Vision for the Year Ahead 2016 (Report for Parish Council)

 

Building capacity and vision
This year we do need to undertake some serious work in building capacity and vision. Right now and over the next few years we will have some massive challenges – aka opportunities. And whether they actually do become opportunities will largely depend upon how well we are prepared and how well we are able to listen to God.

Manna
This vital ministry has opportunity to deepen and expand yet do we have

  • a vision for that? A vision for what could be in say 5 years time.
  • the depth of leadership
  • the understanding of leadership
  • commitment
  • the right venue, structure, approach

What do we need to do now to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of this ministry.

St Andrews – 1045
Given that we are looking to build on the 5 Mile albeit 5 years away what do we need to be doing now to build and prepare this people. Again we can ask the same questions; do we have

  • a vision for that? A vision for what could be in say 5 years time.
  • the depth of leadership
  • the understanding of leadership
  • commitment
  • the right venue, structure, approach
  • and add what will it mean to join with St Margaret’s? Is that the way of the future? How and when should we begin that process.

St Margarets
The questions and future move are even more urgent here. And again we must ask do we have

  • a vision for that? A vision for what could be in say 5 years time.
  • the depth of leadership
  • the understanding of leadership
  • commitment
  • the right venue, structure, approach [admittedly we have already said No in regards the venue but lets explore that some more]
  • and add what will it mean to join with St Andrews? Is that the way of the future? How and when should we begin that process.

The Five Mile
While many years away we do have to start developing a vision and a plan of what ministry will look like here. The ministries we want to see develop will have a direct impact on the style, size, shape, number of buildings we develop; and on how much green space we leave, car parking we need etc etc.
Planning needs to begin in 2016.

St Andrews site

  • What is our long term vision for this?
  • What ministries will take place here?
  • What other activities might it be used for?
  • What changes to the building and site need to happen?
  • How will we progress this?

St Johns
I suggest enough change of late. Let’s allow the congregation and Carlton settle for a time; before we ask more of the visioning type questions.

First steps
I believe a key first step is strengthening our leadership, in particular the eldership, and to pay close attention to the strength of Parish Council. This could include ALL congregations
I suggest

  • Eldership training, generic in nature to start with but then modified to the context. Aim of helping current elders know their role and their strengths and of developing others into eldership. Likewise developing other office bearers – this is not a lesser role, merely a different but equally vital role.
  • Review and Vision renewal for Manna
    • Strengthen leadership in accordance with needs identified from a review and vision.
  • Review and vision renewal for St Andrews and St Margarets
    • Make necessary changes to leadership structure and strengthen leadership in accordance with needs identified from a review and vision.
  • Development of vision for 5 Mile
    • Development of draft drawings/site plans
  • Development of vision for St Andrews site
    • Development of draft drawings/site plans

To help make a start on this I have asked Erin Pendreigh – Synod Mission Enabler to help us with the first stage of this which revolves around the leadership development and then to help us develop vision.

More will follow – but today we need to begin, let’s ensure we do that from a place of prayer.

Ian     12 February 2016

 

Arthur Joel (AJ) Key – Training in Mission

10922876_947125931971817_5015710627808787328_nCurrently AJ Key is away on a Training in Mission programme.

here you are able to read updates of his experiences and that of his fellow trainees.

TIM-2015-Newsletter 1

TIM-2015-Newsletter 2

Newsletter3

Newsletter4

Newsletter5

Auckland Reflection

LINK to all journals and videos

Training in Mission (TIM) is a cross cultural training programme for young adults from member churches in the Council for World Mission. In 2015, TIM is being held in partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan, the Kiribati Protestant Church, and the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The aims of the Training in Mission Programme are to:

  • provide a training for life.
    • It is intended to be a stage in Christian formation which helps each participant in a life–long involvement with the mission of the church.
  • offer training which provides:
    • wider vision;
    • deepened commitment;
    • a strengthened sense of fellowship and partnership with other Christians around the world, particularly through CWM churches.

Though initiated three decades ago, CWM is constantly refining the content and methodology of the Training in Mission. However, we wish to reiterate the following at the very outset.

  • Though the title uses the phrase training, the Programme is aimed at formation, the formation is for life. In other words, recognizing the locus of mission as the ‘public space’, TIM is a learning process of enabling participants discover perspectives and develop skills for a life of witnessing.
  • TIM is an enabling experience. Enable participants for an adventure of faith, rooted in God and enacted in the world.
  • TIM is a journey of Transformation, a dialectic of self and society.

