February 2006

Council News

Warm greetings from the Council of Assembly

As we begin preparations for what is shaping up to be a busy year, we thought it would be timely to let you know about some of our priorities as we prepare for Council’s first gathering of 2006, which is in March.

Ideas for the future

Setting the scene for 2006 and beyond, we’ll hear from Moderator Rt Rev Garry Marquand and National Mission Enabler John Daniel at our first meeting. They’ll update us about their continuing work on ideas for the Church’s future that concentrate on how we can renew our focus on mission. Garry and John’s work will be presented to General Assembly 2006.

Multi-cultural church

We’ll continue our discussion about what it means to be a multi-cultural church. We’ve been meeting with the Council of Asian Congregations and Te Aka Puaho over recent months to inform our thinking. We’ll soon be meeting with the Pacific Islanders’ Synod to canvas their ideas as well. This is an ongoing process, and the wider church will have the opportunity to consider the results of these deliberations before a report is presented to GA06 in September.

Book of Order and Focal Identity Statement

Many of you will have recently received the proposed Book of Order and Focal Identity Statement material that was issued in late January. The task groups have worked long and hard – for several years in both cases – to bring these documents to the Church for consideration, so please take the opportunity, where you wish to, for input. For more information about how you can contribute feedback on these and other matters that will be considered by GA06, check out the website at http://www.presbyterian.org.nz/?id=3726

Task group updates

At our March meeting we’ll also receive updated reports from the Stipend Review Task Group and the group considering a review of the School of Ministry. The wider church will be invited to input on the findings from these reviews in mid-2006.

A report from the General Assembly Meeting Review Task Group, which makes recommendations on the shape and format of GA06 will also be considered. Some of their proposals have already been implemented, and GA06 will consider any policy and regulation modifications that may result from the Group’s other recommendations. Their report and recommendations have been informed by a survey of those who attended the 2004 General Assembly and others.

There will be work in progress reports from the teams completing reviews of the Assembly Assessment framework and national tasks.

Regular meeting activities

In addition to the Assembly-related matters, at this meeting we’ll also discuss our regular work, such as the year-to-date General Assembly accounts and updates from Council of Asian Congregations, Te Aka Puaho and Pacific Islanders’ Synod. The resource sub-committee will also present a report on matters related to preparation of the 2006/07 budget.

Staff appointments

We’ll be spending some time discussing staffing matters – the timeframe and process for appointment of a new Principal for the School of Ministry and Assembly Executive Secretary.

More information about our discussions on these and other matters will, as usual, come out shortly after our March meeting, which is being held in Wellington on 24-26 March.

Kerry Stotter – Convener
Helen Beaumont – Acting Deputy Convener
Council of Assembly

Assembly Office update

Kia ora,
God’s life be with you.

For the Church nationally, 2006 will see emerging the results of sustained work undertaken over a long period, examples being the proposed new Book of Order and the new Subordinate Standard. For the Assembly Office staff, changes continue, including the appointment of a new Assembly Executive Secretary by the September Assembly, and with the relocation from Laughton House.

Just prior to Christmas a public body asked me to “bless their office”. They had experienced a restructuring and a refurbishing of their office space which had strained relationships, and they wished to have a cleansing and engender a sense of new hope for the year ahead. In preparation for the rite they spoke about their hopes for their workplace relationships. The event itself was a real privilege to lead as we walked from office to office, sprinkling water, and expressing our hopes for the people and the team (in my terms we prayed).

It made me conscious again of the opportunities which arise because of the relationships Christians develop where they work. In this case a friend in the office had suggested the idea and some of the people knew me. Although as a Church we are much smaller than we used to be, the opportunities for engagement keep opening up.

Assembly Team Changes

Fiona Stenhouse finishes as Human Resource Manager on 10 February. We are grateful for the many people who have expressed appreciation for Fiona and for her work. The position has been advertised in newspapers and to ministers through the Presbytery Clerk network and on our website. We plan to interview in mid February. In the meantime Juliette Bowater, HR Advisor, will be picking up some responsibilities and we are contracting to provide interim support and advice regarding employment related matters. Fiona is presently completing the draft of the new Conditions of Service Manual and has put in place some compliance mechanisms. We thank her for the sterling start to a new role and wish her well.

