Wed, 08 Sep 2021 01:30:41 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 32 32 Housefires Wed, 08 Sep 2021 01:28:19 +0000 This an online leadership night set to stoke the flame each of us carry for the next generation, featuring a word from Ps. Dave Edgar.

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YOUTH DEVOTIONALS Thu, 17 Jun 2021 03:08:52 +0000 Read more]]> Eric Agyeman is a Youth Mentor + Speaker and John Maxwell Team Member. He has an incredible testimony and is super engaging and relevant. See below for a few short devotionals of his that you can use to encourage your teenagers!

Week 1, Video 1 – Building Resilience

Week 1, Video 2 – Building Resilience

Week 2, Video 1 – Overcoming Worry & Anxiety

Week 2, Video 2 Overcoming Worry & Anxiety

Week 3, Video 1 – Goals & How to reach them

Week 3, Video 2, Goals & How to reach them

Week 4, Video 1 – The no.1 way to improving the relationship with your Parents

Week 4, Video 2 – Moving from sibling rivalry to sibling harmony

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Youth pastor + leaders teaching devotionals Thu, 10 Jun 2021 07:01:21 +0000 Read more]]> Eric Agyeman is a Youth Mentor + Speaker and John Maxwell Team Member. He has an incredible testimony and is super engaging and relevant. See below for a few short devotionals of his that you can use to encourage your youth leaders or use in a leaders meeting!

Video 2 – What You Have is Enough
Video 3 – Keep Going, Good Things Are Ahead
Video 4- Barnabas The Encourager

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ROOKIES COURSE Thu, 08 Apr 2021 06:42:21 +0000 Read more]]> Have you got some junior or new leaders and want to do a leadership training course but not sure what content to use? We’ve got you sorted!

We’ve uploaded @oneyouthvic ‘s Rookies Course they have run with so many amazing young people and young leaders over a number of years. The topics we go cover are

  • Servanthood
  • Influence
  • Teachability
  • Discipleship
  • Churches Key Values- we have left this blank so you can add in your own churches key values (super important for teenagers to catch the vision of the church and not just the youth ministry!)
  • Who we are as a Youth ministry- we have added in One Youth Vic’s ‘Who we Are’ document, but feel free to add in yours!


We hope this helps you create your own Rookies Course you can use with your young people!

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Have an event on Friday and want to promote it at youth? This website is free and super easy to use! All you have to do is upload your image and it will print out your poster into A4 grid posters that make up one big poster to put up around youth.


Want to promote an event but don’t want to print out flyers(that they will probably loose anyway)? Create a QR CODE which takes your teens directly to all the info they need without a flyer.


Don’t have to access to paid music track websites? Moises separates your tracks for you to use on a Friday night for your worship set!

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YTH CAMP BUDGET TEMPLATE Thu, 18 Mar 2021 04:00:51 +0000 Read more]]> Youth Camps! Always one of the highlights of your youth calendar!

Lots of fun, hard work and planning goes into these few days, so we know how important it is to get your budget right for your camp.

One of the biggest things you can do to help your camp budget is to fundraise. Here are a few ideas;

  • Sponsor a teen: A lot of teens can’t afford to come to camp, but from experience, we know there are some very generous people in churches that would love to sponsor a teen to come to camp. One visual way to do this is to have a blown up image of a bus and once a seat is paid each seat on the bus is crossed out/filled in.
  • BBQ: Always a good one, you could even do pay too much for your sausage and get people to donate however much they want.
  • Bunnings BBQ: Classic way to raise some money on a Saturday at your local bunnings!
  • Hire a youth leader: Hire out youth leaders to do different tasks like mow lawns, cook dinner for someone, clean a house etc.

See below for the Camp Budget Template, which you can download and use for your camp this year!


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REAL REST Mon, 07 Dec 2020 06:08:00 +0000 Read more]]> Matthew 11: 28

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

This year there has been a lot of time to ‘rest’. Staying at home when we used to go to Youth & Church every week and all the events we missed in between. But here we are at the end of the year and a lot of us would be feeling exhausted and ready for holidays! So while you’re on holidays let’s take time to really rest. Don’t just spend the whole time binging Netflix (surely we watched enough in iso) but take some time out with God.

Don’t feel disappointed in life or ministry about 2020. No one expected the year to look like this, no ones year was how they planned. But going into 2021 we can experience a really amazing rest. We can go into the year feeling confident, ready for our personal lives to do great, our youth ministries to flourish, our families to be strong and see incredible growth in our lives if we set up these holidays right for ourselves.

Spend time with your family and friends these holidays. Make up for everything that didn’t happen in 2020. Spend time seeking God- ask Him what this next year will look like for you personally and for your youth ministry.

As ‘restful’ as it might seem to binge movies for hours, or go for a run or go on our phones on insta, it doesn’t leave you feeling a real rest. It’s temporary and it won’t leave you as rested as you need. The only way you will feel a real rest going into 2021 is spending time with God and meditating on the word and passages such as Matthew 11. So do that these holidays! Prioritise this time and get ready to charge into the next year ready for all that God has for you and your youth min!

