PrayerMate the award-winning prayer app

Helping you to pray faithfully & widely

Prayer is an amazing privilege, but it’s also really hard work (the apostle Paul compares it to a wrestling match!) PrayerMate is an award-winning Christian prayer app that seeks to help you actually pray for all the people and causes you care about.

PrayerMate brings all your prayer points together. Whether it’s your personal prayer points for friends and family, regular updates from some fantastic mission organisations, or the latest PDF prayer letter that just arrived in your inbox, PrayerMate puts it all together in one place and helps you get on and pray.

Check out their website https://www.prayermate.net/

Training in Mission Programme

The Council for World Mission is inviting applications for next year’s Training in Mission programme (TIM). This programme will be held in New Zealand, Fiji, South Korea and Jamaica, which is fully funded by CWM, is open for all interested applicants aged 18 to 30 years old at the start of the programme, single and not an ordained minister (a maximum of two Presbyterian members can be selected).

TIM promotes leadership and service to the church and Christian mission, by providing opportunity for a group of young people from CWM member churches around the world to learn about mission in theory and in practice through classes, exposure visits, projects and hands-on work in various contexts for 6 ½ months. This could be an excellent gap year option, or an opportunity for someone who is considering a change of direction and would like to learn about mission and theology in a multicultural context.

Download the Training in Mission programme brief and Training in Mission application form here. For further information about TIM contact Global Mission Coordinator Phil King.

FT Youth Ministry Position – WANGANUI

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

WANGANUI—Youth Ministry Position

The aim of our church is to know Christ and make him known. We are Biblically focused and Christ-centred. We seek a youth pastor with a similar motivation plus good timekeeping and self-motivating qualities who will connect primarily with our 12-18 year olds. Our congregation is situated in a growing picturesque provincial city in the SW of the North Island.

This is a fulltime position and remuneration is according to the pay scales recommended by Presbyterian Youth Ministries. Enquiries in the first instance along with supporting CV should be sent to: The Minister, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 42 Glasgow Street, WANGANUI 4500. E-mail: revswvanos@gmail.com (Revd. Stephan van Os) or our Session Clerk (Jenny O’Leary) moleary@orcon.net.nz Closing date for applications 31st October 2019.

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.

Common Prayer App Launches, Allowing Users to Pray In Sync

Social activists Shane Claiborne & Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove offer a modern take on an ancient way of practicing faith with this new cutting-edge Common Prayer App

Grand Rapids, Mich., Nov. 29, 2012 – In a world where social classes are extremely divided and cultures remain separate rather than unified, the Common Prayer app may just be the common prayer that a socially, racially and politically segregated world needs to be transformed.

Following the release of Common Prayer on paperback, which sold 56,000 copies, the Common Prayer app is available  on both Android and Iphone.

“This is truly a different kind of app,” authors Claiborne and Wilson-Hartgrove share. “It’s not one you try to pick up and simply read. In fact, this is a daily tool to be used at users convenience…meant to bring ultimate convenience and community. It’s a devotional broken up into days and times, so that everyone can essentially pray together.. on their schedule.”

Broken into easy-to-follow tabs, the Common Prayer app is accessible to someone who’s followed the Christian faith their whole life and someone who’s never held a Bible in their hands. Divided into tabs for different parts of the day, Common Prayer aims to connect people of faith around the globe, across cultures, theologies and continents. For one year, they will be praying the same prayers every day (at their desired time) and subsequently discover the richness and power in this tradition. The Common Prayer appcontains:

  • Evening prayers: Seven prayers; one for each night of the week
  • Morning prayers: 365 prayers; one for each morning of the year
  • Midday prayer: One prayer; to pray during the day throughout the year
  • Occasional prayers: Multiple prayers; to be used on special occasions like holidays and gatherings
  • Songbook: Collection of best-loved songs of faith from all around the world

At the basis of the Common Prayer app, social activist, renowned author and the often controversial Shane Claiborne and sought after speaker and author Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove are setting out to enliven the ancient and historical practice called “liturgy.” An all-inclusive invitation, Claiborne holds certain that liturgy, a traditional act of praying collectively, has the power to transcend culture, create community and move hearts.

“Liturgy,” the authors note “invites us into a new ‘we’…The Church actually reflects the most diverse community in the world—white, black, and all shades in between, rich and poor, all walks of life… called together to bring our lives and our cultures and become a new community.”

“The world the liturgy reveals may not seem relevant at first glance, but…the world it reveals is more real than the one we inhabit day by day…outlasting McDonalds and Wal-Mart, America and South Africa,” they write. “The songs and readings and prayers of the liturgy are more ancient and true than any culture or empire.”

With the Christian faith home to more than 38,000 different denominations, it’s a known fact that the greatest barrier to becoming a Christian is the alarming amount of division seen within the church. Perhaps not any longer.

Common Prayer App from Andy Anderson on Vimeo.

PT Wellington Youth Ministry Facilitator

Presbytery Central is seeking a Wellington Region Youth Ministry Facilitator to join the Presbytery Youth Ministry Team.

This 16 hour a week position

The successful applicants 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.

These are roles that requires some travel and a passion to see youth ministry flourish in Presbytery Central.

