The primary focus of Youth Ministry is the salvation of youth through Jesus Christ. We understand youth ministry to be that work of the church that is conducted for, with, and by young people.
Please visit and like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date on Youth Ministries in South New Zealand: www.facebook.com/snzyouth
Global Youth Day (March) – gcyouthministries.org/Events-Projects/Global-Youth-Day-GYD
Youth Week of Prayer (March) – gcyouthministries.org
Our Church has developed many great resources for Youth Ministry. The best place to get these resources is directly from the Youth Ministry Department that has produced them. Please use the following links to find some great ideas and resources:
- New Zealand Pacific Union Conference: nzpuc.adventist.org.nz/children
- South Pacific Division Youth Ministries: youth.adventistconnect.org
- General Conference Youth Ministries: youth.adventist.org
- Advent Source Ministry Kits: ministrykits.adventsource.org
- For info on church AdSafe (safe places) policies: AdSafe
Other Ministries (highly recommended)
Sabbath School Bible Study Guides
- Collegiate Quarterly (18-35 years): www.cqbiblestudy.org
- Cornerstone Connections (15-18 years): www.cornerstoneconnections.net
South Island – Youth Ministries
Youth Discipleship / Bishopdale Church Pastor
Sarah-Jane Riley is the Youth Director of the South New Zealand Conference and associate pastor at Bishopdale Seventh-day Adventist Church in Christchurch. Originally from North NZ, she trained in social work and then went on to work in youth work, adventure therapy, youth health, health promotion, and violence prevention. In 2009 she accepted a call to come and work in a full time ministry role in South NZ as a local church youth worker. She then went to Avondale College in 2014 and completed post graduate studies in ministry and theology, and returned to the South NZ Conference at the beginning of 2016 to serve.
Sarah-Jane believes that it is a movement of disciples that will advance the gospel, with a culture that is loving, inclusive and intentional. She believes that young people have significant influence in this movement as they are fully engaged in all aspects of what it means to be church in the communities and world in which we live.
Discipleship Ministries / Departmental Assistant
I have been employed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church for all my working life, working in various areas including mission service in Papua New Guinea. At present I am working as Departmental Assistant in South New Zealand Conference, I love the variety of work it entails, from week to week I’m doing something different ie camping in my tent with Pathfinders, visiting Adventurer clubs, attending sport tournaments, catering to our youth, and sitting behind my desk answering phone calls and writing emails.
My passion is to create positive memories in a child’s life and to share God’s love with each child. When off duty I love spending time with my family, and being in my garden.