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March 2015: Religion in Church Schools

  • EDITORIAL: Times are a-changing - Jose Reader
  • ESSAY: Religion in Schools – a Presbyterian privilege - Sharon Ross Ensor, Auckland Presbytery
  • ESSAY: Experiences of a Church School Chaplain - David Jackson, Wellington Presbytery
  • COLUMN: When a system is capable of evil - Andrew Norton, Moderator, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • COLUMN: People of Influence - Wayne Matheson, Assembly Executive Secretary
  • REVIEW: Adventure of Ascent: Field Notes from a Lifelong Journey - Reviewed by Mike Crowl, Southern Presbytery
  • REVIEW: Finding the Forgotten God: Credible Faith for a Secular Age - Reviewed by Rob Yule, Central Presbytery

November 2014: Preaching and Leadership

  • EDITORIAL: Variety and Change - Bob Eyles (Editor), Presbytery Central
  • ARTICLE: Church in Massive Change - Rory Grant, Southern Presbytery
  • ARTICLE: Preaching and Leadership - Kevin Ward, Southern Presbytery
  • ARTICLE: How My Approach to Preaching Has Changed - Allan Little, Presbytery Central
  • ARTICLE: Preaching and Leadership Inspired by Ezekiel - Geoff New, Northern Presbytery
  • ARTICLE: Preaching to the (Chinese) Choir - Stuart Vogel, Northern Presbytery
  • REVIEW: Catherine Keller, Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming - Reviewed by Jason Goroncy, Southern Presbytery
  • REVIEW: Peter Matheson, Argula von Grumbach (1492–1554/7): A Woman Before Her Time - Reviewed by Mike Crowl, Southern Presbytery
  • COLUMN: Never Trust a Kicking Horse or a Praying Man - Andrew Norton, Moderator, Presbyterian Church Aotearoa New Zealand
  • REVIEW: Have a Very Messy Christmas - Wayne Matheson, Assembly Executive Secretary

September 2014: The Role and Function of Presbyteries

  • EDITORIAL:Collegiality - Ray Coster, Moderator, Presbyterian Church Aotearoa New Zealand
  • ARTICLE: Presbyteries in Reformed and Presbyterian Churches - John Roxborough, Southern Presbytery
  • ARTICLE: Presbyteries Today: Challenges and Questions - Kevin Ward, Southern Presbytery
  • ARTICLE:Forming/Shaping a Mega-Presbytery - Steve Jourdain and Gene Lawrence, Presbytery Central
  • ARTICLE: Presbytery Reform – the Southern Experience - Anne Thomson, Southern Presbytery
  • ARTICLE: A Presbyterian Take on Episcopacy - Graham Redding, Southern Presbytery
  • COLUMN: The Special Nature of Call - Martin Baker, Assembly Executive Secretary
  • REVIEW: Hallowed By Thy Name. The Sanctification of all in the Soteriology of P T Forsyth - Reviewed by Andre Muller, Southern Presbytery

July 2014: Bicultural Church

  • EDITORIAL: ‘Whāia te iti kahurangi. Ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei’ - Stuart Vogel
  • ARTICLES:
  • Mahitahi – Biculturalism, Then and Now - Wayne Te Kaawa, Moderator, Te Aka Puaho
  • Being Cross-Cultural in our Bicultural Setting - Ray Coster, Moderator, PCANZ
  • A Bicultural Church - An Amorangi Perspective - Hone Te Rire
  • Presbyterian worship as viewed through a bicultural lens - Graham Redding
  • Tuhoe and Presbyterians (a reflective note) - Margaret Martin
  • COLUMN: ‘The Blessings of Being Here - Martin Baker, Assembly Executive Secretary
  • REVIEWS:
  • John Chryssavgis (ed), Dialogue of Love: Breaking the Silence of Centuries - reviewed by Graeme Ferguson
  • Kate Malcolm, Pastorale: being part of the life of James Begg as reconstructed by Kate Malcolm: A Novel - reviewed by John Stenhouse
  • Jason Goroncy (ed), Tikkun Olam - To Mend the World: A Confluence of Theology and the Arts - reviewed by Alistair McBride

May 2014: Social Justice

  • ARTICLE: Social Justice – Integral to the Gospel, or Something We Can Opt In or Out Of? - Ray Coster, Moderator, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • ARTICLE: The Civilly Disobedient Jesus - John Dear S.J
  • ARTICLE: Eucharistic Justice - Graham and Jordan Redding
  • ARTICLE: A Ministry of Song - Gaynor McCartney
  • ARTICLE: Hearing the Cry - Jono Ryan
  • REVIEW: Pope Francis: Untying the Knots - Reviewed by Mike Crowl
  • REVIEW: John Calvin: Christian Humanist and Evangelical Reformer - Reviewed by Jason Garoncy
  • REVIEW: Are We Part of the Problem? - Martin Baker, Assembly Executive Secretary

March 2014: Spirituality

  • EDITORIAL: Marg Schrader
  • ARTICLE: Meeting Jesus - Clare Lind
  • ARTICLE: Spiritual Care of Clergy - John Franklin
  • ARTICLE: Spiritual Practices - Sharon Ross Ensor
  • ARTICLE: Words Out of Silence - Bruce Hamill
  • ARTICLE: Postlude - Bruce Hamill
  • ARTICLE: The Use of Prayer in Stressful Situations - Geoff New
  • ARTICLE: Science and Spirituality- Nicola Hoggard Creegan
  • REVIEW: Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer - Reviewed by Andrew Dunn
  • REVIEW: God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’ - Reviewed by Graham Millar
  • REVIEW: Faithful Marriages - Tayyaba Khan
  • COLUMN: If Anyone is in Christ, the New Creation Has Come - Ray Coster, Moderator, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • COLUMN: You’ve Got to Serve Someone - Martin Baker, Assembly Executive Secretary

