Archives for: April 2016

There were 2 posts published in April 2016.

Theology Study Grants

The Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership is offering a limited number of scholarships in 2016, to Presbyterians doing part-time or full-time theological studies through Otago University, Auckland University, Laidlaw College or Carey Baptist College.  If you know of anyone who might benefit from such a grant, please encourage them to apply. They should send a letter of application detailing their course (and costs) of study, and what church they’re involved in. They should also include a brief letter of support from someone in their church (preferably their minister, so we can discuss their church involvement and the course of study). Deadline for applications is 30th June 2016. Letters should be sent to the Principal, Rev Dr Steve Taylor, at Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Knox College, Arden Street, Opoho, Dunedin 9010 or emailed to amounts awarded are dependent on the number of applications received and the amount of trust funds available. The number of theology papers being taken and previous amounts awarded are also taken into consideration.

Wilderness Retreat with Andrew Norton

May 18 – 20th 2016

Opito Bay – Coromandel

Sometimes you have to escape the city and walk the beach and breathe the salt laden air, only then can you see clearly. Breathe deeply and listen to the breath of God.

Three incredible days

Day One: The quest / The story

Day two: The sensation / The adaptive challenge

Day three: The rhythm / The whole

Material covered will offer personal and ministry insight along with the collective wisdom of an amazing group of people.

What to expect Each day will have a variety of exercises including personal reflection, prayer, mentoring, rest and relaxation.  Each day we will follow that pattern of the sunlight and will flow with the weather conditions.

Cost: This retreat is being run at cost price (Food and accommodation). Approx $350

Registration It is vital that you register as early as possible to ensure that you have a place. Numbers are restricted to a total of 8 people. Download Retreat Info and Registration Form


Arrive  Wednesday  18th 11.00am at Opito Bay (Google directions or give me a call)

Depart   Friday 20th 2.00 pm from Opito Bay

What to bring

  • Casual dress
  • Warm jacket
  • Sleeping bag or bedding
  • Camera
  • Walking shoes
  • Personal hygiene/ medications
  • Towel, soap, toothbrush etc
  • A small item / symbol that tells a story about a significant time in your life. It could be a photo, a newspaper cutting . . . etc


A beach house with water views 20 mtrs from the beach!


What others have to say . . .

“I attended one of Andrew’s retreats for people in ministry in 2015 and had an absolute ball. The retreat provides the perfect background for a retreat which allows one the space to look at life from a completely new perspective.

Andrew leads in the very best of ways by providing material upon which the group members can reflect openly and honestly and he draws the group members out in a sensitive and yet honest fashion which encourages all to participate fully. Wouldn’t have missed it for the world!”  Richard Dawson


‘Into the wild with Andrew Norton was for me both affirming and exhilarating where all running comes to a standstill and you learn to breathe again, listen to your life and take notice while rediscovering your rhythm.  Doing this (being this) in one of New Zealand’s best kept secret locations had a way of gently tugging at my soul strings allowing me to take stock and consider not only God’s beauty around me but my own as God’s beloved.  The retreat doesn’t feel like homework, a check list or a burden, rather Andrew follows the rhythms of nature in sync with the Holy Spirit (present) and in amongst great food, wine, stories, good company, scenery, fresh air, you re-discover yourself (in Godself) in the valleys, in the wide open spaces and on the mountain tops where you feel liberated again and all your obstacles become possibilities’.

Brendon McRae



I attended Andrew’s mountain retreat in March 2015. It was an amazing 4 days in a stunning location. With time and space and careful process questions Andrew lead the group into significant areas of self discovery. The camaraderie shared among the group was an added bonus. The retreat was the best way to start the year.  I would highly recommend it to anyone. 

Brent Richardson