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Worldwide Youth Ministry
A journey together

‘Today we as elders are dancing in the church and we say to the youth: tomorrow it will be your chance! But if we think and act like this, ​we will dance in their absence.’​ (Churchleader in Malawi)

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Worldwide Youth Ministry

Worldwide Youth Ministry is in itself a movement from the GZB, its partners and mission workers worldwide, in which we continually deepen and strengthen our vision of youth in the church. At the same time, we also want to initiate a movement in the local congregations. A movement in which children and young people are seen and accepted as full church members and were they can participate in the core tasks of the church.

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Youth, the church of today!

Our vision for youth and the church is further developed in the document 'Youth, the church of today! Biblical outlines for an inclusive approach to youth ministry.' In summary, we believe that it is important to invest in an inclusive approach towards youth and youth ministry in the church. Underlying this we have the conviction that children and youth fully belong to the Body of Christ and are an integral part of church life.

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Conferences and learning communities

One of the ways Worldwide Youth Ministry is formed, is by organizing national or international youth ministry conferences. During these conferences, we engage in an equal discussion about the church's desire for young people and the position they have in the congregation. Another way Worldwide Youth Ministry can take shape is by organizing digital Learning Communities. These can stand on their own or be a follow-up to a Worldwide Youth Ministry conference. If you are interested in a youth conference or if you want to join these digital learning community, please email Esther van Maanen -

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For the kingdom of God belongs to such as these

We pray that God will bless this movement. We look forward to learning from each other in this common journey and to learn from the youth entrusted to the church, as Jesus Himself taught us. ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly, I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.’ – Mark 10:14-16