Te Rongopai DVD
Dr Stuart Lange presents a five-part series documenting the story of the Gospel in New Zealand from Samuel Marsden forwards – its impact, the complications, and the way Christianity has had a significant impact in shaping New Zealand society both then and now.
DVD: 65 mins in 5 chapters and can be played in any zone
Price includes postage and packaging within New Zealand
Donations over $5 are tax-deductible
I was introduced to the concept of mentoring in my early 30’s. A man whom I esteemed highly asked if I would be interested in a discipling relationship. Up till then I recall no one intentionally helping me walk more closely to Christ. He proposed a weekly meeting at the Auckland Harbor Bridge and that’s what we did – every Monday for six years! The model he followed was that I was the learner, he the teacher.
This more-mature to less-mature model has great biblical warrant: Moses to Joshua, Naomi to Ruth (or was it the other way round?), Paul to Timothy to name a few. This model is however quite limiting. The number of people who are available and confident enough to mentor those less mature is, in my church experience, scarce.
A few years ago, I realized that God was teaching me a more freeing and fluid approach: mutual mentoring (two or more people who come to listen and learn from each other and the Lord). It happened as I started meeting with a young pastor-friend called Don Overton. From day one he spoke into my life and I his. Our relationship became a two-way street.
How did this happen? Essentially it is an attitude, where two people, regardless of age or maturity-stage, meet humbly to experience the biblical one-anothers. Mutually they encourage one another, submit to one another, pray for one another, confess their sins to one another, and build each other up. God graced Don and I with that attitude.
The benefits are huge. No longer do you need to search for a mentor-guru. Mature mentors are a blessing from God (especially when they humbly come to listen and learn), but they are few and far between. All you need to do is ask, “Who is in my relational network that God may be ‘giving’ to me?” Jesus talked that way when he prayed to his Father, before he was crucified. Speaking of his 12 disciples, he said, “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me… (John 17:9). We are not designed to be in a mentoring relationship with hundreds, just a few. Pray and ask God to lead you to someone you could mutually mentor.
What are some of your experiences as you have searched for a mentor? What do you think of the concept of mutual mentoring?
Rowland Forman is primarily a mentor to pastors. Currently he leads
Living Stones Leadership Ministries in New Zealand. He and Elaine have three children and seven grandkids. This year he published “The Lost Art of Lingering: Mutual Mentoring for Life Transformation” www.rowlandforman.com
This online teaching series looks at understanding te Tiriti o Waitangi as a covenant based Relationship for Aotearoa New Zealand. Sign up and join David Moko and Dr Alistair Reese as they teach this online series....
Carey Centre for Lifelong Learning
+64 9 526 6362
This live virtual event is an opportunity to hear directly from Dr Patrick Sookhdeo & Caroline Kerslake, International Directors of Barnabas Fund. Dr Sookhdeo will address the effect of Covid-19 on the Church and Christian mission, in the light of the growing persecution which is taking place as well as the multiple natural disasters befalling the Church. ...
Barnabas Fund NZ
09 280 4385
Sharpen up and get new tools:
Games - more than just fun! Leading kids in song, Prayer - what to do, Art as ministry, Using Bibles with kids, Object lessons...
Cost for the day is $75.00 pp includes notes and morning tea
+64 9 630 5271
Many Christians struggle with hard questions about faith.
Confident Christianity Conference equips Christians with thoughtful answers to defend faith, navigate culture & reach people
AUCKLAND - 15 & 16 May
CHRISTICHURCH - 22 & 23 May
WELLINGTON - 26 & 27 June
TAURANGA - 31 July & 1 August
HAMILTON - 7 & 8 August
0800 2 ENGAGE
This online teaching series is a Bible Study of Romans chapters 5-8. Through the study, we will explore Paul’s vision for salvation of humanity and creation. We will look at the depth of Christ’s love, human response, the connection between law and sin, and how to live as Spirit-empowered believers in God’s world. Sign up and join Sarah Harris as she teaches this online series....
This webinar series is a stimulating training resource for the ongoing development of leaders, practitioners, and volunteers.
Our focus is on what you need to learn right now: material that will resource you in your current leadership and volunteer roles.
MARCH - Apologetics
APRIL - Mission
MAY - Anthropology
JUNE - History
JULY - Te Ao Māori ‘Māori world’
AUGUST - Forgiveness
SEPTEMBER - New Testament
OCTOBER - Christology
Cost per seminar $25 or SUBSCRIBE to the series for $150
Our August Guest Speaker: tbc...
Northland Leaders Gathering
+64 (0)9 528 3659
Copyright © 2020 NZ Christian Network