Pastor's Piece

The Senior Pastor writes his Pastor's Piece each week to connect with the St Alban's Community and its Alumni. This section of the website contains the current and past editions.


Summer Editorial: Christmas Message from Ray Coster Moderator of the Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas is the time set apart for us to celebrate a birth not a principle; to celebrate a person - Jesus –God’s indescribable gift! (2 Cor 9: 15) The world in which we live, with all its joys and sorrows, is the world God stepped into to embrace us with his love and to redeem us from our sin.

People on every continent and in every age have sought to understand the spiritual dimension of life. They have gazed upon the image of God in nature and been impressed, but never satisfied. As people we long for relationship, not just ideas. Christmas reminds us that God is relational – he comes to us where we are.

Part of the wonder of this “indescribable gift” is the strangeness of the story. Jesus’ birth was unusual; all of Nazareth would have been known. Mary had conceived before she was married. The evil-minded always love to direct their darts at those who have a reputation for purity and none was more pure than Mary. What gossip did she sustain? What jibes did Jesus receive as he grew up?

Are there things that happened to you in the past or that you now regret? Remember that you are not your past mistakes. Lets not allow ourselves to be labelled by a time and place when something bad happened. Christmas is a message about new hope and a fresh beginning.

Consider also Jesus’ genealogy. His family tree was tainted. There were some famous names on it but also some infamous names. David is there, but so is Bathsheba. Ruth is there, but so is Rahab the prostitute.

Does your ancestry give you concern? Then no one understands you better than Jesus. Remember that you are not your family tree! There is a huge distance between your roots and the branch where you are now growing.

Perhaps you feel you have been at a disadvantage in life because you lost a parent or loved one early in your life. There is a tradition in the Church that Jesus lost his earthly father Joseph when he was young. If so, his early years and working life in Nazareth would not have been easy. He threw himself into life as a carpenter and refused to become a victim of circumstances.

As well as being a wonderful family celebration, Christmas can also highlight for many of us the difficulties and problems of life that we live with daily. Jesus knows and understands. Christmas reminds us that Christianity is all about a person who loves and embraces us. Christianity is not just about doctrines and teachings, ideas and philosophies. Christmas reminds us of the presence of One who had so much against him in life; the One who comes to give us a fresh start and a new chance.

May this Christmas be for you all a celebration of Jesus’ living relationship with us offering new hope, fresh beginning and loving embrace.

God bless you,

Ray

A Christmas Prayer: Lord, thank you for reminding me that you have worn my flesh, measured its frailty and know just how I feel. Help me to lean in even closer to you for comfort, assurance and help as the world once again celebrates your birth. Amen

Christmas Countdown

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Welcome to St Albans!  Can you believe its nearly Christmas.... only ten more sleeps!

It was good to start celebrating Christmas with our children and young people last week.  Our thanks to all who contributed and helped them prepare for a fun and thoughtful re-visit to the Christmas story.  The final song “It’s about the cross” was a powerful finale.  The original is by “The Ball Brothers”.  Find the song on YouTube, both the kids’ cartoon version (Go Fish) and an adult video clip.

“Its not just about the manger... the angels... the shepherds... the star... the wise men...

It’s not about the presents... the feeling... coming home... the snow...

It’s about the cross... my sin... the stone...

It’s about how Jesus came to be born once so that we could be born again...

So that you and I could have real life some day.”

And for us at St Albans, it’s also about our Christmas Appeal... about our response to God’s gift.... about giving generously to those who need our help because God has given generously to us.

This year we are supporting Beit Immanuel our sister church in Tel Aviv, a Messianic Jewish Congregation which believes in Jesus as their Messiah and seeks to share and live the gospel with their fellow Jews in Israel.  They help many poor families who are recent immigrants.  We are also supporting The Hope Project which seeks to use the 2014 Bicentenary of the Gospel being first preached in NZ as an opportunity to put three Gospel booklets into every NZ home.  Please return your gift to St Albans in the Appeal Envelope.

And next Sunday will be our farewell to Jeff & Alicia, Eleonora & Miles.  Jeff will speak at the Christmas Eve service and on Sunday 29th but effectively finishes at the end of December and will take his holidays in January.  He will make a trip to Kenya in the first two weeks of January to make the visit he wanted to following his grandmother’s death earlier in the year.  If you would like to donate some money towards a farewell gift for them, please put it in a labelled envelope and return to the church office, letterbox or Sunday offering.  Lets remember them as they make plans for their post-Christmas journeys.

