Global Mission

Thank you for your interest in our Church's global mission programme. To help you navigate the information on these pages, please use the links below:

Myanmar Adventure
Cassandra Nixon at Talua Theological Training Institute, Vanuatu
Training in Mission
Opportunity for Theology Student to Visit Palestine
Read Mingalaba (Ricebowl mission newsletter)
Read Nambawan! (Vanuatu mission newsletter)
Partners in Mission service
Opportunities for tradies to serve in Papua New Guinea
Global Mission Opportunities for Youth and Young Adults
I Love Taiwan Youth Programme
Teaching English at Talua, Vanuatu
Opportunities to serve
Key mission partnerships 
International partner organisations 
Why, where and how of our global mission
Contact us 

Introduction

PCANZ has key partnerships the Presbyterian Churches of Vanuatu and Myanmar, and the Church of North India, and. We also have important relationships with networks of churches across Asia and the Pacific, and international bodies like the Council for World Mission. Through these partnerships we respond to the call of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations and help to provide much-needed resources for Christian mission overseas. This also enriches the life of the PCANZ through our mutual sharing and growing together in the worldwide body of Christ. The various links on this site will provide you with information about the current status of PCANZ Global Mission, and give you an insight into new trends and future possibilities. Individuals and congregations within PCANZ are invited to enquire about how to participate in and support our work, by contacting the Global Mission Coordinator, Phil King

Training in Mission

The Council for World Mission is inviting applications for next year’s Training in Mission programme (TIM). This programme, which is fully funded by CWM, is open for all interested applicants aged 18 to 30 years old at the start of the programme, single and not an ordained minister (a maximum of two Presbyterian members can be selected).

TIM promotes leadership and service to the church and Christian mission, by providing opportunity for a group of young people from CWM member churches around the world to learn about mission in theory and in practice through classes, exposure visits, projects and hands-on work in various contexts for 6 ½ months. This could be an excellent gap year option, or an opportunity for someone who is considering a change of direction and would like to learn about mission and theology in a multicultural context. TIM 2020 will be held in New Zealand, Fiji, South Korea and Jamaica.

Download the Training in Mission programme brief and Training in Mission application form here. For further information about TIM contact Global Mission Coordinator Phil King. 

Opportunity for Theology Student to Visit Palestine

The Council for World Mission is offering theology students an amazing opportunity to participate in a “Face to Face” programme in Palestine. The programme brief reads, “This programme aims to study some of the most important historical, theological and contemporary issues related to the Middle East in general and in Israel and Palestine in particular. The participants will come face to face with the issues on occupation and how discrimination and inequality, military occupation and systematic oppression are the rule. This will also provide them opportunities to engage in a global dialogue on theology, spirituality and mission through intercultural exchange and theological reflection that would enable them to reflect on doing mission in the context of Empire.” The programme is intended for theology students who are on a path to ordained ministry.  The dates for this programme are April 21 - May 20, 2020. This is fully funded by CWM. Applications need to be endorsed by the PCANZ and sent to the Assembly Executive Secretary by 24 January 2020. Download the programme brief and application form. Note that applications alone do not guarantee acceptance. Contact Global Mission Coordinator Phil King for more information.

Myanmar Adventure

Read Kathy Boyland's story of her adventure in Myanmar.

Cassandra Nixon at Talua Theological Training Institute, Vanuatu

Read  about Cassandra Nixon's time at Talua Theological Training Institute, Vanuatu.

Partners in Mission Service Opportunities

The Council for World Mission facilitates opportunities for member churches to share personnel to serve in mission. Several positions are available for Presbyterian Church members who are interested in serving overseas. We currently have requests for high school teachers (American Samoa and Samoa), a lecturer in theology (Zambia), and ordained ministers (Guyana). Summaries of these positions can be viewed here. If anyone is interested in any of these options and finding out more about the Partners in Mission programme, contact Global Mission Coordinator Phil King.

Mingalaba Newsletter - Myanmar

Read the latest version of Mingalaba, the newsletter dedicated to our Ricebowl Mission partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar. For previous newsletters please click here

Nambawan! Newsletter - Vanuatu

Download the Nambawan newsletter which is dedicated to our partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu. This includes up-to-date information about our partnership, and opportunities to get involved. For previous newsletters please click here.

Opportunities for Tradespeople

There are opportunities for tradespeople to serve in Papua New Guinea.

