Sustainability in Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry is especially tricky at the moment. The ever-looming Covid protocols have, and will continue to disrupt our ministry. Because of this, we need to be proactive in our response. Below are some initial ideas to help you, as youth pastors and leaders, to navigate the current complex landscape. Over the coming Monday's these ideas will be fleshed out through individual posts on our Insta and Facebook!
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Caring for your youth during Covid

While we can't run face-to-face youth group during a Level 4 or 3 lockdown, we can continue to offer pastoral care. Being kind to each other and extending grace when someone is short-tempered, grumpy or just not delivering is more important than ever.  Our National Youth Facilitator, Lorna Gray, wrote this helpful guide "Caring for our young people during Covid-19" during our last lockdown.  Check it our here. >> read more

The Abbey earlybird closes 1 July

“The Abbey” (20-22 August)  is one of those liminal moments in the year where we meet amazing and inspirational youth leaders from around Aotearoa/New Zealand.  It's only $155 pp if you register early, and flights will be a lot cheaper if you book now to.  Carpooling will bring the costs down so if you like to offer a seat or grab one, we are happy to put you in touch with each other if you let us know.  There is special bus to/from the Waikanae (El Rancho) campsite from the Wellington... >> read more

Pentecost Resources

Looking for some resources for the fast-approaching Pentecost? Well we have some brilliant resources to share with you. Simply click here to access our Pentecost Padlet to browse an array of resources that will be sure to aid your ministry during that time.


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New Books on Mental Health for Teens

Written by Jazz Thornton who is a young Kiwi, 25 years old, on a mission to change the stigma and approach of mental health in New Zealand and the world. Jazz, tried to take her life multiple times as a teenager and now campaigns and helps others overcome.

Her book ‘Stop Surviving, Start Fighting’ is a must read for anyone in Youth Work to understand what NZ school culture is like and to understand the thinking behind anyone you know struggling with mental health and how to... >> read more

AYM Wallplanner 2021

We have a soft copy of our AYM calendar for 2021 available for you and your ministry teams, as you plan and shape what next year looks like. It has all our events on it, along with other significant dates. The hard copies will be posted to your churches in the new year.  If you do not receive a copy, please email for one to be posted to you. Below is a downloadable PDF of the calendar.

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Kainnan Book Series

Looking for your next series to invest into? Check out the Kainnan series. Kainnan is an epic urban Christian fantasy series, written by Belinda Stott, one of the amazing presenters at Soul Tour. The nine books follow a group of young adults who embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they find themselves in the dangerous world of Kainnan. Check out Belinda's website here, where you can find all nine books in her series or contact aym to borrow a copy of one of the books from our office. >> read more

Diocese Development Fund

The Diocese Development Fund is for ministry units and mission ventures with a planed development project. Any ministry unit or mission venture can apply for funds for new developments that are closely connected to the mission and ministry of local ministry units. These are projects that reach new people, new locations or new generations; employ innovative methods of mission and ministry; or develop leaders. Applications can be submitted either by completing the manual form or the online form.... >> read more

Tindall Foundation

Applications for the 2020 Tindall Foundation grants are open for new initiatives that make a difference in local communities. Ministry units need to apply through the Auckland Diocese by Monday 7 September. For more information click here or email Wendy Leitch. Apply here and send your completed application form to Wendy. >> read more

New ways of doing “Youth Group”

As you try and navigate how to be a youth communities in our new context, we want to recommend to you three websites. Our thanks to our friends from other dioceses and denominations for being so onto it.
1. Nelson  Anglicans have posted a useful article that explains how to run an online youth group, providing ideas for how to set up, play games and pray together along with other little tips and examples. Click here to check it out!
2.  Presbyterian Youth Ministries (PYM) offer... >> read more