Connect is our national youth leaders conference, due to the Covid risk, it will not be happening this year. Instead we are offering online and regional training. And at the end of the year we are offering a Key Leaders Retreat in Queenstown.

Regional One-day Youth Ministry Leadership Trainings

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.

  • 19 June – Auckland 
  • 18-20 June – Living Springs, Christchurch 
  • 19 June – Balclutha , Dunedin 
  • 26 June – Tauranga 
  • 3 July – Palmerston North 

These regional youth ministry leaders gatherings are either being run by Presbyteries or ecumenically, and supported by PYM. 

Online training series :

This we are running five 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 Adult Ministry Essentials
  • 26 July, Intermediate Ministry Essentials
  • 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. 


Connect is:


This year we will have 4 keynotes and over 30 theoretical, theological and practical workshops. Each session is led by someone who researches it, teaches it or lives it.


Meet new friends and rediscover old ones. You’ll find opportunities to share about your life and your ministry, and to connect with others.


We are going to be blessed through the Connect worship team who will provide an awesome worship environment and opportunities to nurture the soul.


Along with the resources being provided through the workshops, you can visit the Youth MInistry Exhibition, the PYM youth library, the multimedia library, the bookstore and the ResourceMe stand.

“What an amazing event that provides so much! This felt like being spoilt, trained, counselled, listened to, taught, refined, discipled, cleansed and more!”

– Connect 2015 participant –