Youth: Mission - DO Team and local (Gary Grut)

1. Learning Experience

This Youth option is designed to give you new insights about youth ministry. There is no expectation that you are working in a youth ministry role, in fact other church leadership roles often benefit from insight into areas of ministry different to their own.

In the first few weeks, as you begin:

Email the Facilitator: Gary Grut (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to introduce yourself.

Spend some time reflecting on your own understanding of youth ministry from a theological perspective. Record (journal) any things you feel are significant, or ideas you would like to engage with. This is to enable you at the end of this option to assess how far you have travelled through the ten-month period. This is a private document for you unless you choose to share something of the detail in your final reflection or with your coach.

Throughout the ten months:


Carry out the following three steps:

1. Read:

K. P. Yohannan, Revolution in World Missions (GFA, 2009).
Buy online at Book Depository, or borrow from the Carey library.

2. Engage in a DO Team trip overseas.

‘DO’ stands for ‘Discipleship Overseas’. DO Team trips are organised by Baptist Youth Ministries (BYM). Set during the July school holidays each year, they typically focus on service in the Pacific region for young people aged 15+. Read more about Do Teams on the BYM webpage…

3. Develop and execute a local mission initiative with the same team post the DO Team trip.

2. Reflection


Reflect on these questions:

a) How did the people you engaged with in both the overseas and local contexts live?

b) What were the differences between the trip overseas and the local context?

c) What was God’s activity in both contexts and what were the differences?

d) How did you partner with God to live out the gospel in both contexts?

e) What initiatives did you put in place?

f) What ongoing plan do you have for engaging young people in God’s mission to this world locally and overseas?

Use the five questions in the Lifelong Learning for Registration Reflection Guide as a basis to aid your reflection as you read the book(s) – the questions can be used for each chapter, section, or the entire book. Use your response to these questions as conversation starting points when you meet with your coach, who is to be a dialogue partner as you engage with this material (meet with them at least once every two months), perhaps focus each meeting on a particular chapter, section, or idea.

By 15 November:

Following the DO Team and local mission initiative, as well as having had regular meetings with your coach, write a reflection (1000 words, or a 10 minute vlog). Discuss your reflections from the questions above. Do you intend to change your personal life and/or pastoral ministry as a result of your learning and reflection over this twelve-month period? Submit this to the Facilitator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and share it with your coach.

Feel free to email or phone the Facilitator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) thoughts or questions at any time through the year.

3. Coach

At the start of this ten-month option, you need to make arrangements with a suitable person to act as your coach through the ten months, meeting at least once every two months. This person should be someone accessible to your local context, able to meet physically or online with you regularly over this time. They need to be willing and able to walk alongside you during the ten months. Ask them if they would read the books listed above if they haven’t already. The objective is for your coach to meet with you and help you to assess your current ministry practice and develop your learning experience into new or altered patterns of ministry practice in your own context. Email this Guide to Coaching page to a potential coach to see that they are willing and able to work with you throughout the ten months, which will involve five or six meetings with you of about an hour in length.

Ask your coach to help you engage with your own reflection – you might bring a different topic or area from the books each time you meet, as well as your responses to the five questions on the Reflection Guide from different parts of the readings.


Based on your reflection (in the section above), ask your coach to engage with you to work on this plan for mission in your own ministry context.

By 15 November:

Submit a 1000 word reflection (or 10 minute vlog) based on the ten-month process, commenting on your reflection and coaching. The facilitator will engage with your written reflection.

Facilitators: Gary Grut And Sam Kilpatrick


Gary Grut started as a youth pastor at Holy Trinity Anglican, Devonport in 1987 before becoming the Associate Pastor at Titirangi Baptist from 1996 – 2010 mainly leading youth ministry.  Gary is now the National Team Leader for Baptist Youth Ministries NZ. Gary has a passion to identify and build leaders who will lead churches and youth ministries, “I have a deep belief that young people will redefine church today and into the future”.


Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the Facilitator of this Youth option if you have specific questions about this option.

Email Andrea or Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any general questions about Lifelong Learning or Baptist Leaders' Registration.

PARTICIPANTS: Up to a maximum of 20 at any time.

COST: This course is free for registered Baptist Leaders. All other registrants will be email invoiced NZD$50 per Guided Learning option.

[updated 28 February 2017]

Event Properties

Event Date 01-02-2018
Event End Date 31-10-2018
Registration Start Date 01-11-2017
Cut off date 01-03-2018



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