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Thursday 12 March 2015

The Rt Rev Andrew Norton, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Aotearoa New Zealand, joined other New Zealand denominational leaders in calling for peace in Syria and Iraq.The detail of the open letter signed by church leaders is below. Parishes are invited to use the liturgical resources provided by the World Council of Churches (links at the bottom of this page) this Sunday, 15 March (or any other Sunday in March) to mark the fourth anniversary of the beginning of conflict in Syria. 

13 March 2015


Monday 09 March 2015

Bible Society has produced more than 12,000 'think' inspired Gospels of Matthew for free distribution at Eastercamps, including to the nine Presbyterian Eastercamps held around the country.

Gordon Fitch of PYM says they are, “Stoked to be able to hand out the Bible Society youth-friendly Gospel of Matthew at our Easter Camps this year. The camp directors love the quality and campers love the look of them. Not all youth attending camps own a Bible, and so it means all campers are able to fully participate in small group discussions."

For more information contact...

Friday 27 February 2015

Presbyterian Youth Ministry has published findings from a survey that asked youth workers how supported they felt in their ministry, and what, if anything, ministers could do to better support them in their work. Key findings from the research are published on the PYM website. Read more


Monday 23 February 2015

Friday 20 February 2015

The Council of Assembly is pleased to announce that the Rev Dr Steve Taylor has been appointed to the role of Principal at Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership.

Steve, an experienced church minister, theological educator and academic leader, will take up the role in late 2015, and the Rev Dr Kevin Ward will continue in the Acting Principal role in the interim.

Steve has most recently served as the Principal of Uniting College for Leadership and Theology in South Australia. He brings a strong interest in missiology and in new and emerging forms of Christian practice,...

Thursday 19 February 2015

Dr Mathews George Chunakara, a lay member of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church in India, has been elected unanimously as the new General Secretary of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA).

The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand is a member of the CCA, which is the largest ecumenical organisation in Asia, and strives for the unity of the church in Asia, joint action in mission and Asian contribution to Christian thought and worship.

Dr Chunakara was appointed to the role for a term of five years and is the first Indian citizen to be elected to this position. He will...

Monday 16 February 2015

It is with great joy that Council of Assembly announces the appointment of Rev Dr Geoff New to the position of Dean of Studies at Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership.

Geoff will take up the position in mid-2015.

Rev Dr Colin Marshall, Council of Assembly Convener, believes that Geoff will be a wonderful addition to the Knox teaching community, and foresees great days ahead for the ministry and leadership program under Geoff’s guidance.

“Geoff’s appointment is good news for Knox Centre. He is a very experienced minister with a passion for preaching...

Tuesday 10 February 2015

Studying theology in 2015?  Apply for a Knox Centre Theology Study Grant. Deadline for applications is 31 March 2015.

The Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership is offering a limited number of scholarships in 2015 to Presbyterians doing part-time or full-time theological studies through Otago University, Auckland University, Laidlaw College or Carey Baptist College. If you know of anyone who might benefit from such a grant, please encourage them to apply. They should send a letter of application detailing their course (and costs) of study, and what church...

Monday 02 February 2015

Sunday 1 Feb 2015 Knox Church, Christchurch, celebrated its official re-opening. Moderator the Right Rev Andrew Norton dedicated the church and shares this message: 

“This morning I took part in the dedication service for the rebuilt Knox Church, Christchurch. It was an amazing experience. People were so moved and bursting with joy and tears as the service came to an end. Apart from the desire to have a coffee, this was a service that people did not want to end. The music and the prayers captured a congregation’s faith, pride and vision for the city’s...

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Evolving community thinking on everything from pre-marital living arrangements to what constitutes marriage means that there is a widening gap between Church and society on sexual ethics matters that warrants further examination.

Understanding how we engage with these differences helps us connect in mission...


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