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SESSION  1:  11:45am – 1:00pm. 

Rt Rev Richard Dawson

1. ‘ Pastoring for Growth: How to pastor in a way that will encourage growth in the Church.’ – led by Rt Rev Richard Dawson

Pastoring is at the heart of the task of ministry but it can also become the very thing that creates a roadblock to growth if it dominates a minster’s time.  How can we recognise this and avoid it in order to promote both the growth of the people and the effective outreach of the parish?

Richard resisted ministry as long as he could until really God cornered him!  He served a very rural parish outside Balclutha, then accepted a call to St Stephen’s/Leith Valley, to start a student ministry.  After enjoying the role of Moderator he is keen to return to pastoral ministry.  He is married to Fran, has 4 adult children, many grandchildren and likes gardening and beekeeping.

 

Murray Brown

2. ‘Developing a Healthy and Sustainable Youth Ministry’ – led by Murray Brown

A look at 28 functional assets of an effective youth ministry and how to foster these in your own church.

Murray has been in youth leadership for 35 years, including 19 years as Director of YouthTRAIN, developing resources and training youth leaders in NZ and overseas.  He recently concluded his role as a Presbytery Central Youth Enabler.  He is currently the youth pastor at St Albans in Palmy.  He is married to Maria and they have 5 adult children.

 

Rosemary Dewerse

3. ‘Speaking True, Seeking Hope: Educating for Life-Long Learning (Part 1)’ – led by Dr Rosemary Dewerse

Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership commissioned research on needs in life-long learning for leaders across the church. 55 ministers across the PCANZ have been interviewed and five themes emerged. Now we are keen to hear what lay people have to say to the themes and their presenting issues.

Rosemary is a wife, mother, theologian, educator and musician who is the Thornton Blair Research Fellow at Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership. She brings Presbyterian heritage (as a daughter of the manse) and both local and global experience in a number of contexts to the role.

 

Rev Robin Humphreys

4. ‘Boundless Belonging: Worship with All Generations’ – led by Rev Robin Humphreys

How wide is your welcome?  Central to the Gospel is our identity in Christ Jesus and our belonging together as the body of Christ.  When all of the parts of the body are together, glimpses of the kingdom are seen and experienced.  Come and delve into our calling to worship and to welcome all generations!

Robin loves joining in what God is doing among children of all ages (from 2 to 102)!  She has served as a minister, community children’s worker, with youth and young adults, teaching new entrants and now serves as Kids Friendly National Coach (part-time).  She is married with a toddler and loves adventuring down a river or up a mountain with them!

 

Andrew Judd

5. ‘A white kiwi’s bi-cultural journey’ – led by Andrew Judd

Andrew is an optician and the former Mayor of New Plymouth, whose time in office coincided with a time of reflection and revelation on the Treaty of Waitangi, justice and the role of Maori in modern New Zealand and in local body government.

 

 

Jennie McCullough

6. ‘From acorn to oak tree - Community facing mission’ – led by Jennie McCullough

How can we connect with our wider communities with a seed of an idea through a strategic plan to bearing fruit for the Kingdom of God?  Hear one story and explore the possibilities.

Jennie now helps St Paul’s Opunake with community mission with kids, youth and families as Mission Enabler, after 14 years as Youth, Child and Family Coordinator at Knox Waitara.  She loves God and people, and by nature is a practitioner, coach and innovator in mission both locally and globally with Harvest Asia in the Philippines, using her medical and missional experience.

 

Peter MacKenzie

7. ‘Eleven ways that church meetings get derailed’ – led by Rev Peter MacKenzie

Each person in a church meeting brings their own personality to the table – Peter explores how some personality traits can derail the conversation and disrupt a meeting.  It is a light-hearted look at what can be a serious problem.

Peter has worked in the church for many years in both parish ministry and ad-ministry.  He has studied aspects of organisational psychology and brings that understanding into his work with the church.  He is currently our Presbytery Executive Secretary.

