In school, teachers know exactly what they are going to teach young people each year, and we really should be thinking the same in our churches. We may have a student for 4 or 5 years. What do we want that young person to know in their time in your ministry? Having a long-range approach to curriculum planning helps avoid two common mistakes: 1) teaching on our pet topics over and over again, and 2) falling victim to every new curriculum that comes on to the market.
Have a look at this this example of Long Range Planning by Duffy Robbins when thinking about long range planning. And here is a blank one to fill out for your ministry.
A full list of the curriculum’s here
Coming up with comes to play at youth group can be quite tricky sometimes so here is a list of websites that are a good source of game ideas for your youth group.
Games for Youth Groups
Youth Group Games AU
Youth Group Games
Great Group Games
You can find more games under the PYM Top Ten Lists.
The PYM has a number of multimedia resources they are able to lend out free of charge to Presbyterian and Uniting Churches. To request an item, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04 381-8292. This multimedia library is not to be confused with the the PYM library based in Dunedin which has thousands of youth-ministry related books.
You can click on any of these to get more info.
Pym has some great tips for effective small groups.
How will I become the kind of person that routinely and easily does what Christ did? Practices we build into our lives to help us remain open to the presence of God’s grace.
The basic philosophy is to change one’s habits. A habit is what one does without thinking and everything in life involves habits, learning to write, driving a car, and so on. Reacting in anger is a habit, as it speaking ill of another. By changing habits the indirect result is that our character is changed. As a disciple intentionally puts themselves in a position where their will is crossed (for example fasting or silence) then new habits are formed in their body. With the fall, our bodies take on a system of tendencies away from, or against God therefore the task is to form good habits in the body. That way our body responds to our will, and does not take us in a direction contrary to our will.
For information about why use spiritual formation exercises; here are the notes from a session Darryl Tempero did on this subject at our Going Further – in discipleship camp.
You can see other video’s and resources here.
Supervision is a formal process aimed at enabling a youth worker to practice safely and to their best potential.The process of supervision is a regular meeting between two (or more) people with the main focus being the person in ministry who is being supervised. The role of the supervisor is to help the person in ministry examine their own behaviour. The effectiveness of supervision will depend on the honesty of the person in ministry. A supervisor can only deal with what the person presents to them. Supervision is different from other forms of support. It doesn’t begin with a ‘problem’ as in a counseling situation. It is different from a management or oversight group because the focus is on the person and their personal development not the tasks of the job. The supervisor is not a consultant who knows all the answers and can advise the person on the best practice. Finally, supervision is different from spiritual direction, which is specifically about a person’s relationship with God. Of course there will be cross over between these processes but the supervision relationship needs to be clearly defined to be effective. One way of doing this is to have a contract with your supervisor. If the contract is established before the supervision is arranged, both parties know what is expected of them. If supervision has already begun, setting up a contract could be part of a review process. The contract might cover:
PYM has lots of templates making your life as a youth leader a little bit easier, and so they have a number of sample template documents you can use at your church and youth ministry. Feel free to alter these documents as necessary.
We love Top Ten’s so we with our wider PYM whanau have put together some lists of resources we recommend.
Legislation Youth Workers should Know
Tips for Applying for Funding
Tips for Starting a Youth Ministry from Scratch
Tips for Leading Bible Studies
Tips for Parents
Tips for Discipline
Youth Ministry Podcasts
This page is filled with video resource websites. These are resources that PYM recommends.
This page is filled youth group resources. These are resources that PYM recommends.
Resourcing * Training * Advocacy * Networking * Events
Our role of support is really diverse for some it might be providing or pointing leaders towards great training, for others it may be advocating for them, to help ensure they are being looked after by their parishes. In some regions it may be connecting up young people for regional services, Easter camps and social activities. For other areas we may be taking on more of a coaching role, supporting the key leaders to grow in their capacity to lead.
We are also very passionate about helping you to enable your congregation to be involved with the young people in your parish and in your wider community. Youth ministry for many now is not a group of young adults leading a group of teenagers. It is much bigger than that. And to be really honest if it is just that then you are missing out. Young people need all ages in their world. So how can your parish help provide that. How can you have a parish where all ages walk alongside each other. Where discipleship is a key attribute in relationships. Over the last few years we have had some people come in parent and grandparent roles at Easter Camp and what a joy that has been! They journeyed alongside their young people through out camp. Praying with them, pranking them (some very funny moments) and crying with them. We would love to have more of this happening all around our Presbytery!
We have a wide range of experience and work closely with our fellow Presbytery Central staff and our National PYM team so get in touch and see how we can support you, your leaders or your parish to support youth ministry happening in your community.
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Let us know what is going on for you in your parish.
Youth Ministry Team
Nga Rolston and Kyle Hastelow