Youth Ministries In New Zealand

By God’s grace and power, our Adventist young people will become a thriving movement of world-changers, living their hope in Jesus and transforming the Pacific.

Youth Leader

Have you ever wondered what the role of a Youth Leader involves?

This guide has been designed to give you a basic overview of the exciting role and responsibility of the Youth Leader within the contact of a local church.

Responsibilities of the Youth Leader

The Youth Leader may be responsible for some or all of the following:

  • Setting the spiritual tone of the young people.
  • Ensuring elements of the program address the purpose of youth ministry – worship, disciple ship, fellowship, faith sharing and service.
  • Facilitating service, outreach and discipleship programs.
  • Nurturing youth in times of difficulty.
  • Organising church worship events conducted by youth.
  • Supporting the youth Sabbath school program.
  • Communicating with the youth and church at large.
  • Creating a youth leadership team in consulta- tion with the church board.
  • Planning an annual youth calendar in consul tation with church leaders.
  • Attending conference/mission Leadership Training weekends.
  • Advocating for youth involvement church positions.
  • Delegating responsibilities to others to ensure shared ownership and the success of the pro gram.
  • Being directly responsible to the Church Pas tor and Church Board.
  • Providing a regular Youth report to the local Church Board and Conference Youth Depart ment, as applicable.
  • Securing and manage the youth budget.
  • Ensuring the safe supervision of all activities.
  • Having a trained First Aider and First Aid sup- plies at organised youth events.
  • Conducting risk assessment for activities and ensure compliance with state and na tional safety legislations, as applicable.
  • Ensuring the Child Protection Code of Con duct is adhered to.

Time Commitment

The youth leader’s role requires a significant time commitment however is very rewarding when the youth leader witnesses growth in their young people and hearts being given to God. 

A typical youth program may include commitments on Sabbath mornings, Saturday evenings, Friday nights and occasionally during the week.

The youth leader may delegate certain aspects of the youth program to volunteers or the youth team to assist with time management, facilitating shared ownership and empowerment of others.

Leadership Qualities of a Youth Leader
  • Faith and commitment to God
  • Active and growing relationship with God
  • Passion for young people
  • Vision
  • Willingness to receive counsel from others
  • Respect for and awareness of cultural differences
  • Ability to empower and mentor others
  • Commitment and perseverance
  • Confidentiality
  • Honesty and trustworthiness
  • Positive example to others
The Purpose of the Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry is for young people aged 16-30 years old.  Throughout their adolescence, youth often question issues of faith and are idealistic about life.  It is during this time that youth need to be nurtured and cared for in an affirming and non-judgemental manner.  They are dealing with major physical, social, intellectual and spiritual challenges.  The youth leader is in many ways the face of Jesus to the young people in the church.   

The desired outcomes of the youth program are to:

  • Provide opportunities for young people to enter into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and to help them find their place in God’s service.
  • Help the young people grow in their knowledge, love and understanding of God.
  • Encourage young people to discover their identity, potential, purpose and talents in Christ and use them for His service.
  • Create a powerful movement of young people who have a sense of belonging and ownership in their Youth group.
  • Have a holistic and intentional youth program focusing on evangelism, worship, spiritual growth, service, and the needs of the local community.
  • Facilitate an active youth group that supports and enhances the broader local church program and focus.
  • Build deep and lifelong friendships with youth within the local church and the broader church at Conference or Mission events.

Things to Consider…

  • What is our local church Youth Ministry vision and mission and how does that support the broader mission of our local church?
  • How has Youth Ministry functioned here in the past?  What has worked, what hasn’t?  Assess goals, results, attendance, etc.
  • Are a range of services and events being provided to best meet the needs of the young people in our church and local community?
  • What do we want to accomplish in the next five years? Break that down into specific objects, timeframes and clear forms of measurement.
  • Is everything we are doing intentional about supporting our mission and purpose? Are we moving in the right direction?
  • What can we improve on?

Meet the Youth Ministries Team

Are you a new leader in your church or looking for help with your ministry? Please contact us as we would love to help you.

North New Zealand Conference

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South New Zealand Conference

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Keli Pepa

Keli Pepa

Youth / Young Adults Director

North New Zealand Conference

Jeremy Flynn

Jeremy Flynn

Youth Director

South New Zealand Conference

Victor Kulakov

Victor Kulakov

Discipleship Ministries Leader

New Zealand Pasific Union Conference

Events & Special Days

North Island Events

South Island Events

Global Events

Global Youth Day

Observed in March

Youth Week of Prayer

Observed in March

Young Adult & Tertiary Student Ministry

It can be scary moving away from home for the first time. What helps is knowing you have somewhere that wants you where you are going.

All our Adventist churches love young people but we have 16 churches all across NZ who are extra happy and ready to be your new home-away-from-home. They are part of a Network of churches that have committed to being the best church they can be for young adults.

To find out more about a church in the centre you are moving to, email the contact person there and they will plug you in. Parents, pastors and leaders can use this too for ensuring their young people get connected to a new church.

Wherever you go, there is a church that would love to have you!

To check out all your SDA church options, use Google or go to Church Near Me.

Download Resources


Steps To Discipleship

Steps to Discipleship is a seven-week journey of constant seeking, studying, and self-discovery that will lead to a closer relationship with God.
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My Identity in Christ Devotional

365 Daily Devotionals
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Disciples in Action

A 26 week interactive curriculum to guide young people in their journey towards an authentic walk with Jesus.
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2024 NNZC Calendar Planner

UPDATED 6 March 2024. Year Planner. North New Zealand Conference Calendar of meetings and Events.
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2024 NNZC Calendar A4

UPDATED 6 March 2024. A4. North New Zealand Conference Calendar of meetings and Events.
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Youth Resources

World Changers Bible Project

Resources, Bible Study & Videos

Discovery Bible Reading

A simple, effective reading plan—whatever your knowledge or experience of Jesus

[truth] LINK

One of the most self-evident realities about love is that it requires communication in order to exist and flourish. The Bible is God’s communication device.

The Road

“The Road” is a one-of-a-kind study guide created especially for new and unchurched generations.

Speak Life

If you or someone you know ever feels stuck in a dark space check out this page

My Edge Mag

The My Edge Mag is a magazine dedicated to creating discussion and content for the youth by the youth.

Waymaker TV

A community of young adults using their creative talents to share the Gospel

Storm Co

Service To Others Really Matters

Discipleship Ministries

Resouces and videos for Adventist disciple-making in the South Pacific.

South Pacific Division

Youth Ministries Website

General Conference

Youth Ministries Website

Advent Source

If you’re a new youth ministries leader, this page is a great place to get started

Youth Leaders Magazine

By the General Conference Youth Ministries Department

Youth Rush

Specialised youth training in the ministry of Literature Evangelism.