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YTH LEADING ON THE HOLIDAYS Mon, 30 Nov 2020 02:09:34 +0000 Read more]]> It’s been a year like no other. You’ve been contacting teens more than you ever have, trying to help them through a Global Pandemic while also trying to get through it yourself!

You might feel refreshed from this year, but you might feel extremely tired. And so holidays are your time to rest and get ready for another year.

But what about your teens? What about spending time with them? It might be holidays but you’re still their youth leader. How do you find a balance on the holidays? Here’s a few tips we have on leading over the holidays.

1. REST– At the end of every year, we all need rest! But this year especially, take some time to rest properly. Have days to hang out with friends & fam. Have days to go to the beach, the drive ins, BBQ hangs, have days where that is your focus- just to rest!

2. SCHEDULE– Find a balance that works for you! Amongst the rest, schedule some time in with your teens. Do fun group hangs or go out for a coffee with them. Yes you need rest, but find some time to prioritise your teens still. This will look different for everyone, but find a schedule that is gonna work for you.

3. WATCH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA– Don’t let your standards fall when you’re on holidays. Your teens still are watching what you post & like & follow! Your teens still need your guidance. They’re looking to you. Like Paul says in 1 Corinthians ‘follow my example as I follow the example of Christ’- teens are looking on your social media (probably more than usual because they have more time!) So keep your insta consistent over the holidays.

4. PRIORITISE CHURCH – Yes schedule in times for holidays, but when you’re not on holidays on a Sunday- prioritise going to church. Still post about church, still engage with church online. Don’t let yourself take a break from letting God move in your life.

Don’t forget your influence on your teens, still be part of their worlds throughout the holidays, but enjoy your rest!

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BUILDING A STRONG INTERNING CULTURE Wed, 18 Nov 2020 02:20:00 +0000 Read more]]> By Dave Reardon, Youth Alive Victoria Academy Director @docreardon

Schools don’t teach you how to negotiate the best deal for 100 pizzas.

Or how to run a small group for a handful of hyperactive teenage boys.

Or how to plan a 3-week relationships series that keeps kids engaged.

Or how to set a massive bonfire alight by firing flaming arrows.

Okay that last one is probably for good reason … but it was still epic!

Youth leadership is, as the name suggests, all about LEADING young people into their God-given destiny. And one of the most powerful vehicles to do this is through a dedicated internship program. 

The problem that most leaders hit when they think about interns, is that it’s a lot of WORK.  And believe me, it is! But it’s absolutely worth the effort. In my time as a young adults pastor, we ran a program called One80 with 6 to 10 interns each year. It was intense … it was definitely hard work … but it was VERY rewarding.

Over the past decade, almost all of those (often shaggy-haired and barefooted) interns have gone on to greater things in God.  A number are senior pastors, several took on youth ministry positions, some are engineers, others are successful professionals and loving parents. Most importantly, almost all of them are still active in their local church.

Those years in the trenches developed an interning strategy that we still use today in Youth Alive Academy – where students study leadership and theology at Bible College while also interning for 1 day per week in their local church.  

Allow me to outline a few of the foundational principles that we teach students and youth pastors alike at Academy:

1. Interns are trainees, not coffee slaves

Ephesians 4:12 says leaders are appointed to: “equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

Yes there’s a place for photocopying, coffee-runs and setting up chairs … but we’re robbing our interns if it never goes beyond that.  I have seen too many cases where interns are used as glorified baby-sitters or gardeners.  We have to do better than that. Interns are with us for a relatively short time and we must put in the effort to help them define their calling, gain experience and ‘see behind the curtain’ of ministry. Interning is about building their tomorrow, not making our today easier.

In fact, anyone who’s ever had an intern knows that it’s actually MORE work for you.  Sometimes it feels that it would be easier to do a task yourself but that’s not the point. Leaders must lead. So be prepared to lead your interns – consciously and constantly.

2.  Growth starts with a Blueprint

We set up interns for success with positive, clear and frequent communication. Initially, you’ll want to take time to discuss their strengths and their learning style. Be practical about their hours and office etiquette as well as lifestyle expectations. Ask about their dreams and expectations from an internship.

Over the next couple of months, you’ll want to focus on teaching your interns WHY you do what you do in youth ministry. Provide a short list of books/podcasts/videos for them to study and keep them accountable by checking in each week. Discuss what they are learning and help them ‘join the dots’ in your local setting.

Also take time each week to discuss the nuts-and-bolts of weekly services and programs. Get them involved in some easier tasks (eg. Ordering 100 pizzas for supper or running a game). Then, as they grow in confidence and experience, give them more challenging opportunities – such as taking more responsibility for an outreach event or even a camp.  Over time, you can delegate more responsibility (not just tasks but authority to lead and make decisions). 