Music can help us get into the spirit of Christmas and I like listening to modern versions of the old Christmas songs.  Search YouTube for two excellent new versions of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ by Pentatonix and ‘O come, O come Immanuel’ by The Piano Guys.  There are no hymns which better express the grand sweep of God’s redemption than those we sing at this time of year.  Chuck Colson has two excellent talks on the Theology of Christmas Carols at Breakpoint.org and click on the graphic “Get into the spirit with moving music”.

Do whatever you can to connect with the real Christmas as we count down these final ten days.  May you be moved again, and thankful, for the relentless love of God who “pitched his tent among us” in the baby of Bethlehem.  Pitching his tent among us seems a very appropriate image for a Kiwi Christmas!

Shalom,

The Boss May Come Today!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

This month before Christmas is known as Advent, a preparation time for the coming of Jesus as the baby of Bethlehem.  However, the first Sunday of Advent focuses on the second coming of Jesus as the Lord of heaven and earth who will bring history to an end.

Last week I spoke about Mark chapter 13 where Jesus told his disciples something of the End of the World.  Jesus simply told them that no-one knows when the End will come, not even him, but that his followers need to be watchful and prepared for his return, going about God’s work.

Below I have written up the story I told last Sunday about one of the greatest-ever human survival stories, about the Antarctic Expedition led by Ernest Shackleton 100 years ago.

After Roald Amundsen won the race to the South Pole in 1911, Shackleton decided to lead the first Trans-Antarctic Expedition, passing through the South Pole.  On August 3, 1914, the Endurance left England with a crew of about 30 men and Kiwi Captain Frank Worsley.  Shackleton was known as “The Boss”.  Leaving South Georgia Island on December 5, they headed for Vahsel Bay, Antarctica.  Their ship got frozen in the ice floes of the Weddell Sea on January 19, 1915, and they hoped to drift northward with the ice when it thawed, and try again.

On October 24 (over a year since they left England), the ship started to leak under the pressure of the ice and the crew abandoned ship to make camp with four lifeboats on the surrounding ice floe.  On November 21 the Endurance sank!

The group drifted north for two months, hoping to get close to Paulet Island where there were stores.  But on April 9, their ice floe broke in two and they had to board their lifeboats and head for the nearest land, the inhospitable Elephant Island, 350 miles from where the Endurance sank - the first time they had been on land for 497 days!

As Elephant Island was not near any shipping route, Shackleton decided to take a 20 foot lifeboat and head for the South Georgia whaling station, 800 nautical miles across the treacherous Southern Ocean!  The ship’s Kiwi carpenter closed in the boat for greater protection and he, Shackleton, Worsley and 3 others set sail on April 20.  After a 15 day journey through stormy seas, in constant fear of capsizing, and with only Worsley’s skills with a sextant to guide them, they miraculously found and landed on South Georgia.  Due to gale force winds they had to land on the opposite side to the whaling station and three of them travelled 32 miles over a mountain range to reach the station.  They did so, recovered the other three crew, and after three attempts, rescued the 22 men from Elephant Island on August 30th – two years after leaving England!

How did the men on Elephant Island survive and maintain their hope for 130 days of waiting?  Every morning their officer roused them with this statement, “Get ready.  The Boss may come today!”  What better motto for our lives as followers of Jesus!

Shalom,

Advent is Here!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Today is the start of the Christian season of Advent, officially the Christian New Year.  Advent simply means “coming” and refers to the 4-week period prior to Christmas.  During Advent we prepare for the coming of Jesus the Christ into our world, first as the baby of Bethlehem - the veiled Messiah - and then his second coming as the clearly visible Lord of heaven and earth.

The coming of Jesus is the clearest expression of the mission of God.  The coming of Jesus was God’s rescue plan to restore his kingdom, his rule and leadership on earth, which Adam and Eve rejected by their distrust and disobedience.  Every person, ever since, has continued to do the same.

Through first calling the people of Israel to live out his rule, God’s rescue plan was fulfilled in the coming of God incarnate – Jesus of Nazareth - God who became one of us!  God shared our human life in his only son Jesus the Christ, who embodied and expressed God’s mission.  This is the ultimate evidence of how much God loves us and wants to live in relationship with us.

