Generous Hospitality in action at Saturday’s Leadership Training Day

Generous Hospitality in action at Saturday’s Leadership Training Day

More than 400 leaders gathered at St Christopher’s Anglican Church in Tawa on Saturday to connect with one another and uncover tools for their ministries.  From Vestry members to Children’s Ministry Leaders, Vicars to IT Support people, attendees were reignited with a creative passion for the work of their churches and missions.

Leadership HospitalityThe day began with generous hospitality from members of the Tawa parish—who provided morning tea, and then lunch for everyone who attended.  We’re grateful for the delicious spread laid out by Vicar General Julie Rokotakala and her generous volunteers.  Attendees are singing praises for the food.

We assembled together for morning prayers and worship in the first session and evening prayers at the close of the day.  Attendees also congregated after lunch for a graduation celebration for our Diploma of Anglican Studies regional graduates—who received a NZQA Level 5 qualification through St John’s College.

Leadership CrowdFor workshop sessions, we stretched over three sites—St Christopher’s Anglican, Tawa Union Church, and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.  In the morning, attendees were encouraged to choose workshops that related to their ministry streams—which included areas like prayer, pastoral care, and youth ministry.  In the afternoon we mixed and mingled through topical stream—which included topics like “Using Technology in Our Worship Services,”  “Being a Hospitable Church,” and “Theology & Climate Change.”

THANK YOU—First and foremost to everyone who attended.  It’s all the leaders who travelled from across the Diocese who made the day so rich.  Thanks to the amazing team of volunteers—Welcomers, Caterers, Site Hosts, Parking Wardens, IT Support, and others—who made the day run smoothly.  Thank you to our wonderful workshop presenters.  We have received feedback that the overall quality of the workshops was impressive.

Leadership BishopNEXT UPOur Leadership Training Day on 8 October in the Manawatu, so leaders update your calendars now!  October’s event will showcase similar ministry streams, but highlight different topics.

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