Ministry Education September 2017

For this year EQUIP is going to run a little differently.  Rather than 3 Saturdays in each region, EQUIP is going to have a focus month in each region so that in that month, 4 evening sessions will be held on the topics of

  • The Big Story of the Bible

  • Handling the Bible.

These would be great events post-ALPHA, for home groups, and for training new leaders.

Now is a good time to think of those you want to get involved in training in 2017 or if BTC can tailor-make some training for your parish/region. 













Wed Sept 20


Big Story



Wed Sept 27


Big Story



Wed Oct 18


Handling the Bible



Wed Oct 25


Handling the Bible








Saturday Sept 23


Big Story



Saturday Nov 4


Handling the Bible



Mawhera Deanery -
September 23 – Story of the Bible: 9.30-3pm.

November 4 – Handling the Bible: 9:30-3pm
Both sessions will be held at Holy Trinity Greymouth. There will be a lunch break, so you can bring your own lunch, or pop out to get something.


Marlborough Deanery
September 20 and 27, 7-9pm,   Story of the Bible.   Renwick Anglican.
October 18 and 25, 7-9pm,   Handling the Bible.     Nativity Church, Blenheim.

The Story of the Bible - This session looks at the Bible as one big story. Many of us know lots of the stories that are in the Bible, but get confused about how they all fit together – this class aims to give you the overall narrative of the Bible so that you can understand how the many little stories in the Bible fit together into one big story that God is writing.

Handling the Bible - Want to learn more from studying Scripture, but aren’t sure how? Gain the tools that will start you on the journey, or help you to go deeper.

Anyone is welcome to attend – if you are able to do so, please RSVP to so we have approximate ideas of numbers; but you are welcome to show up. There is no charge.


Post Ordination Ministry Development (POMD):

Post Ordination Ministry Development (POMD) is a 3-year programme for those newly ordained (and if required those new to the Diocese), and is a requirement of your ordination and Bishop’s license.  The aim of POMD is to cover ministry competencies for your current and future ministry and to build collegiality as a group.

The current POMD process is 2-fold.  First, participation in a Community of Practice (replaces or sits alongside regional deanery meetings). 








1st Fri

1st Thr (Grp 2)

1st Thr

3rd Thr














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The second part is new for 2017 and replaces the previous POMD model of meeting 1 day a month.  The plan is to meet three time each year; 2 one-day meetings, and 1 two-day meeting (Marae visit or Bishop’s retreat).  The aim for each day will be to discuss 2 ministry competencies.  Please note a change to FRIDAY to enable everyone to be there.  May and August events will be held in Blenheim (Nelson Folks hopefully we can carpool).

Suggested dates (venue to be confirmed):

  • Nov 10 (Friday) with Bp Richard location TBC

 Daily Plan:

  • Arrive 9.30am – coffee

  • Begin 10.00am -Topic 1

  • Lunch 12.30

  • Begin 1.30 – Topic 2

  • Finish 4pm

POMD Competencies















CPE 2018

The dates for CPE in 2018 are:

  • February 7,8,9

  • February 22,23

  • March 8,9

  • March 22,23

  • April 12,13

  • April 26,27

  • May 10,11

  • May 24,25

  • June 7,8

 Through Laidlaw College/BTC, CPE can be included in the degree as 30 credits at level 6 and 15 credits at level 7 run concurrently, or as a “Certificate of Proficiency”. A funding subsidy for CPE is available through the Ministry Education Coordinator. CPE consists of 400hrs training over 18 weeks, including: 15hr pastoral ministry/week, 2 days group work per fortnight, and 5hr reading/writing/reflection per week.


IRCA will hold its four yearly conference titled “Growing Together” at Lincoln University in April 15-20 2018, and hopes to have people attending from all parts of the world. The event aims to inspire, encourage and equip rural church leaders from across the globe as they explore the challenges and opportunities facing rural mission and ministry. With a learning community approach at its core, lay and ordained groups from countries and regions will consider together the ‘What is?’, ‘What could be?’ and ‘What will be?’ for their rural church context, inspired by stories and worship from different countries and traditions, and fed by key notes on reconciling communities and collaborative ministry.

Speakers at the conference include: Dr Rosemary Dewerse, who is Dunedin based and the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership Thornton Blair Research Fellow; Rev’d Jenny Dawson,  an Anglican priest living just north of Wellington and a spiritual director, supervisor and consultant; and Jerry Marshall who is Chair of IRCA and CEO of Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre, the1 UK churches’ rural resource unit.

As well as the main conference there will be a young adult (16-25yrs) stream.

Conference fees up to 30 September 2017 are NZ $1,300 including single room accommodation, meals, outings and transfer from Christchurch airport if required.  (Excluding accommodation but with all meals including breakfast: NZ $775).  Full price $1,500 or $950 (some funding will be available from ministry education).

 You can check out the programme and book at

Previous conferences have been held in Malawi, Germany, India and Canada, so we are seeing this conference as a unique opportunity for New Zealanders to be able to attend.

I do commend this conference to you.  I think it has the potential to inspire rural church people in the very special ministry they have. If you have any questions, please do contact me.