Don Ikitoelagi was farewelled as Pacific Islanders Mission Director at a wonderful event at Knox, Parnell just prior to Christmas. People spoke in warm appreciation of Don’s work since the position was established in 1998. We will be discussing with the Pacific Islanders Synod the future shape of mission resourcing.

We also farewelled Mo Mansill as National Youth Ministry Coordinator. People spoke of the energy, vision, and competence Mo brought to her work, of events and programmes like Connect and Going Somewhere, and the platform that has been created for the next stage of Youth Ministry leadership in the Presbyterian Church. The Youth Focus Group, which is comprised of 12 youth leaders from around New Zealand, is working with the with National Mission Enabler John Daniel to develop a new national structure for youth ministry leadership and we will advise you of that shortly. The dates have been set for the Connect 06 conference and the Going Somewhere leadership workshops; check out www.presbyterian.org.nz/youth for the details.

The future size and shape of the Financial Services Team depend on the result of discussions underway between conveners of the Resource sub-committee and representatives of the Church Property Trustees. Our Accounts Payable Clerk, Veronica Ngan, is leaving for overseas. Veronica has been an efficient and careful contributor to the Team. We do not envisage replacing her with a full-time person at this stage.

The review of the School of Ministry, convened by Peter Winder, will report to Council’s March meeting. Alister Rae has begun as Interim Acting Principal while Kevin Ward is overseas on study leave. For the first semester, arrangements have been made to utilise some of our ministers in the teaching of courses, with Susan Werstein and John Roxborogh.

Our National Mission Enabler, John Daniel, now has the support of Heather Simpson as personal assistant, with the help of the Synod of Otago and Southland.

Assembly Office Relocation

Since the sale of Laughton House became unconditional we have been active, including through an agent, in viewing, assessing and negotiating for new offices. We have a possible location in mind and the negotiating stage has led us to look at other possibilities. In the meantime we have arranged with the purchaser of Laughton House to rent a part of the first floor until later in the year. Our sub-tenants, Interchurch Hospital Chaplaincy, Presbyterian Support New Zealand, the Anglican Social Justice Commissioner and the Churches Agency on Social Issues are moving out in the next two months. We are conscious of the workload facing us towards Assembly and we are keen to move well prior to that. We wish to ensure we find appropriate office space at reasonable cost.

Assembly 2006

The Assembly Business Work Group, the Moderator and others are actively preparing for the next Assembly beginning 28 September 2006. A Local Arrangements Committee is being put in place, and people appointed to key roles for the Assembly.

Moderator at General Assembly of World Council of Churches

Our Moderator, Garry Marquand, is the Presbyterian delegate to the WCC Assembly being held in Port Allegro, Brazil. The Moderator will be away from 7 February to 11 March. I encourage you to remember Garry and Val in your prayers, and the WCC Assembly, as the world faces the challenges of climate change, AIDs, globalisation and poverty. Garry is also hosting the Moderators of the Assembly and Synods of the Uniting Church in Australia at Ohope 13 to 15 March. There is significant interaction between our two churches as we face many similar challenges and opportunities.

The key theme hymn of the Assembly was written by one of our own, Shirley Murray. Another testimony to her skill is the large number of hymns in the recently published Church of Scotland Church Hymnary 4.

God be with you

As you enter more fully into the new year, with the inevitable challenges and opportunities that meet you, may God continue to bless and guide you.

E noho ra


Finance update

This is my first report as Finance Manager for Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. I have replaced Andrew Jackson and am working on a fixed term contract to 30 August 2006 .

The Church’s accounts for the financial year to 31 December 2005 have been reported to the Council of Assembly and Resource Sub-committee. The unaudited results will be made available to the wider church in early February.

The budgeting process for 2006/07 has commenced with a first cut reported to the Resource Committee for consideration. The draft is based on the current year baseline with an assumption of no increase in the Assembly Assessment.

The focus for the next calendar year will be on the potential outsourcing of some administrative functions and the management of unpaid Assembly Assessment. I look forward to keeping you updated as this work proceeds.