November 2013: Theology of Marriage

  • EDITORIAL: On Marriage – Ray Coster, Moderator Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • ARTICLE: Challenges to the Church from the Marriage Equality Act – Graeme Ferguson
  • ARTICLE: Peter’s Marriage – Silvia Purdie
  • ARTICLE: A “Biblical” View of Marriage – Mark Keown
  • ARTICLE: Married New Zealand Citizen, Presbyterian and Lesbian – Margaret Mayman
  • REVIEW: Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told us about Surviving and Thriving - Reviewed by Kevin Ward
  • REVIEW: Living with Ambiguity: Religious Naturalism and the Menace of Evil - Reviewed by Alan Goss
  • REVIEW: Missional God, Missional Church: Hope for Re-evangelizing the West - Reviewed by Kevin Ward
  • COLUMN: David, Bathsheba, Len and Bevan – Martin Baker, Assembly Executive Secretary

September 2013: Cross-cultural Church

  • EDITORIAL: Cross-culturalism: 20/20 and 80/80 Vision – Stuart Vogel
  • ARTICLE: Finding Ways to Build a Multicultural Church – Sun Mi Lee
  • ARTICLE: The Church in a Land of Immigrants – Kevin Ward
  • ARTICLE: Cross-cultural Ministry – Michelle Shin
  • ARTICLE: Ministry in a Multicultural Context – Anne Thompson
  • COLUMN: Conversations and Interpretations – Martin Baker, Assembly Executive Secretary

July 2013: Ecological Christianity

  • EDITORIAL: Ecological Christianity – Bob Eyles
  • ARTICLE: Witnessing Christ in the Care of Creation – Selwyn Yeoman
  • ARTICLE: Climate Change – Our Greatest Moral Challenge? – Kevin Tate
  • LITURGY: A Creation Liturgy – Graham Redding
  • COLUMN: Ecological Christianity: A Biblical and Theological Perspective – Graham Redding, Principal Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership
  • COLUMN: Church in Recession – Ray Coster, Moderator, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • COLUMN: What Are You Afraid of? – Martin Baker, Assembly Executive Secretary
  • REVIEW: The Theological Education of the Ministry: Soundings in the British Reformed and Dissenting Traditions – Reviewed by Graeme Ferguson
  • REVIEW: The Economy of Desire: Christianity and Capitalism in a Postmodern World – Reviewed by Bruce Hamill

May 2013: Mission and the three-fold Office of Jesus Christ

  • EDITORIAL: Our Mission and the Mission of Christ – Selwyn Yeoman
  • ARTICLE: The Prophetic Office of Christ – Diane Gilliam-Weeks
  • ARTICLE: Mission and the Priesthood of the Christ – Jason Goroncy
  • ARTICLE: Sharing in the Work of Christ the King – Jono Ryan
  • COLUMN: Mission and the Threefold Office of Jesus Christ – Graham Redding, Principal Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership
  • COLUMN: Mission and the Threefold Office of Jesus Christ – Ray Coster, Moderator, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • COLUMN: Our Pacific Neighbours – Martin Baker, Assembly Executive Secretary
  • COLUMN: The Balance of our Family Life in Ministry – Amber Parry
  • LETTER: Peter Dunn
  • REVIEW: Ethics in the Presence of Christ – Reviewed by Jason Goroncy

March 2013: Being of One Heart and Mind: Discernment and Decision-making in Assembly

  • EDITORIAL: Being of one heart and mind - Pamela Tankersley
  • ARTICLE: A nice knock-down argument - Stuart Vogel
  • ARTICLE: Discernment in Assembly - Kerry Enright
  • ARTICLE: Good decision making - John Howell
  • COLUMN: Diversity within unity - Ray Coster, Moderator, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • COLUMN: Committing to the ways of discernment in an adversarial system - Graham Redding, Principal, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership
  • COLUMN: How's the water? - Martin Baker, Assembly Executive Secretary
  • LETTER: - Alan Goss

November 2012: Turn around churches: stories and reflections from churches that turned around death and decline

  • Editorial: Turn-around Churches - Kevin Ward
  • Article: A Never-ending Journey - Nancy Parker
  • Article: The Clevedon Story - Mark Chapman
  • Article: Turning Six Into One - Mary-Jane Konings
  • Article: St Andrew's Church rebuild - Nyalle Paris
  • Column: "Turn-around churches". Really? You've got to be kidding me! - Graham Redding, Principal Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership
  • Column: Faithfulness - a parable - Ray Coster, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Column: Triumphs, Jet Planes and Empty Tombs - Martin Baker, Assembly Executive Secretary
  • Book Review: Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt - Richard Holloway (reviewed by Hilary Smith)

September 2012: Kupu Whakapono - two years on. How are parishes using it to confess the faith?

