The Youth Leadership Blog How do we get better at youth ministry? That’s a question we’re asking ourselves all the time, so we started a blog to collect our thoughts and hopefully include you in the conversation too. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 04:01:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New resource website! Sun, 14 Sep 2014 03:56:06 +0000 Claire Hill

We are thrilled to announce that you can now access all the youth and children’s ministry resources you need on one easy-to-use website.

The Youth Leadership Blog will no longer be updated – but old content will remain searchable.

Head to to check out the new site!

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Looking for training for your Young Adults and Uni Students?? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:49:38 +0000 Shandri Brown Sydney Uni ministry together with the School for Leadership Training are offering a LifeKeys course specifically for Young Adults!

The LifeKeys course is a discovery journey that allows individuals to focus on their values, gifts, talents and personal mission.

The course helps you discover who you are, brings deeper meaning to your life, and invites you to consider potential leadership opportunities as well as your career path.

So if you are looking for something to recommend to your young adults this could be it. Check out the attached poster for a unique opportunity to build leaders and equip them for their personal future development.



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LIFE: The Lord’s Prayer Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:15:34 +0000 Jenna Newton

The Lord’s Prayer.

You may have heard it, read it, or even memorised it.

The Lord’s Prayer was Jesus’ response to his disciples when they asked him how they should pray. It offers us a template for how we should too.

In this 5-week series we will be working our way through and discovering what it means to actually pray The Lord’s Prayer.

What’s inside?

Week 1: Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name.

Week 2: Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Week 3: Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us, as we forgive those who sin against us.

Week 4: Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Week 5: For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

If you want to try out this series for your Life Group, download it for free HERE!

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Conference is nearly here!! Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:10:09 +0000 Shandri Brown It’s THAT time of year, the time of year that gets us all jittery with excitement at the thought of spending a weekend with a whole bunch of other people who actually get us. The time of year that has you gathering your team, your family, your ministry leaders and registering for YKMC!

Youth and Kids Ministry Conference is for all leaders who engage with young people. It’s 1 epic weekend held in 2 states with 100s of leaders just like you.

If you are looking for the best training, inspiration and networking you can pack into one weekend you need to head to



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Accountability App – Keeping Things Simple. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:03:22 +0000 Shandri Brown

Would you hold me accountable for like, stuff?

I don’t know how many times I have heard these words (it’s a lot). I have spoken similar words myself many times over the years. Here’s what tends to happen…..nothing. While many youth leaders long for the moment when a young person wants help to grow and change, it so often gets problematic after that initial question. Sometimes, in our eagerness to be that accountability help, we fail to work out what healthy accountability will look like.

The Next Questions.

What specific things would you like to be accountable for? What kind of questions will be helpful? How often should we address these areas? How can we make sure you are comfortable to be completely honest? How can we track progress? These are just a few of the questions that should be addressed before signing on an accountability partner. Because accountability can be difficult it is important to clarify and simplify the process in whatever way possible.

Accountability Partner App.

Is there an app for that? If you are looking for solutions try using one of the accountability apps developed specifically to help you connect in a simple and non-threatening way. There are a bunch made for the individual to track their web activity but few made specifically for Christian accountabillity partnerships. See the link below for the Accountability Partner App for Christians:

It’s just ONE element.

This tool can help you to customise your accountability questions but should not replace meeting face to face.  Emails should not replace your personal engagement. This tool can be used alongside the pocket mentoring guide, see:

Be sure to consider safe practise as you use any accountability tool. Are the questions you are asking appropriate to be asking your accountability partner? If holding a young person accountable does anyone else (church leaders, parents) know about this relationship? Have you kept records of your interactions? Do you know when you should be reporting what you hear? Be smart.

Keep it simple. There’s an app for that.


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LIFE: A Generous Life Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:40:07 +0000 admin  

Does money equal happiness?

How do our opinions about money and possessions influence our actions?

Does everything we own really belong to us?

This 5-week series looks at what the Bible says about money and possessions, and how we can honour God by living a generous life.

What’s inside?

Week 1: Money, Money, Money

Week 2: You Don’t Own Anything

Week 3: Give To The Poor

Week 4: A Giver’s Heart

Week 5: Giving Activity Ideas

Click here to download our brand new LIFE Guide from the MORE Website


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Ticking all the right boxes for potential leaders. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 01:35:35 +0000 admin What boxes? We can often have this mindset on how things should be done and sometimes it’s not a bad thing, but other times we seem to be caught up in these “boxes”.

When it comes to leadership, what are the boxes we need to tick for us to rise up and becomes the leaders God can use? When I think about great leaders of the Bible, I think of David. Thinking about it though, if we had a check list, did he tick all the right boxes? I guess it depends on who’s holding the check list.

