The sun was shining in Tawa on Saturday as about 500 people gathered at St Christopher’s for the first of our two Team Training Days for the year. Bishop Justin opened the day with a reminder that we can expect God’s power to be at work in every situation, and on every occasion; and with that, our gathering became one for the equipping of everyone present to continue bringing the Good News to all.
There were 29 workshops throughout the day, including topics such as evangelism, discernment, climate change, parish finances, the use of Māori in worship, stages of faith development, pastoral care for all ages and stages, and the list goes on. There was a palpable buzz in the air as teams and their leaders from all types of ministry and all parts of the Diocese moved from workshop to workshop, and spent time with each other, connecting and conversing over espresso coffee and hot pizza from the Diocesan pizza oven.
Attendees at the training day said it was “wonderful,” “well organised” and “life-giving,” with some regular attendees sharing that they always come to Team Training Day because they know it will be good. Many said they felt more connected to each other across the Diocese because of being there in person with each other, and we keen to recommend it to others.
It was a hugely successful day, and it was in no small part due to the hard work of many people who pitched in to make it a reality. Our next Team Training Day is on the 14th of October in Palmerston North, and we know it is going to be fantastic! Lock it in your diaries now and stay tuned to movementonline.org.nz/teamtrainingday closer to the time for more information.