Workshop for Lay Worship Leaders – 25 August, in Christchurch

An A4 poster for this event is available here,
and a tri-fold brochure outlining the venue, cost and programme can be downloaded here.

Poster 2018

Brochure 2018







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.


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
to talk to someone in person.

Dr Stephen Garner
Head of School
School of Theology
Laidlaw College

Phone +64 9 836 7800
Fax +64 9 836 7801

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.


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


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

Auckland Workshop – 21 April


21 April 2018

“Churches Connecting
with Communities”


Venue: Takapuna Methodist Church

Time: 09.00am until 3.00pm – BYO lunch. Cafes close by

Cost: $10 per person or maximum of $25 per parish group

Morning Programme:
Presenters: Denise Bijoux, Jennifer Moor, Peter Norman

Afternoon Programme: Choose one workshop – Details below
Workshops: Mary Caygill, Andrew Gamman, Bob Franklyn

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Workshop Descriptions

Mary Caygill:

“Why Listening Matters and how can we do it better?”

This workshop looks at the vitally important pastoral skill of listening, and listening at depth. What are some of the basic skills required? What are some of the obstacles that hinder our listening? How do we get beneath the things that matter in order to build bridges across difference and division in order to build stronger relationships within our church communities?

Andrew Gamman:

Alternative Options for Worship

Our worship patterns are not engaging people as they once did. Andrew Gamman will present ideas and resources to help develop worship styles that are more visual and interactive.

Bob Franklyn:

“Mission Shaped Church”

This workshop is about thinking differently about being church in the 21st century. Changing church for a changing world.

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Download an A4 poster here

Auckland Ecumenical Lay Preachers Gathering – 21 April

You are invited to attend an Auckland Synod Workshop on Saturday 21 April 2018.

Time: 9.30- 3.00pm

Venue: Takapuna Methodist Church

alt worshipAndrew Gamman will lead a workshop entitled Alternative Options for Worship.

Our worship patterns are not engaging people as they once did. Andrew says, “Bearing in mind that this overlaps with my topic in November, I’ll present some different ideas and resources to help develop worship styles that are more visual and interactive.”

Please pass on this invitation to any Lay Preachers in the Auckland area.

I hope to see you there.

Linda Hall
Phone: (09) 521 5360, or email
Committee member of The Auckland Lay Preachers gatherings
Correspondence Secretary of the NZLPA