Walking the talk: ethics in practice – Wayne Matheson

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

Ethics for the 21st Century – Wayne Matheson

man whispering in earRev 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

Review: Church Refugees

Church Refugees:
Sociologists reveal why people are DONE with church but not with faith
by Ashleigh Hope and Josh Packard, Group, 2015

Reviewed by Wayne Matheson

Do you know that thought you have that something is going on; you have your own suspicions or ideas…and then you read something and have one of those ‘aha’ moments? I had seen, heard others talking, and wondered about the stories that lie behind statistics…for it seemed to me I was becoming aware of a group of people who had been activity engaged in the church, and then left. They still had faith…just that they were done with church. Continue reading

Review: Worship: A History of New Zealand Church Design

Worship: A History of New Zealand Church Design
by Bill McKay and illustrated by Jane Ussher.

Reviewed by Wayne Matheson

It is a little hard to know where or how to start a review of this stunning and beautiful book. It sets out to be a tribute to 200 years of church architecture and design. Architectural historian McKay thoughtfully explores the history and diversity of church building, while photographer Ussher captures an array of churches the length of the country.

McKay’s forebears were Presbyterian Scots who came to Waipu. He wants the churches to show the chronological development of church buildings in New Zealand, and tells that story by reverse chronology!

One has the sense that there is a little more that underlies this work. Continue reading