 

Our Mission, Vision and General Goals

Our Mission: To live in Christ, and to grow as a Community of Faith, Hope, Love and Joy.

Our Vision: Growing God’s kingdom one life at a time.

Current (ratified August 2014) Goals: 

  • To develop new opportunities for people to know Christ and to worship.
  • To invite people of all ages to faith.
  • To strengthen the existing congregations that they may grow and offer space/protection to the newly formed groups till they are established and strong, and they in turn can nourish and encourage the older congregations.
  • To ensure that discipleship becomes a way of life (for all members) and not simply a programme.
  • To ensure the Church is involved in the community, where we are actively seeking ways to be a blessing to all peoples.
  • To strengthen and broaden our leadership to better reach our diverse and growing community.
  • To be a Church of positive influence in the community for this and coming generations.

Kupu Whakapono (Confession of Faith)

Kupu Whakapono (Confession of Faith)

From this land of Aotearoa New Zealand
we confess that we believe in and belong
to the one true and living God,
who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Love before all love.
We believe in God the Father,
sovereign and holy,
Creator and nurturer of all,
Father of Jesus Christ,
sender of the Holy Spirit,
and Judge of all the earth.

We believe in God the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour,
truly human and truly divine,
who lived among us full of grace and truth.
For our sin he was crucified
and by the power of God was raised from death,
forgiving us, setting us free and bringing to birth God’s new creation.
Now ascended, he calls us to repentance and faith
and restores us to God and to one another.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
the giver of life at work in all creation,
who inspired the Scriptures and makes Christ known,
who transforms hearts and minds
and gathers us into the community of Christ,
empowering the Church in worship and in mission.

We belong to this triune God,
women and men,
young and old,
from many nations,
in Christ he iwi kotahi tatou,      [we are one people]

witnesses to God’s love in word and action,
servants of reconciliation,
and stewards of creation.

As God’s people,
we look forward in hope and joy
to the return of Christ,
to the new heaven and earth,
where evil and death will be no more,
justice and peace will flourish,
and we shall forever delight in the glory of God.


Read the Kupu_Whakapono_and_Commentary_2011

Organisational Guidelines

The Wakatipu Community Presbyterian Church (WCPC) is one Church incorporating congregations based at St Andrew’s – Queenstown, St John’s – Arrowtown and St Margaret’s – Frankton. Each congregation is unique and has a particular call yet each sits within the governance of the whole.

Note: these guidelines were last updated on the 14th July 2015.  In addition to the 2015 update a name change from Parish Council to Church Council agreed in February 2017 necessitated the removal of all references to ‘parish’ and to replace this with ‘church’.  

The Church Council

  1. Definition

A Court known as the Church Council provides spiritual oversight, leadership in mission, pastoral care, and governance of the Wakatipu Community Presbyterian Church. The rights, privileges, responsibilities and duties of the Church Council are as contained in chapter 7 of the Book of Order, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.

A copy of the Book of Order (BOO) can be viewed (or downloaded) from the PCANZ website. These guidelines should be read in conjunction with chapters 6 & 7 of the BOO.

  1. Functions

Spiritual Leadership: To encourage Christian commitment and devotion within the congregation by words and by example.  The Church Council exercises rule in spiritual matters within the Congregation, and its duty is to lead in prayer and outreach and to promote Christian maturity.  The Church Council has responsibility to determine the suitability of those undertaking leadership roles within the church.

Pastoral Care: To ensure effective pastoral care of all persons for whom the church is responsible.

Worship and Sacraments: To fix times and places of public worship, arranges for the administration of the sacraments, giving approval of baptisms and when and where communion will be shared, and appoints special times for prayer or fasting.

Church Rolls: To maintain the rolls of members and associates (to be updated annually at least 4 weeks before each Annual Meeting).

Oversight of Facility use:  to determine, when necessary, the uses to which the church buildings may be put.

Records: To see that all minutes and records required by the Church are kept, secured, and produced when requested.

Denominational Church Representation: To arrange for the appointment of members to the Southern Presbytery; Synod of Otago and Southland and General Assembly. To make nominations when called for by the regional and national courts of the PCANZ.

Church Representation:  To form committees and workgroups to be responsible for particular aspects of church life. The Council establishes these groups, appoints the Chairperson, sets their terms of reference, and receives regular reports on their work. Committees have planning and defined executive functions within the policies approved by the Parish Council, however the Parish Council remains ultimately responsible for those aspects of church Life.

