Teen mental illness – the reality and the role we can play

Family First just interviewed an expert, who is studying the effects of digital media on the mental health of youth. You can view this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6bWm1OseZA   A summary We've lived through a significant digital change. The new information to know is that this directly parallels a significant decrease in mental health, with increasing suicide, [...]

By |2024-02-22T12:50:55+13:00February 22nd, 2024|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Teen mental illness – the reality and the role we can play

An amazing approach for fun School programmes ideas

(Credits: The below dates are adapted from a webpage at the 'New Generation' website - which is a school groups movement based out of Sweden.)   If you're looking for outreach or 'connection' programme ideas - to have fun in a school - what if you were to pick a couple of the below dates, [...]

By |2024-01-18T12:13:35+13:00January 18th, 2024|Uncategorized|Comments Off on An amazing approach for fun School programmes ideas

School groups are needed (Sounding the alarm)

A friend recently counted how many High School students there are in our local Tauranga / Western Bay of Plenty Colleges. I was surprised! Katikati College – 789 Te Puke College – 829 Aquinas College – 746 Bethlehem College – 1878 Mount College – 1721 Papamoa College – 1623 Tauranga Boys College – 2059 Tauranga Girls College [...]

By |2023-07-21T10:58:10+12:00July 21st, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on School groups are needed (Sounding the alarm)

‘Why Christians believe’ – new resource and FREE

NEW: 'Why Christians believe Christianity to be true' About two-thirds of all young adults in our churches leave in the 18- 22-year-old age bracket. This has been true for 30 years too - and this tragic reality is one of the things that catalysed this new resource from the Shining Lights Trust - made free [...]

By |2023-07-17T16:40:41+12:00July 17th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on ‘Why Christians believe’ – new resource and FREE

How to lose less young adults and ‘tweens’ – Nic interviews Dave

A 45min podcast that you'll hopefully find INSPIRATIONAL! How could we lose less young adults?  Why are we losing them? How could we lose less 'tweens' at ages 12 to 13 - which is the second largest area of loss from our churches?? How could we build healthier discipleship structures for our youth and young [...]

By |2023-07-17T16:24:42+12:00July 17th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to lose less young adults and ‘tweens’ – Nic interviews Dave

This generation are OPEN – a new boldness is needed

This generation (Gen Z)  are open to faith in a way that is different to  those who are 20, 40 and 60 years older than them   McCrindle Research in Australia did a study that included the below. Here are some simple - brief - points. 1. Younger generations in our culture are lot more [...]

By |2023-06-01T08:20:10+12:00April 6th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on This generation are OPEN – a new boldness is needed

Growing by NOT LOSING as many youth

I'm privileged in this season to be facilitating regular discussion groups about outreach with both a group of senior pastors, and also a group of youth leaders. I'm taking to both groups about youth ministry, and here is why. A point that many senior church leaders might not like  I think senior church leaders (meaning [...]

By |2022-10-27T10:24:47+13:00October 27th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Growing by NOT LOSING as many youth

UK Data – how into outreach are youth group youth really?

The following is extracted from a survey of 488 teenagers in church youth groups (a longer summary is here)  ------ How confident to outreach are youth - really? A third (34%) of young Christians told us they share their faith regularly In terms of what this 34% did to share their faith with non-Christian peers, 71% [...]

By |2022-06-27T15:03:10+12:00June 27th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on UK Data – how into outreach are youth group youth really?

Knowing this stuff will give you confidence – and words (stories)!

Western media and culture has created a 'narrative' against the Christian faith.  They like to pull our faith down. As a result they tell bad stories about the church - but not the good. What this overlooks is the fact that: ...there are tens of thousands of good stories for every bad ...the bad stories [...]

By |2022-03-18T11:48:47+13:00March 18th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Knowing this stuff will give you confidence – and words (stories)!
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