• 19 – 22 Sept 2022

    We are delighted to announce that Key Leaders Retreat is back again this year!

    PYM is inviting key youth leaders to attend our Key Leaders Retreat in Queenstown for FREE.

    We will pay for one key youth leader per congregation. A second key youth leader is allowed to attend the retreat for $150.

    We acknowledge the essential work of “key” youth leaders within the church’s youth ministry. A key Leader is someone who heads up youth ministry at a particular church or organisation and leads a team of youth leaders. The key leader may be a volunteer or paid position. 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.


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  • Key Leaders Retreat Schedule  

    (Subject to change)  

    TIME  Activity 
    Mon 19 Sep   
    2:00 PM  Registration opens 
    2:00-4:00PM  Airport Pickup (Please register for this) 
    4:30 PM  Mihi Whakatau 


    5:00PM  Icebreakers, intro’s, housekeeping, small group 
    6:00 PM  Dinner  
    7:00 PM  Worship 
    7:30 PM  Korero and Practices – Revise Expectations 
    9:00 PM  Free time 
    Tues 20 Sep  
    7:30-9:00 AM  Breakfast 
    9:30 AM  Worship 
    10:00 AM  Morning Tea 
    10:30 AM  Korero and Practices 2: Replenish 
    12:00:PM  Depart for Queenstown 
    12:40 PM  Lunch in Queenstown 
    1:30 PM  Group activity in Queenstown 
    2:45 PM  Free time in Queenstown 
    5:30 PM  Topical Chat time Session 1 
    6:15 PM  Dinner 
    7:00 PM  Worship and Prayer 
    7:45 PM  Korero and Practices 3: Reveal 
    9:15 PM  Free time 
    Wed 21 Sep  
    7:30-9:00 AM  Breakfast 
    9:30 AM  Worship 
    10:00 AM  Morning Tea 
    10:30 AM  Korero and Practices 4: Reset 
    12:00 PM  Lunch 
    12:40 PM  Free Time 
    5:00 PM  Topical Chat time: Session 2 
    6:00 PM  Dinner 
    7:00 PM  Worship and Prayer Stations 
    7:45 PM  Keynote and Practices 
    9:15 PM  Free time 
    Thurs 22 Sep  
    7:30-9:00 AM  Rolling Breakfast 
    9:30 AM  Worship 
    9:50 AM  Korero and Practices 
    10:30 AM  Morning Tea 
    11:00 AM  Poroporoaki 
    11:30 AM  Pack up 
    12:00 PM  Lunch 
    12:30 PM  Depart to Airport 




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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?
    5:00 pm 19 Sept to 1pm 22 Sept.

    What time should I fly in.?
    Fly in at 3:30pm at the latest on the Monday and leave no earlier than 2:30pm on the Thursday. 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-4:30pm on the Monday, and we will drive people back to Airport on Thursday 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

    When does registration end?
    Registration will stay open until the 30 August, unless the retreat is sold out sooner.(50 spots)

    Can’t make  Key leaders retreat 2022?
    We plan to run this key leaders retreat every two years. Our next Key leaders retreat will be in 2024.