Auckland Ecumenical Lay Preachers’ gathering, 24 Nov 2018

Auckland Nov 18

Eighteen gathered to hear Rev Bob Franklyn introduce “Fresh Expressions of Church”  which was conceived in the UK and was introduced into NZ in 2010. We examined the changes in our society over the past 20 years: a big one being theology versus the developments in science, changing relationships, changing cultures, less knowledge of Faith, and a deep spiritual hunger. Church culture can stifle creativity. Churches can frame regulations and structures to order its life and protect against error, but these can create a “can’t do” rather than a “can do” mindset. People can feel restricted and disempowered.

We examined what is meant by church and were in fits of laughter with “Mr Bean Goes to Church” and a smile was left on our lips when it was mentioned spot the Protestants in Mass because they were just behind in the rituals, which led to “What makes Church Church?”

We were asked to design our own church. Everyone seemed to have space that could be utilised in many ways and one the great idea of a huge pop-up tent wherever it was needed. We were alerted to the wanting to please The People. Church has become the centre and we’re not meeting the needs of those on the edge. Bob said “He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.  It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.”

We examined Acts 2 verses 42-47 in a negative way and we were shocked because the realisation that all the Apostles did really became so magnificent and fresh. Church should be an invitation to come as you are. Not just for those who are regulars or members but for future members: We were encouraged to put aside the things that were a hindrance. Bob talked of the Christ-shaped hole in us that cannot be filled by horoscope or palm readings.

A shared Morning Tea gave us time to get to know each other and then Linda Hall of Morning teaNZLPA extolled its virtues for Lay Preachers with access to the Website (https://nzlpa.wordpress.com) for preaching material, news of courses and Gatherings. The membership of $25 waged and $20 unwaged includes receiving “Word & Worship” booklets by post, 4 times a year.

Bob Franklyn continued by saying that Fresh Expression of church is a form of church for our changing culture established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church. The principles of listening, service and making disciples will have the potential to become a mature expression of Church shaped by Gospel and the enduring marks of The Church in the cultural context.

Fresh Expressions of Church is not taking away Sunday services. It is held at a time and place suitable for the community. But first a careful look at the community needs consideration; it’s demographics, the venue, a group of 5-8 lay people to get it off the ground; the styles of Church with Christ at the centre. 60% of all fresh Expressions is lay-led. Do not give up if you have failures!

A formative journey underpinned by prayer and an on-going listening relationship within the wider Church. A Listening, Loving and serving, Building community, Exploring discipleship, Church taking shape, DO IT, Gathered and centred in Christ, and DO IT AGAIN! The formats are numerous, but best to devise what is needed by your community or based on “Fresh Expressions” examples like Messy Church once a month art and craft all age involvement, Songs and a cuppa for the Old, Konnections; Morning Tea and a God Slot. Zac’s Place (Based on Zacchaeus) and open to all in the city using Bible study as a basis in a café setting. Bread Making in a Bakery-come-café setting. It’s Church Planting Jim, but not as we know it! (Taken from Star Trek speech.) It’s a development that is attractional: Come, Go and then come, go and stay with Fresh Expressions, form a community away from the Main Church but utilizing Church buildings.

Linda Hall
Correspondence Secretary
of the New Zealand Lay Preachers Association. (NZLPA)

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Auckland Ecumenical Lay Preachers Gathering

Preach 2 Inspire

Auckland Ecumenical Lay Preacher’s Gathering

Saturday 24th November 2018  –  9.30am – 12.30pm
St Johns College, 202 – 210 St Johns Road, Auckland

“Fresh Expressions of Church for Lay Preachers”
A changing Church for a changing world
with Bob Franklyn

Register please by 17th November 2018

Please bring a plate for a shared morning tea
Contact:  Linda Hall –  ph. (09) 521 5360

Click here for an A4 poster for your noticeboard

Auckland Ecumenical Lay Preachers Gathering

Date:  Saturday 7 July – 9.30am-12.30pm

Venue:  St John’s College, 202-210 St Johns Road
Auckland 1072

“Life And All Its Emotions”
Preaching from the Psalms, with Lynne J. Wall

“An insight into the NZLPA”
with Linda Hall

Linda will share the Objectives of the Association and some good news
stories of events held recently.

