There are some weeks that bring surprising encouragements and challenges, and you have to pause and reflect on the big question “what is God doing?” The middle of May was such a week for me – in time I may be able to share the full details but not yet.
The reflection process and self examination leading perhaps to some reordering of how one’s energies and abilities are used is probably the most important part. We cannot just keep adding to the responsibilities and tasks that fill our orb of activity and influence because if we do the stress levels become too high and something will have to give way. Bottom line of course is this - are we sure we are being and doing what our Father in Heaven desires of us? And that is not always easily able to be discerned. However when there is excitement/passion, adherence to the inner promptings of Holy Spirit, service of others, opportunities for ongoing growth, and a sense of peace and joy deep within then we can be confident we are on the right track.
I found pastoral ministry to be nicely fulfilling most of the time. Sure it is hard work and does stretch the reserves at times but we attest the fact that our God is true to his word when the scripture says “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion...”, and if we “keep in step with The Spirit” then we will never be overwhelmed. I find my current ministry just the same.
We had a great Pentecost Party on 23 May – full of creativity, activity, learning, celebration, and expectation. And it came in the midst of our Self Denial season this year. That is a good confluence because Holy Spirit is bestowed upon the People of God for mission. In fact we cannot do mission (whatever that means) or be and give out The Good News of Jesus without being led and empowered by Holy Spirit – it is His function to make Jesus Christ known.
Pastors Registration Review
Pastors Orientation Course
Pastors Orientation Course for people new to our movement – 30 June 30 to 1 July 2010 (Auckland)
Registrations for this course have been slow and if you are wanting to attend please register by Friday, 11 June.
Full details on the Baptist web site.
For your information this now has a website up and running www.leadernet.org.nz
Ethnic churches / fellowships
There are a number of ethnic groups springing up around the country attached to Kiwi type churches. If you have had new groups formed over the past two years or so then Alan Utting would appreciate making contact with them and providing support that may be of assistance. Please feel free to contact Alan Utting
In Step with the Spirit: Walking with the Master
Latest tranzsend video
is an update of the work in rural Thailand. Ian and Colleen talk about supporting the local church through Income Generation. Check it out at
Exploring Baptist Ecclesiology
What does it mean to be Baptist? Are there Baptist distinctives? What is a Baptist Church? What is the Baptist Gospel? What is Baptist Mission?
Friday 18 June 2010; 9:00am-4:00pm
Carey Baptist College, Auckland
Costs $20 (incl. lunch)
For more information and to register your attendance, ph (09) 526 6598 by Monday 14 June.
Jointly hosted by Carey Baptist College, NZ Baptist Research & Historical Society and The RJ Thompson Centre for Theological Research.
Photocopiers for Sale
Ricoh Aficio 2022 Printer/Copier/Fax – In good condition with the exception of Tray 3 which does not always work but the copier does work well without it. Includes an unused toner cartridge. Meter reading 110,540. Price $575
HP colour Laser Jet CP1518ni In very good condition. 12 months old. Price $275
House Available Queensland
House and Pulpit Swap in Canada
Do you have a problem with moisture, mould or dampness in your properties?
The Baptist Church Group can now purchase HRV systems from HRV’s Commercial Division at substantially discounted pricing for their properties! The system is locally manufactured and distributed by HRV’s franchise network of 20 offices around the country. HRV is designed to ensure that your living spaces are kept dry, fresh and healthy all year round. HRV’s superior filtration system ensures that only the cleanest air is brought into your home/property and is one of the reasons that they are the only ventilation supplier to be awarded the Sensitive Choice award.
For further information please contact the National Commercial Manager, Simon Cator on 09 826 3777 or 027 600 9073
It is wet, windy, and chilly, so winter is coming. Hunker down, but not too tightly because we need to keep asking “what is God doing?” and then be careful to listen and look for the answers so we can fit well with Him.
- Derek Jellick appointed pastor Tikipunga Community Church May 2010
- Douglas Bowman accepted call to Queenstown Baptist commencing 1 June 2010
- Murray Jenkins appointed Executive Pastor Titirangi Baptist commencing 18 July 2010
- Todd Wakerley appointed Youth Pastor Otumoetai 4 May 2010
- Graham Read resigned Albany Baptist end of August 2010
- Keith Reddell concluded ministry as Interim pastor Queenstown 30 May 2010
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