YMTD Workshops

11:00am-11:55pm // Workshop Options A

Engaging Young People In Prayer

Olivia Frahm

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and hidden things you have not known”.
Prayer is at the heart of Youth Ministry, in leading young people to have a relationship with Christ. So how can we effectively engage young people in prayer? How can we help to create an environment for youth to truly encounter Christ? What does Jesus want to say to our young people? In this workshop Olivia will address these questions through sharing her experiences as well as practical tips on how to listen to God’s heart so that we may be an instrument in engaging His young people in prayer.
Olivia is a North Canterbury girl at heart, but has been working and volunteering full time in Catholic Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Christchurch since 2015. She has served in a variety of Parish and Diocesan based roles, including being the CYT Mission Team Leader in 2015 and working for a time as the Pastoral Assistant at St Teresa’s Parish. Olivia was the Parish Youth and Sacramental Coordinator at Christ the King Parish from 2016-2017, where she was able to incorporate her love for teaching, relational ministry and the Catholic faith in serving the children, youth and their families. She is passionate about encouraging and empowering all young people to be who God has called them to be, so that they may live abundant and purpose filled lives (John 10:10). “Aunty Liv”, as she is known, is now preparing to go to Honduras for 16 months as a missionary at the “Farm of the Child” Children’s Home.

An Engaging Youth Ministry

Sinead Gilgunn

“Do not let anyone treat you as if you are unimportant because you are young.” 1 Tim 4:12
How can I engage young people in the Catholic Church? In this workshop Sinead will be unlocking the key to this question. And exploring some methods in which we can attract young people through our parish doors week after week. This workshop will focus on giving you practical resources that will help your ministry to grow, as well as give you some tips about how to make meaningful connections with young people.
Sinead Gilgunn, and her husband Raymond moved to New Zealand in 2011 from Ireland. They have two children and they attend St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Parish. Sinead has an educational background in Theology and Pastoral Studies. She is the Formation and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator & Mission Team Supervisor for the Diocese of Christchurch Catholic Youth Team. She has a wealth of knowledge in facilitating youth and young adult events, formation programs, and supporting Parish based youth ministry. She has a great passion for Pastoral Theology and enjoys using her experience and education to empower people to actively participate in the Life and Mission of the Catholic Church.

Relational Ministry- Not just for Youth

Fr Alister Casitllo

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” Eph 5:1
What is relational ministry, and why is it so important? What would we talk about? What about all those awkward silences? And what on earth is “flossing”? Spending time with young people can seem quite daunting! We might assume that relational ministry is only reserved for those in youth ministry, but in fact all of us are called to this important ministry because at the end of the day, we are relational beings. This is why fostering relationships with our young people is key to building up a strong youth following in our parishes. We will explore what ‘relational ministry’ means, look at the practical skills for fostering and deepening our relationships with young people through this ministry, and consider the fact that Jesus Himself had a strong relational ministry.
Fr Alister is a recently ordained priest for the Christchurch Diocese. He is currently the Assistant Priest of Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles Catholic Parish (Hoon Hay & Halswell) and the Priest Chaplain at Christchurch Hospital. Fr Alister is passionate about Youth Ministry and has been involved in various ways since high school. At only 27 years of age, he is the youngest catholic priest in Aotearoa.

12:00pm – 12:55pm // Workshops Options B

Keeping Your Church Safe

James Bryant

“And I tell you, you Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt 19:18
Health and Safety and Safeguarding for children and vulnerable people have always been an important part of caring for young people in our communities. Recent changes to legislation and regulation mean that more than ever this should be an important consideration when running youth activities and programmes in our communities. During this workshop we will have a quick look at some of the basics of Safeguarding and Health and Safety and have a good open discussion about what we are doing and what else we need to do to build safe, healthy, happy communities for our young people.
James is the manager for the Christchurch Catholic Youth Team. James has over 20 years’ experience in ministry with young people including over five years in his role as the Youth Ministry Co-ordinator for Christ the King Parish here in Christchurch.

Music in Ministry Extravaganza

Sam Sivertsen

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.” Col 3:16
Not so much miming, more talking about music! Join me in exploring the relevance and power of music in ministry.  Topics covered: Music in Ministry, Youth Masses, Praise & Worship, Copyright (we all love copyright).
Sam is the CYT Music Ministry Coordinator and one crazy nut about music ministry.  She has been involved in music ministry for the past 18 years and counting.  Her second greatest desire is to hear our churches full of vibrant, appropriate, life giving, liturgically sound music leading all people to Christ.

Effective Structure for Youth Ministry

Delbert Castillo

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Cor 11:1
How do we make sure that our youth groups last a lifetime in our parishes? Join Delbert in discussing our youth ministries and what structures we can put in place so that our youth groups last longer than we do.
Delbert is the Parish Support Coordinator & Mission Team Supervisor for the Christchurch Diocese Catholic Youth Team. Delbert has had over 8 years of experience in Youth Ministry, volunteering for CYT events and was part of Mission Team 2012. Delbert is passionate about Ministry with young people in our communities and helped set up the flourishing St Teresa’s Youth Group which he and his wife Aiber still facilitate.