It will also be an opportunity for Lay Preachers to
ask questions,
express their views,
and identify how the Executive can be of most help to our members.

calendarCost:  $10.00 – pay on the day
Please bring a plate for a shared Morning Tea
Plenty of parking

Please email Linda to secure a place

Download an A4 poster for your noticeboard!

Preaching in a Cultural Context

Course offered by Laidlaw College
Tuesday evenings at its Manukau campus


564.615/715 Preaching in a Cultural Context

15 credits at NQF Level 6 or 7
Semester 2, 2018
Tuesday evenings: 6-9pm starting on July 17.

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Through this course, students will identify trends in culture and explore modes of communication likely to be effective in a variety of cultural contexts. Students will examine how narrative functions to create meaning, and learn how to engage, interpret,  apply, and incarnate the Biblical text in faithful, creative, and prophetic ways. Special attention will be given to the link between theology of the church and preaching. Using a  collaborative environment, we will seek to nurture the heart and head of the preacher as well as the art and craft of preaching.

The course facilitator is Reuben Munn, who is an experienced preacher, teacher and pastor at Shore Community Church.

Students may enrol in the course for credit in a Laidlaw programme, for credit for just the course through a Certificate of Proficiency, or in a limited number of non-formal (not for credit) places.

To apply for the course go to the link below,
or contact us on 0800 999 777 or admissions@laidlaw.ac.nz
to talk to someone in person.

https://www.laidlaw.ac.nz/apply/

Dr Stephen Garner
Head of School
School of Theology
Laidlaw College

Phone +64 9 836 7800
Fax +64 9 836 7801
Email sgarner@laidlaw.ac.nz
Website http://www.laidlaw.ac.nz

Laidlaw College
Henderson Campus
80 Central Park Drive, Henderson
Private Bag 93104, Henderson
Auckland 0650, Aotearoa New Zealand

May 2018 Auckland Ecumenical Lay Preacher’s Gathering

And it’s all happening again this coming Saturday, 19 May – get the details here

On Saturday 12 May a keen group of people with their laptops learnt how to improve their PowerPoint skills. Andrew Gamman explained how a black background with white lettering was easiest for congregations to read and sing using PowerPoint presentations.

Andrew then took us briefly from the past to present day Church: noting the transformation that the digital age has made. He referred to himself and us as digital immigrants who do struggle with this computer age. He termed our children as digital natives who were born into a digital age have grown up with mobile devices.

We must move from communicating with just words to using images. Many people are now visual learners. Teaching styles often encompass discovery methods. New generations believe in many things but look for an authentic spiritual experience. Therefore explanations of facts are being side-lined by experiencing God through a journey of discovery. Methods of worship are changing where the congregation are no longer passive in the pews.

We then were immersed in PowerPoint. Andrew uses Calibri font with a minimum font size of 40. Proofreading several times is important to avoid, for example, “What A Fiend we have in Jesus.” The delights of the snipping tool were explained and other tips that were well worth the $10 fee for the morning! Some, like me, are coming back for another session, after having practised what we learnt last week.  –  Linda Hall.

PowerPoint

And it’s all happening again this coming Saturday, 19 May – get the details here

 

 

Introduction to Preaching – Christchurch

Theology House
Introduction to Preaching Course 2018

Offered at Theology House
Harewood, Christchurch 8051

preaching

Six Tuesday evenings for beginning or budding preachers
7:30pm to 9:15pm
29 May, 5, 12, 19, 26 June, 3 July

Maximum eight places – minimum five students to proceed

Course co-ordinator: Peter Carrell
Assisting tutors: Nick Mountfort and Stephanie Robson

Cost: $60
(Canterbury LPA Members – let Garth or Linda know if you plan to attend
If you want help with fees, contact the CLPA)

Required for acceptance: an endorsement from your
Vicar or Priest in Charge or Senior Minister

Enquiries/registration: Claire Bonner
by 5pm on Friday 4 May 2018