What does it take to align to te Wairua Tapu o te whenua (God’s Spirit in this land)?
What does it take to be God’s missional church?
We are entering again our year of discipleship, with a specific focus on living a Jesus-shaped life. As part of our journey together we will be exploring how the Holy Spirit (Wairua Tapu) has, and does work in Aotearoa New Zealand, and therefore what it means to be God’s missional people in this land. We will hear stories of our past to learn, inform, repent and align ourselves with God’s Spirit to be His missional people and church.
What is Ministry Leaders’ Family Camp?
Ministry Leaders’ Family Camp is our annual gathering for all key leaders of ministries within our movement, and their families. It’s a time of refreshing, teaching and reconnecting with friends and colleagues from around the diocese, in the peaceful setting of El Rancho Christian Camp.
Who’s it for:
All ministry leaders and their spouses and families, including:
- Clergy: Vicars, Priests in Charge, Assistant Priests, Deacons
- Mission Unit Leaders
- Ministry team leaders (that one key person who runs a parish ministry such as youth, children and families, worship etc
About this year’s camp
Ka mua, ka muri. We walk into the future backwards.
This Māori whakataukī (proverb) represents the way in which the future is viewed in te Ao Māori. We can’t see the future, just as we can’t see what’s behind us. Instead, we look to our heritage to inform our journey into the future (source).
This year, our focus is on becoming Te Hāhi Mihingare – God’s missional church, in other words, we are followers of Jesus who grow followers of Jesus.
We remember stories of what God has done; and we anticipate the new things God will do in and through us, as we journey “backwards” into the future.
If you know someone in your mission unit who is a key leader of a ministry, please encourage them to register on this website.
This year, we’re pleased to be joined by our friends from NZCMS and Anglican Missions from around the country. Friends, we’re so glad you can join us for this occasion.
This year’s programme will be released soon, but already it is shaping up to be an exciting programme. Here are some of our contributors:
- Jay Ruka, author of Huia Come Home
- Cindy Ruakere and the Blueprint worship band
- Bishop Eleanor Sanderson leading Bible studies
- Rosie Fyfe, National Director of NZCMS
- More to be confirmed
There will be a children’s and intermediate programmes running throughout the camp.
This year’s camp will be held at:
El Rancho Christian Camp
58 Weggery Drive
The camp begins in the late afternoon of Thursday the 10th of October with a mihi whakatau, but registrations open from 3pm. When you arrive, please register at the registration desk.
The camp finishes mid-afternoon on Saturday the 12th of October.
On the Kāpiti Expressway, take the Waikanae Beach exit (from both directions). From the south, turn left on Te Moana Road. From the north, turn right on Te Moana Road.
Turn left on Waimea Road, and left on Weggery Drive. The entrance is at number 58, and leads down a long, winding driveway to the camp.
Note: The entrance has changed since the opening of the Kāpiti Expressway. If you haven’t been to El Rancho in a while, make yourself familiar with these directions.
A koha towards the cost of this family camp would be greatly appreciated. This will cover accommodation, food and the resourcing of the camp. You can pay this koha online via internet banking:
- Account name: Anglican Diocese of Wellington
- Account Number: 01-0535-0089638-28
- Reference: 460.140-MC
Our theme for Ministry Leaders’ Family Camp 2019 is “Becoming Te Hāhi Mihingare,” learning how we can grow into God’s call to be a missional church – a family of Jesus-followers who grow others to follow Jesus, too. As such, we recommend you take a look at a couple of publications in advance of Camp:
Closer to the time of the camp, we’ll provide a packing list here which will let you know what you’ll need (like sleeping bags, etc) to make the most of our time together.
Please ensure your children have named water bottles for use during the children’s sessions.
You are welcome to bring snacks if your kids tend to get a bit peckish, but please don’t store them in your wharenui / sleeping rooms. You will need to store them in your car or in the kitchen, labelled with your family name.