Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence


In May 2018 the new General Data Protection Regulation laws some into effect. These will have an impact on our ministry amongst young people especially relating to the way in which we collect, store and use data. We have compiled a brief document which seeks to provide some basic advice on the changes/tweaks you may need to make to your existing forms.

Practical Guides

We offer these practical guides as a starting point for youth ministry. However, please do contact your area youth advisor for more information – they would love to hear from you and offer any support you need, whether for an informal chat, coaching conversation, helping you through a recruitment process or coming along to a youth session, PCC or service.

Practical Guide Starting from scratch

Practical Guide Employing a Children's or Youth Worker

Practical Guide to confirmation

We hope that you find these guides very useful to equip and encourage your youth work.

Employing a Youth Worker

The Mustard Seed Team are able to support you with resources, advice and guidance and joining recruitment panels, training and induction and ongoing supervision for employed workers. Please contact a member of the team if, and when you need support with questions around recruitment, employment, and professional development of a worker.

Some ideas to get you started can be found in our Practical Guide Employing a Children's or Youth Worker

Some useful websites for your perusal!

  • CPAS – Provides resources, support, and training to equip churches and their leaders in mission and evangelism.
  • Grove Books -Youth Ministry series is excellent for theory and thinking in a manageable format.
  • Youthscape – Christian Youth Ministry based in Luton, aiming to find new and innovative ways to work with young people. The website provides access to current research and resources for all things Youth Work & Ministry. 
  • Going 4 Growth – The Church of England Resource Hub for work with children, young people and families.
  • ThinkUKnow - Excellent website about online safety with sections for young people, teachers/trainers and parents.
  • Fearless – Website aimed at young people and those supporting them for access to non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. Also provides a safe place to report crime - 100% anonymously.
  • Kooth – online mental wellbeing community providing free, safe and anonymous support to young people in Essex.

For more information please contact Emma Anderton
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