Brian Kenning, pastor at Invercargill Central, is President of the Baptist Union of NZ and NZ Baptist Missionary Society for 2014.
He introduced himself to Gathering delegates by quoting from a new Bible translation, The Voice: "Here I am a grace-made man privileged to be an echo of His voice and a preacher to all nations of the riches of the Annointed One." (Ephesians 3:8 )
"After 40 years of ministry I have a reasonable idea of who I am and who I am not, what I can do and what Iím not gifted to do, what personality allows me to be and not be. What I have to offer to local churches and this movement of churches, is offered by the grace of God," said Brian.
"I am a grace-filled man. Iím also an echo of his voice ñ a delightful description of what it means to be a Christian minister, especially those of us who have had, in our responsibilities and our call, the privilege of preaching and teaching...
"As Godís people in Aotearoa New Zealand we live in challenging times, but as we know, with challenge comes opportunity. If I can be an echo of His voice in the year that lies ahead and a vehicle of his grace in this year of presidency, then may it be so."
"The desire is to help God's people see how they fit into the big story of God's purposes for His wonderful but broken creation. Where do we fit into the big purposes of God as individuals and churches? That's what I would like to talk about if I'm speaking at your church. But I'm just as happy to do coffee or hang out in an informal setting also, to talk about life, faith and ministry."
Kiwi Culture and the Gospel
Northern Baptist Association is running a morning seminar presented by Dr Kevin Ward and extends an invitation to all.
Seminar includes two presentations by Dr. Ward looking at how the gospel best intersects with kiwi culture. Each individual will also be a part of a working group to help us each leave with an action plan to start applying what we learn on the day. Morning tea will be provided.
Date: Thursday, 29 May 2014
Cost: $25 per person (bring cash to pay on the day)
Venue: Carey Baptist College Chapel, 473 Great South Rd, Penrose
Attendance at this seminar will count towards Ministers Registration (Baptist Community in lieu of Pastors Conferences 2014)
The Gathering 2014
13-16 November, Waitangi (Copthorne Hotel).
Bicentenary of the Proclamation of the Gospel in Aotearoa New Zealand
Oihi Point Northland
23 December | Civic Event
25 December | Christmas Day Service