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Youth Ministry

Encouraging youth to follow Jesus wholeheartedly

Because wholeheartedly following Jesus is our centre focus, we must engage with the community around us. Jesus turns our attention to the world he loves, the world he died for. We know we live in a broken, fractured world. We don’t want to just look out for ourselves but to be part of God’s healing of our world.

Wholeheartedly following Him is the centre focus for our youth ministries. Whatever youth ministry you visit, large or small – we hope you will notice this focus. Young people finding out who they really are in Jesus is one of our main aims. We believe in future generations and in the difference that young people following Jesus can make in our world.

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Renewal Retreats

Renewal Retreats are groups of 8-9 ministry practitioners, covenanting to meet together in a particular way.

The retreats are built on a commitment over a two-year cycle. The cycle begins with a three-day retreat followed by two further, similar retreats, 12 months apart. These annual retreats are interspersed with two 24-hour mini retreats, each one roughly halfway between the annual gatherings.

The ‘cycle’ is as follows:

  1. July Year 1 – Phase 1 – three day retreat
  2. Feb Year 2 – 24 hour retreat
  3. July Year 2 – Phase 2 – three day retreat
  4. Feb Year 3 – 24 hour retreat
  5. July Year 3 – Phase 3 – three day retreat

The “philosophy” behind these retreats is “being there for the sake of others.”
The goal is to provide a safe place where the realities of life and ministry can be openly shared, and where renewal can be experienced in a holistic way.

It involves a commitment to journey with one another as pastors through a substantial but finite period, to share our story and encourage one another in ministry.

To be involved means giving priority to all the gatherings in the whole cycle – commitment means priority, with no scope for partial participation. The nature of the group process requires that.

Facilitation of the groups is done by pastors who have been involved in at least one Retreat cycle.

Part of phase 3 is to affirm and appoint facilitators from among the retreat participants. Another aspect of phase 3 is to divide and multiply so that others can be invited into a new Retreat cycle.

Appointment Guide

A number of our Youth Pastors have affirmed a guideline to assist Churches in the process of appointing youth staff. We hope to strengthen processes which will enable effective, sustainable, and long-term youth ministry.

Download the appointment guide here

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