  • Editorial: Confessing the faith in Aotearoa - Mary-Jane Konings
  • Article: Using Kupu Whakapono to explore and deepen faith - Allister Lane
  • Article: My Kupu Whakapono - Fei Taule'ausumai Davis
  • Article: We are not alone - Sarah Mitchell
  • Column: From 'Jesus Christ is Lord' to Kupu Whakapono - Graham Redding
  • Column: Disciple-making - Peter Cheyne
  • Column: What were you expecting? - Martin Baker
  • Book Review: "Coming Out in the Anglican Church" - Andre Muller

July 2012: The Art of Welcoming

  • Editorial – Stuart Vogel
  • Article: Whoever Welcomes One Such Child - Jill Kayser
  • Article: A Culture of Welcome - Martin Macaulay
  • Article: Running the Gauntlet - Ross Scott
  • Article: Belonging - Bob Eyles
  • Column: Whose Hospitality- Graham Redding
  • Column: Is Membership Meaningless? - Peter Cheyne
  • Column: I Walk to The Assembly Office Most Days – Martin Baker
  • Book Review: Singing the Sacred, Volume 1 William Wallace - Sheena Dickson

May 2012: One holy, catholic and apostolic

  • Editorial – Anne Thomson
  • Discipleship Series:  “Come and see” evangelism – Peter Cheyne
  • Column: What does Christian unity in New Zealand look like? – Peter Cheyne
  • Column: Ecumenism: Dormant or Dead?– Graham Redding
  • Article: The Practice of Catholicity - Kerry Enright
  • Article: We believe in [belong to] the “one, holy, catholic, apostolic church”. Yeah     right! - Kevin Ward
  • Article: Ecumenism through the eyes of a CV - Peter
  • Book Review: “Heroes of the church” stories great for young readers - Jason Garoncy
  • Book on human sexuality unconvincing - Mike Crowl
  • AES column: Today’s missionaries – Martin Baker

March 2012: Ordination

  • Editorial – Allister Lane
  • Column: The Mission Sequence – Peter Cheyne
  • Column: A Hands-On Approach – Graham Redding
  • Some Threads Come Together – Geoffrey Skilton
  • My Journey to Ordination – Ryhan Prasad
  • Understanding Ordination – Anne Thomson
  • Book Review: Going Deep – Peter Cheyne
  • Book Review: Trust God, Keep the Faith: The Story of Guido de Bres – Thomas Mitchell
  • Book Review: Challenge and Change: An Account of Theological Education and Ministry Training at Knox College, Dunedin, 1976–2010 – Geoff New
  • AES column – Martin Baker

November 2011: Finding the DNA of a Parish

  • Guest editorial: Peter Cheyne
  • Designer genes from the Presbyterian pool: participatory leadership, responsibility and the power of knowledge - John Roxborogh
  • Organisational assessment - Peter MacKenzie
  • Of fish and water - Bruce Frazer
  • Finding the DNA of a congregation: appreciative enquiry - Geoff New
  • AES column - Martin Baker

October 2011: Downward Mobility

  • Church growth rhetoric: is bigger always better? - Kevin Ward
  • Some simplistic observations on our common heritage in its twilight years from a would-be neo-monastic - Bruce Hamill
  • Living simply vs consumerism: our society in light of the Gospel - Stuart Simpson
  • Reviews 
  • Recollections and Reflections by Skoki Coe – Reviewed by Stuart Vogel
  • The Wisdom of the Seasons: how the Church year helps us understand our congregational stories by Charles M. Olsen – Reviewed by Graeme Ferguson
  • AES column - Martin Baker

September 2011: Preacher and Poet

  • Guest Editorial - Howard Carter
  • Letter: response to last month's guest editorial - Richard Dawson
  • Is preaching poetry or poetry? - Susan Jones
  • The enduring power of metaphors - Mary-Jane Konings
  • Preaching needs the ambiguity of poetry - Malcolm Gordon
  • The lilt of the imagination - Hilary Smith
  • AES column - Martin Baker

August 2011: Ministering in more than one congregation

  • Guest editorial: Lloyd Geering
  • Reflections on ministering in a multi-congregational setting - Phyll Harris
  • Multi-what? - John Turton
  • Book review - Alan Goss
  • AES column - Martin Baker

July 2011: Ministry in multicultural New Zealand

  • Guest editorial - Howard Carter 
  • Asian ministries and the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand - Stuart Vogel 
  • God’s ministry, the people’s church - Hone Te Rire 
  • Diversity and Unity: Ministry with multicultural congregations - Chong Woo Kim 
  • Multi-cross-cultural churches - Margaret Martin 
  • Greetings in a dozen tongues - Glenn Jetta Barclay 
  • Tips for multicultural speaking  - Gillian Woodward 
  • AES column - Martin Baker 

June 2011: Funerals

  • Ministers and their grief - Rose Luxford
  • The funeral: "the service of witness to the resurrection" vs "this is your life" - Allister Lane
  • Funerals in a rural parish - Stephanie Wells
  • Funerals: issues and reflections for ministers - Martin Fey
  • Reflections of a rest home chaplain - Jan Gough
  • AES column - Martin Baker

May 2011: Global Mission and Partnership

  • Joining together in mission - Pamela Tankersley
  • Some things we can say together about mission - Chris Nichol
  • Everyone has something to give and something to receive - Angela Norton
  • Taking off the rose-tinted glasses - Kirstin Harray
  • Review: Hope is Our Song (CD) - Martin Macaulay
  • AES column - Martin Baker

