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Baptist Lead Conference
3-5 July 2017
Hutt City Baptist Church

This conference will inspire and equip you to accomplish all that God has put in your heart to do this year and beyond! Pastors and spouses plus key leaders from your church are encouraged to attend.

Brook Turner who currently heads a team at VisionWest Community is one of our key speakers along with Jay Lucas, and Tricia Hendry. Our own Baptist leaders Craig Vernall and John Tucker will also be taking our main sessions.

The venue will be Hutt City Baptist. Lower Hutt, and the conference will commence on Monday after dinner and conclude after lunch on the Wednesday, although it would be good for you to stay on to use Wednesday afternoon to network with other Baptist leaders. 



Craig Vernall  |  Craig is the National Leader of the Baptist Churches of New Zealand and has been Senior Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church for more than 20 years. He has a passion for the local Church where people are built up in Christ and then propelled into the marketplace to be Jesus to their community and overseas. Craig has a vision of the Church being simultaneously a safe and dangerous place!

A compelling vision for building prevailing churches

Brook Turner  |  Over the last ten years he has taught leadership development skills to community workers in Asia, the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. His passion for social change has led to the growth of the youth organisation Zeal from two staff to over forty, the establishment of four creative arts youth facilities, and an innovative youth advocacy brand reaching over 500,000 people annually. He has applied the vital ingredients for social change: innovation, entrepreneurship, and a pursuit of greater equality across all ethnicities, genders and ages. Recently he was awarded a Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Local Hero award, a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and a Royal Society of the Arts Fellowship from the United Kingdom. After ten years of growing Zeal into a credible and sustainable national youth organisation, his attention has turned to ending chronic homelessness in Auckland City. Brook now leads a team at VisionWest Community Trust to turn the tide on inequality and restore dignity to those Christ loves the most... the poor.

Breakthrough vision - How to run into a brick wall until it crumbles at your feet
Motivating leadership - How to get for free what others pay for and build a culture of camaraderie along the way
I have hit the wall many times in my leadership journey. Over and over again I have found myself sitting in the valley of failure instead of the summit of success. My body, mind, spirit and family have been tossed about by the storms of leadership life and I have got the scars to prove it. But somewhere in the darkness I have found the faith and resilience to see extraordinary things happen. Miracles of leadership arriving unannounced. If you want to find out more about becoming a learning and fail fast kind of leader this session is for you. 

John Tucker  |  John is a lecturer at Carey Baptist College, where he teaches church history and preaching, and coordinates the Carey School of Preaching. John is a member of Windsor Park Baptist. He is married to Lorraine. They have three school-aged children.

Back to the future - what our past can teach us about church renewal today
This session will look back at the ministry of Joseph Kemp, one of New Zealand's most influential church leaders. It will trace his understanding of revival, and explore the implications for leadership and church renewal today.

Jay Lucas  |  Jay’s greatest achievement is being married to Erin and fathering three children -Ezra, Indie and Rya. He is a musician, surfer, preacher and writer. He has worked in full-time Christian ministry since his early twenties, and most recently as an associate minister at Edge Kingsland in Auckland. He is currently working full time with Huia Ministries Charitable Trust, producing resources and speaking itinerantly. Jay brings a creative, prophetic twist to many topics within Christian faith. But he is most passionate about recovering the memory of the Christian story in Aotearoa, exploring the missional history of New Zealand and the gospel interaction with the Māori world.

Further explorations in the bi cultural and multi cultural journey of a local church 

Tricia Hendry  |  Tricia Hendry (formerly Irving) is a well-known writer, educator, and presenter specialising in issues relating to loss, grief, trauma, self-care, and resilience. Tricia tackles difficult life issues in honest and engaging ways, bringing a down to earth, practical perspective, a sense of humour and a creative approach. She has first-hand experience of traumatic tragedy herself and understands the complexity and challenge unwanted loss and change can bring. Her focus is sharing tools that build resilience, support those facing tough life situations (whatever their age or stage), and that equip others wanting to help them. Tricia currently works on projects for a range of NGO and government agencies. Formerly she was the Deputy Chief Executive of the grief support agency Skylight. Prior to that Tricia worked as a secondary school teacher, a youth worker, and alongside her husband in Baptist church ministry for many years. (

On the Edge - responding to those in our churches and communities who are living with grief, mental health challenges, or suicidal thinking.
Tricia will be sharing with us some of the things she wished she had known as a leader in ministry when her world was shattered by suicide. 








  1. Tournament Parking, 47 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt (best option as it is attached to our building so convenient and undercover if raining). Open 6am - 9pm, Pay and Display, 12 hours $6, Early Bird $4.50

  1. Hutt City Council Riverbank Parking, Rutherford Street, Lower Hutt (about a 2 minute walk to our building). Open 6am - 11pm, Pay and Display, $4 per day


There are a number of good options in Lower Hutt. The closest ones to the conference venue are:

  1. Quality Angus Inn. This offers an outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna and on site restaurant. The inn is adjacent to Westfield Queensgate Shopping Mall and is within walking distance from Hutt City Baptist. All rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, minibar, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and electric blankets. They feature an ensuite bathroom and tea and coffee making facilities. Free onsite parking is available.

  1. Green Gables Inn. This offers self-contained suites with cooking facilities, 32-inch satellite TV and 100MB of free Wi-Fi per stay. Guests have access to laundry facilities, a children’s playground and a self-drive courtesy car that can be used for transport in the local area. Wellington Airport transfers can be arranged for an extra charge. Each suite at Green Gables Motel Hutt City features a sofa bed, flat-screen TV and ironing facilities. Kitchen facilities include a microwave, stove, refrigerator and toaster.

  1. The Boulcott Lodge. Situated just 10 minutes’ walk from Hutt City Baptist, this 5-star motel offers stylish accommodation with cable TV, cooking facilities and a spacious bathroom. Free Wi-Fi is included. Each studio and apartment at Boulcott Lodge includes a 32-inch LCD TV, heating and double-glazed windows. Apartments with a full kitchen, including oven and dishwasher, are available. Breakfast and light café-style meals can be provided on request. Guest laundry facilities and free car parking are provided.


The Airport Flyer is an express bus service that runs from Wellington International Airport to the Hutt Valley, through the centre of Wellington, on to Queensgate - Lower Hutt. The service runs at least once every 20 minutes, every day between the Airport and Lower Hutt. Airport Flyer departs from the southern end of the airport  terminal, level 0 (exit from baggage claim doors on level 0 and turn right). Cost about $5 per person each way. Tranz Metro operates a regular (half-hourly) train service between Wellington and the Hutt Valley, with stations at regular intervals, which service Lower Hutt suburbs. There are a number of rental car companies located at Wellington Airport should you wish to self-drive. Hutt City Baptist is approximately 20 minutes from the Airport.

Cafés within walking distance

  • Red Square 2 in the same building as the church

  • Java Point, cnr High Street & Margaret Street, Lower Hutt

  • Gotham, Margaret Street

  • John Q Café, 60 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt

  • Westfield Queensgate Mall, cnr Queens Drive & Margaret Street




Contact our Baptist Union Office for any enquiries on the LEAD Conference

Fiona Maisey


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