Recommended Pay Scale for youth workers

The PYM Recommended payscale has been recently updated for staff being employed in May 2018 – May 2019.

Recommended Payscale for Lay Ministry Staff 2018

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 $20.55. 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.

WCRC internship programme accepting applications

The World Communion of Reformed Churches is pleased to announce that it has an internship opportunity for a highly qualified young person who is interested in gaining valuable experience working with an international ecumenical organization. The internship will be for 12 months in the WCRC offices in Hannover, Germany, beginning in September 2018.

This opportunity is open to English-speaking individuals of WCRC member churches who are aged 30 or younger, including ministers, seminarians or Christian professionals with an interest in working for their churches or the ecumenical movement at any level. Women and individuals from the Global South are particularly encouraged to apply.

The intern will be given a variety of experiences within the WCRC, working with both of the programme offices, as well as the general secretariat. Areas of work in the internship experience include:

  • Communion and Theology
  • Justice and Witness (including economic, climate, gender and racial justice)
  • Mission
  • Ecumenical Engagement
  • Communicating the stories of the WCRC

The WCRC internship programme is sponsored by the Evangelische Missionswerk(EWM) and covers almost all costs (including travel, housing, medical insurance and a small stipend). However, it is asked that the intern (or sponsoring church) share in some costs (based on ability).

Deadline for applying is 30 June 2018—and all applications must be endorsed by a WCRC member church.

President:
Rev. Najla Kassab

Fully-funded study opportunity in Palestine

Faith in the face of empire: face-to-face in the context of occupation

The Council for World Mission is offering a month-long study programme in Palestine:

17 August 2018 – 18 Septemeber 2018

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 30 May 2018

Programme Brief – Faith in the Face of Empire
Application Form 2018- Faith in the Face of Empire

Applications need to be endorsed by the Assembly Executive Secretary. Further information and the application form can be obtained from the Global Mission Coordinator Phil King. Contact Phil

 

Online Form to report hazards or incidents

Groups using our church buildings are expected to report any hazards they find and report any incidents and accidents that happen while they are using the building.

Your congregation may currently have physical forms to this. eg Hazard Form, Incident Form

Physical forms can work really well, but in some cases it can be a hassle. For example, if your group meets on a Friday night, you have an accident, and then you have to wait until Monday to go to the office to fill in a form during your lunch break.

We have put together an online template form which you could use. Using this form, any group using the church building can report a hazard or incident 24 hours a day. Every time, someone fills in the form online, it will go into a spreadsheet, You can even set it up, so your Health and Safety rep or office manager gets an email to say there has been a new entry.

View the online Form

View the spreadsheet. 

To get your own version, click on the spreadsheet, make a copy of, and then edit the form. add your own Church name. We suggest you add a link to the form from your church website.

 

 

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.

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/

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/

I Love Taiwan Youth Exchange Programme 2018

4-21 July 2018

Applications are invited from young adults who attend Presbyterian Churches in New Zealand to participate in a two-week programme in Taiwan in July 2018. 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.

Free gift from the Bible Society at Easter Camp

Each year the Bible Society has given a different gospel to young people attending Easter Camp. This year they are giving out something a little different.

The Bible Society has spent the past year producing a Field Guide to the Bible in response to the key questions raised by young people in their national survey in 2016.

The book includes:

  • What is the Bible and why should I read it?
  • How to read the Bible and how to hear God through the BIble
  • The Big story of the Bible and Bible Timeline
  • A book guide to each book of the Bible
  • FAQs

If your young people are going to Easter Camp they will receive a copy. Otherwise, you can buy the book for $9.99 at Mana.

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