TIP: Don’t overburden them with too much responsibility early, remember Luke 16:10 says – “whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” 

3. Leaders inspect what you expect

A leader’s silence is seen as tacit approval. So plan to have regular meetings to debrief your interns (a slap on the back after youth service is NOT debriefing, you’ve got to be more intentional). If you’re not properly debriefing an intern’s performance then they’re probably not growing.

Again, don’t just throw them in the deep end.  Take the time to walk alongside your interns because that is how we get fruit that lasts. Remember the old adage about delegation:

Step 1: watch me do it,

Step 2: let’s do it together,

Step 3: I’ll watch you do it and give you feedback.

TIP: Be patient. If an intern bombs with a public task during youth group, it’s unlikely that you need to correct them on the night (when everything is fresh and they might be defensive). Give it a couple of days until you’re both back in the office, grab coffee, then ask them how they could have improved.  It’s likely the intern already knows where they went wrong and will be grateful to get it off their chest.

4. What is in your hand?

Sometimes youth pastors find it hard to see the potential right in front of their eyes. We can be jealous of an intern program in a church across town, and all the while, God is actually asking us the same question he asked of Moses in Exodus 4:12- what is in your hand?  

Why not start praying and planning to run an internship program next year. Maybe like me, you’ll find there’s a mob of shaggy-haired, barefoot champions just waiting to be harnessed for the things of God. 

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KEYS FOR AN ASSISTANT YOUTH PASTOR Fri, 13 Nov 2020 02:19:55 +0000 Read more]]> Hello Friends!

Firstly, thank you for taking the time to log on and read this post. I am honoured to share with you my experience serving as an assistant youth pastor and hope that you will receive something from it.

1 Samuel 14:7 New International Version

7 “Do all that you have in mind,” his armour bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”

I absolutely love this passage about Jonathan and his armour bearer. It is my go-to phrase when I am asked what I do; rather than just responding that I’m an assistant youth pastor, I respond that I am an armour bearer. 

Assistant youth pastors can look like a lot different things depending on your role requirements and who you are. You could be the admin beast of your youth ministry or the young gun that is primed up to be the next lead youth pastor. Regardless, I believe there are many keys that can be applied to any assistant leader to unlock personal growth and potential. So, in this post, I’m going to focus on three of them.

One: Follow

I love that in this passage the armour-bearer says, “Do all that you have in your mind” and that he followed Jonathan and his God given plan. We need to understand that as assistants we follow our leader – their vision and plan for the youth ministry. Our responsibility is to take their vision and ideas, to run with them and to implement them. Yes, we are leaders in our own right and our styles or approach may be different, but we don’t steer the ship. We gather leaders and a team to outwork the goal that has been spoken over the youth ministry by our leader. 

As leaders in general we are all under authority, just like I am to my youth pastor as well as the youth pastor is to the senior pastor. We will always have people above us and people that will follow us as well. I would put this to you: you want to follow your leader in the way you would want your leaders to follow you.  

Two: Serve 

Being a servant leader is one of the fundamental principles of leadership. I would say that in this particular role, as the assistant youth pastor, serving your youth pastor and church should be a priority. In the case of the armour-bearer, he says that he is with him “heart and soul”. So like him, we should be serving our pastor and ministry so we can get the job done. 

Sometimes as leaders we think that we’ve made it or that we’ve settled in a position, but I believe that when we humble ourselves to serve someone else’s vision, helping it come to fruition, that one day someone will serve our own God vision too.

Practically, this might look like being alert and observant, paying attention to detail or being well organised to help serve the person above you. Sometimes it could be something as simple as being a sounding board or co-strategist when brainstorming ideas, other times it could be assisting with an area that they need help. Whatever it looks like, we are called to serve. 

Three: Honour

I believe that honouring our leaders is a very biblical and central way we should act as assistant youth pastors. No matter who our leader is (if they’ve been great or challenging) honour is always due to them. 

One of the roles of the armour bearer is to shoulder some of the weight that the leader is carrying. We need to be prepared to take a bullet for them, back them up, speak highly of them to the team and defend in times of battle. 

Honour is something that unlocks spiritual favour – God honours you when you honour others. 

I would have loved to share examples and experiences of my journey as an assistant youth pastor, but I think that this post would go for days if I did! I hope that you still got something out of these three keys that are core to effective ministry as an assistant youth pastor. If you’re in this sort of role in this season, can I encourage you to follow, serve and honour your leaders as well as your youth ministry. God will give you the grace, wisdom and favour to see you through to what He has called you to. 

Lastly, it wouldn’t be fair for me to finish this post without honouring my own leader, Ps Dave Edgar, who has taught me an incredible amount. I honour you for the leader that you are and thank you for giving me the opportunity to be your armour bearer. I’m really humbled that I get to do this role.

Ps Ramon Raux

Assistant Youth Pastor 

Faith Christian Church 

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