17 March 2015
Dear Friends and Colleagues
Moderator’s Appeal - Pacific Vision: Vanuatu
Today, I have launched an appeal in response to the devastation across Vanuatu caused by Cyclone Pam.
The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV). In solidarity and in partnership with the PCV, we are launching Pacific Vision: Vanuatu, a fund that will assist the PCV in their vision of mission and service to the people of Vanuatu. Rather than...
Many New Zealanders will be concerned about the news of the devastating tropical cyclone affecting the Pacific, with reports of severe damage being caused Vanuatu. The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand has a close relationship with the Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu, and is monitoring the situation closely. Six members of our church (three married couples) are currently serving in various areas of Vanuatu. The cyclone has made communication extremely difficult and so far we have been unable to get confirmed reports of the extent of damage. We will pass on information as and when...
The Rt Rev Andrew Norton, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Aotearoa New Zealand, joined other New Zealand denominational leaders in calling for peace in Syria and Iraq.The detail of the open letter signed by church leaders is below. Parishes are invited to use the liturgical resources provided by the World Council of Churches (links at the bottom of this page) this Sunday, 15 March (or any other Sunday in March) to mark the fourth anniversary of the beginning of conflict in Syria.
13 March 2015
Bible Society has produced more than 12,000 'think' inspired Gospels of Matthew for free distribution at Eastercamps, including to the nine Presbyterian Eastercamps held around the country.
Gordon Fitch of PYM says they are, “Stoked to be able to hand out the Bible Society youth-friendly Gospel of Matthew at our Easter Camps this year. The camp directors love the quality and campers love the look of them. Not all youth attending camps own a Bible, and so it means all campers are able to fully participate in small group discussions."
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Presbyterian Youth Ministry has published findings from a survey that asked youth workers how supported they felt in their ministry, and what, if anything, ministers could do to better support them in their work. Key findings from the research are published on the PYM website. Read more
The Council of Assembly is pleased to announce that the Rev Dr Steve Taylor has been appointed to the role of Principal at Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership.
Steve, an experienced church minister, theological educator and academic leader, will take up the role in late 2015, and the Rev Dr Kevin Ward will continue in the Acting Principal role in the interim.
Steve has most recently served as the Principal of Uniting College for Leadership and Theology in South Australia. He brings a strong interest in missiology and in new and emerging forms of Christian practice,...
Dr Mathews George Chunakara, a lay member of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church in India, has been elected unanimously as the new General Secretary of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA).
The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand is a member of the CCA, which is the largest ecumenical organisation in Asia, and strives for the unity of the church in Asia, joint action in mission and Asian contribution to Christian thought and worship.
Dr Chunakara was appointed to the role for a term of five years and is the first Indian citizen to be elected to this position. He will...
It is with great joy that Council of Assembly announces the appointment of Rev Dr Geoff New to the position of Dean of Studies at Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership.
Geoff will take up the position in mid-2015.
Rev Dr Colin Marshall, Council of Assembly Convener, believes that Geoff will be a wonderful addition to the Knox teaching community, and foresees great days ahead for the ministry and leadership program under Geoff’s guidance.
“Geoff’s appointment is good news for Knox Centre. He is a very experienced minister with a passion for preaching...
Studying theology in 2015? Apply for a Knox Centre Theology Study Grant. Deadline for applications is 31 March 2015.
The Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership is offering a limited number of scholarships in 2015 to Presbyterians doing part-time or full-time theological studies through Otago University, Auckland University, Laidlaw College or Carey Baptist College. If you know of anyone who might benefit from such a grant, please encourage them to apply. They should send a letter of application detailing their course (and costs) of study, and what church...