Global Mission works in a cooperative relationship with NZCMS (the Anglican Church equivalent of Global Mission), who are seeking Christian tradespeople to help with the rebuild of Kapuna hospital in Papua New Guinea. The are short or long-term projects available. Short-term can be as short as a few weeks, so would be a great experience for someone who is interested in serving in mission for a brief period without leaving their current job. Specifically they are looking for a builder, a site manager, and a supply coordinator. Click on the following links for job descriptions:

Learn more in this tradie recruitment notice

Justice and Grace – A Case Study of Three reconciliation Ceremonies in Vanuatu 

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In 2018 Global Mission Coordinator Phil King researched reconciliation ceremonies in Vanuatu. As a result of this research he has written a small booklet which can be downloaded here. Hard copies are available for small donation by contacting Phil

Partners in Mission Serving in Myanmar

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Wayne and Helen Harray serve with the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar, at Tahan Theological College. This is the first time the PCANZ has had mission workers serving in Myanmar so it's a big step forward in our partnership. If you would like to donate to their work, you can do so here - Read their blog here

Global Mission Opportunities for Youth and Young Adults

Occasionally there are global opportunities available for youth and young adults from the PCANZ. These are exciting options for anyone interested in cross cultural mission and connecting with Christian youth from all over the world. Travel subsidies are available for some of these programmes. Read the information below or contact Global Mission Coordinator Phil King for further information, phil@presbyterian.org.nz

Training in Mission

Training in Mission 2018
Training in Mission is a seven-month long training and formation programme run by the Council for World Mission. This is a good gap year option for young adults interested in mission – and as a bonus, it is fully funded. Applicants must be aged between 18-30 and be able to spend seven months away from home. Applications for the 2020 programme are now open. Learn more

Going Global
Going Global is a programme of Global Mission and Presbyterian Youth Ministries. Each year there are opportunities to be involved in programmes in Vanuatu, Taiwan, and other partner churches.

I Love Taiwan

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I Love Taiwan is an annual mission programme run by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan, for young adults aged 16-35 (yes, that is still young!) Each year they invite young adults from all over the world to participate in this multicultural faith-based event. Participants learn about the life and culture of Taiwan, and share in the mission of the church, while meeting like-minded young adult Christians from all over the world.

Information and application forms for I Love Taiwan 2020 will be available early next year. A travel subsidy is available from Global Mission (applicants need to be endorsed by Global Mission). The remaining the costs (airfares) need to be borne by the applicant and his or her church. A maximum of four applicants will be accepted each year.

Teaching English at Talua, Vanuatu

We support an English teacher at Talua Theological Training Institute in Vanuatu. Our teacher in 2019 has been the Rev Cassandra Nixon from Australia. Cassandra has done a great job for us, stepping up when we had no one available. In 2020, Dannevirke teaching couple Brian and Ally Mackay will serve at Talua for one year. Ally will teach English and Brian will teach IT and offer administrative support. Click here to read about Rev Cassandra Nixon's' experience teaching at Talua in 2016. And contact Phil King if you interested in learning more about the possibilities of teaching at Talua.

Our Key Mission Partnerships

Follow the links for information on our mission partnerships in VanuatuIndia and Myanmar

Internships
Read about PCANZ member Jordan Grimmer’s internship in South Korea.

Opportunities to Serve

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Wide Range of Ways to Serve
There are many opportunities to serve our partner churches overseas. From volunteer labourers to tradespeople, teachers, health professionals, administration and finance, IT personnel, ministry and more - If you are interested in finding out the how you might be able to share in mission, whether that be just a few weeks or for several months, contact Global Mission Coordinator Phil King.

English teachers in Thailand
English teaching positions are available with the Church of Christ in Thailand. These are in church-run schools and can be for a few months to a year. Go to www.teachingenglishinthailand.org

The Council for World Mission Opportunities

The Council for World Mission (CWM) offers opportunities for cross-cultural mission experiences for young adults, ordained ministers and theology students.  View the CWM website.

Partner International Organisations

The Uniting Church in Australia

Council for World Mission

Christian World Service

International Ecumenical Councils

PCANZ Global Mission - Why, Where, and How

The PCANZ affirms that it is called to work with others to make Jesus Christ known through the five faces of mission:

  • Through proclamation of the gospel
  • Through the nurture and teaching of people in the Christian faith
  • Through response to human need in loving service
  • Through seeking to transform society
  • Through care for creation

Global Mind: A Theology of Mission - Called, Sent, Empowered

Contact Us

You are invited to like the Global Mission Facebook page

The Rev Phil King is our Global Mission Coordinator. Contact him on phil@presbyterian.org.nz or (04)3818294 to find out how you can get involved in the mission of the PCANZ. Donations for our overseas projects and partners can be sent to Global Mission, PCANZ Assembly Office, P.O. Box 9049, Wellington, 6141.