On 15-21 April 2018, lay and ordained rural church leaders gather together in Lincoln, Christchurch to be inspired, encouraged and equipped to face the challenges and opportunities of rural mission and ministry.

In addition to the main conference there is a young adult (16-25) stream.

This event aims to inspire, encourage and equip rural church leaders from across the globe as they explore the challenges and opportunities facing rural mission and ministry. With a learning community approach at its core, lay and ordained groups from countries and regions will consider together the ‘What is?’, ‘What could be?’ and ‘What will be?’ for their rural church context, inspired by stories and worship from different countries and traditions, and fed by key notes on reconciling communities and collaborative ministry. Delegates will leave with action steps for their area, a set of resources for mission and poverty reduction, new friends and a network offering ongoing support.

For full details including timetable, speakers, cost, and booking see


Course on Church in Mission: Theology in Changing Cultures

by Rev Dr Doug Gay and Rev Dr Steve Taylor

From 22-26 January, 2018, Doug Gay of the University of Glasgow, and Steve Taylor of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership will teach an intensive course in Dunedin entitled: Church in Mission: Theology in Changing Cultures. The course is jointly offered by the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago, and the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership.

The paper offers a theologically rigorous and culturally informed understanding of re-forming Christian communal identity. It will bring together perspectives of global theology, contemporary cultures and ecclesial study in a critical and constructive dialogue.

Doug Gay joined Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow in October 2005 after PhD studies in New College, Edinburgh under Will Storrar and David Fergusson. He holds an MA degree in Modern History and International Politics from the University of St Andrews and a BD from the University of Glasgow. Doug is an ordained minister who trained for ministry in the Church of Scotland and worked as a Church of Scotland minister for two years, before spending six years working in Hackney, East London as a minister of the United Reformed Church. He has worked as a religious columnist for The Times and is also active as a hymnwriter and liturgist.

Steve Taylor is Principal of Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership. He holds a PhD from University of Otago and an MTheol degree from University of Auckland. He has been a church planter and church minister for 16 years, with a particular focus on innovative and emerging forms of church. He has previously lectured for Laidlaw College, Uniting College for Leadership and Theology and Flinders University and as an Adjunct Lecturer at Carey Baptist College, Fuller Theological Seminary, Tabor College, University of Otago and Charles Sturt University. He is a film reviewer for Touchstone and columnist for Zadok, is known for creative worship and gained a Flinders University Vice-Chancellors Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015.

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For full details of the course, please click here.



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