And God calls us to continue his mission - to embody and express his leadership in our world, to show his love to those who don’t yet know him, to work for peace and justice and right living, to care for God’s creation, to share the good news of Jesus’ rescue plan.

One immediate way to do this is through our annual Christmas Appeal.

In the midst of our Christmas giving and receiving, our elders invite you to give a Christmas gift to aid God’s mission.  This year our elders decided to support the Beit Immanuel Congregation in Tel Aviv Israel and the 2014 Bicentenary of the Gospel Hope Project in NZ.  See the enclosed Christmas Appeal Flyer.

We encourage you to give a significant cash gift – something like you spend on a gift for one you love.  Please talk about it as a family.  This could be the most significant Christmas gift that you give this year.  Please return your gift to St Albans in the enclosed envelope.

Last year we gave $6,000 to the Christmas Appeal - can we do that again this Christmas?  Please reflect upon how thankful you are that Jesus came into our world and into your life – and how much you want others to know the love and hope that Jesus brings.

A New Youth Pastor:  We have advertised on the YouthTRAIN and national Presbyterian Church websites for a youth pastor with a closing date of December 13th.  After discussions with Jeff and the youth leaders, we have also asked Alison Angel and Ian Barnes to work for 10 hours per week each, alongside our Youth Intern Jasmin Vanderwerff, until we appoint a new youth pastor.  Jasmin will begin a Bachelor of Ministries Youth Internship with Presbyterian Youth Ministries and Laidlaw College next year.  This will involve 30 hours per week study by distance and ten hours per week youth ministry.  St Albans will pay her Internship training expenses of $6,500 per year.

Shalom,

Ordaining New Leaders

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Welcome to St Albans, one part of Christ’s body in our city, where we seek to encourage and equip one another in our living with Jesus.  Today we celebrate the ordination and induction of Mark Angel whom you have elected to join our eldership team.

The word ‘Presbyterian’ means leadership or governance by elders, from the New Testament Greek word for elder (presbuteros).  An elder was a senior person by age or position of responsibility.  Elders in the Presbyterian Church are people who are recognised by the local congregation as having the character and giftings for church leadership.  Once elected, they are ‘ordained’ as an elder, meaning that they are called and set apart by God and the congregation for this position or office.  They are ordained once but may be re-inducted numerous times where the local church has a fixed term of service or the elder moves to another Presbyterian church.

At their induction, elders (and ministers) are asked to declare their personal faith and commitment to God, to the fundamental Christian beliefs in the Bible, and to the church government and “ways of doing things” of the Presbyterian Church, by signing a statement called ‘The Formula’.  This Formula was changed in 2010 to recognise that we have a new contemporary NZ Confession of Faith ‘Kupu Whakapono’ which has been added to the Westminster Confession of Faith of 1653 as the Subordinate Standards (the secondary standards after the Bible which is the supreme rule of life and faith) of our Presbyterian Church.  It reads:

“I believe in the Word of God in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and the fundamental doctrines of Christian Faith contained in the Kupu Whakapono and Commentary, the Westminster Confession of Faith, and other subordinate standards of this Church.  I accept that liberty of conviction is recognised in this Church but only on such points as do not enter into the fundamental doctrines of Christian faith contained in the Scriptures and subordinate standards.  I acknowledge the Presbyterian government of this Church to be agreeable to the Word of God and promise to submit to it.  I promise to observe the order and administration of public worship as allowed in this Church.”

The congregation is asked to give to the newly elected elders all their “support and encouragement in the Lord”.  So we warmly welcome Mark as a leader among us and pray for God’s enabling of him to be “full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom” (Acts 6 verse 7).

Our current elders are:  John Ah Chan, Giles Bates, Ivan Gore, Raymond Hansen, Nancy Hazeleger, Anne Higgins, Alan Little, Satyendra Ram, Jennifer Shaw, and me (known as the teaching elder).

Both the regional governing body (the Presbytery) and the national governing body (the General Assembly which meets every 2 years), are comprised in principle of an equal number of ministers and elders.  This is an important value of Presbyterian leadership.

