The Council for World Mission is offering a month-long study programme in Palestine in September and October this year.
This is a fully funded programme that is open to students of theology who are members of the Presbyterian Church. This is an amazing opportunity to experience the complicated and challenging context of the Middle East under a guided study programme with theological students from around the world. The programme will be hosted at a theological College in Bethlehem, Palestine.
Closing date for applications is Monday, 31 July.
Information about the programme, and an application form, can be downloaded here. Applications need to be endorsed by the Assembly Executive Secretary. Further information can be obtained from Global Mission Coordinator Phil King. Contact Phil
The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) is pleased to announce that the annual ‘Asian Ecumenical Institute (AEI)’ of 2017 will take place in Yangon, Myanmar from 25 September to 20 October 2017, in conjunction with the Asia Mission Conference (AMC) – 2017, which will also be held in Yangon, Myanmar (11 to 17 October). The intensive month-long ecumenical formation training programme of the CCA will give opportunities for the AEI – 2017 participants to attend the Asia Mission Conference and other related events, including the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the CCA.
CCA member churches and councils are encouraged to nominate names of suitable candidates to attend the AEI – 2017.
The main objective of the AEI is to train young ecumenists and prospective church and ecumenical leaders in Asia through an intensive month-long training. The AEI has been designed to help participants to envision wider ecumenism with new theological insights, which will empower them to understand the concept and scope of ecumenism from a strong sense of rootedness in one’s own Christian faith, tradition, heritage, as well as involving them in the crossing of boundaries across denominational/confessional, cultural, social, economic and political strata.
The opportunities for living together in an inter-cultural and inter-denominational settings, worshipping together and learning together about Asia’s emerging realities, and identifying ways of developing ecumenical responses contextually will be an enriching and unique experience for each participant of the AEI.
The theme of AEI – 2017 will be ‘Prophetic Witness to the Truth and Light, in Asia’.
Before applying, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the necessary recommendation lettter from PCANZ.
The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) invites applications from young Christians belonging to CCA member churches and ecumenical councils in Asia to serve as stewards for the Asia Mission Conference (AMC) to be held in Yangon, Myanmar from 11 to 17 October 2017.
The stewards program will last for 10 days, including three days of ecumenical formation training and pre-AMC orientation; with arrival on 8 October and departure on 17 October 2017.
An opportunity to serve as a steward in a major Asian ecumenical event with historical significance is a unique experience. It will help to develop a sense of togetherness, working in a multicultural context, interacting with a wide range of participants of the AMC – church and ecumenical leaders from around the world, theologians, missiologists, social activists and interfaith scholars.
The deadline for receiving applications is 10 July 2017. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old.
The AMC will be a major ecumenical event with the participation of 400 representatives of churches, ecumenical councils and related organisations in Asia, Europe, North America and other continents. The theme of the AMC is ‘Journeying Together: Prophetic Witness to the Truth and Light, in Asia’. The Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the CCA also will be held during the AMC, on Sunday 15 October 2017.
Fifty stewards, 20 international and 30 local stewards will be selected to work together with the CCA staff and the local host committees to assume various responsibilities during the AMC, and in participating in the two historic events of the CCA – the AMC and CCA’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The Diamond Jubilee of the CCA will be commemorated on Sunday, 15 October 2017 in a grand event in the presence of a gathering of 5000 selected invitees, including the 400 participants of the AMC and international guests.
Before applying, contact email@example.com to discuss travel subsidies from PCANZ and the necessary recommendation lettter from PCANZ.
The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ) has been invited to nominate two young adults (18-30) to the CWM Global Forum.The nominees should be actively involved in the church, ecumenical and socio-civic movement and able to bring the stories of young adults from their context.
PCANZ can nominate 1 male and 1 female person. CWM will decide if the applicants are invited to participate. CWM will fully fund the trip, other than Passport and visa costs.
If you are interested, please send
to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 May.
This is what CWM says about the opportunity:
God’s mission in history has always been a celebration of bearing witness in the midst of Empire. God became flesh in Jesus Christ in an imperial world, and Jesus lived out his life in accordance with the will of God as a counter-imperial praxis. The mission of the church is therefore to continue the praxis of Jesus to contest the claims of the Empire by affirming, protecting, and celebrating movements of life. Mission in the midst of Empire is the Christian praxis of engaging in the public affairs of our times offering critiques, insights, and alternatives to transform our social relations, based on the vision of the reign of God.
CWM has committed that young people should be included in the life and witness of our communities, not as recipients but participants in God’s mission and vital to the Ministry of Jesus. Young people should be encouraged to participate in leadership roles thus giving them an opportunity to shape the life and witness of an inclusive community.