April 2011: Discipleship

  • Direct training - Peter Cheyne
  • Take it personally - discipleship as personal interaction rather than programme - Martin Macaulay
  • AES column - Martin Baker

March 2011: What exactly is the Church called to be in our world

  • How do we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? On being the Church after Christendom - Kevin Ward
  • What, or who, are we called to be? - Keith Nisbet
  • What exactly is the Church called to be in our world? On living post-Christendom - Bruce Hamill
  • One Step Ahead Preaching - Nathan Parry
  • AES column - Martin Baker

February 2011: Christian spiritual disciples

  • Up close and personal - for all to hear - Geoff New
  • Including contemplative prayer in ministry formation - Diane Gilliam-Weeks
  • Gifts from the monastery: the sabbath and fasting - Lynne Baab
  • Making time for discipline - Marg Shrader
  • Running the race - Silvia Purdie
  • Spiritual direction - Andrew Dunn
  • Living in the Rules - Selwyn Yeoman
  • AES column - Martin Baker

November 2010: New ways of being church

  • Cooperation needs to be about mission, not unity - Peter MacKenzie
  • What is Fresh Expressions? - Mark Johnston
  • Starting from scratch: Context and church planting - Howard Carter
  • A messy expression of church - Sue Fenton
  • Changing the conversation - Mary-Jane Konings

October 2010: The public face of Christianity

  • What does the ‘comeback’ of religion mean for us? - Andrew Bradstock
  • What is our public face? - Susan Jones
  • Public perception of faith and Church in our www.world - Howard Carter
  • Songs and poems for peace/justice/creation - John Thornley
  • Until Kingdom come! - John Murray

September 2010: Prioritising resources

  • Mission and attitude for budget priorities - Mark Chapman
  • Prioritising abundant resources - David Galt
  • The place of the offering - Rhys Pearson
  • Prioritising resources for young people - Carlton Johnstone

August 2010: Volunteer or paid?

  • Volunteer or paid staff? - Kevyn Harris
  • One team! - Wayne Matheson
  • Volunteers' contribution vital - Lisa Wells
  • Staff, volunteers and ministers - Simon McLeay
  • Valued volunteers? Priceless paid? - Cheryl Harray
  • Learning from the United States experience - Gordon Fitch
  • Captain of the team - Doug Ferens

July 2010: Growth or death?

  • Would the last person turn out the lights? - Kevin Ward
  • What really has been happening to our parishes?- Margaret Galt
  • A grass-roots view - Rosie Staite
  • A theological reflection - Malcolm Gordon
  • Admitting the illness is terminal - Susan Jones
  • Facing the fear in small corners - Silvia Purdie
  • Our life has its seasons - Rachel Judge
  • An overview of a mission journey - Nyalle Paris
  • A parish reviewer’s experience - Neil Skene
  • Timaru Presbyterians together - Evan Stenlake
  • We are alive! - Mary Petersen
  • Never be suprised by what can grow from the germ of an idea - Heather Kennedy
  • ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’ - Rhys Pearson

June 2010: How do our structures serve mission?

  • How do our structures serve mission? - Barry Ayers
  • Making the most of our Presbyterian structures - Martin Stewart
  • Reshaping leadership - Alan Judge
  • Structuring session for mission - Phil King
  • Passing on the baton - Paul Prestidge
  • The 'misseo dei' and life in the valley - Richard Dawson

May 2010: How do we communicate?

  • Electronic communication and congregations - Lynne Baab
  • The power of a story - Jill Kayser
  • Face to face and Facebook to Facebook - Howard Carter
  • Communication: Another perspective - Dennis Flett
  • Communicating with the media - Angela Singer
  • Communicating across presbytery - Emily Wotton

April 2010: Have we lost the next generation?

  • Lost and found - Margaret Galt
  • Another missing generation? - Howard Carter
  • Next generation leaders - Keith Nisbet
  • Some were lost and more were stolen - Stan Stewart
  • 'To the adolescent I became like an adolescent for the sake of the Gospel' - Carlton Johnstone
  • You city folk have never had it so good - Chris Konings
  • Have we lost the next generation? - Ryan Prasad
  • Are we losing the next generation? - Matt Chapman

March 2010: Small groups

  • Being a church of little communities - Ian Pimm
  • Nurturing GEL groups - Helen Harray
  • The purpose of preaching - Susan Jones

February 2010: Is preaching dead?

  • The New Testament and preaching - Mark Keow
  • Is preaching dead? - Kevin War
  • Not dead: Alive and kicking! - Diane Gilliam-Weeks
  • The centrality of the sermon - Ben Dykman
  • Is preaching really dead? - Steve Millwar

November 2009: Statements of belief

  • Why a new confession today? - Richard Dawson
  • Creeds, confessions and faith - Stuart Langet
  • Retain the Westminster Confession - Kim Francis
  • Who me? No way! - Kevin Finlay
  • The wonderfilled world of 'TR' - Scott Thomson

October 2009: Calvin's influence

  • Calvin rediscovered - Graham Redding
  • Calvin on the authority of Scripture - Murray Rae
  • John Calvin: Servant of the Word - Jason Goroncy

September 2009: Ministry paradigms and hats

  • Rediscovering a prophetic ministry - Howard Carter
  • Rural parishes mean multiple hats - Stephanie Wells
  • How not to run a meeting - Brett Johnstone
  • Our elders need more attention - Ray Coster
  • What we need to understand about elders - Bruce Fraser
  • Evangelism in the local community - David Balchin
  • To those growing older and soon to part - Jim Battersby

