The 2012 General Assembly resolved that the Church make a submission to Parliament not to proceed with the proposed amendment to the Marriage Act. Read the submission here.
Read media releases, relating to decisions made at GA, issued by the Church during and after GA12 on the Church website.
The Presbyterian Church in Korea (PCK) is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week in Seoul, Korea.
As part of the celebrations, the General Secretary for the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), Setri Nyomi, is in Seoul to mark the occasion as the PCK is one of four WCRC member churches in Korea and one of the largest Presbyterian churches in the world.
The first Korean Presbyterian minister founded a church in Hwanghae province in 1884 and the PCK General Assembly was established in 1912.
In a sermon preached in the chapel of Seoul Jangsin...
The Centre for Theology & Public Issues at the University of Otago is organising a one-day conference on 28 August on the life, work and legacy of 19th c Presbyterian minister, Rev Rutherford Waddell & the Sin of Cheapness. Venue: Burns Hall, First Church, Moray Place, Dunedin. Keynote speaker: Helen Kelly, President, New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. Papers given by: Tony Ballantyne, Peter Lineham, Peter Matheson, Hugh Morrison, John Stenhouse, and Archives' Yvonne Wilkie. More info here. To book contact Jill...
The Church Property Property Trustees seek an Administrative Secretary with at least eight years experience. Reporting to the Executive Officer, you will provide efficient administration support, including the processing of property related applications, loan administration, liaising with financial services providers, the preparation of agendas, minute taking at meetings, daily banking requirements and the preparation of income and expenditure reports. Applications close 17 August. Apply here.
The development of Christian faith among Māori has changed over time from the missionary endeavours of Pākehā settlers, to the development of indigenous expressions of Christian faith, to co-operative partnerships between Māori and Pākehā in the mainline churches, and to the recent emergence of the Destiny Church.
This book examines features of the growth, development and adaptation of Christian faith among Māori people and considers ways in which that development has contributed to shaping New Zealand identity and society. It explores questions of theology, historical development,...
A small amount of funding is available from the Caughey Smith-Preston Memorial Interdenominational Evangelisation Fund for church or denominational projects: employing evangelists to hold missions in NZ large cities and towns; or employing young evangelists to go to the backblocks of NZ; or opening Sunday Schools. Requests for funding are invited, please outline in as much detail as possible:
- the aims of the project
- how long it has been in operation or will be in operation
- where it is located
- personnel involved
- how evangelism will be delivered...
Enrolment is now open for the 2012 General Assembly in Rotorua, 4-7 October 2012. Enrolment packs, enrolment forms and travel reimbursement forms will be posted from 18 June to all those presbyteries have agreed will represent congregations as Commissioners or Observers. You can also download them here.
The latest issue of Spanz magazine is now online. Our Winter edition unveils the GA12 logo and theme, and introduces GA12’s keynote speaker. We also explore the Fresh Expressions church movement; hear how a church in Rodney is continuing to support shaken Cantabrians, and how a church in Rotorua is providing supported housing to the disadvantaged; we profile Knox Centre interns graduating in 2012; and we find out why a doctor prescribed himself a Vanuatu mission. Plus many more...
Let’s celebrate two hundred years of the Christian gospel in New Zealand. 25 December 2014 is the official date of the bicentenary when the Rev Samuel Marsden preached his first sermon at Oihi Bay in 1814, supported by Ruatara, Hongi Hika and Korokoro. Church leaders, including our incoming Moderator, are planning a number of events to mark this occasion, beginning with a Symposium in November 2012. See here for more information.