Brendan Sweeney

Global Mission Office update

Andrew writes

Christianity Rediscovered

Vincent Donovan [1] is a Roman Catholic missionary priest who lived and ministered to the Masia for 17 years. The Masia are famous for the tall, slender build and nomadic lifestyle criss-crossing the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania in East Africa. Surviving solely on the nutrition provided by their sacred cattle, the Masia are considered by some to be the most pagan tribe on earth. Despite the fact that Catholic missionary endeavours, including schools and hospitals, had existed in the region for over 100 years, there was not a single instance of an adult convert to Christianity on record. In fact there was no evidence that the children who had attended the Catholic schools continued to live as Christians as adults. Believing that evangelism still lay at the heart of mission, Donovan left the mission stations and went ‘on safari’ carrying only the gospel. The result of his work is that Donovan argues that evangelism remains essential to mission. However, he challenges the popular notions of what constitutes evangelism and how it is done. He also challenges those who believe that there is no longer any place for evangelism in our modern world.

Near the end of the book (p172) Donovan summarises as follows:

“Missionaries stand at the cutting edge of the church in the world, so in the church they are situated at the leading edge of development and liberation. As heralds of the gospel they remain fully aware of the liberating message contained in the gospel they bring to people, as well as of the prophetic role the gospel has in speaking against sin in cultures of the world, sin in the form of exploitation and injustice and oppression. They find and fulfill their role in the extra dimension they bring to the human struggle against injustice and oppression in the world. What is that extra dimension? It is the kingdom. They are fierce lovers of the kingdom and their gaze is fixed especially on the poor, the prime victims of injustice. “Blessed are you who are poor, the little ones. Blessed are you who are hungry and thirsty. Blessed are you who are crying now. The Kingdom is yours.” To be sensitive to injustice, to see things sooner, more deeply, at the structural level at which injustice lives, to hasten the Second Coming of the Lord – that is the vocation of a missionary.

With the beginning of another year, we are all given another opportunity as individuals and congregations to “see things sooner and more deeply”. Despite the many challenges faced by the Global Mission Office during 2005, we ended the year on a high note and are confident of significant work continuing in 2006. One of the most pleasing developments was a measurable shift to congregations and individuals taking up the challenge to be more fully involved in every aspect of our mission endeavour . In that sense the GMO is fulfilling its role as a mission brokerage assisting our congregations and individual Presbyterians to fulfill their mission calling and dreams rather than those of somebody else. We exist to assist Kiwi Presbyterians to serve on the margins – on the cutting edge. Here are just some examples of the work that is available to do:

Lori writes

The New Year has started with some exciting new projects to add to our list. They of course do not supersede any of the other long term projects we already support. Our aim with any project is to engage in a long term and sustainable way. We are in for the long haul – please won’t you join us, as we cannot achieve these objectives unless we pool our resources as Presbyterians.

  • GO Global – support one of our youth volunteers working overseas.
  • Rural Orphans Fostering Project in China – help Amity Foundation foster orphans in rural China and provide them with care and education. With APW help, we have funded five orphans in 2006. There are many more this year and we aim to sustain the support in 2007 and beyond.
  • Bush Missioner Programme – The GMO has published a fundraising brochure for 2006 which tells the story of the Bush Missioners. Come on!! Support these hard working evangelists.
  • Fiji - Rev Sethy Regenvanu is serving as the minister of St Andrews, Suva . Support one of their new programmes.
  • AIDS Initiatives – support one of our HIV/AIDS initiatives in the Pacific or Southern Africa
  • Micro-Enterprise Projects, Zambia – provide the funds to start a church-based initiative. $1000 is all we need.
  • Project Officer – support Roy Pearson, our Global Missioner in Vanuatu who was joined by Rob & Barb Meier in late 2005. The capacity for the work to grow is now in place. All we need is funding and people willing to share their skills.
  • Onesua Presbyterian College Library - assist with a donation for textbooks, library books and computer software.
  • Disaster Relief Fund – your gift today will enable us to help when disaster strikes tomorrow – any size donation gratefully received.
  • Thailand Prison Ministry - support the outstanding work of Kathryn McDaniel, our global missioner, in Chiang Mai by contributing towards the costs of stationery, postage, food, toiletries, and warm blankets for prisoners as well as Kathryn’s travel costs within Chiang Mai.

