Workshop options will include :
– Faith in Action & Human Dignity
– Using social media effectively (Engaging with this generation)
– A new sacramental generation (Prayer, Liturgy and the sacraments with Young People)
– Community, Youth Ministry Advocacy & Structure (Basic Youth Group planning & Advanced Youth Ministry Structure Workshops)
Our Key note speaker for the Conference is Jimmy Mitchell who spoke to our young leaders and youth at Life Teen Camp last year. Everyone was really impressed by his style and message and we know he will be full of inspiration for everyone.
Originally from Atlanta, Jimmy moved to Music City, USA in 2008 to pursue undergraduate studies in business and philosophy from Vanderbilt University. His two great passions for mentoring young people and supporting artists led him in and out of seminary studies and missionary work before eventually founding Mysterium in 2010.
Mysterium comes alongside institutions and movements within the Church to help young people discover the mystery of God’s love and the beauty of Christian culture. Their products and events provide the initial encounter with this great mystery while creative partnerships with churches, schools, and organizations seek to lay the foundation everywhere for lasting cultural renewal.
Though many describe him as a traveling troubadour and serial entrepreneur, nothing better defines Jimmy than his deep love for the Lord Jesus Christ and his zeal for souls.
Find out more at http:/jimmypmitchell.com.
Session: Roby Presents on why he is passionate about his Ministry and how he see’s an essential call to Justice and Action in response to the Gospel call and the Sacraments. In his Workshops Roby gets down to some of the nuts and bolts of what you do and the challenges of engaging young people in a Social Justice ministry.
Preparing For Mission and Caring for our Young people on Mission
(Evangelisation & Pastoral Care)
Sharing a passion for the Sacraments & Prayer
Leadership Development, Catechesis and Formation
Creating Sustainable Youth Ministry in our Communities.
Delbert is the Parish Support Coordinator for the Diocese of Christchurch. Delbert has been involved in Ministry since first experiencing a CYT camp as a teenager. He is a graduate of Mission Team 2013.
Delbert is passionate about Ministry with young people in our communities and helped set up the flourishing St Teresa’s Youth Group which and his wife Aiber still facilitate. He is also a gifted worship leader and is on the leadership team for CYT’s EXALT Music Ministry.
Most of the following workshop options will be offered throughout the weekend as alternatives to the above core topics. Most of them will be presented once only but one or two key ones will be repeated.
Exploring the topic of discernment & assisting young people to discern Gods call in their lives both from a vocational sense and also from an everyday perspective. How do we work out what Gods will is for our lives, how can we explore this challenging topic with young people and journey with them through this process. What challenges does this area of ministry pose. What are some ideas for how we can navigate this area more effectively as a church? How might we encourage and support families in assisting their young people with discernment and making good decisions.
Presenter: David Mullin
What do youth ministers need to consider when deciding how to engage through digital media?
What help do you need to start and succeed?
- explore culture and the Church’s contribution to it in Aotearoa today,
Talofa Lava my name is Viane Makalio I have been in working with the Catholic youth team for the last 12 years helping in various roles such as small group leading, interim youth coordinator, Youth group leader and I am currently the Events Coordinator at CYT, Christchurch. Outside of the Catholic youth team I am a trustee of the Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Council (Where we encourage and support young Pacific youth to engage in democracy). We also run Cultural competency workshops for different Work places.I have also worked for the Pacific Development Team and a Pacific Mentor at the University of Canterbury where I helped to run and facilitate events to engage Pacific youth with their studies and encourage intergenerational conversations to happen. I have also helped to organise and MC the Strengthening the Youth Sector hui here in Christchurch. I am also involved with Youth Voice Canterbury and I am a Youth Audit Team leader. I was also the recipient of the Wayne Francis Charitable Trust Leadership Award at the Canterbury Youth Awards.
Session: “Awareness of diversity in our communities and building that awareness into our Ministry.” Planning ministry with an awareness of the diversity in our community is not just a ‘nice’ or good thing to do but is essential if our ministry is going to powerfully and effectively proclaim the message of the love of our God to everyone in our community. Diversity takes into consideration the cultural differences of members our community but also includes differences in family structure, economic backgrounds and geographical differences to name just some. Viane will break open this topic for us and share on his experiences and how he is striving to consider the diversity of our community and its young people as he organises events and programmes in the Diocese of Christchurch.
Maria Pais describes herself as “an enthusiastic Catholic” who has lived in Zambia, England, Afghanistan and New Zealand. She has practiced as an Optometrist for over ten years also works in Marriage and Family Life ministry in the Auckland Diocese. Before taking on the Diocesan role was part of parish, regional and diocesan youth ministry for over fifteen years.
Maria is extremely passionate about enabling young people to understand their uniqueness and opening eyes to the truth and joy of Christ’s love. Maria has a great love for St John Paul II and the life changing message of his teachings on human dignity, love and Theology of the Body. Maria is currently doing a Masters in Theology from John Paul II Institute, Melbourne.
In her free time Maria enjoys cardio kickboxing. She is an avid sports fan with a special interest in football and rugby. Her favourite movies are Bella and October Baby.