Connect 2021 will look a little different this year.

This decision has weighed heavily on us, as we have spoken to a sample of youth leaders and ministers throughout the country, as well as presbytery and national staff members and colleagues in other denominations. We have spent a few minutes talking about our plans in this video. 

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 

  1. 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. 

  1. Five 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 [Register Here]
  • 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  

3)       Queenstown Key leaders retreat – 27-30 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.  

 


Connect is:

Training

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.

Community

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

Sanctuary

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

Resources

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 –