Collaborative Ministry Course 2015

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.


LSM Conference 2015

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.

– Ian

Relationship Course offered to all LSMUs

The Northern Education programme which caters for Local Shared Ministry Units from Bream Bay northwards is having a change of content for April only. On 18 April, Heather Bond, a trainer for the Prepare/Enrich course will offer a one-day training at St Stephen’s Onerahi. There is room for a few more participants, although we have enough numbers to proceed.

This is an opportunity to become familiar with a tool, which involves an online questionnaire, which helps couples to prepare for marriage or to enrich their relationship.

We are able to offer a much-reduced rate for the day’s attendance and resources. It is $95.00 for an individual, or $120.00 for a couple. (A couple shares the resource material). This is partly due to St. Stephen’s kindly providing the venue (with comfortable chairs!), and the fact that we all bring food to share for lunch. If you would like to participate, please make a comment on this post (or phone, below). Comments will reach me as an email (please include your own email address in the comment!). Please note that you do not need to be ordained to undertake this training. People involved in pastoral care or counselling, for example could offer this service in their Ministry Unit setting, provided they have the support of the Ministry Support Team.

The details are:

Saturday 18 April, 9am – 4pm

St Stephen’s Anglican Church, 167 Church St. Onerahi, Whangarei (not far past the end of the airport runway)

Please bring food to share for lunch or morning tea

The Enablers and Bishop Jim are pleased to be in support of this learning opportunity

– Ian (ph. (09) 433-9993

“Te Rongopai”: A timely new DVD resource

We’re pleased to be able to point you to a new ecumenical resource celebrating 200 years of Christianity in Aotearoa. Suitable for personal use, small groups, or even church services. Permission is given for these uses.

If you are considering an Advent study group this would be most appropriate. The chapters are short enough to be shown in church in the “sermon slot”, especially if you combine the two shorter ones. The longest chapter is 18 minutes. One suggestion would be to begin the series on Aotearoa Sunday, which is 23 November.


Here are the details for ordering your copy

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