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Keynote One: Discipleship

Pastor Tak Bhana—Senior Pastor, Church Unlimited

Tak has a deep passion to see the rapid growth and advancement of God. Drawing from his experience and wisdom across years of church leadership, missionary and ministry work, Tak will explore what it looks like to develop passionate disciples that will do anything to win souls and nations for Jesus.

9:00–10:30 am Friday

Seminar One Options: (Choose One)

11:00—12:00 pm Friday

1. Q & A with our International Leaders—General Brian and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle

Come and hear the heart of our international leaders, General Brian and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle. There will be a range of questions around our movement and their vision, as well as time exploring how we are addressing gender equity in the Army.

2. Mental Health and the Church—Kathryn Berkett

We all face challenges with our mental health, and with the current sobering statistics around mental health and suicide, it’s important for us to work together to seek a better way forward. Join Kathryn as she explores the response of the Church to mental health and how we can better care for those in our whānau, communities and networks.

3. How to Reach and Engage the Next Generation—Raki Wiringi

Reviewing current trends and statistics around the drop in numbers attending Youth Ministries NZ wide. The pathway to success' through "Intentional, relevant and deliberate outreach. Engaging the gospel through "conversation not confrontation”. Training leaders and ministries that persevere. Collaborating together to reach your city/town/region.

Seminar Two Options: (Choose One)

12:00–1:00 pm Friday

1. Faith and Belief NZ Study—Chris Clarke

Every census asks Kiwis to indicate their religious affiliation. Recent results indicate a drastic decline in faith and belief. But numbers don’t tell the full story - they don’t answer why people are losing their faith and leaving behind their religion. Join Chris Clarke as he “gets behind the numbers,” answers the why question, and leads a discussion about how faith leaders and religious communities can respond to these trends.

2. Pacific Forum: Inspiring Insights from Fiji, Tonga and Samoa—Representatives from Fiji, Tonga and Samoa

The Salvation Army in Fiji, Tonga and Samoa continues to celebrate incredible stories of salvation and life change through innovative and culturally-appropriate ministry. Come and hear how our Pacific nations are striving to care for people, transform lives and reform society, and what we can all learn from ministry in the Pacific.

3. Over the Hill and Still Climbing: Empowering Seniors—Major Janee Sawyer

In steadily ageing communities, how do we reach, engage with and mobilise seniors? Seniors can play a vital role in the health, life and outreach of your corps and centre but so often seniors feel undervalued, unnecessary or like their time is done. Hear how to encourage, value and empower our retirees and seniors to not just pass the torch on, but to continue to carry their own ministry and outreach torch.


Keynote Two: Organic Outreach

Nick Field—Senior Pastor, The Street Church

How it's changed The Street Church and changed me.

9:00–10:00 am Saturday

Short Talks

1. #For Strategy—Hannah Medland

For far too long, the church has been known for what it is against. We want to be known for what we are for.

2. Dumb Things We Do—Alastair Kendrew

Inspired by the title of an old book, Alastair wonders if we sometimes put a whole lot of effort into trying to connect people to Jesus, only to be let down by something dumb.

3. Changing systems to empower people - A journey from charity to justice—Brook Turner

This talk will explore innovative thoughts and practices that can influence the way we think and act in a community setting. It will give key insights to motivate audiences to innovate and re-create initiatives that truly empower people. The lessons will be applicable in multiple community settings and have faith-based values at their core.