CCCNZ Youth is a part of CCCNZ and operates under their oversight. Our statement of purpose is: To help churches develop effective youth leaders in healthy youth ministries.
Together with CCCNZ Children's and Families Ministries and NZ Rally we hold to five core convictions which appear at the bottom of this page.
Christian Community Churches of New Zealand is a national service trust serving a growing family of independent churches and support ministries across New Zealand. It aims to working together with these groups to grow, multiply and send, everyday disciples, leaders and churches into every local community in New Zealand.
More information can be viewed on the main CCCNZ website here.
Our National Youth Team
Leadership of CCCNZ Youth is provided through a national team of experienced youth pastors who assist us in ensuring what we do has grassroots support, relevance and effectiveness. Together they develop national strategy while those with regional responsibility serve churches and youth leaders in their region.
MURRAY BROWN: National Youth Enabler
Murray serves as the CCCNZ Youth Enabler. He has over 40 years experience in youth ministry, including serving as a youth pastor for 17 years and holding various denominational leadership roles (national and regional) while lecturing in youth ministry at various Bible Colleges. He has taught widely both in NZ and overseas, and has acted as a youth ministry consultant for churches while supervising/coaching youth pastors over many years. He has two adult children.
DONNA GRANT : Coaching
Donna has over 10 years of youth ministry experience ranging from being an intern to a Youth Pastor at Crossroads in Palmerston North where she completed a Diploma in Theology and a Diploma in Family Studies . She's a full time mum to two children and intends to eventually resume her studies to complete a Bachelor in Counselling, with a focus on youth and families.
MARINA SHANNON : North Shore/West Auckland Regional Youth Enabler
Marina is the youth pastor at Orewa Community Church where she has served since 2014. She is passionate about evangelism and enjoys teaching. She also works part time as a physiotherapist.
SCOTT DODDRELL: Central/East & South Auckland Regional Youth Enabler
Scott has been involved in local church youth ministry for about 20 years serving at Manurewa Bible Chapel. He is employed by Word of Life NZ where he oversees local church youth ministry in the North Island and is passionate about supporting, encouraging and developing the next generation of youth workers in NZ.
AARON HODGSON : Waikato Regional Youth Enabler
Aaron completed his BMin over in Adelaide before taking on the role of youth pastor at Raleigh St Christian Centre at the start of 2018 working with the high school aged ministry and the 24/7 youth work in schools programme.
BRAD DE VILLIERS : Wellington Regional Youth Enabler
Brad has been involved in youth ministry for 17 years, all within the Wellington Region. He started as a church intern in Karori. I then ran the Karori Youth Drop-in Centre for the council, for 2.5 years. He is the youth pastors at The Anchor where he has been involved with young people for over 13 years including working in Aotea College (24-7) and in other youth-related settings.
MATT MEEK: Canterbury Regional Youth Enabler
Matt is the youth pastor at Riccarton Community Church where he has served since 2010. He is passionate about reaching young people, releasing them into their God given potential and dreams, and supporting other youth pastors to do the same.
Our Core Convictions
CCCNZ Youth, CCCNZ Children and Families and NZ Rally agree that the following convictions should shape our conversations and strategies, and help us work together effectively:
We believe that all ministry has as its core the desire to grow lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.
We believe that ministry to children and young people includes resourcing and supporting the entire family.
3. Leadership Development
We believe that all children and young people have the capacity to provide leadership and need encouragement and opportunities to do so.
We believe that ministry to children and young people needs to have an outward component, serving the community and reaching people with the good news of Jesus.
We believe that children and young people are an integral part of the wider church where they are known, valued and involved.