Linda Cowan (for the IRCA Local Arrangements Committee)


Latimer retreat

Latimer Ministry Retreat: Tuesday Oct 24- Thr Oct 26 at Pudding Hill Lodge, mid-Canterbury.  The theme is “Unstoppable Gospel” – to remind us of unshakable purpose to build his church.  This year the retreat will be led by Kanishka Raffell, Dean of Sydney Cathedral, who will be exploring the Book of Acts.  Cost is $195 – funding available so let me know if you are wanting to go.  For more information go to


Special POMD Event

At the invitation of Bp Richard and the Latimer Fellowship, Rev Kanishka Raffell, Dean of Sydney Cathedral, will be visiting the Diocese and offering a seminar for all clergy on “Confidence in the Gospel” – Friday October 20 –.  PLease put this in your diary.

Kanishka was born in London to Sri Lankan parents and was raised as a Buddhist. While studying law at Sydney University a friend gave him a copy of The Gospel according to John and he subsequently became a Christian. Prior to becoming Dean in 2016, Kanishka served as Rector of St Matthew’s in Perth. He is married to Cailey and they have two daughters. He loves curry, cricket and having gelato at the beach with his family but knows no pleasure so great as sharing the news about Jesus with people who have no idea who Jesus is or how much he loves them.



This year we are going to try something different and run this ourselves in each region.

  • Mawhera (Holy Trinity Greymouth) – Saturday Oct 28, 9-5pm

  • Marlborough (Nativity Anglican Church) – Friday Nov 17 7-9pm and Saturday Nov 18 9-4pm

  • Nelson/Waimea (All Saints Anglican Church) Friday Nov 17 7-9pm and Saturday Nov 18 9-4pm


Please take this opportunity to bring a team of people from your church because that will enhance the learning and team-building.  Attached is the flyer - this is not restricted to Anglicans so please send to other churches in your region. 



For more GLS information go to


Please note that Nelson Anglican is hosting the GLS as a “private view” so registration is only via BTC website.



If you are interested in this for 2018 now is a good time to begin a conversation with myself, your vestry and any possible intern.  Please remember that an intern is a training position, so the intern needs to be working under someone with experience.  We now have the exciting development of offering a 1yr fulltime certificate and diploma which majors on internship (20hrs per week) which would be ideal for any young person wanting to do a gap year programme or gain experience in Christian ministry.  Our two internship options are:

    1. Fulltime Level 4 Certificate of Christian studies (Internship); Level 5 Diploma of Christian Studies (Leadership).

    2. Fulltime BTC (4 papers/semester) and 10hrs ministry per week.



      A copy of the new Alpha film series is on memory stick at the Resource Library (Anglican Centre).



      Journey through the Lord’s Prayer with six short videos and a handy “cheat sheet” for each session, all designed to fuel discussion and deepen the prayer life of your church.  Download all material free from


      Christianity Explored

      Online and Free


      Books to Read:

  • John Burke, No Perfect People Allowed: creating a Come As You Are culture in the Church, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007. (Thanks Marge Tefft for this)

  • Matt Perman, What’s Best Next: How the Gospel transforms the way you get things done.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017.

  • James K.A. Smith, You are what you love: The spiritual power of habit (Brazos, 2016).  A Quote:

  • Andrew Schachtel, Choon-Hwa Lim, Mike Wilson, Changing Lanes, Crossing Cultures: Equipping Christians and Churches for Ministry in a Culturally Diverse Society (has been shortlisted for Australian Christian Book of the Year). The book is a practical guide to cross-cultural ministry, aimed at aiding Christians and churches as they undertake the crucial and challenging, yet very rewarding process of interacting across cultures.



NEW Resources now available.

If you know of any good small group resources, please let me know so we can update our supply.   EQUIP DVDs are also available at Holy Trinity, Greymouth and St Christopher’s, Blenheim for loan. Please let your small group leaders know about these resources by passing this list on.




Willowcreek GLS 2016


Anglican Centre

New Alpha Film Series

Memory stick

Anglican Centre

Small Groups with purpose: How to create Healthy Communities

Book by Steve Gladen

Anglican Centre

Good Questions have small groups talking

Book by Josh Hunt

Anglican Centre

Amazing Grace


Anglican Centre


DVD (R16)

Anglican Centre

The Case for Christ (Movie)


Anglican Centre

Hacksaw Ridge

DVD (R15)

Anglican Centre

Online: via BTC/ Diocesan websites “Resources” sections.

BTC has now established a platform to make video presentations available at including the Rob Harley Storytelling and Communication Master Class.


Free Online Resources.

Free Lectionary/Theme based resources and for all ages.


Book Summary sites

The Leaders Book Summaries
Books at a Glance

Let me know if you are interested in joining these


Questions on Theology and Science.

BIOLOGOS is an organization founded by Francis Collins, of dedicated evangelicals committed to the relationship between the Christian faith and science.  They have a new site for “pastor resources” which has very good resources for many of the difficult questions people ask.  New Resource:

A great video of NT Wright talking about Christ and Creation


ISCAST is an Australian organisation (with many NZers and expats) dedicated to exploring the interface between science and the Christian faith. Its membership consists of scientists, theologians and professionals with standing in their own fields and a commitment to the Christian faith.  Their website has many good resources that tackle many questions about science and faith.  See

 NZCIS (New Zealand Christians in Science) is a new body to promote the dialogue of between Christianity and Science in NZ.Conference: God of Wonder: Science talks with Theology.  Fri Sept 22 (7pm)- Sat 23rd.

 InterChurch Bioethics Council.- The InterChurch Bioethics Council (ICBC) is composed of appointed representatives from Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches for the purpose of addressing crucial ethical issues in NZ relating to bioethics and Facebook.

 God Bless -  Graham


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