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Baptist Hui 2019 What's happening

Pre-Hui events 

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Pōwhiri in its everyday sense is to invite or beckon in or welcome. For formal events a pōwhiri acknowledges mana whenua of the land (pre-settlement occupational and territorial rights) despite these rights not necessarily surviving into present day. For Māori, we all whakapapa to land somewhere and the pōwhiri acknowledges and respects the land rights and responsibilities of other people; starting our Hui in this manner is giving life and substance to our Treaty journey.

This year's Hui is being held in Ōtautahi/Christchurch, in Ngāi Tahu rohe, and the pōwhiri will be held at Rehua Marae, tucked away in the northern suburbs of the city. It is an unexpected hidden gem where the hau kāinga (people of the marae) will formally pōwhiri us into Ōtautahi and the start of our Hui together.

For further details, please see the Pōwhiri page

Hui Prayer

Jesus Christ is the head of the church. We depend upon him alone, and in his goodness he chooses to work through the Baptist Union of Churches in New Zealand.

Before we begin talking, Charles would like us to spend time calling out to God in corporate prayer. We want to worship his name, we want to confess our sin, and we want to ask him for his clear guidance throughout the Hui.

Baptist Celebration 2019

On Thursday evening Brian Krum and Karen Warner will help us celebrate all of the good that has happened across our movement over the past year. And there is a lot to celebrate! From thanking our outgoing president, Beulah Wood and welcoming our incoming President, David Allen. Welcoming our new fellowships and churches. Recognising our long service leaders along with our Lionel Stewart Scholarship recipient. We will commission and recommission our overseas personnel and launch Prayer & Self-Denial 2020. We will celebrate with our newly registered Baptist pastors. We will hear from our graduating Pastoral and Youth Pastoral Leaders. And hear from our National Ministry Heads something of what God is doing through our movement of churches. This is a night of celebration not to be missed!


Keynote #1
The world we are about to live in.

Join with Charles as he explores with Fiona Beals, Jennie Ekigbo, Colin Gruetzmacher and Sarah Rice the world we are about to live in.  What are some of the big issues we must grapple with as we position ourselves for the future? What is the Gospel response and what does it mean for our ministry and mission?

Keynote #2 
Richard Baxter: The Reformed Pastor for the 21st Century
Baptist Research: Sutherland Lecture

Each year the New Zealand Baptist Research and Historical Society sponsors a speaker at Hui—this is known as the Baptist Research: Sutherland Lecture. We are excited to announce our guest speaker this year, Tim Cooper. Tim is a member of Dunedin City Baptist Church. He is Associate Professor of Church History and Head of the School of Arts at Otago University. He has published work on Richard Baxter and John Owen, religious identity, and the conception of ‘radical’ religion during the English Civil War.

Keynote #3
Positioning our Leadership for Mission

Thriving faith communities will be marked out by effective mission. How can we best position our leadership for the future to ensure we can best partner with God in his mission? George Wieland, Director of Mission Research and Training at Carey Baptist College, will explore with us some of the leadership characteristics of the church in the book of Acts. 

Positioning Papers and Table Conversations

Baptist’s celebrate the fact that God works through all people. We get excited about the words of Jesus that, “where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” 2019 will be a working Hui and there will be plenty of time for conversation with one another. We want to position ourselves to thrive and will look together for God’s guidance around: a Baptist vision for church, Governance, the role of the National Centre and Leader, our Missionary Society, and our Finances. These are significant issues for us to discuss together, and we need your help.

Neighbourhood Discussion with Community Leaders

It is a privilege to have Hui 2019 at South West Baptist Church. God has used this church in significant ways over many years, and they continue to grapple with effective community engagement. On Friday evening we will have the opportunity to visit some of South West Baptist Church’s neighbourhood communities, and then experience some of that community life through vignette’s, interviews with community leaders and stories with Alan Jamieson and Duane Major.

Baptists in the Hood

Many New Zealand Baptists are actively involved in providing leadership to organisations that are bringing renewal to people and places. At Hui 2019 we will have the opportunity to hear from Phil Pawley (CEO - Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand), Aimee Mai (CEO - Christians Against Poverty), Odele Habets (Chairperson Leprosy Mission NZ), and Lisa Woolley (CEO - VisionWest Community Trust). What is it that motivates them? How are they seeing God work? How are they positioning themselves for the future?

Live Streaming

Can’t make it to Hui 2019? No worries! 

We will be live streaming the following:

  • Keynote #1: The world we are about to live in. Friday, 8 November at 9.20am.

  • A Neighbourhood Discussion with Community Leaders. Friday, 8 November at 7.30pm.

  • Keynote #2: Baptist Research: Sutherland Lecture. Saturday, 9 November at 9.20am.

  • Keynote #3: Positioning our Leadership for Mission (Acts 13). Saturday, 9 November at 3.45pm.

  • Sunday Morning: Have to preach on Sunday? We will live stream our National Leader, Charles Hewlett speaking at South West Baptist Church on Sunday, 10 November at both 9:30am & 11:30am. Wouldn’t it be great if all churches across our movement tuned in!



Women’s Breakfast

South West Baptist Church Café  |  Friday, 8 November  |  7:30am  |  $20

What More Could You Want?
The Baptist Women NZ’s breakfast this year will be a chance to kōrero and support one another as some of our wāhine share about lived experiences as Baptist pastors and leaders. We invite you to join with us around tables to pray for one another and share the journey that is unique to women in the movement. This will be a place of women’s voices calling to one another to mutual challenge, support and care, exploring steps into the journey ahead in a speed dating timeframe. All this with a wonderful delicious catered breakfast. What more could you want?

Pre-registration essential—please select as a specific option on the registration page. 



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