August 2009: Interaction with contemporary culture

  • Interacting with society through film - Kevin Ward
  • Interaction with film via movie nights - Jim Wallace
  • Ministers in contemporary culture - Martin Stewart
  • Considering popular culture and religion - Carlton Johnstone
  • Making friends with the media - Martin Baker
  • Exploring the Twitter phenomenon - Reuben Hardie
  • Finding God in comic books - Stephen Garner

July 2009: Collaboration and ecumenism

  • Ecumenism's rise, fall and resurgence - Peter Matheson
  • United we stand, divided we fall? - Margaret Galt
  • An ecumenical journey - Helen Bichan
  • The story of Mangapapa Church - Stewart Patrick
  • A ministry of reconciliation - Bert Schoneveld
  • L'Arche Kapiti: An ecumenical community - Marg Schrader
  • Anglicans and Methodists sign Covenant - Terry Wall
  • New ways of partnering - Peter MacKenzie
  • Working together for a more just society - Trevor McGlinchey

June 2009: Being youthful

  • Passing faith to the next generation - Carlton Johnstone
  • Building a church that welcomes youth - Dennis Flett
  • Tongues of Christians and tongues of mortals - Tim Muller
  • Something on youth ministry - Mary-Jane Konings
  • Starting something new: Church planting - Howard Carter
  • Young people are old people with fewer years! - Steph Brook
  • Taking a journey towards something new - Ryhan Prasad
  • Youth participation stinks? - Ross Davis

May 2009: Technology and cybercommunity

  • Making contact with new technology - Lynne Baab
  • Keeping up with essential technology - Colin Marshall
  • Multimedia as a servant to preaching - Douglas Bradley
  • Facing up to Twitter - John Roxborogh
  • PowerPoint and the art of preaching - Howard Carter
  • Some basic technology tips - Reg Weeks
  • How can we approach mission online? - Roy Pearson

April 2009: Wealth and recession

  • Are we heading back to the 1930s? - Margaret Galt and John Kernohan
  • Economic inequality: A theological issue? - Andrew Bradstock
  • What economic model offers enough? - Bruce Hamill
  • Who saw it coming? An American view - Tom Haupert
  • Credit crunch: A perspective from Britain - Ray Galvin
  • A new economic order? - Eric Dodd
  • Koinonia in a time of recession - Jono Ryan
  • Being asset-rich in in a time of hardship - Kerry Enright

March 2009: Science and Christianity

  • Reading nature and Scripture today - Don Nield
  • How can we inform bioethics decisions? - Helen Bichan
  • From a backyard point of view - Bob Eyles
  • Science and Christianity face an identical foe - Dr John Kernohan
  • Intelligent Design: The way forward? - Don Nield
  • What kind of justice? - Douglas Mansill

February 2009: Christian prophetic voice

  • Prophecy: Yesterday and today - Rob Yule
  • Christian community and the prophetic - Geoff Stevens
  • 'What's good news in these hard times?' - Mua Stickson-Pua
  • The place for public prophecy - Malcolm Gordon
  • How strong is our prophetic voice? - Pamela Tankersley
  • Mixing prophecy, politics and publicity - Angela Singer
  • Spiritual Direction by Sue Pickering - Reviewed by Andrew Dunn

November 2008: General Assembly 2008

  • Nothing alarming at General Assembly - Allister Lane
  • Maybe the tide is coming in? - Paul Prestidge
  • Reflections on GA08 - Phyllis Harris
  • Assembly revisited (then and now) - Reg Weeks
  • GA08: Enjoyable and positive - Jon Parkes
  • People you meet during Assembly - Mark Farmer
  • A Word in Season by Richard Randerson - Reviewed by John Murray

October 2008: Forming Partnerships

  • Being part of something bigger - Ray Coster
  • Finding partnership experiences - Emily Wotton
  • "Partnership without marriage" - Noel Butler
  • The challenge of mission together - Colin Marshall
  • Nordy by Mary Logan - Reviewed by Alan Quigley
  • Lest we forget - Niki Francis

September 2008: Children's Ministry

  • Children's ministry dreams - Jill Kayser
  • What we've learnt along the way - Phil King
  • Little kids and big ideas - Silvia Purdie
  • Preschoolers and their parents - Reuben Hardie
  • No more small corners - Cheryl Harray
  • Children and our Church's future - Kevin Ward
  • Bringing children to your church - Margaret Anne Low
  • Violence in the lives of our children - Eric Dodd

August 2008: Pathways to God

  • Undone by the e-mail
  • Creating gates into the community
  • The pastoral pathway to God
  • Individuals connect in different ways

July 2008: What is a Christian society

  • A vision for our society
  • Are we like The Village people?
  • What would a Christian society look like?
  • Making a good impression
  • Musings and mumblings on worship
  • How does hymnody influence worship?

