So who is Anglican Youth Ministries and what does AYM actually do?
We facilitate youth ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. We offer parishes in the Diocese of Auckland combined youth group events – both social and spiritual – as well as diocesan-wide discipleship and evangelistic camps. We also provide communications networks to promote events, resources, to share news and photos of events.
We provide youth minister networks for support, training and resources. For young leaders, we run a leadership development program called “BOLD“. We offer diocesan and national leadership opportunities for youth and young adults through The Abbey, The Grace Collective, Three Tikanga Synod and Youth Exchange.
We offer churches consultancy services, advice on safety issues, and are advocates for young people in the church and society. We support building relationships with our Three Tikanga partners, mission agencies, parachurch youth organisations and other denominational youth leaders.
Our team is:
Karen Spoelstra: Karen is our Diocesan Youth Facilitator (DYF). She loves building relationships across the diocese, has loads of experience in ministry with youth and young adults, and has the added bonus of being a mum to two young adult boys.
Emily Paterson: Emily is our Ministry Mentor – She’s been involved in youth ministry for many years. Emily loves disciple-ing young people, and equipping others to do so too.
Jeremy Harris: Jeremy co-ordinates the Grace Collective (our young adults community). Jeremy also studies full time at Carey Baptist College and he enjoys riding bikes, reading poetry and exploring abandoned places.
Eleanor Calder: Eleanor is our Ministry Assistant. She is a music and business student at Auckland Uni and loves making music and being behind a camera.
Wendy Leitch: Is our wonderful team administrator, she keeps the office running smoothly.
The AYM Facebook Page can be found here.
The AYM YouTube channel can be found here.