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Next Assembly

Dunedin 2016!

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Streams

A stream is a community of learning with space for story-telling, worship, prayer and pastoral care for one another. Each stream runs for three mornings on Sunday, Monday  and Tuesday ending with a short presentation to the full gathering of Assembly on Tuesday morning.  

 

Each stream costs $210 for three days.

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Spiritual Formation
Spiritual Formation - What is it and how does it happen? 

Is Christian formation the same as discipleship or transformation into the image of Christ? We’ll discuss a few definitions of spiritual formation and then brainstorm the ways spiritual formation happens in our congregations, with particular focus on the role of the Bible, prayer, spiritual practices, Christian service and mission. We’ll analyse patterns of spiritual formation in Presbyterian congregations in Aotearoa, with the goal of reinforcing what’s going well and discovering new options.

Lynne Baab

Lynne Baab is the Jack Somerville lecturer in pastoral theology at the University of Otago. She is a Presbyterian minister and the author of numerous books on congregational leadership and Christian spiritual practices, including Sabbath Keeping, Beating Burnout in Congregations, and Joy Together: Spiritual Practices for Your Congregation.

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Church in our society
A voice in the wilderness - the Church in a secular society

What is the “Good News” in Kiwi society? Have we dropped the ball? Reflections on the 200th anniversary of the Gospel in New Zealand and the implications for today. How does the church speak into our society?

Participants in this stream will engage with our culture and history and explore ways we have to be more effective in the communication of the gospel.

Glyn Carpenter

Glyn has been National Director of New Zealand Christian Network since 2003. Prior to this Glyn worked for nearly 30 years in the business world in information technology, training, and management, including 10 years running ACE Training which he co-founded in 1986. Glyn has been an Associate Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management (AFNZIM), and has a Master’s degree in Christian Ministry.

Glyn serves on a number of boards and committees and is chair of the South Pacific Evangelical Alliance.

The following three Streams (Global Mission, Asian Ministry and Ecumenical) are now combined.

Please enrol for GLOBAL MISSION to attend this stream

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Global Mission
Called, Sent, Empowered

Open yourself to a sense of call to mission by learning about the wider work of the Presbyterian Church. Gain awareness of the many ways we are a Church that is called, sent and empowered – and join us! 

Be inspired by interacting with international visitors from partner churches overseas, and those serving on mission within the Presbyterian Church. Be encouraged by the broad range of global mission taking place through the Presbyterian Church and be challenged to participate, either through our Church or through connection with our partner churches.

Phil King

Phil is the global mission coordinator for the Presbyterian Church. He plans to include representatives of the Presbyterian Church Global Mission e.g. Friends of Jagadhri, Myanmar Oversight group, Vanuatu Support group, and input from other international guests.

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Asian Ministry

Multicultural ministry in the Presbyterian Church from and within an Asian migrant context

There will be sharing of experiences in Korean, Chinese and Asian friendly congregations in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Sydney. 

Han Kyoung Gyun

The Rev Kyoung Gyun is from the Presbyterian Church of Korea, and is now our Church's Asian ministries coordinator. Kyoung Gyun has a special focus on the needs of the younger people whose parents immigrated from the Asian nations.

Strengthening ecumenical relationships

This stream will enable input and discussion on the ecumenical movement internationally and nationally. We will dialogue about issues of unity in the Christian church and matters of justice, righteousness and peace. Guest speakers will give context from World Council of Churches and other denominations.  

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Ecumenical
Ray Coster

Moderator the Right Rev Ray Coster has been minister of St Andrew’s Presbyterian in Mount Maunganui since 1985 and became Moderator at General Assembly 2012. Prior to that he was the minister of Trinity Presbyterian in Timaru. He is married to Judy and has four adult children.

Ray has served the Church in various capacities at local, regional and national levels. He has served on the Council of Assembly (the body that governs the Church between General Assemblies), and has chaired the Press Go Board. Strengthening the Church’s ecumenical relationships is one of Ray's passions.

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Inspiring Offspring
Inspiring Offspring - Exploring fresh expressions of church

We will share stories of fresh expressions (sometimes called new missional ventures) or new ways of being church within the Presbyterian Church and further afield. We will look at what we are learning through these new missional ventures and explore some of the shapes church is taking in today’s context. We will reflect on what the Spirit is saying to us and the church.

Sharon Ross Ensor

Sharon will lead this stream with Jill Kayser and others who are successfully trying new ways of being church.

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Healing the Land

This stream has been cancelled

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Social Transformation

This stream has been cancelled  - but the same topic will be run on a smaller scale as a Workshop on Monday afternoon. Please see the Workshops page for more details

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Life & Faith at work

This stream has been cancelled 

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Youth Ministry
National Youth Gathering

This is a special stream for young people aged 15+ and will be the first ever National Youth Gathering. 

For more details and how to enrol go to the National Youth Gathering page.

Gordon Fitch

Gordon Fitch is the National Co-ordinator for Presbyterian Youth Ministry

This chart shows the number of people so far who have enrolled for each stream.  A stream is confirmed when five or more people have enrolled. The chart is calculated in real time so it may take a moment to appear.

Requests for each Stream