2:00pm – 2:55pm // Workshops Options C

 Cultural Engagement and COmmunication

 Viane Makalio

“For God does not show favouritism” Romans 2:11
Viane will be sharing on his experience’s working with diverse cultures and young people from different back grounds and the pros and cons of different approaches. He will also be sharing on different ways of engagement and how to do so effectively to get the most out of young people and how to keep these young people and groups engaged in youth group.
Viane has a 12 years of Youth work experience from small group facilitating, to organising camps and events both national and local. He currently works at the University of Canterbury as the Pacific Engagement Coordinator running the Pacific Development Team’s Communications and Events. In his free time he is also a leader at St Teresa’s Youth Group, Riccarton, Is a Trustee on the Pacific Youth Leadership And Transformation Council, a member of Youth Voice Canterbury and mentors young men. He has worked with many people from diverse backgrounds and engages with them on a daily basis. His work specifically with PYLAT and the Pacific community he will be sharing about, coupled with tips on how to engage with young people from different backgrounds and ethnic groups.

Supporting Vocations

Fr John O’Connor

“Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Col. 3:17
Talking to young people about vocations can be a scary thing, for them and ourselves. How can we show our young people that vocations in religious, married and single life are important in this day and age? In his workshop he will make a discerning life seem both attractive and easy.
Fr. John O’Connor is a priest of our Christchurch Diocese who has spent much of his ministry in a mix of parish, retreat and spiritual direction ministry. You may know him from his www.foodforfaith.org.nz.

YOuth on mission

Talia Steiner

“Proclaiming the Gospel”
In this workshop Talia will be talking about the importance of inspiring our youth to participate in mission work, and serving in our parish communities, school communities and wider communities. What the benefits are for Youth to participate in mission work and what fruits we have from the Mission work in our Diocese.
Talia Steiner is the Mission Team Coordinator at CYT. She is originally from the North Island and studied a Bachelor in Education (Early Childhood), but felt a calling to serve the church on a year of voluntary youth work on the Mission Team in 2017. She now coordinates the Mission Team and thoroughly enjoys supporting young adults in mission work and ‘Proclaiming the Gospel’ through a year of service.

Self-Care for Youth Leaders

Michael Hempseed

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16
Did you know Christian youth workers have one of the highest burnout rates of any industry, most last just 18-24 months? In this practical workshop we will look at what is burnout and why so many Christian youth workers have high rates of burnout. Then we will offer some practical steps that you can take to avoid this. How to spot burnout in others and how to approach someone who may be at risk of burnout. We will also look at the idea of putting others first, and how the mistaken application of this can lead to burnout.
Michael is a professional speaker. He delivers between 100 and 200 seminars and workshops a year on such diverse topics as overcoming failure, mental illness and burnout. Michael gained an honours degree in psychology from the University of Canterbury in 2008. Funny, full of enthusiasm and taking a genuine interest in people are all qualities that make Michael a captivating speaker. Michael loves to travel, having visited over 34 countries, including Cambodia, Morocco, China, India, Brazil and many others. In addition to this he hosts a radio show called Lighthouse of Hope. Recently Michael spoke at TEDX Darwin.

3:30pm // Workshops Options D

Mentoring/Spiritual/Pastoral Direction

DIana INgle

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7
In this workshop, I will look at the importance of looking after your emotional, physical and spiritual well-being and how good pastoral care, mentoring and spiritual direction can help keep you healthy and thriving in body soul and spirit. I will explain the difference between pastoral support, Spiritual Direction and Mentoring, the benefits of each, and how to provide guidance to others on this topic in our Parishes and communities.
Diana Ingle (aka Mama Di) is a wife and mother. In the last ten years Mama Di has worked with Youth and Young Adults in the Christchurch Diocese, as a parish youth worker, charismatic youth prayer group leader, a CYT staff member and camp mum. She currently does mentoring, offers prayer for healing, and oversees a young adult’s community. She has a weird sense of humor and loves adventure!

Catholics and Word of God – Do You Even Read, Bro?

Dean Mischewski

“I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” Psalm, 119:15-16
There’s a myth among some non-Catholics – and even some Catholics – that we don’t pay enough attention to the Scripture, that Catholics don’t really know their Bibles. The aim of this workshop is to help bust that myth, and it’s an important one to bust because as St Jerome’s famously said, “Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ.” We’ll give some practical advice on how to know your Bible better, how to get more out of your Scripture reading time, and how to use ancient memory techniques along with modern tools to help “lock it in”, so that the Word of God is always close to your mind and to your heart.
Dean Mischewski lives in Christchurch, where he attends St. Bernadette’s church in the Hornby-Darfield parish. He is married to his high-school sweetheart, Julie, and is the father of nine Children. Dean has had a long-standing interest in apologetics and runs kiwicatholic.com, a website dedicated to the explanation and defence of the Christian faith and world-view. He has a master’s degree in theology, and enjoys discussing (and living!) Catholic teaching.

Theology of the Body for Parishes

April Williams

“The body, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and the divine. It was created to transfer into the visible reality of the world the mystery hidden since time immemorial in God [God’s love for man], and thus to be a sign of it.” TOB February 20, 1980
If you have ever had questions about who God is, who you are, love, sex relationships, your purpose and how it all fits together, then you might be in interested in Theology of the Body. This workshop aims  to explain not only what Theology of the Body is, in an easy to digest format, but give a framework to answer the big questions of life in light of Church Teaching. Resources will be introduced that can target different audiences and age groups in parishes, youth groups and beyond. You will also have time to share challenges, ask questions and think of ways to meet pastoral needs. There will also be an opportunity for a follow on course in Christchurch.