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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/

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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.

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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.

More Info

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Job: SU Consultant

Scripture Union NZ
Otago/Southland Youth Consultant
4 Days per week (subject to funding)

Scripture Union is a dynamic not for profit organisation with more than 130 years of history working in New Zealand. We work with churches to create opportunities for young people to discover and follow Jesus, and grow in their faith and influence their world. We are looking for an experienced youth worker, who is passionate about supporting youth work in New Zealand churches and growing and developing young leaders. We need someone who is a gifted communicator and a great listener. You need to be passionate about camping, scripture engagement, and equipping young people to live out their faith on a daily basis. You will provide support and training to Youth Pastors and youth leaders, and you will work with young people in different environments from youth group to adventure camping. The role does require quite a bit of travel, but a work car is provided. If you have a passion to support what God is doing with youth in the churches in Otago and Southland then contact Neville Bartley neville.b@sunz.org.nz for a detailed job description. Applications close 23rd February 2018.

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CCA invites delegates for Youth Assembly

The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) is holding a Youth Assembly in Indonesia in April.

Young adults from the Presbyterian Church with an interest in this can apply to be a delegate (the age criteria is young adults aged 20-35). Some travel subsidy will be available, but all costs are not yet confirmed. Download application forms here. Applications will need to be confirmed by the Assembly Executive Secretary. The closing date for applications is 15 February.

If you would like to consider this, please contact Global Mission officer, Rev Phil King for more information.

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PT Youth Worker CHCH

Beginning February/March 2018

Working with youth from year 7 to 13, growing the youth
ministry at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Rangiora.
20 hours per week (with a potential 10 hours per week
with 24-7 YouthWork in Rangiora High.)
Contact Jason King for an application pack
jasonrking8@gmail.com
027 452 7546
Applications close 9th February 2018

 

Overview: That John Knox Presbyterian Church in Rangiora will be a welcoming and nurturing place for young people to develop to their full potential, including their spiritual and personal formation in Christ and His Church

About John Knox Presbyterian: JKP is a friendly church that welcomes all ages. We have about 150 households under our pastoral care with an active partnership with Presbyterian Support, whose facilities occupy the same site. Our Sunday Worship service is a blend of the traditional and contemporary. Our Friday Evening service, (T.G.I.F.) has a youth bias with a community meal beforehand. Our youth (2:42 for year 9-13 and Cornerstone for year 7-8) meet together after the service with a mixture of socials, activities and a devotional input.
The Opportunity: is to work with youth as well as to develop, lead and mentor a team of volunteer youth leaders to create a Christ centred ministry at John Knox. A ministry in which:
– youth grow in their faith with Christ,
– grow in their relationship as a faith community,
– and grow in their capacity to serve and transform their community.

HOURS: 20 hours per week (This is 20 hours specifically in the context of John Knox Presbyterian with the potential of 10 hours working through 24-7 YouthWork at Rangiora High.)
The Role Includes:
• Leading and running Youth programmes on Friday evening and events throughout the term.
• Pastorally caring for youth at JKP, mentoring and developing the Christian potential in each
young person at JKP.
• Being part of a team responsible for the T.G.I.F. service on Friday Evenings.
• Connecting the youth into the wider church family at JKP
• Connecting the youth into the wider community with specific attention into Rangiora High
through 24-7 YouthWork.
What you bring to the role:
• A passion for Youth and proven experience in youth ministry.
• A strong desire to see the God-given potential of every young person lived out to the max.
• A strong faith and commitment to God’s Church.
• A hunger to see the church reach out into the schools and wider community
• You must have a sense of fun and live out an active faith with a positive outlook on life.

The Process:
For more information contact Jason King (jasonrking8@gmail.com or 027 452 7546) for a full Job Description or if you just have questions. Alternatively, you can check out our website or facebook pages for more information about JKP. (johnknoxrangiora.vpweb.co.nz)
To be eligible to apply, you must hold NZ Residency and have a full, clean NZ drivers’ licence. As a condition of your appointment, you must successfully complete NZ Police vetting.
If you intend to apply, send a cover letter with your resume to Jason King by 9th February 2018 to:
jasonrking8@gmail.com or 32 Kingsbury Ave
Rangiora

(Please provide at least 2 referees we can contact.)