Read more projects and/or opportunities to serve on our website: http://www.presbyterian.org.nz/gmo

Information for these projects or any of our other projects is available by making contact with the GMO – globalmission(at)xtra.co.nz

Donovan, V.J. 1983 Christianity Rediscovered Maryknoll: Orbis

Presbyterian Youth Ministry

Could churches please email youth(at)presbyterian.org.nz if the youth worker/leader or youth contact changes at their church, so the PYM database can be kept up-to-date. You can also email general youth ministry queries to this address.


Christian World Service

Christmas Appeal Thanks

Thank you all for your contributions to the 2005 Christmas Gift Appeal. In its 60th year, the CWS Christmas Appeal was again well supported. With the help of volunteers, CWS is endeavouring to get receipts out as quickly as possible and would like to send out church totals by the end of February. If your church has not yet sent in your donations, please do so as soon as possible. Email CWS if you require a remittance form. It is your donations that enable CWS to continue funding communities working their way out of poverty and we very much appreciate your support.

Parachute 06

CWS has once again attended the Parachute Christian music festival. The stand in the Global Village examined issues around the manufacturing of clothing, consumer choices and the exploitative working conditions in many countries. Hundreds of signatures were collected on fabric scraps, which are going to be put together as a cloak and presented to Kathmandu , one of the iconic NZ companies that has recently shifted its manufacturing off shore. Parachute is a great opportunity to engage young people with justice issues. The latest CWS Youth Topics also focuses on the issue of clothing. “Do your clothes sweat?” is a fantastic poster resource with quizzes, games and other activities to raise the issue of fair trade. If you have not received a free copy to use with your youth group contact CWS: youth(at)cws.org.nz or 03 366 9274 New Video/DVD Study for 2006

Listen, Learn and Live, a new video examining the work of CWS partner Church of Uganda and its HIV/AIDS programme will be available on March 1. A study guide will accompany the video, which highlights the group benefiting from this year’s APW/MWF Special Project. Contact CWS now to book a date to borrow a copy ($10 donation). Phone 03 366 9274 or email cws(at)cws.org.nz. Also available on DVD.

Introduction workgroup

Timetable for Round 1 Introductions

March 24 Profiles from Boards of Nomination due
March 27 Graduating Ordinands consider Parish Profiles
March 31- April 1 Graduating Ordinands Interviewed and Introductions made
May 30 Profiles returned to Boards if no Introduction made

Eight ordinands are due to graduate in 2006:

Dennis Flett
Christopher Konings
Mary-Jane Konings
Alofa Lale
Nimarota Lale
Christopher Purdie
Stephanie Wells
Tekura Wilding

Mini Profiles of Graduating Ordinands

Dennis Flett

My claim to fame is I get my name in the Bible, Dionysius the Areopagite (Acts 17:34 ). My three daughters; Teresa (14), Hannah (12), and Kelly (10) would tend to disagree. I am 46 and have been married to Jenny for 16 years.

I spent three years working as a families congregational pastor at St Andrews Presbyterian Church Mt Maunganui. Previous experience includes missionary work based in Hong Kong , youth work, small groups and men’s ministry. I also have B.Min and MTS degrees from BCNZ. The St Andrews experience introduced me to Presbyterianism. Most of my denominational experience has been within the Pentecostal stream.

I am passionate about the local church, that it be involved in the continuance of Jesus’ mission in bringing people to God. A sense of mission brings life to a church. Church should be relevant; I would love to be involved in a church that is prepared to experiment with bridging the cultural gap between the churched and the unchurched.

My interests: I enjoy fishing, I trained as an electronics technician I still ticker around. I often relax by fixing things ranging from diesel motors to digital cameras. I enjoy being creative.

Stephanie Wells

I am divorced with two daughters; 23 and 21, who are both at university.

I see the role of parish minister as three-fold; to enable the mission(s) of the parish to be discovered and encouraged, to ensure believers grow spiritually, to be involved in the wider community.

