Once again the Enabling team will be offering a 5 day course in working collaboratively in ministry. This education is not simply for Local Shared Ministry units, but for all church leaders who would like to assist their congregations to develop from being “ministered to” to ministering communities exercising their spiritual and personal gifts mutually. Our goal is to equip leaders with resources for facilitating this change process.
Participants come from across the Dioceses and Tikanga, and also internationally. Provided there are sufficient enrolments we hope to offer a scholarship opportunity for someone from one of our Local Shared Ministry units to benefit from this course. Please talk to your Enabler if you are interested in being considered for this scholarship or would like to know more. Your administrator should have received the enrolment leaflet electronically.
The course runs Mon-Fri 27 – 31 July at Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre, Long Bay. Most participants live-in.
Yesterday (26 March) at our monthly Enablers meeting we considered all the feedback you kindly provided in respect of holding our Conferences. A majority favoured continuing to hold an annual event (even if some choose to attend biennially). Grafton Hall was also preferred. We will be going ahead with planning for a conference for 2015, expected to be in late November as previously.
We will update you all as to venue when we have that information.
It is not too soon to consider who might most benefit from the experience, especially new MST members or Council members.
Luke was baptised recently at his own request. The service began in the Pioneer Memorial Church at McLeod Bay (in the Onerahi/Manaia LSMU. Luke was baptised in the sea by the Revd. Ray Blomquist, one of the Ministry Support Team for the Unit. What a celebration!
Luke, at left, and Revd. Ray at right, with family and supporters.
Some of you have been anticipating the availability of our demo tracks of the songs we learned at Conference this year. Thanks for your patience. I did promise them by Advent, and now they’re ready after digital editing and mastering to polish them up and make them as consistent as possible. We did a great job given the limits of time, setting and resources, supported by the talents of Josh Jones and Sandy Robertson.
Please use them to familiarize music groups and congregations, but don’t forget to have a suitable licence for reproducing words or music.
The two most used are: LicenSing (more for mainline, liturgical congregations)
CCLI favoured by congregations with more contemporary worship song styles.
You can download the tracks individually from Soundcloud right now.
You can burn them to a CD using freeware. Here’s a page with some top recommendations .If you have ITunes, you can create a playlist, add the files, and burn to a CD very easily.
Please submit a comment if you have any difficulty accessing the material.
Here’s a sample: