Archives for: April 2018

There were 6 posts published in April 2018.
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PT Regional Youth Ministry Enabler – Taranaki

Presbytery Central is seeking a Regional Youth Ministry Enabler for the Taranaki Region

The position is part-time (8 flexihours per week), and the applicant would need to be based in the Taranaki region. The successful applicant will be part of a team of Regional Youth Ministry Facilitators charged with creating and developing an environment where youth leaders in the Presbytery are nurtured, supported and assisted to build healthy youth ministries, which offer young people the opportunity to grow their faith in God. Part of the role is also to encourage and assist the development of new youth ministries in the Presbytery.

The applicant will already have:

  • An awareness of, and be committed to the mission of Presbyterian and Uniting churches.
  • A strong background in Christian youth work.
  • A facilitative style of leadership.
  • A community builder and a team player.
  • Good organisational, administrative and time management skills.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.

.          An ability to self-start and show initiative.

The role requires some travel and a passion to see youth ministry flourish in Presbytery Central.

Applications close: 15 May 2018

For a complete job description and application form please contact the Presbytery Office.

centraladmin@presbyterycentral.org.nz

 

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FT Youth Pastor – Papakura

First Presbyterian Church is a dynamic, evangelical church in Papakura, South Auckland with a calling to train, equip and send.

Our church serves in a diverse multi-cultural community with a range of needs, challenges and strengths.

We are seeking to employ a fulltime pastor, called by God to youth, to enhance and build on our current ministry to the young people of First Church and Papakura.

The purpose of this position is to contribute to fulfilling the mission of FPC which is – ‘to follow Jesus’.  The mission of the youth ministry is to attract young people to Christ, develop young people as life-long disciples of Jesus and to provide opportunities for young people to serve Christ, within the context of the whole church ministry.

For a church profile and job description, please email office@firstchurchpapakura.org.nz.

The closing date to apply is 11 May 2018

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit.

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Guide to making a Proposal for GA

So you have an idea for a proposal for General Assembly, but how do get it to the floor of the debating chamber.

In principle,

  1. You will take your written proposal to the Session Clerk at your local church
  2. The Session Clerk will give it the Session to discuss and vote on.
  3. If they agree, they will send it to your Presbytery to discuss and vote on
  4. If they agree it will be sent to General Assembly to be discussed and voted on.

But before you start with this process, ask yourself, does this idea actually need to go to Assembly, if we can do your idea within the existing legislation, we don’t need to go to GA where your idea maybe shot down, let’s figure out how we can make it happen. Speak to PYM, we can help you think through your idea.

If it does need to go to Assembly, you should also ask your friends at church, your minister and elders what they think of your idea.

If your idea includes changes to the Book of Order, before you write your proposal speak to the Book of Order Advisor for advice. Currently, that would be Heather McKenzie (027 455 0124).

If your idea includes financial implications to the national church, you should speak to the Convenor of the resource subcommittee for advice. Currently, that would be Anne Edgar (021 037 8150).

Writing your proposal

After seeking advice, you are now ready to write your proposal. Have a look at this example proposal from GA16.

You will see there are two sections. Recommendations and Proposal.

The recommendations are what you want, and what people will vote on. The Proposal is the arguments why people should agree with your recommendations.

So write your recommendations succinctly, And with your proposal, write your arguments in order of significance. In this section, you may want to think of counter-arguments and make arguments against these also.

An example.
You may be thinking we want the Presbyterian Church to support the government’s goal of planting one billion trees over the next 10 years, by planting 1000 trees each year for ten years. Without any problem, you could list of environmental reasons why this would be a good idea.

This would be an admiral recommendation, but if you left it like that, no doubt delegates may ask, how is this going to happen, and where is the money going to come from.

Say your church had a field and was committed to planting trees yourself, a better proposal would say, our church is going to plant 1000 trees in the next ten years in a field we own. We recommend other congregations support this effort and look for opportunities to do likewise. This would be much more likely to get voted through.

But the reality is, does this even need to go to Assembly? Would a better way, not be to just plant your trees, and share the story with the church through the communication department, through national resourcing departments, Presbyteries and inspire others to follow.

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Operation Refugee 2018

Now in its 3rd year Operation Refugee so far has raised over $100,000 in support of Syrian Refugees who have fled their homes and are now living in Lebanon and Jordan. Many refugees are in debt, living in cramped informal settlements and are losing all hope of a brighter future.

WHAT IS OPERATION REFUGEE?

The Operation Refugee fundraising challenge is to survive on the same rations as a Syrian refugee 5 days from 16-20 June 2018 for Adults or any two days between 16-20 June for young people You will help raise money so refugees who have to live outside the camps have enough to eat. $87 will pay for one food package which will last 15 days. The more money you raise, the more food coupons and packages can be distributed. And by sharing this powerful experience, you can bring the refugee struggle closer to home in a way that’s impossible to ignore. Together we can make a difference for refugees and create a more compassionate world.

WHAT FOOD IS CONTAINED IN THE RATION CHALLENGE KIT?

Operation Refugee will supply the food box, you survive the experience, and all funds raised go to Syrian refugee families.

The Ration Challenge kit is based on the food that a Syrian refugee family receives living in a refugee camp in Jordan or Lebanon – a small amount of rice, split peas, salt, fish, flour and oil.

https://www.cwsoperationrefugee.nz/

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24 Hours of Prayer

As you probably are aware there is a crisis facing our young people like no other time before. We are seeing record suicide rates, young people on pills for anxiety/depression, family violence – just to name a few issues. Add into this mix: bullying, isolation, self image and the list goes on.

You are invited to participate in 24 hours of prayer on 11/12 May. It’s really simple, just find a time to pray with your youth group or churches and log it on the Heartache website so others in your region can attend your prayer/worship meeting and stand with you. Timeline and themes are on the Heartache website to give you some ideas. So far 300+ churches across many denominations are participating.

https://www.heartacheforyouth.nz/