Our young people believe that there is an objective and urgent need for radical and rapid change in the society in which we live. There is need to struggle for a total liberation of our people from structures which do little honour to human dignity and enslave them and stunt their lives. The gospel of Jesus convinces us of the obligation of the Christian community to get deeply involved in this struggle for freedom and to become a sacrament of liberation otherwise the Church will no longer appear credible.
As part of 40th Anniversary celebration of CWM, we are organizing a Global Youth Forum with the theme Building Disciples in the context of Empire: Reimagining Church on 22 to 28 August, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. We are expecting more than 100 young people to take part in this worldwide gathering to create a platform for young people to address the challenges they perceive Empire poses and how to address to establish a just society. This will give an opportunity for envisioning a fresh vision towards reimagining church.
An amazing opportunity for 5 or 6 young people to spend 10 weeks from June 20th 2017 exploring mission and culture in New Zealand.
Based in a small rural community in Taranaki you will get to learn more about yourself, your faith and your mission. A small Presbyterian/Methodist church is experiencing some real growth especially with children, youth and families. This momentum is providing a catalyst for people coming to faith and the challenge is how to navigate through, with what God is doing.
For 10 weeks St Paul’s church is offering a great experience and opportunity for 5-6 Interns to join a team in Opunake, a small rural town with great surf beaches, close to Mount Taranaki. Here you will get involved in the local mission involving children, youth and families of all ages. You’ll get discipleship and leadership training, opportunities for personal development and lots of opportunities to serve and lead in a fun, practical environment under the guidance of a Mentor. (Check the 10 week plan)
You will get to live at the Mountain View Manse where board and lodging will be provided for free. You will receive a small weekly allowance. In addition you will get to do some travelling to see some of the sights of NZ, attend Connect the annual national youth leaders conference and help run a national leadership camp for young teens.
To be eligible you will need to be over 17/18 years, have an active Christian faith, have a sense of adventure, like working with people especially kids and youth and be willing to learn.
For overseas students you will need to purchase your flight to New Plymouth via Auckland and obtain a working/holiday visa prior to your arrival. You will need some pocket money if you want to do some of the more expensive activities like skiing at Ruapehu.
For more information and an application form please contact Jennie McCullough by email email@example.com
Participants YAPA – 2016
The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) invites applications for the annual training of Young Ambassadors of Peace in Asia (YAPA) 2017.
The YAPA 2017 program will be held from 28 May 2017 to 3 June 2017 at the Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Initiated by the CCA, the YAPA program’s main aim is to train a new generation of young peace activists and nurture their role in respective societies as peace builders.
The week-long YAPA training focuses on intercultural and interfaith learning as a base for addressing topics, such as conflict transformation and peace building. It emphasises the links between intercultural and interfaith dialogue, human rights and conflict transformation as key elements in long-term sustainable peace processes, while exploring and developing the participants’ knowledge, skills, attitudes and values.
The eligibility criteria for applicants is between 20-30 years of age; the ability to use the English language independently in both written and oral communication; and be motivated to apply the YAPA values and approaches for peace building in their home countries.
The deadline for submitting applications is April 10, 2017. More details about the YAPA program and a background paper can be obtained upon request.
For the YAPA application form, please click here.
For additional information about YAPA, click here.
Applications are invited from young adults who attend Presbyterian Churches in New Zealand to participate in a two week programme in Taiwan in July 2017. This programme, “I Love Taiwan” will include young adults from many different countries, who will join together in a variety of cross cultural experiences, including a mission camp, cycling tour and sharing in youth activities of the PCT.
Are you aged 18-25? Would you be interested in meeting with young people from around the globe?
The World Communion of Reformed Church is holding their General Assembly in Germany in June, and there is a youth gathering prior. This will involve Christian young adults from throughout the world sharing in worship and key issues affecting us globally.
People interested in representing PCANZ are invited to register their interest by contacting Gordon Fitch firstname.lastname@example.org
PCANZ will cover the cost of the youth gathering which includes programme, meals and accommodation. (Maximum of two from PCANZ will be accepted).
International travel will be at the participants expense (churches will be encouraged to fundraise to support them). It will be an amazing experience well worth the investment.
Going Global 2017 is an exciting opportunity for young adults (18-30) from the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand to connect with their peers the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar.
Tahan Theological College has invited us to be part of their end of year and Christmas events. Their Christmas Fun Fete is a 2 night festival where TTC staff and students host the local community in a Christmas celebration.