Resources for speaking out

Social issues resources

These studies produced by the Church can be used in group or Bible study groups to help you reflect prayerfully on some of the key issues facing our communities. The study guides are available for download at the bottom of this page.

Justice & Action

PresCare, the partnership between the Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Support, has published a group study booklet to resource congregations and individuals to take action on child poverty and family violence in our communities.

Read more or download the Justice & Action resource.

Study guides

The Church has produced study guides to support informed conversation and reflection on a range of contemporary issues including sexual ethics, caring for creation and more.

House to Home

Caring for our Children

Caring for creation

House to Home

Caring for our children

Connecting with Young People

Coming of Age: Bring on the baby boomers

Connecting with young people

Bring on the baby boomers: coming of age

Giving and Getting



Parenting today
Crime and Justice
Family Raising Kin
Churches Working Together Understanding Multiculturalism
in the Church and in New Zealand
Sexual Ethics

Social Issues Study Guide Survey Oct/Nov 2009

In October and November 2009 a total of 93 parishes, almost one quarter of all Presbyterian and Uniting parishes, took part in the "Social Issues Study Guides Survey". Parishes were asked if the study guide resource booklets were being used by congregations and if so how are they were being used. More than half of the parishes surveyed said that the study guides are being used by their congregations. View the summary of the survey results.

Moderator's Study: Being Christ-Centred and community-facing

Us in the news

Read on for tips on how to write a media release for your local newspaper or radio station to get them to cover your story.

You can also read some of our media releases.

Make yourself heard

  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
  • Make a submission to the local or regional authority on proposed by-laws or developments
  • Make a submission on proposed legislation (check out for a summary of issues the Government is currently consulting on.)
  • Raise the issue at your parish council, church board and mobilise your parish to get involved in some way
  • Visit community leaders
  • Organise a petition
  • Facilitate a workshop or other educational event
  • Lobby your Mayor, MP or other government officials
  • Organise a street march or picket
  • Obtain publicity in your local newspaper/radio station

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