Welcome to the Tansquared Youth Ministry blog!

Hey friend!

I’m Hannah. Wife to my wonderful husband, Charles; mama to a beautiful boy; small-time creative; youth leader; and now blogger. We live in the beautiful little country of New Zealand. I’m a full-time mama, Charles is a full-time nurse, and at present our work in Youth Ministry is voluntary. I’m so pleased you’ve stopped by!

Have a Rockin’ Youth Ministry no matter what size!

The Tansquared Youth Ministry blog exisits to equip you with resources and encouragement you need to #havearockinyouthmin regardless how small your ministry is, how experienced you are, or what your paycheck is. We’re so glad you’re here! Whether you’ve got 1 student or 100, we’re here to cheer you on!

Our Story

I’d love to share a little of our journey so far so we can get to know each other a bit better. Here’s our journey into Youth Ministry:

Charles and I got married in 2014, and decided to take a short break from serving in church whilst we figured out what it was we wanted to do together. Before that I had been involved in creative & children’s ministries, and he had been involved in the media & tech side of things. Being married, however, we felt it would be more beneficial, efficient, and honouring for each other to serve in a ministry together.

We both had amazing experiences with connect groups in the past so decided we’d start a student/young adult group. The idea being to unite the 15 or so peeps in church who fell into that category. So 2 months into marriage, we started our connect group!

It started off great! We had all 15 people turn up the first time we met. Then 7. Then 5. 3.. 1.. By the third month there was actually only 1 person coming along. But we said we’d still do something even if 1 person showed up, so we kept our group going.

A couple of months later we decided to include high school students in our group, seeing as some of them were interested. By the end of the year there were 3 boys coming along (although not all on the same night- ha!)

At the end of the year we had a chat with our Pastors about running a youth connect group (the whole year there had been no program available for youth), seeing as that was the age group we’d had in our previous connect group (eventually). And we launched our youth connect group in the new year!

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Over the year the group out-grew our house so we moved it to church and became a youth group, and has continued to grow in the most amazing ways. We are so blessed to be a part of what God is doing here in our little country! It’s been such a cool journey, full of challenges, excitement, frustrations, love, tears, and joy. And we know we’re not the only ones who experience this, so we want to share and connect with others in Youth Min and cheer each other on all across the world.

The Tansquared Youth Ministry blog was born!

Here we’ll be sharing our favourite tips & resources, our own journey, encouragement, and revelations on the way. I hope this space is a source of encouragement and inspiration for you in your youth ministry, or whichever ministry you’re a part of. We’re here cheering you on!

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Thanks for joining us!

Hannah & Charles

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