I have a deep passion for music, ranging from the classical to the modern, and reading, including fantasy, crime, biography, cereal packets, etc. Another interest is architectural, interior and landscape design. I also enjoy photography, walking, community issues and movies.

I am interested in spiritual formation as a means of facilitating Christian maturity. I am also drawn to God’s concern for the ‘other’, which feeds my enthusiasm for cross-cultural and ecumenical work, as well as exploring different ways of doing ‘church’.

I have been part of a wide range of church communities in the seven years since I returned to faith. During that time I have mainly lead worship, organised alternative worship opportunities, and been employed as a children and families worker.

Tekura Wilding

I am a 47 year old New Zealand born Cook Island women, I was born and bred in Auckland . I am married to Lindsey Wilding who is part New Zealand Maori and Australian. We have three sons, Lindsey Junior 16 years old, Ruaau 14 years old and Walter-James 7 years.

Otara P.I.P.C. is one of the foundations of my spiritual growth and development since i was knee high. I was mainly involved with the Cook Island Ekalesia. My main field of work has been with the Cook Island Youth ( Cook Island concept of youth is actually an all age group), organising social activities, youth services and youth rallies. I was also involved with the Akarana Uapou Mapu which is a fellowship of Cook Island youth from other P.I.P.C. in Auckland . I was also a Sunday School Teacher in the youth department teaching and facilitating young Polynesians.

Because I have experienced the grace and mercy of God through my conversion, I feel I have a passion to share that with others. I feel that I am adaptable and creative especially when it comes to worship. I feel that God can be made known in lots of different mediums like listening to R&B, Reggae, Praise and Worship Christian music. I have a personal interest in church planting, and making Jesus known through arts and crafts.

I was a Student studying for a BTheol and BEd at Auckland University and gained a diploma in Early Childhood Education and Primary Teaching Education. I was a Supervisior of a Bilingual Early Childhood Center in Otara (Te Reo Rarotonga) before coming to Dunedin.

I enjoy Arts and Crafts.I like walking and enjoying nature. I like watching a good drama from any medium and also I like a good game of Badminton, Volleyball and Scrabble.

Chris Konings

I grew up in Hamilton and completed a BSc (Biology) from Waikato. After studying at Bible College, Henderson , I worked in Youth Ministry in Auckland and Lower Hutt, with one and a half years as a house dad. I am married to Mary-Jane and we have four children.

As a parish minister I bring 12 years experience of working in churches, locally, regionally and nationally. I enjoy being part of a team, working together to train, develop and encourage gifts and talents. I like to facilitate programs and events in a variety of roles.

One of my key drivers is asking the question why, what’s the purpose? I believe it is becoming essential for individuals, ministries and churches to be able to clearly understand and say what the point of being Christian is today. Consequently I am interested in working out what it means to be Christian and part of church today.

A particular strength is relational ministry, I love providing opportunities for people to grow. I am a life-long learner and like to use modern tools to promote the gospel. I enjoy discovering how God is working in peoples lives. I also enjoy my family, tramping, photography, sport, movies and real coffee.

Mary-Jane Konings

I am married to Chris and we have four children, Katarina (12), Janine (10), Zachary (6) and Hannah (4). I read widely, walk occasionally, garden sporadically and enjoy good coffee often.

After growing up in North Otago, I completed my first degree at Lincoln and still have an interest in rural issues and science. I taught general science and chemistry at secondary level in Auckland, and ran interactive science outreach programs in the greater Wellington area.

I see being a parish minister as a call to be part of a Christian community, nurturing and equipping the body of Christ to effectively proclaim the gospel in different ways that are relevant to local situations. I am interested in working out what it means to follow Jesus at this time in New Zealand culturally and contextually.

Chris and I are looking at a team ministry situation within the same parish. We have complementary gifts and skills and we like to work together. We are looking for one full time and one half time position, a combination that will work with our family situation.

I am currently working on creative worship elements including narrative sermons and contemporary worship songs. I enjoy working with worship teams and students.

