Firstly thank you for your YES to being a leader in youth and young adult ministry. It is a blessing that we get to share in the mission of Christ as we continue to bring His Gospel to our world. We pray that this page is your one stop shop to all things youth ministry.
The ACYM team hopes this page will be a resource to you in your youth ministry journey. We hope that it provides you with the assistance you need as you continue serving the Church today. If you feel like, we need to add a particular item to our existing list of resources, please do contact us at [email protected]
This year has surely been unique and as we get more accustomed to our new normal, we at ACYM will continue to walk alongside you. We desire to support you in any way we can so that you can continue to serve your young people. The team are in the process of creating a number of resources that will help support and guide your ministry. Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you are looking for something specific or if you need a chat. We are here for you.
Core Documents for Ministry
The following documents are foundational resources to support youth groups and leaders. These include both local and national resources and cover formation and policy for a successful youth initiative.
Tu Kahikatea – Standing Tall | a framework for ministry to young people in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Hikoi Tahi – Standards for Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry | standards for Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry.
Code of Conduct | For employees and volunteers in the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand
Standards for Volunteers and Employees - for all 'workers' whether paid or unpaid - minister, volunteer or employee
Working with Children | Advice for interpreting and applying the Vulnerable Children Act 2014
The Bishop has conveyed the importance of health and safety responsibility in our Parishes and has asked Parish Priests to encourage and support the Parish’s attention to proper Health and Safety practice. As leaders of ministry to young people we ask that you pay due attention to the health and safety of the young people that you minister with and to. It is best practice for all those who are leaders in youth ministry to have an understanding about Hikoi Tahi and the Volunteer Standards in Youth Ministry. This document is based on and builds on the National Code of Ethics for Church Volunteers promulgated by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference in 2003. It is also best practice for all leaders who are working with young people to complete a Police vet check form. Please complete this and send to Joey ([email protected]) or Rochelle ([email protected]) in the ACYM Office. We will arrange for our HR Manager to process the request for checking.