been providing opportunities for students throughout Asia since 2016 to learn about emerging trends in ecumenism and the ecumenical movement under the guidance of internationally acclaimed teaching faculty from diverse disciplines. More than 100 prospective ecclesial and ecumenical leaders have been trained during the last four annual sessions.
The theme of AEI–2020 is ‘We are Called to be Stewards of Renewal and Restoration for God’s Creation’.
Beginning on 2 November 2020 (Monday), this year’s AEI sessions will be conducted through the online mode every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday till 30 November 2020 (Monday). Two sessions of 60 minutes each will be held on each working day (Mon., Wed., Fri.) of AEI–2020.
The AEI is an ideal programme for those who want to study ecumenism through an intensive course and to participate in an international network of students and scholars of ecumenism to hone their leadership skills and ecumenical vision.
The programme also aims to extend the frontiers of the participants’ knowledge of Asia’s socioeconomic and geopolitical realities through in-depth explorations of the emerging issues and concerns in Asia.
Participants will be equipped with the necessary tools of biblical-theological analyses to formulate developmental and ecumenical responses to contemporary Asian issues.
Admissions to AEI–2020 will be limited to 25 students between the ages of 25 and 35. Applications will be screened based on competence, prior ecumenical and ecclesial experience, gender and confessional balances, national and sub-regional representation, and the ability to effectively communicate in English.
Internationally acclaimed ecumenists, theologians, biblical scholars, and social scientists will be resource persons of AEI–2020.
Ten of AEI–2020’s best-performing students will be selected to attend the 15th General Assembly of the CCA, which will be held in 2021. CCA will cover the international travel, board and lodging, and Assembly registration fee of each of the ten outstanding students from AEI–2020.
The deadline for receiving applications for AEI–2020 is 10 September 2020.
For more details and the Application Form of AEI–2020, please click here:
This could have big implications for youth ministry in our churches.
One of the great things about the Presbyterian Church is that we believe in the Priesthood of all believers. It means that everyone in our church can have their say. A team of people got asked last year to review the way our church does theological and leadership training. They have recently presented their report to Presbyteries and are currently asking for feedback so they can prepare their final report for General Assembly next year.
The team is recommending a number of things, including making changes to the way ministers are trained, what happens when a minister comes from a Presbyterian Church overseas or from another denomination, there are also some changes to the Presbyterian Research Centre, all of which you can give feedback on.
We wanted to highlight a couple of the recommendations as they may affect you as a youth leader. They are proposing to create a second tier of ordination below the minister. They would call such people deacons, and would have titles such as Youth Pastor. To become a Deacon there would be a lower entry level than for ministers, there would also be a shorter internship, and there would be a graduated training scheme if the deacon then decided to become a minister later on.
We are sure the team will receive much feedback from ministers and elders, but we think it is important for youth leaders to give feedback to this proposal as well because it affects youth workers and youth leaders. Whether you support it or not, it will be helpful for the team to hear your opinions
In the video below the team present an overview of the report, we have set the video to start with the 2 minutes related to the proposal about deacons, but you can go back to the start and watch the entire video.
Text in Red is directly from the report. In the Executive Summary it names 5 major streams coming out of the recommendations. Here are the two affecting youth workers.
2. We are suggesting the establishment for a new Diaconate which will replace LOM as a flexible second tier of ordained ministry. The Diaconate will have lower entry barriers and will be open to youth and other recognised ministries. We expect that a number of Deacons will also go on to become Ministers through a graduated training scheme.
4. We are suggesting retaining the core of the internship as an excellent model, but also making some simplifications and changes in delivery so as to provide for the incorporation of Deacons into a mini- internship and Ministers from other churches into a micro-internship.
The report then has 30 pages or findings from the teams research which are worth looking at. In their general survey, the themes that related to youth are:.
4. Youth: There was a real concern about the aging of the PCANZ, and a loss of youth. There was a repeated emphasis on ministry to children and youth. There were comments about reducing the average age of leaders and making our calling attractive and accessible to younger leaders. “All our leaders need ongoing training to be able to relate to children and youth.” We heard that “if we recognize there are different age cultures in our church, we need to recognize that all our Ministers need to be able to connect with those different age cultures and especially youth and children, not segmenting that work to someone else.” There was a call for ordaining youth pastors, and with some extra training seeing them transform into our current ordained role. We also heard a cry to improve the pay-scale and terms of employment for youth workers. There was feedback to recognize other specialist roles also. “We need to inspire and mentor young people to become Ministers.”
From the Presbyteries they heard:
We need ordained pathways for Children’s and Youth ministries in order to resource our churches better.
We need ways to train and recognise lay leaders and lay ministry and consider ordained children’s and youth leaders.
When the group looked at the current practice in regards to Youth and other recognised ministries they said:
We have heard a cry for a better career structure for youth workers, and a pathway for progressive vocational growth. This call for training youth and other recognised ministries has been heard for many years now and was reflected in the 2008 review of the school of ministry. In Dr Rae’s report streams of training for youth workers were envisaged. The church currently provides specific youth work training through PYM and we hear a call for further coherence of training and a clearer pathway through training.
So taking into account what they heard, the group had the following conclusions:
Youth and other Recognised Ministries 13. There is a need to mark-out, but not necessarily provide pathways for career development for those individuals who feel a call to specialised ministries such as youth, children and families, music and worship, and pastoral care. 14. People who work in specialised ministries for 3 to 5 years could benefit from ordination by their Presbytery to a diaconate with the title of Pastor. 15. The LOM pathway would incorporate into the diaconate pathway. 16. A deaconate pathway could incorporate a discernment phase, a training phase, and a miniinternship.
Ministers (National & Local) 17. LOM should be replaced with a second tier of ordination (Deacon) with a reduced scope and a reduced expectation of pre-ordination study. 18. We value an educated clergy, but we need to be more nimble and able to quickly deploy new workers with lower academic qualifications. 19. Ordination to a diaconate with the title of ‘Pastor’, could enable the replacement of LOM with a more functional and theologically coherent alternative. 20. A Deacon might oversee one ministry and a Minister with a higher level of training should oversee a wider range of ministries. Deacons would be able to preach and administer both sacraments. 21. A simplification of internship could be beneficial to the NOM pathway, some Deacons may go on to become Ministers.
You may read the report and think “this is awesome, it would be great for my sense of calling to be recognised through ordination”. Or perhaps you have some concerns about the proposals. Either way, we encourage you to give feedback.
Each Presbytery has a different format for giving feedback. We suggest your contact your Presbytery to find out how. The time frame is short also, probably by 12 August