Alofa and Nimarota Lale

Alofa Lale enjoys meeting and interacting with people of all ages. Working together to create relevant and inspiring Children's ministry is an important focus of Alofa's future ministry. Chaplaincy work has been a
highlight of Alofa's formation training and has found ministering in this way to others a very rewarding and powerful way to make Christ known to others.

Nimarota Lale's main thrust in ministry is engaging with people. He enjoys bringing the gospel to people of all ages, using innovative and captivating ways that are relevant to the context of the people involved. Pastoral care is one of the integral aspects of Nimarota's ministry where he views the gospel as the active and practical guide to Christian faith.

With Alofa and Nimarota Lale training for Ministry together it creates further opportunities for team ministry. With three children, Levine (9), Fa'ao'o (8) and Matatia (5), there is always a lot going on in their lives which all makes for an exciting journey.

The Lombard Prize: US$1000 for best theological essay

The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) is offering US$1000 for its prestigious Lombard Prize, which is awarded for the best essay by a theological student or young pastor.

The theme for the 2005-2006 Lombard Prize is: "Water, source of life: socio-economic, theological and interreligious perspectives." It was set by the WARC Executive Committee during its October meeting in Evian, France, whose theme was, "Water, God's gift for life." The prize will go to the best essay of between 5,000 and 6,000 words, written in English.

Submissions for the 2005-2006 prize must be sent electronically to WARC (warc(at)warc.ch) by 30 April 2006. An independent international jury will judge the submissions. Prizes for the second (US$600) and third (US$400) best essays will also be offered. Submissions are open to theological students or pastors 35 years of age and younger.

The prize is named after the late Georges Lombard, the general treasurer of the Alliance from 1948 to 1970, whose family, along with the Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Bank, established the award to encourage and support exceptional students and young pastors from WARC member churches.

Odair Pedroso Mateus, WARC's executive secretary for theology and ecumenical engagement, explained the significance of the prize. "The Lombard Prize is meaningful from the perspective of theological students. It stimulates and rewards theological imagination. It offers an attractive financial compensation. It is a door that might open many other doors to theological students willing to pursue further theological research. "It's a prize that is designed for young people. We wanted young people to be involved in Reformed theology. We are encouraging the new leaders of the Reformed churches."

Mateus said that those submitting essays will be encouraged not just to show that they can learn theology but that they can relate theology to the emerging issues of our time. That is why water was chosen as the theme, he added. "If the human relationship to water does not change in the coming years, two-thirds of the world will soon not have free access to clean water. That is the importance of this topic for church life and witness." The Alliance is a fellowship of 75 million Reformed Christians in 218 churches in 107 countries.

Ecumenical Institute: Chateau de Bossey

The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute of Bossey in Geneva welcomes men and women from all over the world and from every Christian confession and culture to seminars, conferences and the Graduate School of Ecumenical Studies.

Its mission is to educate and form ecumenical leaders, both clergy and lay, for service in parishes, classrooms and ecumenical centres around the world and to shape ecumenical thought through intercultural and interconfessional encounter, through study in residential programmes and through common worship and life in community.

Bossey has recently published its academic timetable for 2006/07, and if you would like to find out more about programmes offered, visit their website: www.wcc-coe.org/bossey

Staff at the School of Ministry are available to provide advice and guidance about options for continuing ministry formation.

Lucy Duncan Hewitt Trust Fund

"Encouraging, fostering and promoting the playing advancement and enjoyment of organ music within the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand."

Applications need to be received by the end of April to be processed during May.

For an application form and enquiries, contact Roy Tankersley, 06 355 3908, 51 Roy Street, Palmerston North, tanks(at)paradise.net.nz

Californian House/Car Exchange

A retired Presbyterian couple known to us are interested in a house/car exchange for three to six weeks. They live an hour's drive from downtown San Francisco. They have had previous exchanges with church people in Wales, Scotland, Switzerland and Ireland. We would be glad if you could give this some publicity in your parish circles. We are available for initial contact: Denzil and Marget Brown, 7 Cargill Street, Karori, Wellington. 04 476 0138 or denzma(at)xtra.co.nz. Or any interested may prefer to go direct to: William (Bill) and Dorothy (Dottie) Llewelyn, 157 Valle Verde Ct, Danville 94526; or email: WJLLewelyn(at)aol.com


New lectionary

The new lectionary year started on 27 November: you can download the calendar here. Contact Assembly Office if you need a printed copy.

