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