I greatly appreciate the eldership teams I have served with at St Albans for their vision, wisdom, critique and guidance of our church life and mission, and their personal support for me.

Shalom,    

“Gravity” and the Meaning of Salvation

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Steve & Shirley are in Christchurch this weekend.  Steve is preaching at the 50th anniversary of St Timothy’s Anglican Church.  Below is an edited “Breakpoint Commentary” by Eric Metaxas on November 11, 2013.  Subscribe to this free daily email commentary or read it online at www.breakpoint.org.

Have you ever thought about how frightening space is?  The inky darkness, the cold, the silence and the vacuum.  We can only experience it through the glass of a climate-controlled space helmet as it’s too deadly.  Space lacks essentials such as water, warmth and air. 

But just as necessary for life is community.  While we can biologically survive without other people, real life can’t be lived in isolation.  This was well portrayed in new movie “Gravity”, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.  The visuals are stunning but the story was truly moving.

 Bullock’s character, a technician on the space shuttle Explorer, has to fight for survival after satellite debris smashes into the shuttle, killing most of her crew. Tumbling helplessly through space in her space suit, with no communications and oxygen reserves running low, Bullock, and audiences, get a taste of what isolation really means.  It is terrifying.  The thought of dying alone, spinning away from earth into the blackness and never being found, plays on some of our deepest fears.

 Bullock’s character is reunited with a wise-cracking crew member played by George Clooney.  And though the two remain in peril for much of the film, we feel definite relief along with the heroine when her threat of eternal separation diminishes.

 Bullock’s back story focuses on her self-isolation borne of grief.  She rejects love and friendship after a loved one dies, convincing herself that no guiding Intelligence inhabits the heavens.  It’s only the loss of her crew that causes her to cry out for earth, for love, for God.

 It’s hard to imagine a better metaphor for salvation than God’s gravity snatching us from the void of eternal aloneness.  That’s what Jesus was getting at when He likened Heaven to a wedding feast - the ultimate celebration of community - and simply called Hell, “the outer darkness.”

 C. S. Lewis said something similar in “The Problem of Pain,” when explaining how he thought of damnation:

“In the long run, the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell, is itself a question: What are you asking God to do?  To wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help?  But God has done so, on Calvary.  To forgive them?  They will not be forgiven.  To leave them alone?  Alas, I am afraid that is what He does.”

In Christianity, salvation is much more than escaping punishment or attaining bliss. It is the restoration of what it means to be truly human. This restoration is relational: we are brought into right relation with each other, with creation, and most importantly with God.  And for those who think Christianly, films like this one offer a glimpse of that truth as through a glass (or a space helmet), darkly.

Exploring New Ways to Worship

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Welcome to St Albans, one congregation of Christ’s body in our city, where we encourage people to worship God in all areas of their lives.  Our thanks to Jasmin Vanderwerff and her team for organising and leading our different worship stations in this new form of worship at our 10am service.  The following excerpt is from Canadian Marva Dawn’s book “How shall we worship?”  She is a teacher at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, an author of many Christian books and a teacher throughout the global church.

“What is worship?  It is our glad response to the immense grace (undeserved kindness) of the Triune God (God in three persons).  All of life is worship if we live in gratitude and reverence, with mindfulness of God and eagerness to serve Him.

At particular times we expressly worship with words, songs and actions of thanks and petition (asking) and praise.  When we do this by ourselves, we engage in the practices of private worship and devotions.  If we gather together with other Christians, we participate in public, corporate worship.  The result will be that we become more deeply formed to worship God in all we think, say or do in daily life.

This poem by Abraham Joshua Heschel suggests many questions we could ponder:

“Amidst the meditation of mountains, the humility of flowers –

wiser than all alphabets –

clouds that die constantly for the sake of His glory,

we are hating, hunting, hurting ....

Only one response can maintain us:  gratefulness

for witnessing the wonder,

for the gift of our undeserved right to serve,

to adore, and to fulfil.”

Is the public, corporate worship of our churches true to the Christian faith?  Does it form its participants with the humility and wisdom of God’s creation?  What can we learn from nature about praising God?  Does our worship enable us to be ready to die for the sake of God’s glory?  Does it cleanse us from our tendency to hate, hunt, hurt?  Does it help us witness God’s glory and nourish in us gratefulness? wonder?  Does it stir us to witness, service, adoration, fulfilment of God’s purposes?”