June 2008: Worship

  • Experimenting with emerging worship - Martin Macaulay
  • Contemporary and emerging worship - Mary-Jane Konings
  • Is God bored with our worship? - Darryl Tempero
  • Worshipping with aliens, widows and orphans - Diane Gilliam-Weeks
  • Navigating contemporary music - Peter Bristow
  • The shape of our worship - Denzil Brown
  • Worship: What, how and why? - Roy Pearson

May 2008: Small Churches

  • Being missional as a small congregation - Miriam Taylor
  • Rural congregations face challenges - Laurie Ennor
  • Breaking bread in the community - Nancy Parker
  • Using limited musical resources - Alison Fields
  • Transitioning small congregations - Cameron and Jacqueline Sinclair
  • Children's ministry in small congregations - Jill Kayser
  • Using limited musical resources - Alison Fields
  • A tribute to small congregations - Pamela Tankersley
  • Youth ministry in small congregations - Steve Millward
  • Rural conference encourages small churches - Chris Bedford
  • Remembering Frank Nichol - Maurice Andrew

April 2008: Growing Leaders

  • Emotional self-care as leadership growth - John Turton
  • Making sense of ministry reviews - Susan Jones
  • Tell me a story - Andrew Scott
  • Ministry roles in the Pastoral Epistles - Gene Lawrence
  • Atheist priests and other performative oxymorons - Bruce Hamill
  • A theological fragment - Maurice Andrew
  • John Dominic Crossan, God and Empire - Reviewed by Donald Feist
  • Karen Armstrong, On The Bible - Reviewed by Alan Goss

March 2008: Prayer and spiritual disciplines

  • Jesus the Intercessor - Graham Redding
  • A discipline in public prayer - David Grant
  • The sound of silence - David Clark
  • Experiencing an Ignatian retreat - Geoff New
  • Examining secondary disciplines - Clare Lind
  • For heaven's sake, stop praying! - Graham Millar
  • When you pray, things happen - Neil Churcher
  • Blokes: Ride easy, stranger - Scott Thomson
  • Identity in an ecumenical context - Peter MacKenzie
  • Wahine Day: A personal reflection - Barry Doig

February 2008: What does it mean to be Presbyterian?

  • On being a Presbyterian - Alan Herron
  • Irritating labels and the Presbyterian brand - John Roxborogh
  • Becoming Presbyterian - Kevin Ward
  • What does it mean to be Presbyterian? - Jim Wallace
  • Reflections from a far-flown Kiwi - Shirley Barker-Kirby
  • What is a Presbyterian school? - Vivian Coleman
  • What's in a name? - Reg Weeks
  • Lloyd Geering Wrestling with God - Reviewed by Graeme Ferguson
  • AES column - Martin Baker

November 2007: Doing ministry differently

  • The Greymouth model - Lyn Heine
  • Multiple congregations for reaching out - Garry Marquand
  • The Massey model: Six part-time staff - Stuart Lange
  • Local shared ministry at the grassroots - Chris Bedford
  • 'LMT Lite': An alternative solution - John Roxborogh
  • Variations on the ministry theme - Robyn McPhail
  • A Southland perspective - Alastair Taylor
  • Being 'church' in a new age - Alan Goss
  • Men, God and the church - Chris Bedford

October 2007: Men and Church

  • Blokes and church: A question of identity - Chris Purdie
  • "Why men hate Church" - Howard Carter
  • Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris - Juliette Bowater
  • AES column - Martin Baker

September 2007: Faith and Hope in a climate of fear

  • When fear comes calling - Geoff King
  • Freedom from fear? - Rachel Tallon
  • A theology of risk and adventure - Simon McLeay
  • Young adults and Presbyterian futures - Ken Williams
  • The enemy of hope that dances to death’s tune - Martin Stewart
  • Lessons from living in a climate of fear - Glenn Jetta Barclay
  • Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris - Reviewed by Alan Goss

August 2007: Planning for mission

  • St Andrews blueprint for mission - Ian Pimm
  • Beyond strategic planning - Andrew Norton
  • Ministry and mission without the bell - Howard Carter
  • Running retreats for mission - Ken Williams
  • The Mountain of the lord - Wayne Te Kaawa

June/July 2007: Critical times in ministry 2007

  • Times of crisis and opportunity - Susan Werstein
  • Hello? Hello? Can you hear me? - Chris Konings
  • Abbotsford: A critical time in ministry - Ian Robertson
  • Leading change in congregations - Kevin Ward
  • Global challenges affecting theological education - Graham Redding

May 2007: Rites of passage 2007

  • Thoughts on and experiences of baptism - Howard Carter
  • Rites of passage or rights of passage? - Geoff King
  • The Chapel on the Hill: Our changing mission - Viv Coleman
  • Gin, tonic and Swedish drinking songs - Mark Chapman
  • Let's talk about youth - Stephanie Redhead
  • Marking youth milestones - Mo Morgan
  • New rites for last rites - Rodney Routledge

April 2007: Failure: How do we cope with it?

  • Applying work psychology to failure - Peter MacKenzie
  • Failure: How do we cope with it? - Beryl Anderson
  • Did you ever fail, Lord? - Norm Habel
  • We don't want to talk about it - Mary-Jane Konings
  • Ongoing failure - A reflection - Kevin Finlay
  • Succeeding and failing - Glenn Livingstone
  • Eating with publicans and sinners - Maurice Andrew

February 2007: Religion and Politics 2007

  • Religion and politics: A healthy mix - Kevin Ward
  • Should Christians be involved in politics? - George Bryant
  • Religion and politics don't mix? - John Murray
  • "A prophet of God's justice" - Nathan Parry

November 2006: Services and Worship 2006

  • Preparing the shape of Sunday - Pauline Stewart
  • Broadening the definition of worship - Richard Dawson
  • A contemporary music journey - Rose Nisbet
  • Turning murmurs into conversations - Robyn McPhail
  • Let the children come: Inclusive worship - Jill Kayser
  • When there is no ordained minister - Marion Partridge