 

SESSION  2:  3:30pm – 4:45pm.

 

Rt Rev Richard Dawson

1. ‘Pastoring for Growth: How to pastor in a way that will encourage growth in the Church. – led by Rt Rev Richard Dawson

Pastoring is at the heart of the task of ministry but it can also become the very thing that creates a roadblock to growth if it dominates a minster’s time.  How can we recognise this and avoid it in order to promote both the growth of the people and the effective outreach of the parish?

Richard resisted ministry as long as he could until really God cornered him!  He served a very rural parish outside Balclutha, then accepted a call to St Stephen’s/Leith Valley, to start a student ministry.  After enjoying the role of Moderator he is keen to return to pastoral ministry.  He is married to Fran, has 4 adult children, many grandchildren and likes gardening and beekeeping.

 

Murray Brown

2. ‘Developing a Healthy and Sustainable Youth Ministry’ – led by Murray Brown

A look at 28 functional assets of an effective youth ministry and how to foster these in your own church.

Murray has been in youth leadership for 35 years, including 19 years as Director of YouthTRAIN, developing resources and training youth leaders in NZ and overseas.  He recently concluded his role as a Presbytery Central Youth Enabler.  He is currently the youth pastor at St Albans in Palmy.  He is married to Maria and they have 5 adult children.

 

Rosemary Dewerse

3. ‘Speaking True, Seeking Hope: Educating for Life-Long Learning. (Part 2)’ – led by Dr Rosemary Dewerse

In response to our research findings into life-long learning for leaders across the PCANZ, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership has educational ideas it would love your feedback on.  Hear about the Living Library, BeWise app for elders, Click/Engage/Accredit, and two practical short courses – Listening in Mission, and Educating in Mission.

Rosemary is a wife, mother, theologian, educator and musician who is the Thornton Blair Research Fellow at Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership. She brings Presbyterian heritage (as a daughter of the manse) and both local and global experience in a number of contexts to the role.

 

Rev Robin Humphreys

4. ‘Top Tips and Tools for Children’s Ministry’ – led by Rev Robin Humphreys

Need some more tools in your toolbox for your ministry with children and families?  Join us for a look at some top tips and tools that you can use NOW!  Topics include: social justice for kids, engaging boys in faith, discipling kids through transition phases, and more.

Robin loves joining in what God is doing among children of all ages (from 2 to 102)!  She has served as a minister, community children’s worker, with youth and young adults, teaching new entrants and now serves as Kids Friendly National Coach (part-time).  She is married with a toddler and loves adventuring down a river or up a mountain with them!

 

Andrew Judd

5. ‘A white kiwi’s bi-cultural journey’ – led by Andrew Judd

Andrew is an optician and the former Mayor of New Plymouth, whose time in office coincided with a time of reflection and revelation on the Treaty of Waitangi, justice and the role of Maori in modern New Zealand and in local body government.

 

 

Jennie McCullough

6. ‘From acorn to oak tree - Community facing mission’ – led by Jennie McCullough

How can we connect with our wider communities with a seed of an idea through a strategic plan to bearing fruit for the Kingdom of God?  Hear one story and explore the possibilities.

Jennie now helps St Paul’s Opunake with community mission with kids, youth and families as Mission Enabler, after 14 years as Youth, Child and Family Coordinator at Knox Waitara.  She loves God and people, and by nature is a practitioner, coach and innovator in mission both locally and globally with Harvest Asia in the Philippines, using her medical and missional experience.

 

Peter MacKenzie

7. ‘Eleven ways that church meetings get derailed’ – led by Rev Peter MacKenzie

Each person in a church meeting brings their own personality to the table – Peter explores how some personality traits can derail the conversation and disrupt a meeting.  It is a light-hearted look at what can be a serious problem.

Peter has worked in the church for many years in both parish ministry and ad-ministry.  He has studied aspects of organisational psychology and brings that understanding into his work with the church.  He is currently our Presbytery Executive Secretary.

 

 

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