I often reflect on the verses in Revelation chapter 7, “After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of [God’s] throne and before the Lamb.  They were clothed in white and held palm branches in their hands.  And they were shouting with a mighty shout, “Salvation comes from our God on the throne and from the Lamb!”....And they fell face down before the throne and worshipped God.”

Worship will be our overwhelming response to meeting God on that Last Day and the primary attitude of our eternity.  I believe that God will also have joyful work for us to do as we live our lives together in the new earth.

Shalom,

What’s happening?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Warm Welcome to St Albans, one part of Christ’s body in our city, where we seek to encounter, worship and serve Jesus Christ in all aspects of our lives.  This has been a big week at St Albans with the Mardi Gras alternative to Halloween on Thursday evening, Indoor Sports night with Element Youth on Friday night, the Presbytery Central Ministers Gathering on Friday afternoon/evening and the full Central Gathering yesterday.  Presbytery Central extends from Gisborne to Taihape to New Plymouth and down to Levin and Martinborough.

Thanks very much to all who helped make the Mardi Gras such a good event.  We hosted another huge crowd in a wonderful atmosphere.  Special thanks to Russell who master-minded the whole event for the tenth time!  A great record!  And no rain again....”the prayers of a righteous man availeth much.”

Presbytery Central: It was wonderful to have nearly every minister in our new presbytery present for a time of fellowship and conversation on a variety of matters on Friday.  Then about 100 of us from 42 churches gathered yesterday for a stimulating time with our three guest speakers: Rev Wayne Te Kaawa (Maori Synod Moderator), Rev Dr Mark Keown (New Testament lecturer at Laidlaw College) and Dave Mann (Coordinator of the Hope Project) and workshops.

Today we welcome Dave Mann as our guest speaker.  As most of you know by now, Dave is the Coordinator of the Hope Project which plans to put three booklets in every NZ letterbox in 2014, sharing the gospel message with stories about the coming of the Gospel to NZ from 1814, and giving some explanation of the hope we have within us as followers of Jesus.  This will be part of a multi-media campaign including TV adverts and a NZ Gospel website.  But most of all, Dave wants – God wants - ordinary NZ Christ-followers like you and I, to talk with our family, friends, workmates and neighbours about what Jesus means to us.... and to ask them what they think about the booklets.  This is the first gospel project seeking to reach every NZ home in 30 years.

Sadly the only thing holding back this great vision is us – NZ Christians and churches – who have the resources to make this happen.  While they have 240 churches partnered at this point (including St Albans), they need more churches and more Christians to partner this year.  People have given approx $700,000 but they need $1m of the $2.25m required for the Hope Project before they will commit.  See their latest 20-minute promo video about this project at:  shininglights.co/videoshopepromo4.

Next Sunday’s 10am Service will be different!  Good different!  Element Youth have something special prepared for us, so please come to worship God in a variety of ways.  It’s great to have our young people so keen to share their learnings with us.

After that service will be our first Sausage Sunday – inviting the community to join our shared lunch.  Please come with food to share next Sunday and a willingness to chat with visitors from our wider community.

Shalom,

Sausage Sunday

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A warm welcome to St Albans, especially to the family and friends of Tahlia Taylor.

Last Sunday our Youth Pastor Jeff announced he is finishing at St Albans on December 31st.  Jeff has accepted a three-year scholarship to study theology at St John’s Theological College in Auckland.  Bishop Justin Duckworth supported his application and Jeff will be bonded to the Wellington Anglican Diocese for 3 or 4 years after his degree. 

Jeff & Alicia are excited about this wonderful opportunity but sad to be leaving our young people and St Albans, where they have felt well supported over the past 3.5 years.  Jeff has been doing youth ministry since high school and believes it’s time for a sabbatical and further study.  The young people are very sad they are leaving and we appreciate the good work he has done with our youth.  We wish them God’s blessing in this new adventure.  The process of finding a new youth pastor will take a while and we ask you to pray for the elders as they discern the leadership that God wants for our future.

Sausage Sunday  

(written by Russell Seagar)

Our loving Father has blessed us with a wonderful world to live in.  God is good!  And doesn’t it feel great to know Him!  One of my desires is to share our wonderful God with others, that they too may know the loving God.  But how...

