Friday 6th - Friday 13th October 2017
For Youth Pastors and Key Leaders
The National Youth Ministry Conference (NYMC) is a gathering of the tribe, church leaders, chaplains, school workers, university missionaries, community workers, teachers, pastors and parents - NYMC exists for you.
With 40+ sessions from some of the best of the nation, you are guaranteed to be equipped, inspired and encouraged as you seek to serve and lead the next generation.
I think that, for most of us, there are times in life when it all just feel like Too Much.
There may be some days, weeks, months, maybe even years when – for whatever reason – just getting through the day, or going to work, or putting one foot in front of the other feels hard. Really, really hard.
Maybe it’s because you’re wrestling with anxiety, depression or some other mental illness. Maybe it’s because you’ve had your heart broken. Maybe you’ve gone through a physical or emotional trauma. Maybe you’re deeply grieving. Or maybe there’s no easily understood reason for why you’re feeling bad.
Whatever the case, I want you to know that it’s OK if you’re going through a tough time. This doesn’t make you any less lovable, worthy or capable. This just means you’re human.
Being a human can be a messy, hard, confusing, painful experience sometimes...... Click here for full article...
Engaging young people with scripture needs to begin with the end in mind, and that happens best when you ask good questions in your planning. Article by Adrian Blenkinsop on biblesociety.org.nz
Id just finished speaking to a group of youth leaders about what’s shaping and influencing young people, and how to engage them with scripture, when a young leader approached me with a mix of concern and expectation written across his face. ‘That was really good’, he said, ‘but can you tell me what people are doing that’s working out there – what’s the really cool thing that’s getting kids into the Bible’.
I disappointed him.
‘Mate, I’m sorry, but there’s no ‘one brilliant idea’ that I can honestly say is working for everyone – its not as easy as that’ I replied. ‘But – you must have something that you can tell me to do with my kids!’ he implored....
“Are you living in a way today that will help you thrive tomorrow?” Article by Carey Nieuwhof on churchleaders.com
So you’ve noticed something. Your ability to lead well seems to fluctuate. Some days (and seasons) you seem to be in top shape. You have energy and enthusiasm, a clear mind and your decision making is sharp.
But on other days (and in other seasons) you’re sluggish, fuzzy or so burdened down you feel like you can’t lead anything well.
The main source for worship music in Baptist churches around New Zealand is music that has been written overseas by other denominations. Today, we have hundreds of talented song writers, poets and musicians in our churches and youth groups.
The Baptist Worship Project has been set up to provide a place where local, New Zealand, Christian, Baptist-artists can be heard and to offer an opportunity for them to have their music (poetry, spoken-word, etc) recorded and released.
The project is this; we want to gather together all of the amazing songs from local artists that represent Baptist values and theology. To do that we want you to submit them to us via this website.* Then once we have accumulated enough quality songs, a select and diverse group of musicians, pastors and theologians will sit down to select, five or ten or fifteen (or more) songs to be professionally recorded and distributed thought out New Zealand and beyond.
The songs will be selected on how they work musically and how they represent our New Zealand Baptist theology. For a complete outline of Baptist worship theology, please click here (*ill get this to you shortly)
At this point we do not know exactly how we will record and produce each song, but we will be in contact with each person who submits a song to reflect back to them about their songs.
One idea is to have a group of professional Christian musicians record the songs. This will produce a higher quality album with a lower cost. Or the artists themselves may play/sing on their tracks, however this is logistically difficult and costly. Again, no plans at this stage have be set and we will only proceed once we have your express permission. It is important to note that we will not use, release or perform anything you submit without your express permission that we will get from you when we contact you after you have submitted your song. You are submitting your songs for consideration and by submitting a song you are not transferring the rights to your music.
Our goal is to produce an album of worship music, written and recorded by New Zealand Christians from New Zealand churches, for New Zealand Baptist churches.
However, worship is more than just music, so we also want you to submit artwork that could be on the albums cover or inlays, spoken word, poems, electronic music and so on. Maybe your gifting in worship is animation or video editing and making. Great, we also want these to accompany the songs on the albums as we realise music videos to accompany some of the tracks.
This is what we will need from you
- The lyrics (on either a word document or a pdf)
- The chords or sheet music to accompany the lyrics (on either a word document or a pdf)
- A recording of your song – this can be done by almost any phone and then uploaded to the site. If you have access to more recording equipment, then please use what you have available. You probably have a very capable sound-person in your church, so ask them about how to get a decent quality recording to submit. It does not have the be a great recording, we just need it to get the feel of the song.
Once you have submitted your piece, we will make contact with you to discuss where to from here.
More information and ability to submit is coming soon