Applications close: 22 September 2019

For a complete job description please contact  Amy Finiki.

Amy.Finiki@ccdhb.org.nz

Recommended Pay Scale for youth workers

The PYM Recommended payscale has been recently updated for staff being employed due to the recent increase in the Living Wage.

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The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand adopted the Living wage at GA2012 as the minimum an employee should be paid. The Living wage is currently set at $21.15. This is the minimum amount any lay ministry staff member should be paid.
In addition to the current living wage, it is recommended churches take into account qualifications, experience, responsibility and their location when determining the pay.

It is hoped that the pay scale will encourage lay ministry workers to work longer for churches and to get better qualified.

It is recommended once employed, the lay ministry worker should be reviewed annually, with an increase in salary set on 1 July based on the Labour Cost Index to March, issued by the Department of Statistics.

PT Regional Youth Ministry Enabler for the Hawkes Bay/ Gisborne Region

Presbytery Central is seeking a Regional Youth Ministry Enabler for the Hawkes Bay/ Gisborne Region

The position is part time (8 flexihours per week), and the applicant would need to be based in the Hawkes Bay/ Gisborne 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.

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Helping young people process the Christchurch tragedy

Kia Ora Whanau

Friday the 15th of March was a very sad day in our nation. Many of us are struggling even to know where to start in processing the brutal murder of so many of our Muslim neighbours.

We have put together this simple resource to help you and parents to help support your young people in the wake of this national tragedy.

Some important things to keep in mind:

  1. This event will affect people in different ways, be prepared to be sensitive and responsive to the different questions and needs that arise from your young people
  2. Create a safe place for young people to think and ask anything – no comment or question is too silly
  3. Channel young people’s negative energy and emotions towards some simple positive actions
  4. Be aware of the possible triggering that such an event can be for some of our young people who are struggling with mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression and suicidality
  5. Support young people’s parents and pass this info onto them

The ideas unpacked:

Helping young people process the event

The most helpful thing you can do in light of the Christchurch shootings is to create a safe space for young people to process what has happened.

Here is a great article from The Parenting Place that gives some great insight into have such a conversation. https://www.theparentingplace.com/how-to-talk-about/world-trauma/?fbclid=IwAR2iNya1ZKyFTJGxdWRKNkBKEa563xrmGmlnNqwlyX_cw271lHy2JTlUJVs

Consider using some psalms of lament to help provide a pathway for healthy grieving for young people. Psalms 10, 46, 57, 86 or 61 could be helpful places to start here.

 

Help young people make some simple positive actions in their grief

In the wake of tragic and sad events we all need to work through a barrage of negative emotions which include sadness and anger and fear. One of most helpful things that you can do for your young people is create some opportunities for them to channel this negative emotional energy into some positive avenues. This article from the spinoff shares some excellent ways that your young people can individually or collectively do some simple actions that can make a real difference for those who are closest to the tragedy that has unfolded https://thespinoff.co.nz/news/16-03-2019/christchurch-terror-attack-how-to-support-nzs-muslim-communities/

Looking out for signs and symptoms in our most vulnerable young people

For some people tragic events like this can trigger a very negative spiral of thinking which can lead to greater levels of depression, anxiety and even suicidality. The best thing we can do here is to create a space for young people to express how they are feeling and to be straight up with them if we have any concerns for their safety. Zeal has produced an excellent and simple resource to help guide you and parents through a conversation if there is any concern about a young person’s mental health post this event. https://zeal.nz/blog/supporting-each-other-through-13-reasons-why-a-youth-workers-perspective

Understanding Islam and how it relates to the Christian Faith

Here is a brief article on the subject. https://christiananswers.net/islam.html

Here is a more in-depth article for those who want to know more: https://www.lausanne.org/content/lga/2017-05/christians-relate-muslims

Here is a helpful short article that gives us a little more insight into how Muslim people grieve so that we can better help our Muslim neighbours at this time http://blog.sevenponds.com/cultural-perspectives/customs-for-mourning-in-the-muslim-community

Exploring how we can cultivate better approaches to living in diversity

Longer term you might want to explore the concept of tolerance around religious and cultural differences through the lens of Scripture in which case The Youth Cartel have a great resource you can buy for a few dollars.  https://theyouthcartel.com/product/viva-tolerance/?fbclid=IwAR0otPCF21jH_ZzuUpUcGkAumbSfY8aSxJbARJ3R5pyJM7i30TjiPBJNDYw

I’m sure there are lots more excellent resources not listed here please feel free to post these below. The PYM team are here to assist you in any way. If you have any questions or would like some further support please do not hesitate to contact us.

Hōmai ki a mātou āianei he matauranga me aroha mā mātou mō tēnei rā.

Lord give us today the wisdom and love we need

GOD-talk Youth Leadership training videos

God-talk is an initiative of the ‘All Together’ team, initiated by Dave Mann and the Shining Lights Trust.

The resources have been created by a team of current and past youth leaders.

In the GOD-talk leadership video series, Youth leaders will be provided with 12 leadership-training video-tutorials (with discussion guides) on how to (i) build an outreaching culture, and (ii) how to attract crowds and facilitate some great programmes.

Leadership