October 2006: General Assembly 2006

  • GA06: A positive experience? - Anne Thomson
  • A mike-runner's reflections - Chris Purdie
  • A personal reflection on GA06 - Wayne Matheson
  • GA06: Money, sex and power - Margaret Mayman
  • Communicating the intensity of GA06 - Amanda Wells
  • To change or not to change? - Martin Macaulay
  • Expressing anger: An immediate reaction - Geoff King
  • The search for the mythical Jesus - Scott Thomson

September 2006: The Missing Generation: 25-45

  • How can we bring them back? - Nathan Parry
  • Opportunistic cake-eaters? - Emily Wotton
  • The approach of studentsoul - Helen Harray
  • The mustard seed - a story - Darryl Tempero
  • Social justice and moral codes - Amber Parry Strong
  • Where have all the Gen Xers gone? - Jon Parkes
  • Worship and Gen X - Mary-Jane Konings
  • A late night spiritual conversation - Vivian Coleman
  • Reaching a younger generation - Brett Walker

August 2006: Theology and doctrine

  • Theology in a postmodern context - Martin Macauley
  • 'Our father who art in Geneva' - Mark Chapman
  • Towards a unifying centre - Kevin Ward
  • Theology, doctrine and spirituality - Andrew Dunn
  • Doing theology at Cambridge - Russell Thew
  • Tibet: Witnessing without words - Selwyn Yeoman
  • Rural ministers: Outstanding in their field - Chris Bedford

July 2006: Being called

  • New leaders: Sign up here - Martin Baker
  • 'Still crazy after all these years' - Graham Redding
  • Marathons: Learning on the run - Kevin Ward
  • Journeying with your calling - Howard Carter
  • Placing your call in context - Michelle Shin
  • Embracing the unexpected call - Jill Kayser
  • Gen Xers and a sense of call - Mary-Jane Konings
  • Mission Possible: When you're questioning your call - John Daniel

June 2006: Leaving ministry

  • A change of ministry context - Richard Lawrence
  • Taking time out from parish ministry - John Howell
  • The changing role of ministers - David Grant
  • Moving into a new ministry phase - Harry Swadling
  • Two adjustments at retirement - Jack Foster
  • Does a Christian ever retire? - Len Currie
  • Facing retirement on your own - Jim Battersby
  • Retirement: A time for change? - Nolan Martin
  • Retired minister: A resource - Paul Loveday

May 2006: Coming to faith

  • Preaching to the non-churched - Geoff New
  • Creating a welcoming culture - Kevin Ward
  • Reaching out over the airwaves - Amanda Wells
  • Church for the unchurched - Keith Hooker
  • Making our culture attractive - Fyfe Blair
  • A 'faith journey' towards Confirmation - Stan Stewart
  • Wairau youth ministry: Our story - Ken Williams
  • Conversion: The joy of the harvest - Colin Marshall
  • Does Christian conversion still occur? - Stuart Lange
  • A few things I have learnt... - Wayne Matheson
  • The mission-mapping process
  • Letters to the editor

April 2006: Sharing resources and creating networks

  • Reworking our Book of Order - Brett Johnstone
  • Presbyteries: Pain and empowerment - John Roxborogh
  • Maintaining a positive presbytery - Peter Cheyne
  • Keeping the rural ministry grass growing - Robyn McPhail
  • Networking through care and prayer - Allan Kerr
  • Making networking meaningful - Bruce Fraser
  • My experience of collegiality - Helen Harray
  • Creating networks through mentoring - Iain Dickson
  • Keeping communication channels open - Jose Reader
  • Reviews:
    • The Sinners of Cramond - Reviewed by Jane Bloore
    • From Village to Nation - Reviewed by Alan Quigley
  • Reflection:
    • Death and resurrection and the Church - Rinny Westra

March 2006: Ministers' stress

  • Stress: Definitions and coping skills - Kevin Gwynne
  • Ministers and traumatic stress - Peter MacKenzie
  • Pressure to grow in the face of decline - John Franklin
  • Handling different shapes of stress - Brett Walker
  • Grappling with great expectations - Anonymous
  • Why are we so discouraging? - Richard Dawson
  • The stress of turning the tide - Steve Millward
  • Standing our ground in ministry - Scott Thomson
  • Report: Ministers under significant stress - Garry Marquand and John Daniel

February 2006: Teams that work

  • Creating real teams that work - Andrew Norton
  • On the journey to ministry teams - Howard Carter
  • Creating essential community - Gordon Rabey
  • How to stop being a one-person show - Tony Hassed
  • Mission-leader or pastor-teacher - John Malcolm
  • Running an effective meeting - Michael Thawley
  • Mission Possible - Key factors for change
  • Review
    • Bringing God Back to Earth by John Hunt - Alan Goss
  • Reflection
    • Who are the silent majority? - Gordon Rabey

November 2005: Endings and beginnings

  • Church planting: A crying need - Jim Wallace
  • Transition ministry: Serving the church - Chris Bedford
  • One step forward, two steps back - David Coster
  • Moving on and reaching out - Mo Mansill
  • Making the transition to ministry - Andrew Scott
  • Risking New Zealand beginnings - Fyfe Blair
  • Telling your church good-bye - Anon
  • Ministry's comings and goings - Rachel Judge
  • Farewell to a house of worship - John Cromarty
  • The story of Blueskin Union - Susan Jones
  • Review
    • The Out of Bounds Church by Steve Taylor - Jim Wallace
  • Reflection
    • Morality and mortality - Jim Wallace