Congregational Meetings: To encourage and promote, as far as may be possible and fruitful, meetings of the Congregation in order to foster the widest possible participation of the people in the life, concerns, and mission of the Church. As a minimum there shall be an Annual Meeting normally held between August and October.

Accountability: To report to the whole Church at an Annual Meeting and to consider recommendations from the congregation.

Discipline: To determine matters of disagreement and discipline that affects the Church giving full consideration to the pastoral care to individual(s), the wider parish, the laws of the land and Church, and to natural justice.  This does not affect any individual(s) right to apply to a higher court of the Church.

Oversight of Election of elders: To arrange the procedure for the nomination and election of elders of the WCPC.

  1. Members of The Church Council

The ministry of the church is exercised by the whole people of God, among whom both individuals and groups may be called to particular forms of witness and service.

Members of The Church Council

The ministry of the church is exercised by the whole people of God, among whom both individuals and groups may be called to particular forms of witness and service.

The Church Council shall consist of:

  • The Minister(s) of the Church or Interim Moderator.
  • The Church Clerk
  • Congregational appointees (up to 3 per congregation)  (see note 1)

i.         Duly elected, ordained and inducted elders. (60% or greater)

ii.         Duly elected and inducted non elders. (40% or less)

  • Church Council appointees (maximum 3)  (see note 2)
  • Associate members (see note 3)
  • A Minute Clerk (appointed by the Church Council) (see note 4)

Moderator:                   The Church Council is normally chaired by the senior Minister. The Moderator cannot move or second a motion and has no deliberative or casting vote. When absent or in circumstances that in his or her opinion warrants such action, the Moderator may deputise another Minister of the Southern Presbytery, or a member of Church Council.

Church Clerk:               The Church Council must appoint a member of the Council (or the Wakatipu Community Presbyterian Church) to be Church Clerk for a fixed period of not more than three years. This can be extended for further appointments up to a maximum of 9 years. After a break a person may be reelected.

Term of Office:          Each year prior to the Church annual meeting each congregation may appoint up to three members to represent them on the Church Council. These appointments to be made at a meeting of each respective congregation. Individuals would normally serve for 3 years and not more than 6 years without a break. Each appointment would be for a 3 year term and for not more than 6 years. After a break a person may be reelected. Note: At least two of the three appointed should be an elder, variance from this may be allowed as long as the overall council membership is at least 60% elders.

  1. Meetings
  • Meetings:         The Church Council shall meet monthly on the third Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise agreed. Meetings of the Church Council are open to members of the Church except where matters of a pastoral or confidential nature are being considered, or when deemed expedient to meet in private, in which case the meeting is open only to current Church Council members.
  • Practices:  The Church Council meeting shall be run using standard meeting guidelines and procedures. Decisions will normally be made by consensus, however, any member can call for a vote, at any time.
  • Quorum:  A quorum of the Church Council consists of one third of it’s (voting) members, plus the minister.
  • Records:  The Clerk is to keep a roll of its members and associates, take charge of its papers, books and documents.  The Clerk shall keep official minutes of each meeting of the Church Council.

    NOTES…

[Note 1] Currently this is defined as St Andrews, St Johns, St Margarets, and the Wakatipu Global Community. Manna Café are currently represented by St Andrew’s. However, when the time is right the Church Council has agreed to invite this congregation to appoint their own representatives. Should the Queenstown Korean Church wish to be a congregation of the WCPC they would be invited to participate on Church Council as a separate congregation.

[Note 2] Normally appointed to fill a perceived need; ie developing ministries, lay – ordained balance, gender or age balance, particular expertise

[Note 3] Associate members will include The Treasurer, Ministry Interns, and up to two others appointed by the Parish Council at it’s discretion as required. Associates have the right to speak and to move motions, but not to vote.

[Note 4] The Minute Clerk may not speak, move or vote.

40 Days of Prayer: 21st May to 29 June 2014

40 Days of Prayer is an invitation from your Church Parish Council to unite in prayer. We do so mindful that w40 Days of Prayer 2014e serve a God who invites us to pray; to draw near where we make our petitions but more importantly where we listen.

Parish Council believes our Church stands on the cusp of a move of God that will see us growing in depth, in faith, in prayer, in ministry, in mission yet to truly know where God is taking us we need to come humbly in prayer – seek God’s Word to us – allow God to challenge and convert us; and together to commit to embracing God’s call upon our lives.

Therefore we invite you to 40 Days of Prayer – a time to listen to God.

Why pray at this time?

