Veta Youth started in 2002 by a group of like-minded Christians across Australia who wanted to see more opportunities to nurture the faith of young people and see real spiritual growth.
The founder and National Director of Veta Youth, Rev. Rohan Waters, established the work out of his experience as a chaplain in government secondary schools and as a denominational youth ministry director. Through this work, Rohan became aware of the limited opportunities that many young people had to grow in their Christian life. Support for the spiritual growth of students was difficult to access in schools and many churches were struggling to know how to nurture the faith of young people
And so a group of youth ministry leaders set out to help raise up a generation of Christian young people who would act as the hands and feet of Jesus, demonstrating His love in every area of life and, when they finish school, build communities centered on Christ, loving and serving and working to see their universities their workplaces and their local suburbs transformed by God’s love.
From an initial group of 17 students in Victoria, the program quickly spread to South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia. Since then, it has developed into one of the most significant Christian youth programs in Australia with over 2,500 graduates and an annual enrolment of over 350 students across 5 states, and overseas in Uganda as well.
Authentic Christian Learning for young people everywhere
Every young person
should be given
to develop fully in
every part of life –
socially and spiritually
Sharing with a faith community and learning ways to connect with God is an eternally significant endeavour.
“Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
We believe that authentic learning changes lives. Our guiding Bible verse is Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
The whole family of God
We value the distinctive contribution of schools and churches from across the denominational spectrum.
Trust and empowerment
We hold firm to our core beliefs (see below) and we trust God with the outcome.
We see God at work in the messiness of life and respond as needed to fulfil God’s purposes in us.
The body of Christ
We value the unique gifts that each person brings and we work together to achieve the mission God has called us to.
Veta Youth proclaims that ‘Christ is risen’, and ‘Jesus is Lord’. Our primary commitment is baptism into Christ, and giving our life in His service.
Veta Youth confesses the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures and seeks to fulfil its calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Veta Youth recognises the church as witness, in word and action, to the good news of Jesus Christ, and as a sign, an agent and a foretaste of the Kingdom of God.
Founder & Director
Many young people don’t even have a language or way to express their spiritual side, their longing, their soul. It’s hidden, suppressed. It frustrates me that we are not meeting the needs of kids in discovering and nurturing their faith. The cultural resistances to this are growing.
In the simplest sense, creating a youth discipleship movement is a calling for me. I believe my vocation is to find ways to nurture kids in their faith, to see them flourishing holistically in all areas of life.
My own experience of growing up in church was so positive. I loved the support, the strong community and how my faith became a foundation for my life. I want to make that experience available to many more students.
While I’ve worked in many local contexts, I’ve always had a focus on the broader community. God had invited me to be part of his youth discipleship movement and I want to honour God with the gifts and experiences he has given me.
I’ve always felt smaller than the mission I’m called to, but as Mother Theresa says “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”
In 2010 Rohan was awarded the Farmington Fellowship to study at Oxford University, where he developed Veta Youth’s model for supporting the spiritual development of students. His qualifications include Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Theology and Advanced Diploma of Ministry.
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