October 2005: Cross-cultural mission

  • Playing backgammon with the All Blacks – Andrew Bell
  • Can you wear a tartan lavalava? – Martin Baker
  • Finding a home: Asians in Black – Stuart Vogel
  • Why I'm proud to belong here – Karima Fai'ai
  • On eating potatoes in Vanuatu – Roy Pearson
  • What's happened to biculturalism? – Ken Irwin
  • Recognising the rural voice – Stephanie Wells
  • Fundraising II: Funding sources - Lisa Wells
  • Mission Possible toolkit - Part two: Renewing your organisational vision
  • Reviews
    • Last Words: Approaches to Death in New Zealand's Cultures and Faiths - reviewed by Joan Ross

September 2005: Life of clergy

  • Ordained clergy: Endangered species? – Graeme Munro
  • Stipends, sacrifice and Mammon – Martin Stewart
  • Re-inventing yourself in ministry – Pete Willsman
  • Burnout: A journey to wholeness – Alistair Smales
  • Put your own oxygen mask on first – Sue Pickering
  • Continuing ministry formation – Neville Emslie
  • Tackling ministry as a team – Brett Johnstone
  • Is youth work a career path? - Kevin Finlay
  • Celebrating community ceremonies - Nicky Jenkins
  • Passing our knowledge on - Brian Williscroft
  • A view from the emeritus pew - Bryan Wilson
  • Mission toolkit - Part one: Organisational life stages
  • Reviews
    • A Cup of Sunlight - reviewed by Susan Jones
  • Reflection
    • A sense of Christian family? - John Roxborogh

August 2005: Finance and resourcing

  • Finance follows mission priorities – Fergus Sime
  • Church financial management – Ray Coster
  • How to find and fund your mission – Lisa Wells
  • Parishes at the triage station – John Roxborogh
  • Statistical trends in attendance and giving – Joan Ross
  • Drawing up Assembly budgets – John Trainor
  • Budget 2005/2006: A commentary – Rob Ripley
  • Reviews
    • Smoothing the Rough Edges - reviewed by Alan Goss
    • Creating a Pathway to Believe and Belong – reviewed by Reuben Hardie
  • Letters to the editor
    • Correspondence from Douglas Mansill, Boyd Glassey, Tom Phillips, G R Grant, and Kanape Faleto’ese.

July 2005: Ethics

  • Why codify ethical behaviour? - Alistair McBride
  • The code of ethics
  • The pastoral-counselling contract - Karel Lorier
  • Talking with each other - Sally Carter
  • Keeping stories confidential - Pamela Tankersley
  • Supervision: Why bother? - Annette Hannah
  • Whose ends justify our means? - Susan Werstein
  • Training tomorrow's ministers - Juan Kinnear
  • Pastoral care as friendliness - Boyd Glassey
  • Reviews
    • Is Christianity Going Anywhere? - reviewed by Alan Goss

June 2005: Connecting with your community

  • Don’t abandon children’s mission - Margaret Liow
  • Moderator’s response: Families first - Garry Marquand
  • When service becomes growth - Jill Kayser
  • Working together - Sally Carter
  • Reaching out through music - Jackie Smales
  • Sustaining your community spirit - Ian Guy
  • An indispensable part of the community? - Nancy Parker
  • Connecting with Keri the Kereru - Sally Carter
  • Where does CASI fit in? - Lesley Shaw
  • Harnessing the power of the media - Jose Reader
  • Ministry training: A changing community - Kevin Ward
  • Reviews
  • The Pastor's Family - reviewed by Mary-Jane Konings
  • Mission-shaped Church - reviewed by Kerry Enright

May 2005: Chaplaincy

  • Ministering to a questioning generation – Yvonne Smith
  • Reaching out across cultural barriers – Sunday Tsoi
  • Forming ministers – Ian Robertson
  • From parish parsonage to hospital – Robert Anderson
  • Steering a course without props – Lesley Shaw
  • Why become a chaplain in elderly care? Leanne Munro
  • Spirituality among our soldiers – Wayne Toleafoa
  • The call to care: A personal perspective – Ian Bayliss
  • Presbyterian chaplains in World War II – Alan M Goss
  • How to serve as a military chaplain – Julian Wagg
  • Practising ministry in the marketplace – Lindsay Cumberpatch
  • Growing in a different direction – Seed – Doris Cuthell
  • Hospital chaplaincy – a declining vocation? – Ron Malpass
  • Reviews
    • Asian Christian Theologies – reviewed by Alan M Goss
  • Reflection
    • Damage done in our name – Graham Redding

 

  • Ecumenism's rise, fall and resurgence - Peter Matheson
  • United we stand, divided we fall? - Margaret Galt
  • An ecumenical journey - Helen Bichan
  • The story of Mangapapa Church - Stewart Patrick
  • A ministry of reconciliation - Bert Schoneveld
  • L'Arche Kapiti: An ecumenical community - Marg Schrader
  • Anglicans and Methodists sign Covenant - Terry Wall
  • New ways of partnering - Peter MacKenzie
  • Working together for a more just society - Trevor McGlinchey

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