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
Gordon Fitch is national youth manager with Presbyterian Youth Ministry. In this article he explores the difference between youth workers and youth ministers and encourages a focus on employing youth ministers.
Youth worker, youth leader, youth pastor, youth coordinator, youth director: there are a lot of titles given to a person who heads up a church’s ministry with young people.
No matter what the title is, I believe there are two types of positions, and I’m going to call them a youth worker and a youth minister. Continue reading
Simon is Senior Minister at St Peters in the City in Tauranga
I’m convinced that God has a good future for his Church. I see signs of life and health in many churches. I also wonder whether it is time for us to move away from a “one size fits all’ mentality when it comes to ministry. I’m currently doing some study leave and looking at the leadership styles required for different sized churches. Continue reading
Who writes prayers for worship?
Would you be willing to submit some for Candour?
Contact me: martin(at)villagechurch.nz with your contributions!!
Robert Simpson, a retired minister in Christchurch has prepared these prayers to start us off:
You are magnificent,
marvellous and almighty One.
You are creator.
You are holy.
Your love is constant.
Your words are true.
Your works are dependable.
Your plans are enduring.
Your purposes last eternally.
You are mysterious.
You protect me.
You save me.
I offer obedience, trust and praise,
and worship only You.
I have so much to celebrate!
My world echoes to Your beauty.
Your great love surrounds me.
The friendship You offer me is returned.
The open-door hope that You bring,
shows me the outstanding future.
rest our minds in thinking,
touch our lips in speaking,
hold our hands while working,
guide our feet in moving,
watch our bed while sleeping,
and shield our faith in serving.
the horrors of war, famine,
death, injury or starvation
confront millions of people.
We don’t know how to pray for them,
or even what to pray about.
You said, “Pray for the least of my people,
and you have prayed for the world”.
That should be enough to go on!
we hear from Your Word
loud and clear –
Forgiven! – Forgiven! – Forgiven!
May we act to others in the same way.