Youth and Children’s Ministry

To be a catalyst for mission to young people and children of all nations so that they may become faithful disciples of Jesus Christ

Network Statement

From the nomadic tribes of Kenya to the cities of America and all points in between, the vision of the Youth and Children’s Ministry Network is to see raised up a generation of mature, life-long disciple-making disciples of Jesus. 

This will happen when we lift the profile, the priority, the worth and necessity of youth and children’s ministry among our church leaders. Youth and children’s ministry is not baby-sitting, it is gospel evangelism and intergenerational discipleship, with older people investing in the lives of younger people, just like Paul did with Timothy.

Our Network has

  • A two month goal to establish an online portal for the sharing of global best practice resources to equip youth and children’s pastors,
  • A three month goal to finalise a ministry manifesto outlining our network’s mission, values and goals,
  • A one year goal to connect with a youth and children’s pastor from every diocese represented here in GAFCON and inviting them into our network, and
  • A five year goal to see every Paul at GAFCON 2023 bringing a Timothy with them.

We want to raise the profile of young person’s ministry across the world, so that out of thousands upon thousands of bible-based, Jesus-honouring churches, we will see emerge a generation of mature, life-long, disciple-making disciples of the Lord Jesus.

Register here to join the Youth & Children’s Ministry Network secure portal that houses a resource library and blog focused on enabling best practice gospel ministry to young people. You can also submit your best youth and children’s ministry resources for inclusion in our library.


Rev’d Craig Roberts

Rev'd Craig Roberts became CEO of YouthWorks in December 2017, the Youth and Children’s ministry arm of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney which serves local churches and schools in nurturing faith in the next generation. He is married to Libby, and they have three children, aged from eight to 20. He came to Christ as a teenager through the youth group at his local church and studied economics and moved into corporate finance before heading into ordained ministry. Over the 17 years of his parish ministry at Neutral Bay Anglican, he has seen the church grow through investment in children’s and youth ministry.