Hewitson Library: December 2005 acquisitions list

If you would like to borrow any of these books then please email the library with the details and we will post them to you. A copy of our Postal Policy can be found on our website www.schoolofministry.ac.nz/library  

Most of the books in this list are part of the Ian Breward gift, and to date we have processed about 75% of this collection.


GEERING, Lloyd. Why study religion? an inaugural address delivered on 5th September, 1972 . Wellington , NZ Victoria University of Wellington, 1972. Class: PAC

SUZUKI, Daisetz. Mysticism, Christian and Buddhist. London, UK : Unwin Paperbacks, 1979. Class: PAK Suz

BECKER, Carl. The heavenly city of the eighteenth century philosophers. New Haven, Co Yale University Press, 1932. Class: PAN Bec


GELPI, Donald. Pentecostalism, a theological viewpoint. NewYork , NY : Paulist Press, 1971. Class: PEQ Gel

New Testament

FILSON, Floyd. Vivian A commentary on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. London , UK : A & C Black, 1971 Class: PJT 80 Fil

Christian Theology

CAZENOVE, John. St. Hilary of Poitiers and St. Martin of Tours. London, UK : Society for promoting Christian knowledge, 1883. Class: PKB Caz

ZUMKELLER, Adolar. Augustine's ideal of the religious life. New York, NY : Fordham University Press, 1986. Class: PKI Aug Zum

VOICES from the heart : four centuries of American piety / edited by Roger Lundin and Mark A Noll. Grand Rapids , MI : W B Eerdmans Pub Co., 1987. Class: PKY Voi

GAGE, Matilda. Woman, church & state : the original expose of male collaboration against the female sex. Watertown , MA : Persephone Press, 1980. Class: PLP Gag


SMEDES, Lewis B. Sex for Christians : the limits and liberties of sexual living. Grand Rapids , MI : Eerdmans, 1976. Class: PND Sme

Church History

CHADWICK, Henry. The early church. London, UK: Penguin, 1993. Class: POA Cha

Protestant Churches

WORSFOLD, James. The origins of the Apostolic Church in Great Britain : with a breviate of its early missionary endeavours . Wellington , NZ : Julian Literature Trust, 1991 Class: PPF Wor.

Church of England

ANGLICAN Spirituality / William J Wolf, editor. Wilton , CO : Morehouse-Barlow Co., 1982 Class: PPH Ang.

TAVARD, George. The quest for Catholicity : a study in Anglicanism London : UK : Burns & Oates, 1963. Class: PPH Tav


BAYNE, Peter. The Free Church of Scotland : her origin, founders and testimony . Edinburgh , UK : T & T Clark, 1893. Class: PPP Bay

EDGAR, Andrew. Old church life in Scotland : lectures on kirk-session and presbytery records . Paisley: A Gardner , 1886. Class: PPP Edg

Rogers, Jack. Presbyterian creeds : a guide to the Book of Confessions. Philadelphia , PA Westminister Press, 1985. Class: PPP Rog

Church History

BRAUER, Jerald. Protestantism in America : a narrative history . Philadelphia , MA Westminister Press, 1965. Class: PQB Bra

TRACY, Patricia. Jonathan Edwards, pastor : religion and society in eighteenth century Northampton. New York , NY : Hill and Wang, 1980. Class: PQB4 Edw Tra

LAWTON, William. Being Christian, being Australian : contemporary Christianity down under. Homebush West, NSW : Anzea Publishers, 1988. Class: PQY Law

Pastoral Theology

YOUNG, Robert. Religious imagination: God's gift to prophets and preachers. Philadeplphia, PA: Westminister Press, 1979. Class: PU You

FIVE pastorals / abridges and edited with introduction by Thomas Wood. London, UK: SPCK, 1961. Class: PU Fiv


GLASSE, James D. The art of spiritual snakehandling, and other sermons. Nashville , TE Abingdon, 1978. Class: PVJ Gla

