Council for World Mission is accepting applications for the Freedom from the clutches of Empire: Face to Face with Migration and Human Trafficking. This will be held on 5 June to 14 July 2017 in United Kingdom.

Face-to-Face is a seven-week programme that aims to invite the students preparing for ministry in cultural, social, theological and contextual realities to understand, to motivate and to engage with the realities on how the fullness of life is being denied to the large majority of the world’s population.

Through this Programme, the participants will come face to face with the issues on Human Trafficking and Migration. This will also provide opportunities to expose participants in social, cultural, theological and contextual realities so that they may grapple with and be motivated by the world around them, as well as for the participants to learn and live, reflect and work together as they scrutinize the issues on migration and human trafficking in Europe.

Here are links to the programme brief and the application form. The closing date is on 15 February 2017, and applications require the Church's endorsement, so enquiries regarding endorsement should be sent to Assembly Executive Secretary, the Rev Wayne Matheson.



The NZ Christian Leaders Congress is a unique opportunity for Christian leaders to gather every three years, to share, network, express our unity in Christ, and engage on topics of significant interest.

The 2017 event, to be held in Wellington 21-23 March, will be the 8th congress since the event's inception in 1993.

Dr Rosalee Velloso-Ewell is the keynote speaker at this Congress. Dr Velloso-Ewell is a Brazilian theologian, currently residing in England. She is head of the Theology Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, and she will be sharing on a biblical framework for managing the kind of difficult conversations which are often so damaging in our churches. The opening night speaker is Chris Clarke, CEO of World Vision.

Where: Hope Centre, Lower Hutt, Wellington

When: Tues 21 March - 6pm congress opening and dinner then on Weds/Thur 22-23 March will be the congress

Cost: $265 till 28th Feb 2017 (inc. dinner and congress events), and $295 after 28th Feb 2017

Enquiries can be directed to or phone: (09) 525 0949 


An initiative of Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Kids Friendly and Presbyterian Youth Ministry, the “Encountering Christ in community together” workshop is an inspiring day exploring ministry with children and young people in shared life-communities.

Date: Saturday 11 February 2017

Time: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Venue: Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Arden St, Opoho, Dunedin

Cost: $40 per participant includes morning tea and lunch

Dr Andrew Root will share his work and research drawing on the work and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his practice of placing “the first third” in the centre of Christian community. The day will offer refreshing perspectives on what it means to be an intergenerational church that encourages belonging, participation and shared life for all.

This promises to be an informative and inspiring day for ALL in ministry (ordained and lay).

To register click here or go to the Kids Friendly website

Closing date for registrations: Friday 27 January 2017. 



Do wine and faith have anything to do with each other? What is the place of wine and wine-making in the Christian tradition? Jesus told parables about wine and vineyards and used wine at weddings and the Last Supper to demonstrate his message. Yet is wine anything more than a symbolic item within Christian spirituality?

The public lecture addresses the interface between Christian faith and everyday life practices. It is part of an initiative of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, of the Presbyterian Church. 2017’s lecture will tackle a matter that many Presbyterians historically viewed with suspicion. 

Maclaurin Chapel, Auckland University, Princess St.
Monday 13th Feb. 5:45 - 8:00pm
Lecture, Wine Tasting, Light Food & Reflections
$30 No door sales.
Tickets at 021 242 3735


Hewitson Wing, Knox College, Opoho.
Tuesday 7th Feb. 5:15 - 7:45pm.
Introductory Lecture 5.15pm (free).
Wine Tasting & Reflections 6:15 - 7:45pm
$20 Door Sales
RSVP by 3 Feb


St Johns in the City Conference Centre, Cnr Willis & Dixon St.
Friday 17th Feb. 5:45 - 7:45pm
Lecture, Wine Tasting & Reflections
$20 Door Sales
RSVP by 15 Feb 04 385 1546


Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership presents the creation and holistic Christian living workshops presented by Gisela Kreglinger.

When God blessed creation and declared it good, what were the implications for Christian discipleship?

This workshop will explore practical implications for cultivating the everyday gifts of creation. It will engage theologians of creation, including Jurgen Moltmann, Wendell Berry, Robert Farrar Capon, and NT Theologian; Richard Bauckham, with particular attention to the ways that the Christian doctrine of creation shapes everyday practices and builds stronger communities.

Attend the workshop in any of these cities in February 2017: Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington. Read more 


Are you passionate about gender equality and the empowerment of women? Do you network within your faith community to improve the lives of women and girls? Expressions of interest are already being received for the Presbyterian Women delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York in 2017. 

The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non- governmental organisations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session. 

Priority theme: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work

Review theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. 

If you are interested in being a self-funded member of the Presbyterian Women’s delegation next year in March please email Carol Grant: Full applications and CVs will be called for later in the year.   


Eduard Klassen returns to New Zealand for a North Island only tour in February 2017.

The tour is sponsored by FEBC NZ, and concerts will be held at the following places: South Auckland, North Shore, Whangarei , Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Warkworth, Huntly, Matamata, Hamilton, Te Awamutu, Waihi, Tauranga, Whakatane, Rotorua,Taupo, Palmerston North, Masterton, Upper Hutt,Paraparaumu and New Plymouth.

For times and venues, visit Or contact Colin and Jean Sampson PO Box 5131, Westown, New Plymouth. Phone (06) 7510633 or email:   


Jointly organised by the National Dialogue for Christian Unity Aotearoa New Zealand, and Centre for Ecumenical Studies, Charles Sturt University Canberra Australia, a course that introduces students to the study of ecumenism is available.

When: Monday 20 - Friday, 24 February 2017
Where: Upper Riccarton Methodist Church, Corner of Yaldhurst Road and Brake Street, Christchurch

During the course, students will:

  • examine the biblical and theological basis for ecumenism
  • study the history of the modern ecumenical movement
  • discuss issues pertaining to the Unity of the Church and to Mission
  • explore problems and possibilities relating to ecumenical worship
  • consider matters relating to justice, reconciliation and ecology

Download course application form 


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