October Leadership Training Day Recap

October 2016’s Leadership Training Day was a time for our ministry leaders and their teams to come together glean wisdom from around the Diocese.  This past Saturday, over 200 ordained and lay people who serve in parish and Diocesan ministries convened in Palmerston North.  We discovered and discussed the transformative power of God in our lives.

In the morning, Bishop Justin honed in on the “Nine Core Competencies” for our parishes (Leadership, Discipleship, Children & Young People, Evangelism, Worship, Teaching & Preaching, Hospitality, Pastoral Care, and Administrative Systems) through an interactive game that got us mixing, mingling, and imagining new possibilities for each of our unique contexts. You can find the cards for the game here. Then, attendees delved deeper into a core competency of their choosing through an intensive morning workshop session.

In the afternoon, we got to select workshops from a wide array of ministry topics.  We each chose two workshops, and with 17 topics on offer, there was something for everyone. Topics included “Transforming Neighbourhoods,” “Crucial Conversations,” “Hearing from God When Praying for Others,” “The Future of the Western Church,” “The Living Wage,” and “Climate Change.”

This event was truly a team effort.  Four parishes offered the time and support of their parishioners: All Saints Palmerston North, the Parish of Pohangina, St Matthew’s Palmerston North, and St Peter’s Palmerston North. A wonderful spread of morning tea and lunch were provided by the AAW team from St Peter’s. Our venues for the day were Central Baptist Church and Gateways Christian Fellowship. Everyone involved made a wonderful contribution to the positive and inspiring atmosphere of this training day, not to mention various volunteers from across the Diocese and our brilliant workshop presenters!

As the day drew to its end, attendees were commissioned to go and put all that they’d discovered into practice—remembering to rely on the Spirit of Our Transforming God.


A missing journal was found at Central Baptist on Saturday. If this is yours, please ring Karen at 04 472 1057.