Has someone already told you how many days it is until Christmas? If not, it will happen soon as our nation hurtles through November and December with a consumer-driven focus on this festival. Sadly the good news of Jesus’ birth, which is at the heart of Christmas, can get lost among the toys, tinsel, trees and tasty treats.
What is our response? Could we highlight Advent more?
In the second article in this two-part series, Assembly Executive Secretary, Wayne Matheson presents some ethical scenarios for discussion and outlines the key elements of the Church’s Code of Ethics.
Our Code of Ethics applies to all representing or working for the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, including ministers, employees and volunteers.
So what does it say? Continue reading
Candour is hoping to provide some creative resources for you curators of Advent worship out there. Please forward anything sparkly that you have drawn up or drawn on to me at martin(at)villagechurch.nz and I can load it onto the Candour blog.
Recognising that New Zealand’s most published hymn writer, Dr Shirley Murray, and her colleagues, Emeritus Professor Colin Gibson and Methodist minister the Rev Bill Wallace, were all getting older, Dr Murray Laugesen and I attempted to get the Assembly and the Methodist Conference to acknowledge their contribution to the worship life of the Church. Continue reading
Malcolm is the Worship, Music and Arts Enabler at the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership
Criticising contemporary worship songs has become pretty old hat. It’s such an easy target, with favourite gripes including (but not limited to): the lack of good theology, the ever-increasing prominence of ‘me, myself and I’, Continue reading
Robert is a retired minister in Christchurch
we thank you that we not only have You surrounding us,
enveloping us in Your love and enabling power,
but that we also have a great cloud of witnesses
packed into the heavenly stadium,
encouraging us by our remembrance of their lives
here on earth. Continue reading
Rev Wayne Matheson is the Assembly Executive Secretary, and this is the first of a two-part series written by Wayne on ethics in the Church.
For the past four years in my role as the Assembly Executive Secretary, one of the privileges and pleasures has been running the Ethics and Risk Management workshops with co-presenter Jane Zintl. While available for all, it’s mostly ministers who attend. We start each session by looking at the Code of Ethics – but there are somethings I notice before that.
As I listen in these settings some things strike me: who does not attend; who is there for their growth and well-being, and who is there to tick the box that they have attended; what is said in both large and small group times; what side conversations take place. I see and hear from emotionally healthy and self-aware people. I hear from people that are not. Continue reading
Ray is a former Moderator of the PCANZ and is back from a year away as he embarks on his retirement from full-time church ministry
Recently I returned to New Zealand after a year ministering in a Methodist Circuit in London. Consideration of further parish ministry was never on my bucket list when I turned 65. When I retired after nearly 40 years of serving the PCANZ in parish ministry I did have a plan for my retirement years. A friend and I had a dream of working for a third of our time, serving humanity for a third, and ‘playing’ for a third. Continue reading
In my involvement at presbytery and in my ministry, I have seen – and been caught up in – many conflict situations. Some of the insights I have gained, I am happy to share with you all. I do not propose to give you a check-list to tick, or a quick fix resolution, or even new information you haven’t already explored in order to resolve conflict situation.
One of the key pieces of advice I would like to share is: Be Prepared. You will undoubtedly encounter conflict, and probably have already: it cannot be avoided. Continue reading
Over recent years, I have had a fascination with the great Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). Vermeer had the rare artistic ability to capture a particular moment – and make it eternal. A little like the gospel writer, Luke.
Recently at the Auckland Taiwanese Presbyterian Church I preached on the story in Luke 10, of Jesus in Mary and Martha’s home. In 1655, Vermeer painted the scene in his painting “Christ in the House of Mary and Martha”. 1655 was within the final years that the Netherlands controlled Formosa (Taiwan) as a colonial power. Continue reading