As you contemplate the New Year, you might be on the hunt for fresh inspiration in your ministry, so we’ve compiled some resources that might be just what you’re looking for…
This website, developed by Presbyterian minister, Silvia Purdie, provides resources for faith and life. On this easy-to-use website, resources are categorised by use (baptism, funeral etc) and season, so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. See what is on offer: http://www.conversations.net.nz/
Youth Ministry in New Zealand
If you are new to the world of podcasts, these are audio clips that you can listen to on your desktop, smartphone or tablet. These podcasts are well produced, and the beauty of this particular podcast series is that it has been curated by New Zealand youth leaders Jasmin Vanderwerff (currently the children and families pastor at St Andrew’s Marton) and Anglican minister, Rev Tim Duxfield. The podcasts are conversational in style and easily relatable to our context. Listen to Anglican minister Susan Blaikie discuss “Successful vs Faithful Ministries” in a conversation that extends from youth ministry to how we do church. Other podcasts include Andy Spence, youth ministry leader, talking about “Building teams and surviving long-term”. New podcasts are added regularly.
Launched last year, is our own Knox Centre’s living library website, which contains resources you may have seen before, and no doubt, plenty you haven’t. Wayne Te Kaawa’s indepth examination of images of Jesus Christ in traditional and contemporary Maori art is worth a look (and listen): “Jesus Christ meets Ihu Karaiti” There are book recommendations, leadership resources and personal tales of faith and much more. Check out the Living Library
This Presbyterian Youth Ministry site includes a raft of useful resources to support your ministry with young people. Aimed at helping you create a long-term plan for discipling people aged from 10-30, the resources are categorised by “belief”, “practices”, “justice” and “life” so that we aren’t teaching on our pet topics over and over again. Check out Stepping Stones of Formation
Children’s Ministry Network
This network and associated website was created by Kids Friendly, Baptists, Anglicans and Scripture Union to connect children’s ministry workers around Aotearoa New Zealand. Through the website you can find training events, join a children’s ministry network near you, and more. Check out Children’s Ministry Network
The Bible Project
OK, this one’s definitely not New Zealand based, but it is pretty good. We have talked about The Bible Project on Candour before (read Carolyn Kelly’s review). The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere.
The website isn’t just for those new to the Bible, it’s suitable for all. Videos are well organised – you can search by Old Testament, New Testament or a particular theme. The Bible Project community seems happy with the offering if the hundreds of positive testimonials are anything to go by (surely that’s far too many to have got your Mum, brothers and sisters to do them!) Check out The Bible Project
If you’ve got a website, book or other resources that inspires and resources you, don’t hold back – tell us all about it. Leave the details in a comment and I’ll add it to the article.