Of course we should be a prayerful people – a people who pray at all times yet there are times when it is appropriate to pray with greater focus and unity. As a Church we are experiencing opportunities for ministry in ways which have surprised us. With the opportunities comes challenge and increased demand upon our resources of both people and premises.

Here are a few of the things I am talking about.

FUNDAMENTAL MATTERS FOR US ALL

First and foremost are we seeking Christlikeness? Are we growing in depth, in understanding, is discipleship a present tense in our lives?

The goal of the Christian life is Christlikeness. Humility, prayerfulness, generosity, reverence, love for God, love for one another, love for others.

Let us pay attention to our relationships, to ensure they honour God and bless people.

Second pray for Clay and Graziela Peterson and their children as they settle into Queenstown and the Church. What will be the implications for our ministry; where is God taking us? Clay has a heart for evangelism and worship. How can we release him?

ARROWTOWN:

The Arrowtown congregation is currently wrestling with questions of future ministry needs; it seems now might be the time to seek a suitably qualified and enthused person to develop the ministry from St John’s in ways which:

Seek to build the current congregation; in number and depth, and alongside it develop a new worshiping community in a manner that is more appropriate to younger and ‘less-churched’ people.

Arrowtown is fast growing; home to approximately 4500 people within the village and immediate surrounds; young families are putting the pressure on schooling and our mainly music groups. This community needs the Church to be healthy, Christ-centred and community facing.  Imagine what we could do in this area for the aged; or for families, children, teens.

We need to be in prayer seeking God’s vision for Arrowtown.

Is it time to call a full-time minister to work alongside the current ministry team but to live and work in Arrowtown? If so pray for guidance to the right person. And that God releases the required funding.

QUEENSTOWN and FRANKTON:

The presenting issues in both places are around our buildings. St Margaret’s fast becoming too small for a growing family church and St Andrew’s with many design problems that restrict the use of the site. What is needed to cater for, and to aid, future ministry.

Associated with this what will be the shape of future ministry; while it is true that there are many aspects of what we do today that we like it would be wise to seek what God would like!

We need to be in prayer seeking God’s vision for Queenstown and Frankton.

Is the time right to renovate, or rebuild at Frankton? Or move? What location would work best for the long term ministry?

What needs to happen to ensure the health and development of Manna Café; Wakatipu Global Community; Queenstown Korean Church; Children’s Ministry; Youth Ministry.

Specific Activities

Congregations:

Are invited to set aside at least 30 minutes once a week to spend in prayer together.  A Sunday may work for some, alternately find a time during the week.

Individuals:

Are invited to commit to 10 minutes of daily prayer for the 40 days.

In addition I encourage you to find a prayer partner (or partners) that you meet with once a week.  The Saturday morning prayer group that meets at St Margaret’s is a good example of a small group who faithfully pray. A study group may also be a good place to pray.

Special Services: At combined services we will unite in prayer. We will affirm one another; we will walk with one another.

Mutual Discernment:

We would hope that people understand that prayer and discernment are a community activity lead by the Spirit; therefore if you believe God is leading us certain directions it should be shared; maybe initially with a prayer-partner or small group; but also with the whole Church. As you pray make a note of anything that God lays on your heart; then ask God what God wants you to do with it. Sometimes it will be just for you and you alone; other times it may be something that upon reflection you have wrong, so leave it; yet other times it might be best to share with the Church. So please do that.

One way will be to use the prayer boards that will be set up in each church building. Or you could click here and add your message to the sheet you will find.

You could also let Ian, Erin, Joao, Clay, an elder, or Parish Councillor know what it is and we can add that to our prayers.

Additional Activities:

Use the Daily Prayer Calendar; these will be available at each of the churches, or read online

Daily Prayer Calendar – Wk 1 (21st to 25th May)

Daily Prayer Calendar – Wk 2 (26th May to 1st June)

Daily Prayer Calendar – Wk 3 (2nd to 8th June)

Daily Prayer Calendar – Wk 4 (9th to 15th June)

Daily Prayer Calendar – Wk 5 (16th to 22nd June)

Daily Prayer Calendar – Wk 6 (23rd to 29th June)

Go on a Prayer Walk.

It is often helpful to take our prayers beyond the walls of our church buildings and homes. In effect a prayer walk is simply ‘praying for others’ on location.

Though they usually walk unnoticed, prayer-walkers quickly become more aware of their neighbours, and find their prayers becoming more focused on the realities of their community.

What now? Commit to pray. Sign up here

Come let us pray!

