Ministry with Children & Families

This course introduces you to key aspects of effective and sustainable ministry with children and their families. Through engagement with theory and practical examples, students will be introduced to different approaches to ministry with children and families, as well as to biblical & theological foundations for this ministry.

For more information and to register contact Laidlaw College


Certificate in Effective Children’s MinistryKidsReach logo for PP

Check out this accessible and affordable children’s ministry online course.  Kidsreach has been effectively resourcing children’s ministry leaders for more than 25 years, so we believe this course will be well worth exploring for those starting out in children’s ministry and/or those already in children’s ministry.

For course content and registration details click here.

Many children and young people leave our churches, and in some cases abandon their faith. So we need to constantly explore and challenge the way we do children’s ministry. This course employs current research and expert views to inform the way we teach our students to minister with children and families. This course also shares stories and experience from churches who are bucking the trend (of children leaving the church) and nurturing young people to grow a faith that stays with them all their lives.


Certificate in Child & Family LeadershipCAREY

This certificate can be done part-time over two or more years. The course offers four papers designed to help equip you for the opportunities and challenges of serving Jesus in ministry to children and families.

The Certificate in Child & Family Leadership:

  • Equips you with practical tools for ministering to children and families
  • Promotes thinking and learning to help you be an informed ministry practitioner.
  • Is accessible for those with no previous training.
  • Offers flexible modes of study allowing you to study when it’s convenient for you.
  • The papers can be taken individually, (stand alone), or as part of the certificate. They can also be used towards the higher qualifications that Carey offers.

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Each one of us a unique creation of God.  We each have our God-given gifts and talents.    StrengthsFinder is a tool that gives you the language to understand what your talents are and to confidently talk about them and intentionally use them.  Your ultimate potential lies in doing what YOU naturally do best.   It is an amazing tool that enhances relationships – family, work and church.

The Kids Friendly team have all done the very affordable and accessible Strengths Finder test and coaching and it has been very valuable in helping us work to our strengths and value and respect what others bring to the team.

For more information on Strengths Finder or to organise your test and coaching contact Rachel Sangster, Strengths Finder Coach.   Rachel is also specialised in using the Strengths tools with children and families.


Developing volunteer and paid leaders

CViC exists to resource community-facing ministry leaders in churches across New Zealand.

Their workshops form part of their Community Link Training Course, but are also available as a stand-alone offering to those who, with their teams, wish to be upskilled in the subject of a particular workshop. Their workshops are practical, professional and highly valuable. After attending a workshop it is possible to upgrade to the full Community Link Training Course.

They presently offer three workshops per year in Auckland and Wellington. The workshops are cyclical and are intended to cover six essential toolboxes that every church-based community leader needs. However each workshop is also built around the passions and expertise of the workshop facilitators, so no two workshops are ever the same! The facilitators are all passionate, respected practitioners and are drawn from across the New Zealand denominational spectrum.
The six essential toolboxes they cover are:

  • Beginning with the End in Mind
  • How to Engage your Community
  • How to be an Inspiring Leader
  • Raising Up and Empowering a Team
  • Resourcing your Plan
  • Succession Planning and Saving Yourself from Burnout

Here is what attendees say:

“I was truly inspired by the two day course and I am as keen as mustard to complete the training!”

“Speakers were to the point and on topic and on time!”

“I’ve done my share of courses and workshops. Last Saturday was definitely the best day event that I’ve been to!”

“Loved the small group discussion opportunities!”
To find out more, visit or contact Howard Webb or 021 832 390