FRIENDSHIP - Lately I’ve been thinking about what our “community” is like - high fences, automatic garage doors and shopping online, make people less communicative and more separate.  No contact with neighbours aids loneliness in a busy world where we see faces but don’t know the hearts; we smile and wave “good morning” but only scratch the surface of life.  So let’s look around and see who we can get to know.  Let’s defy the barriers and make friends in our community.

FOOD - It’s universal and crosses every boundary.... everyone eats!

FREE - To our neighbours, the cost is nothing - for the sausage and some salad too. The cost to us is time and commitment, time to talk and eat with our neighbours, and the commitment to doing it regularly, maybe once a month.

Concept - Our regular shared church lunch could include an invite to our wider community.  They can have a free sausage (300 available) and leave; or they can stay for more - the choice is theirs.  We will talk with them and hopefully break down walls; God will shine.

Conclusion - My wife Michelle tells me to keep running the race, not to give up when I hit a speed bump or two. Both the BUZZ and the Mardi Gras started slowly but look at them now - relationship building outreaches.  We see how our church family have come on board to grow these awesome community ministries.  I believe our St Albans family is set here like a diamond in the rough - that slowly, as we are polished by God, we will shine more brightly outward into our local community.  Friendships grown, seeds sown...... “nuf said”.

God Bless,     

Russell  

(Children’s Pastor)

Missions - Global and Local

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A warm welcome to St Albans; especially to our mission partners from Hamilton and their team member Pastor Luke Waqa from Nauru.  Our mission partners from Hamiton are Candidate Directors for the WEC mission agency at their NZ headquarters in Hamilton.  Currently they are leading a three month orientation and selection course for about 12 cross-cultural mission candidates including Pastor Luke.  They and their four children spent 8 years in a Muslim region of Asia before returning to their current position.  They were members of St Albans prior to becoming mission partners with us in 1999.

As I said last week, the WEC (World Evangelisation for Christ) mission was started by famous English missionary C.T. Studd who served with the ‘Cambridge Seven’ in China from 1885, with Hudson Taylor and his China Inland Mission.  These seven were men from upper class English society who were educated at Cambridge University and were also able sportsmen, who chose “purpose over privilege” to serve God in overseas mission.  Studd played county cricket and test cricket for England, playing in 1882 in the first test match that England ever lost to Australia that began “The Ashes” tradition.

Studd emphasised the life of faith, believing that God would provide for a Christian's needs.  His father died while he was in China but Studd gave away his whole inheritance of £29,000 to other charities and missions.  After 21 years in China, Studd returned to England, served in India and then Africa, starting in the Sudan.  Soon after, he moved to the unevangelised Belgian Congo in 1913, where he founded WEC.  Here are some of C.T. Studd’s famous quotes about mission:

“How could I spend the best years of my life in living for the honours of this world, when thousands of souls are perishing every day?”

“Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell;  I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell.”

“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”

“If you don't desire to meet the Devil during the day, meet Jesus before dawn.”

“Only one life, ’twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”

On Saturday November 2nd, St Albans will host the second annual Presbytery Central Gathering from 10.30am to 5pm.  You are welcome to attend.  $20 to hear the main speakers Dave Mann (2014 Hope Project) , Dr Mark Keown (Laidlaw College) and Rev Wayne Te Kaawa (Maori Synod) plus the following workshops:

  • Learning from a New Micro-church Experiment in Taranaki
  • 'Grey Matter': children's brains and children’s ministry
  • Understanding our changed Kiwi Context for mission (Mann)
  • Presbyterian Women Aotearoa New Zealand is changing, with a vision to encourage and empower all women.
  • Generation Y: Seven factors that have made 18-30yr olds the way they are and what the church needs to do about it (Murray Brown)
  • Evangelism Then and Now – how the gospel initially spread and what it teaches us today. (Dr Mark Keown)
  • How to tell Kiwis Your Faith Story & God’s Big Story (Dave Mann)
  • Church Preschool Outreach Programmes
  • Starting or Stuck?  Ten tips on how to establish or revitalize a youth ministry (Murray Brown)
  • What’s God Up to On Planet Earth?  (Dr Mark Keown)
  • Bicultural Resources for Presbyterians  (Rev Wayne TeKaawa)

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