People’s boxes…

1. He wasn’t old enough

When David wanted to take on Goliath, one of the first boxes he didn’t tick was his age. In the eyes of everyone else, he was just a kid. Saul told him not to be so ridiculous saying: “You’re only a boy!”

2. He was misunderstood

His passion was taken the wrong way and he was accused by his brother of having the wrong motive. He was put down by his brother who tried to belittle his value as a person. He wasn’t taken seriously as one who would lead the way.

3. He had no experience

Saul doubted his ability because of his lack of experience. He said Goliath has so much more experience than him and he questioned how he was going to face him.

4. He was unprepared

Saul dressed him in his armour because he had the feeling he was unequipped to face the enemy. He was loaded down with all that was needed to face the enemy as a true solider.

David didn’t tick any of the above boxes, but he still stood up to lead the way, reclaiming the ground the enemy had taken. He may not have ticked people’s boxes, but there was someone else’s list in which he ticked every box…


God’s boxes…

1. He was passionate

He stood out from everyone else because of his passion to stand up for God against the attack of the enemy.

2. He was confident

David wasn’t necessarily confident in his own ability, but he was 100% confident in God’s faithful power to deliver him. He didn’t put his faith and confidence in the natural things to protect him, such as Saul’s armour, but he put his confidence in God’s faithful power to deliver him.

3. He was focused

His focus was not on himself, but he understood the battle was for God. He knew what he was about to do was not for his own recognition, but for the glory of God.

4. He was dependant on God

David picked up a small stone to hurl at Goliath, but what was this small stone going to do when standing against such an experienced strong and fierce enemy? Choosing this stone represented what made him such a truly great leader. He didn’t grab a natural weapon like the one Saul tried to put on him, but this stone represented total dependence on God.

Leadership is about taking the small things God gives you to achieve some of the greatest results.

It’s time to look beyond the things that would tell you: “You can’t!” Fix your eyes on the God who equips people to step out into the open and be all he called and created them to be; passionate, confident, focused and dependent on God.

- Sharon Clanfield.

Sharon Clanfield

Sharon currently serves as Territorial Spiritual Life Coordinator for The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory. Sharon is passionate about the local church, and has over 20 years experience pastoring and leading Salvation Army churches in Australia and Canada.


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The Facebook page your youth want to look at Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:33:18 +0000 Nathaniel Brown This is mostly in reference to business marketing but I reckon there’s plenty in it for youth leaders too :)


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LIFE: 5 Manly Things You Won’t Learn From Movies Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:53:24 +0000 admin

We live in a culture that dictates how men should look, act and treat others.
Does this always align with Jesus’ example as a man on earth, or what the Bible tells us about living a healthy life?

This 5-week small group series looks at how men can strive to live more like Jesus through looking at how we treat others and managing our emotions.

What’s inside?

Week 1: Women Are To Be Honoured

Week 2: Inner Strength Is the Best Kind

Week 3: Violence Is For Wimps

Week 4: No-one Likes A Show-Off

Week 5: Emotions Are Rad…In Context

Click here to download our brand new LIFE Guide from the MORE Website

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C’mon get happy. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:20:18 +0000 Shandri Brown I have a confession to make.

For too long I have viewed happiness as the poor little brother of Christian joy.

I remember hearing a much older lady say to me in my teens that she had something better than happiness, she had ‘joy’. Well, as a teenage, new Christian I figured anyone with white hair possessed the wisdom of the ages and that happiness wasn’t really worth pursuit. Somehow my brain twisted the truth of what she was saying until true joy was not only considered a deep-seated satisfaction that sustains us through trials but that joy almost required living in some form of righteous suffering. (Just more evidence of the underdeveloped frontal lobes of adolesence).

So here I am, an adult who too often fails to value happiness because it a) seems selfish, b) the word ‘happy’ does not appear in the gospels, c) an elderly lady said joy was better, d) that darn immature brain development!

I don’t think it detracts in any way from the importance of joy in our lives to say that happiness is important too. If I spend a day with a deep undercurrent of joy in my Lord but on the surface seem moody or irritable I have set a bad example for those I lead. It’s ok to have a rough day, maybe even three, I don’t think anyone has set a legitimate limit on this :)However when we choose happiness as the chicken salt on our chips of joy we are able to show young people how to be grateful for the life we are in, how to revel in the blessings of God, how to be well and truly free.

Today I signed on for the happiness challenge set by It’s just one little way to remind myself each day of the countless little things I have to be happy about. You can click on the image below to find out more.

Dare you to join me.



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