The Overseas Travel Fund was renamed the Bill and Margaret Best Travel Fund in 1990 in memory of former Assembly Executive Secretary Rev. W.A. Best and his wife Margaret. The purpose of the Fund is to assist church workers wanting to further develop their area of service to the Church. The Personnel Work Group administers the Fund.
Church workers must have been employed in an equivalent full-time role that is recognised by the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand for at least five of the previous 10 years. The term ‘church worker’ includes ministers, lay ministers and elders. Training and study courses should meet the minimum duration as set out in the table below:
|Location of course/conference||Minimum duration|
|Within New Zealand||Seven (7) days|
|Australia/Pacific region||Seven (7) days|
|North America/Asia||Fourteen (14) days|
|Europe||Twenty-one (21) days|
Applicants must complete their course and return to New Zealand within 12 months of the course beginning. Grants are for travel costs only. For assistance with course fees and/or materials please contact your presbytery/UDC council. Where the course is in North America , Asia or Europe , the applicant needs to demonstrate that the equivalent course is not available in New Zealand or the Pacific region.
To request an application pack please contact Margaret at email@example.com or call (04) 801-6000 . Or, you can download an application form. Presbytery/UDC approval is required for study courses. A form is provided for presbyteries/UDCs in the application pack, or downloaded the UDC approval. Applicants wanting to attend a conference as an official representative of the Presbyterian Church should provide the names of at least two referees. Applications for a grant to bring overseas visitors to New Zealand are the responsibility of the appropriate committee or work group. Applications close 31 October each year. Applicants are notified of the outcome of their application by early December. Applicants are encouraged to apply for their grant prior to travel. However, applications for travel undertaken in the past 12 months will be considered.
Where an applicant has previously received a grant from the Fund, they must undergo a stand-down period before they are able to apply for a new grant. The stand-down period is as follows:
|Location of previous travel||Stand-down period|
|New Zealand , Australia or the Pacific||Three (3) years|
|Asia||Five (5) years|
|Europe or North America||Eight (8) years|
Study Leave Reports
At the completion of the course, applicants should forward their study leave report to: The Registrar, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Knox College, Arden Street, Dunedin 9010. Phone: (03) 473 0783 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org