On Wednesday, 2 December, the Church will celebrate the graduation of the 2015 interns with a special service. All are welcome.

The service will be held at St Columba (Botany Downs) in Auckland at 7:30pm. Read more


Were you a child of a Presbyterian missionary family between about 1930 and 1960? Or are you descended from someone who was a missionary child in those years? Do you have in your possession old records of the family in those years that you would be willing to be looked at for research purposes? Are you interested in having some of these stories told for the benefit of the wider church or community?

If any of these apply then I am very interested in: talking with you further with respect to examining and making copies of some of that material; interviewing you; or both if applicable.

I will need either up to a day of your time (to look at the materials) or two hours of your time (for an interview), at a time to be arranged with you.

If you are interested in talking further with me then please contact me as follows: Dr Hugh Morrison, College of Education, University of Otago, P O Box 56, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand, (ph) 03 479 4240 (work) or (03) 473 9693 (home); email:

This project has been reviewed and approved by the College of Education, University of Otago


Project Supervisor: Dr Candice Harris, AUT

Researcher: Vivian Coleman

An Invitation

My name is Vivian Coleman and I am a post-graduate student studying Human Resources for a thesis in Masters of Business at AUT. I am also a minister in full standing of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.

I am inviting you to be part of a qualitative study in which you will have an opportunity to share with me your experiences of being reviewed or appraised in your church ministry. Anything you say to me will be kept confidential and you will not be identifiable in reports of the research.

Although ministers are not employees in New Zealand law, they are responsible for their work and encouraged as professionals to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. Such reviews are undertaken in many different formats but could be regarded as a ‘performance appraisal’ comparable with those of other organisations like businesses or schools. However there may be subtle or significant differences, and I am interested in hearing the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of your own experience. The research will be reported in a Master’s Thesis and a summary will be provided to you at that time.

Who am I looking for?

Participants need to be parish ministers with either the Baptist or Presbyterian denominations in New Zealand, who have experienced clergy review. ‘Clergy reviews’ are defined in this project as “the organisational exercise of appraising the minister’s performance, undertaken at intervals of 1 – 3 years.” I need about fifteen parish ministers who speak English. The national office is forwarding this invitation on my behalf and has not supplied your email address; I will only have your contact details if you respond to this email invitation.

Once you have agreed to participate, I will send you a consent form. We will organise a time for one in-depth interview of 60 – 90 minutes with me. This interview will be at a time convenient to you in a place where you feel comfortable and private, such as your church office. Your thoughts, feelings, memories and opinions are all you need to bring to the interview, though you may if you wish to bring documents relating to a past review. Your interview notes will be kept safe and confidential and I will use pseudonyms in my report. The recorded data and analysis will only be used for this research topic.

How do I learn more or sign up as a participant?

Click here for a more detailed Participant Information Form.

Contact: Vivian Coleman
Mobile 027 275 8351

Please respond by the end of February 2015 so I can complete the interviews by 30 April 2015.

I am grateful to the Presbyterian Church for assistance in contacting potential participants.


Vivian Coleman (Rev Mrs) 


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