Religious Education

3 studies on human sexualality and the church . Christchurch , NZ : Methodist Publishing, 1991. Class: PXO Thr

Christian Life

HAPPOLD, F. Crossfield The journey inwards : a simple introduction to the practice of contemplative meditation by normal people. London , UK : Darton, Longman & Todd, 1968. Class: PYD Hap

STRINGFELLOW, William. Count it all joy; reflections on faith, doubt and temptation seen through the Letter of James. Grand Rapids , MI : Eerdmans, 1967. Class: PYD Str

Paterson Collection

EDMONDS, David. Wittgenstein's poker: the story of a ten-minute argument between two great philosophers. New York , NY : Ecco, 2001. Class: A4 Wit Edm

SIMPSON, Tony. The road to Erewhon. Auckland, NZ: Beaux Arts, 1976. Class: OCK Sim

BRIGGS, Robin. The scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. Harlow: Longmans, 1969. Class: MCC Bri

BRAYBROOKE, Neville. Teilhard de Chardin: pilgrim of the future. Darton, UK: Longman and Todd, 1966. Class: AEN Tei B

Church Register

The Church Register lists additions to, deletions from, and changes in status on the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand Ministerial Roll as advised by Presbytery Clerks as at 1 December 2005.


The Rev. Jeongsoon (Michelle) Shin, ex student, to licentiate, Auckland Presbytery, on 1 December 2005.

The Rev. Karen Nelson, ex student, to licentiate, Auckland Presbytery, on 1 December 2005.

Receptions to the Roll:

Ms Sook (Grace) Ryu, Auckland Presbytery, 16 January 2006.

Ordinations & Inductions:

Rev. Sunday Tsoi, inducted as Chaplain to Central Ministry Board of City Region, Auckland Presbytery, 8 December 2005 .

Rev. David Gordon, inducted as Minister to St Paul ’s-Trinity Union Parish, Cambridge, 1 December 2005.

Rev. Ian Pittendreigh, inducted as Minister to Flagstaff Union Parish, Dunedin Presbytery, 13 October 2005.

Changes in Status:

Rev. David Gordon, Minister Waverley-Invercargill, transferred to Cambridge Union Parish 13 November 2005.

Rev. Scott Dalziell, Minister Emeritus, Wellington Presbytery transferred to Churches Together in Northland on 29 November 2005.

Rev. Maheu Papau, Minister Wairoa Union Parish, transferred to Minister within the Bounds, Auckland Presbytery on 14 December 2005.

Rev. Noel Khokher, Minister Within the Bounds, North Shore, transferred to Dunedin Presbytery on 30 November 2005.

Rev. Simon McLeay, Minister Within the Bounds, Auckland, transferred to South Auckland Presbytery on 14 December 2005.

Rev. Ali’itasi (Tasi) Toleafoa, Minister First Church of Otago, Dunedin Presbytery, to Minister within the Bounds, on 30 November 2005 .

Changes in Co-Operative Venture Ministries:

Mr David Balchin, Lay Appointee to Tokomairiro Co-operating Parish, Clutha Presbytery on 22 November 2005.


Rev. Robert Maslin, Minister St Columba, Tauranga, retired 21 August 2005.

Rev. John Rough, Minister Trinity Church Temuka, will retire on 14 February 2006.

Rev. Myrtle Rough, Minister Trinity Church Temuka will retire on 14 February 2006.

Rev. Dr Richard Colegrove, Minister St Cuthbert’s Browns Bay, North Shore , retired on 31 January 2006.

Rev. Noel Butler, Minister Dunedin South Presbyterian Parish, Dunedin Presbytery, retired 16 December 2005.


Rev. Mahue Jack Te Waara, Amorangi, Ruatahuna Maori Pastorate, on 19 November 2005.

Rev. Frank Boggs, Minister Emeritus, Bay of Plenty Presbytery, on 30 December 2005.

Rev. Hector Tankersley, MBE, Minister Emeritus, Manawatu-Wanganui Presbytery, on 1 January 2006 .

Rev. Stuart Robertson, Minister Emeritus, Manawatu-Wanganui Presbytery, on 11 December 2005.

Ministerial vacancies

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