Changing churches isn’t uncommon for us in New Zealand. Perhaps it is an Auckland thing, or perhaps a kiwi thing. When I first began working with people from overseas they were a bit shocked at how often and how easily New Zealanders change churches. In my work with missionaries often a candidate would not have… Read More should I stay or should I go?
It happened again recently someone asked “How can we get millennials to join our church (or organisation, business or NGO) if they are like this and we are like this”. Sometimes I think we are stuck in a boomerang loop Gen X, Gen Y, Millenials, Gen Z, we seem to be stuck explaining the same… Read More stop saying this about millennials
Last week I found a hair on my chin, it was not from the cat who had been sleeping on my clothes, it was firmly attached and sprouting in that random way that unwanted hairs have. It was a sign that I had to think about something I have been repressing ever since I saw… Read More why every church needs an eccentric lady
Firstly what does it mean for our practice to be centred in and based on Jesus kingdom values, secondly what role does the Holy Spirit play in leading us as individual care workers, in those we care for and corporately as a profession. Our care for missionaries needs to be based in kingdom values and Holy Spirit led.
Usually in Auckland we don’t think much about our power, at the click of a switch we have light, hot water, all the things we need to make our life comfortable. Last week we became suddenly aware of all the things that require power. A storm damaged the overhead lines that deliver electricity and many… Read More Name Your Power
A few weeks ago Billy Graham died aged 99. My sympathy and prayers go to his family and friends who mourn a real person that was close to them. In many ways, BG was more than just that real person the friends and family knew. He was known to so many of a certain generation… Read More I spent my career fighting Billy Graham
I was walking down Ponsonby Rd in Auckland when this shop window caught my eye. TRANSCENDENCE – SALE. What a lovely juxtaposition to ponder, what a challenge to our attitudes it contains. In religion, transcendence is a way of describing the aspects of a Gods nature and power that are not confined by the physical… Read More transcendence on sale
Happy Mardi Gras, – I don’t think I was too far into my journey of learning French when I worked out that this meant fat Tuesday – ever since then I have been delighted by the name. Somehow the more English ‘pancake day’ doesn’t quite contain the same magic and delight as Mardi Gras or… Read More pancakes are a distraction
I have spent a lot of time over the last 8 years reflecting on member care, particularly thinking about what it is. For New Zealand to lead the way in member care there are six foundation principles that we need to discuss, understand better and apply to the formation of the profession. My previous posts… Read More six conversations about missionary care in New Zealand – five
In September I attended the Second South Pacific Membercare Conference. A conference for all those involved in missionary care in Australia, New Zealand and across the pacific. I have spent a lot of time over the last 8 years reflecting on member care, particularly thinking about its foundations and definition. For New Zealand to lead… Read More six conversations about missionary care in New Zealand – four