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Vacancy - Alpine Presbytery Hanmer Springs Host

Written by Alpine Presbytery

Alpine Presbytery (Presbyterian churches in the top half of the South Island) is looking for a person (or persons) to host an exciting new initiative forming a new style of Christian community in Hanmer Springs, and providing hospitality to locals and visitors to the region.

This will include experimenting with different expressions of church, partnering with others to serve the local community, hosting Presbytery gatherings, exploring the future use of the St Andrews church building and site, helping the Presbytery grow in our theology of the outdoors, and hosting accommodation for visitors.

This is a 0.8 FTE position, initially for a 3 year term which includes some provision for housing, and it could be shared by more than one person with complimentary skills. We expect the Host to live in Hanmer Springs. The Host will be: highly relational, able to relate to all ages, cultures and demographics; hospitable and generous in character; able to facilitate spiritual conversations and activities; a strategic thinker and team player. They will also be able to help lead the next phase of the project developing the site. Building construction, and maintenance skills are an advantage.

For further details including a role description, Contact Dan Spragg, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications are due by Monday 5th August.

Welcome to Inspire Life Coaching

Written by Jackie Gudsell

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HI I’m Jackie Gudsell, founder of Inspire Life Coaching. Like many women, I wear a number of hats. Wife, Mother, Young Grandmother, Business Woman, and Artist. Having walked a journey of faith for over thirty years, and been involved in different ministries, I understand the cost that those in Ministry face on a daily basis.

Alongside my husband Craig, an Insurance broker to the Churches, we have worked within Christendom, nationwide, for the past 25 + years. As a mentor to many over the years, it was a natural progression for me to complete a CPC course (Certificate in Pastoral counselling) with Richard Black, Supervision qualifications, and Life Coach training.

Enough about me, what about you, What is it you’d like to say if given the opportunity, knowing that someone would hear the story you need and want to tell, someone safe, who is not part of your faith community. What difference would that make?

My passion is to inspire and support women in Ministry related roles, including those married to, or partnering with those in Ministry, providing encouragement, and strategies to assist them in their role.

My heart is that each woman would find freedom and success.

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Religious freedom

Written by Alan Vink

Dear Pastors

This week a few of us met in Auckland to have a roundtable conversation about Religious Freedom in New Zealand. So as it is occupying my mind at present I thought I would share a few thoughts on this subject this week.

WHY I believe a national conversation is needed?

There are a number of reasons why I believe we need to have a national conversation on Religious Freedom in NZ.

  • This has become a critical issue in our day. Most everyone agrees with the importance of Religious Freedom in a Democratic society. However Christian Freedom is already under threat in NZ and around much of the ‘free’ world.
  • Christian Faith continues to be marginalised often times in favour of the ‘newer’ religions mostly from Asia that have accompanied immigrant peoples.
  • Everyday Christians have already had their mouths stopped for fear of saying the wrong thing, offending others (especially their work mates and employers) or afraid of committing the terrible offense of hate speech.
  • Pastors and preachers are increasingly reluctant to address this issue (and other social and moral issues) for fear of offending their parishioners many of whom have quite different points of view especially the millennials.
  • There seems to be no ‘prophetic voice’ anymore.
  • It is VERY hard to get consensus (let alone unity) from the Christian church on this or any issue for that matter. The Christian viewpoint has become increasingly diverse on most of the big issues of our day.
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Better World Gap Year 2019

Written by Influence

Better World is a Gap Year program for young adults centered around issues of social justice in our world today and God's heart.

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The Beginning of the Kairos Free Store in Christchurch

Written by Influence

Kairos LogoBased off the first Free Store that was founded in Wellington in 2010, and part of the Free Store Movement Aotearoa. The Kairos Free Store in Christchurch will be the first to open in the South Island - due to open its doors mid 2018. We are a non for profit, charitable organisation, run 100% by volunteers.

When you combine hungry people in the community, the masses of quality, wasted food from cafes & eateries daily + passionate people who want to get involved. Something beautiful is bound to happen...

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Flu Immunisation Missions Fundraiser

Written by Influence

What’s the same?

  • 100% of the money goes to missions (50% to a mission of your choice working with a lesser reached people group, the other 50% goes to One-2-One Charitable Trust, working with South East Asia’s underserved and vulnerable)
  • $25 per person

Interested? We are available from the 9th of April 2018!

Immunisation season is here! E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with:

  • Your organization’s name & preferred date/s
  • A contact person (email and phone number please)

The vaccinators are accredited doctors and passionate about missions.

Enquiries welcome at the above email also.

New Home for Harmony Church

Written by Influence

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Harmony Church is now based at the new Harmony Centre, 220 Antigua Street, CBD. This new community facility includes a 400 seat auditorium and various seminar rooms. It's also the base for the Convergence Dance School with special sprung floor studio's.

Paid volunteers- managing expectations

Written by Ricki-Lee Teague

PaidVolunteers managingexpectations 2Paid volunteers exist in many of our churches, staff that are part time paid AND work hours in the same role voluntary. When organisation priorities change, these working relationships can be tested as the leadership strategically increase existing, or add new, resources to other areas of the church.

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Health & Safety working at church

Written by Ricki-Lee Teague

The big health & safety stick has well and truly been beaten to shreds. New Zealand’s Health & Safety at Work Act (HSWA) became law on April 4th 2016. The intent is good; everyone is engaged in keeping those we love and honour, safe. We understand that if, as a church, we have paid staff, we are a ‘person conducting a business undertaking’ (PCBU) and therefore subject to the HSWA. We are taking it all seriously; we have a mountain of health & safety information, online tools, and workshops to help us become compliant with the HSWA. For many churches the question now is:

How do we implement a ‘fit for purpose’ health & safety system in our church?

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