The Abbey is Tikanga Pākehā’s national gathering for youth ministry leaders, and it’s happening on the 24th to the 26th of August in our diocese, at Waikanae’s El Rancho Christian Camp. If you’re a youth leader, then get yourself along to The Abbey and get ready to be inspired, to be strengthened and to add to your youth ministry toolbox! Andy Spence, our Hutt Valley Youth Development Co-ordinator is going to be there and he’s keen to see as many other youth leaders from our diocese joining in. “The Abbey 2018 is going to be a packed weekend of prayer, worship, laughter, new friends and old friends, workshops, keynote speakers, team competitions, good coffee and chill spaces,” he tells us.
This year’s theme “Overflow” centres on how God fills us with His love, hope and power. It focuses on how our relationship with Jesus causes us to overflow with who He is, so that our local communities are impacted by the Gospel. The key verse that the conference will explore is ‘The mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart’ (Luke 6:45).
“Our speakers are really going to bring it this year!” says Andy. “We have Merrilyn Withers, an absolute legend in youth ministry, who has a special gift in helping youth workers to minister from a place of health, and Dion Fasi, a well-respected youth pastor, who offers practical tools for outworking The Great Commission in local settings. We also have Hope and Eugene Fuimaono, leading us in an incredible time of worship.”
This is undoubtedly going to be a weekend of encouragement and equipping. If you know a youth leader in your parish, check out this website and get them along to The Abbey.