Church seeks principal for Knox Centre of Ministry and Leadership

The Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership (KCML) seeks a new principal.

KCML is part of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and was established in 2007. The Knox Centre continues the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand’s commitment, tradition and practice of training and forming ministers and leaders since 1877. The Knox Centre is located within Knox College, in Dunedin. 

The primary purpose of KCML is to form ministers and leaders for service in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and partner churches. It works in partnership with a variety of groups and relationships – including Te Aka Puaho, presbyteries, Presbyterian Youth Ministries (PYM), Presbyterian Children and Families Ministry (PCFM), and local congregations – to serve a cross-cultural Church in a bicultural context.

As well as training people for National Ordained Ministry, the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership also provides training advice and guidance for Local Ordained Ministers, Local Shared Ministry and other recognised ministries in the Church. KCML supports presbyteries and congregations in their leadership development and helps resource continuing ministry formation among the Presbyterian Church’s ministers and elders.


To lead the Knox Centre that has been charged with the responsibility for equipping men and women for ministry and leadership in the Presbyterian Church and partner churches.
The Principal is accountable to the Church through the Council of Assembly in the stewardship of the resources entrusted to it, through the Assembly Executive Secretary. The Principal reports to the Assembly Executive Secretary (in an employment capacity), and the governance of the Knox Centre is exercised through the Leadership Sub-committee of the Council of Assembly (LSC). (For more details see Chapter 9 of the Supplementary Provisions of the Book of Order).

Team Leadership

The Principal leads a team that includes:
•    Dunedin-based and other centre-based teaching staff
•    Registrar 
•    Ministry Development Plan/National Assessment Workgroup administrator 
•    Adjunct teaching staff
In addition, the Principal is a member of the Assembly Office Core Leadership Team.

He kōrero mōu - About you

Ideally you will be a member of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand or a member of a church in the Reformed tradition in Aotearoa New Zealand; candidates from other traditions will also be considered.

Qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience

•    Academic qualifications in theology,
•    Highly developed demonstrable people management skills and proven ability to build, nurture and sustain interpersonal relationships together with self-awareness,
•    Demonstrable skills and experience in Christian Education, Ministry Formation and Leadership Development,
•    Experience in ministry supervision and/or spiritual direction,
•    Demonstrable skills and experience in communal and individual spiritual discernment disciplines/practices,
•    Experience working within and leading a team,
•    Experience in change management with proven ability to lead, respond and adapt to change,
•    Demonstrable skills and experience in bicultural; multicultural and cross-cultural ministries,
•    Highly developed demonstrable skills and experience in administration, preferably in an educational context.

•    A PhD or DMin being the preferred level of academic qualification,
•    At least 10 years in full–time vocational Christian ministry and leadership with strong preference in Aotearoa New Zealand – and current experience in Aotearoa New Zealand desired, especially since 2020,
•    Experience in effective congregational leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand preferred,
•    Preferred published research in relevant areas.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Please provide a covering letter and CV and include referees and send to before the closing date of 5pm 19 August 2022. (Please note no late applications will be considered).