 

 

 

 

e-Book Study Resources

Understanding Multiculturalism  Published by the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. Written by Andrea Candy and edited by Jose Reader and Andrea Candy. February 2014

Elders-Handbook-2011  Written by the Rev Dr Graham Redding, Principal of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership. March 2011

Membership  A brochure detailing the basics of membership of the Wakatipu Community Presbyterian Church.

 

Queenstown Weddings

Guidelines for WEDDINGS within the

WAKATIPU COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

The 2012 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand declared that it “upholds the historic Christian understanding of marriage as the loving, faithful union of a man and a woman”.  This is our understanding of the nature of marriage. Weddings conducted by our ministers, or within our premises, will be consistent with these beliefs.

Guidelines…

  1. Setting your Wedding Day:         All weddings to be held in one of our premises must be approved by a minister of the Church. The couple, or their agent, needs to communicate with the minister in order to seek approval and to reserve the day and time for the wedding and rehearsal. It is advisable to make the necessary arrangements well in advance of the date you desire to be married.
  2. Celebrant:    It is normal that marriage ceremonies held within our premises will be officiated by one of our Ministers or their nominee. However, arrangements for guest clergy or a civil celebrant to officiate may be made with the consent of the Minister.
  3. Christian nature of the service: When a couple asks to be married by one of our ministers or to use our buildings for their wedding service we assume that they desire the blessing of God on their marriage and that they want to begin their life together in God’s sight and in God’s presence. A man and a woman take each other as husband and wife not only as a private act of commitment but also before their community and God. It is important that the marriage service reflects Christian faith and is consistent with this Churches belief on marriage. It is advisable to discuss these matters fully with the Minister, or your celebrant, prior to entering into any firm commitment.
  4. Fees: The fees below apply to all except active, confirmed members of the congregations of the Church.

The Church Council seeks to make the church buildings and the service of the Ministers widely available.  Therefore the charges are keep low, and in the context of your entire wedding is a small part of the total. Currently, the charges are:

Use of Church building $450

Service of the Minister $450

Gratuity for Organist/Sound Operator $100 – suggested

Reimbursement of material costs re Marriage Preparation $65, if used. (varies depending on material used).

*these costs will be invoiced prior to the wedding. Any marriage preparation costs by negotiation and the organist gratuity is normally simply paid in cash on the day. Where rooms are needed in addition to the church building additional fees will apply.

(Note: policy last updated 5th April 2016)

Building Use Policy

Building Use Policy

Many not-for-profit’s, community groups, commercial organisations and other churches use our buildings for meetings, programs, lectures, classes, presentations, and other activities. Our policy regarding building use is as follows:

The Wakatipu Community Presbyterian Church has three main centres: Queenstown, Frankton, and Arrowtown. In each location, we seek to share our facilities with the community as appropriate. The Church Council believes that it is good stewardship of our property to have the church buildings active, open, and alive throughout the week. However first and foremost these buildings were built to the glory of God and are for the purposes of Christian worship and ministry. Therefore we reserve the right to ensure that whatever other use is made of these premises that they be used in ways which are wholesome, appropriate, and respectful of the church as a house of God.

All building use requests must be approved, and are subject to calendar availability, space availability, and type of use. Phone the church office and speak to Claire for more information, 03 441 4250.

(Policy last updated September 2013)

Song to the Holy Spirit

Lord, Holy Spirit,
You blow like the wind in a thousand paddocks,
Inside and outside the fences,
You blow where you wish to blow.

Lord, Holy Spirit,
You are the sun who shines on the little plant,
You warm him gently, you give him life,
You raise him up to become a tree with many leaves.

Lord, Holy Spirit,
You are the mother eagle with her young,
Holding them in peace under your feathers.
On the highest mountain you have built your nest,
Above the valley, above the storms of the world,
Where no hunter ever comes.

Lord, Holy Spirit,
You are the bright cloud in whom we hide,
In whom we know already that the battle has been won.
You bring us to our Brother Jesus
To rest our heads upon his shoulder.

Lord, Holy Spirit,
You are the kind fire who does not cease to burn,
Consuming us with flames of love and peace,
Driving us out like sparks to set the world on fire.

Lord, Holy Spirit,
In the love of friends you are building a new house,
Heaven is with us when you are with us.
You are singing your songs in the hearts of the poor
Guide us, wound us, heal us. Bring us to the Father

– James K. Baxter, ‘Song to the Holy Spirit’, in Collected Poems (ed. John Edward Weir; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979), 572.