GODtalk is a digital outreach-training resource for youth and youth leaders. It includes free online video content, and is purposed to see young people throughout our nation talking about the Christian faith again.

View the Godtalk website at www.godtalk.nz 

or read the below to know a little of the ‘what and why’ behind it.

WHY?

Involvement with NZ Church youth ministries is declining significantly in New Zealand — yet 90% of those who come to faith in Christ do so before the age of 20.  We believe there is a clear and compelling need for a new youth initiative in New Zealand, on behalf of all the authentic Christians who in our nation, and who contributed to our nation’s history, and to our heritage as Westerners!

In a community with a High School between of 900 to 1000 students, 180 were in a youth group 25 years ago, 80 were 15 years ago, and less than 35 are today. If we multiply this by 15 cities and 100+ towns, it paints a picture.

THE SOLUTION

We hope to create an online resource that provides collections of 5-minute long video-tutorials, in three areas. Youth, youth leaders, regional overseers and national youth leaders can all freely access and utilise this resource.

1.

Outreach equipping

If youth leaders are not equipping their youth in this area – or do not know how, now they do! God-talk provides youth and youth leaders with 5 outreach-equipping videos per year, with discussion guides. Ongoing equipping and mobilising of young people is thus enabled.

2.

Leadership training 

Youth leaders will be provided with 12 leadership-training video-tutorials (with discussion guides) on how to (i) build an outreaching culture, and (ii) how to attract crowds and facilitate some great outreaching programs. Youth leadership teams can watch these to learn together. When the person leading the youth ministry chances (which happens every 2 years on average) the church’s pastor can ask the new youth leader to look at these videos – enabling the new youth leader to know what their God-given mission is, and how they might lead their group in it. 

3.

School groups

A decreasing number of secondary schools have Christian groups in them, and while there are occasionally regional efforts to connect school groups together, there is nothing national (as measured by having groups in 8 or more provinces) at this point in time. The hope is therefore to create 10 leadership-training video-tutorials on how to run an effective groups in their secondary school (while also, where needed, providing a ‘mandate’ for these groups that teachers and Principals might respect), to help believing students to represent Christ well to others in their school. (The hope would then be to provide monthly testimonial videos via FB to encourage and resource groups with ideas). (Note: Some great resources already exist, like 101 ideas for school groups from ‘New Generation’ here)

We believe the above three points are priority-needs for the New Zealand Church. We identify them as distinct gaps in the work that currently exists. It is essential that our nation’s youth ministries know their mission, and are equipped to serve it.

IS THIS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO BE PART OF?

If you’re a youth pastor/leader in your church, or a youth wanting to get equipped, or learn more about how to run a schools group, then sign up  for our updates (that offer free resources) here.