What is FIRST Training?

FIRST Training is an annual three day retreat for young people in the 16-18 age bracket. Too often we lose young people at this time, yet many have leadership potential that needs nurturing.

​What Happens at FIRST Training?

FIRST Training includes a mix of teaching, time in small groups for discussion, and "solo" times for prayer and reflection. There is also time set aside in the evenings for young people to gather in their youth groups with their leader(s) for further discussion and prayer. Sessions focus on a range of topics related to leadership development. See link below for curriculum and timetable. We run a two year roll over curriculum meaning young people can attend two retreats over two years and cover different material.

Where is it held?

We urge you to set up a leadership development programme (info on event page) for these young people and then invite them to join you at one of three annual retreats. Dates and venues for 2023 are as follows:

  • South Island: 3 - 5 June at South Island Waipara Adventure Centre.

  • Central North Island: 4 - 6 July at Tōtara Springs - cancelled.

  • Upper North Island: 11-13 July at Moirs Point Christian Camp - cancelled.

  • Lower North Island: 3-5 October at Forest Lakes.


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