Sharing Jesus with children and young people is a lively and challenging ministry that is crucial for today’s church. Effective children’s and youth ministry in an increasingly complex world calls for approaches to Christian ministry that are able to wisely integrate robust biblical theological understanding with developmental and cultural context. Children and young people are a vast mission field for the church, both in Australia and beyond. But not just “the church of tomorrow”, children and young people bring their unique experience of faith and faithfulness as a gift to the church and its mission today.

The Ridley Centre for Children’s and Youth Ministry (CCYM) understands children’s and youth ministry as a ministry of the gospel by the whole church among children and young people.

  • As a ministry of the gospel, CYM preaches Christ as Lord, engages children and young people within and beyond the church with Scripture, and aims for children and young people to express and grow in their personal faith in Jesus.
  • As a ministry of the whole church, CYM recognises families as church, the church as family, aims to connect children and young people with believers across the life-span, and strives to see children and young people take their place in the life of the church.
  • As a ministry among children and young people, CYM honours children and young people AS children and young people, taking seriously their developmental and cultural distinctives for how they hear and live out the Christian faith.

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