Economic discipleship: practicing the King’s economy in your church

This online teaching series with Carey’s new Old Testament lecturer: Dr Michael Rhodes is based on the book he co-authored with Robby Holt and Brian Fikkert in 2018: Practicing the King’s Economy : Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give.

About the book:

The church in the West is rediscovering the fact that God cares deeply for the poor. More and more, churches and individual Christians are looking for ways to practice economic discipleship, but it’s hard to make progress when we are blind to our own entanglement in our culture’s idolatrous economic beliefs and practices.

Practicing the King’s Economy cuts through much confusion and invites Christians to take their place within the biblical story of the “King Jesus Economy.” Through eye-opening true stories of economic discipleship in action, and with a solid exploration of six key biblical themes, the authors offer practical ways for God’s people to earn, invest, spend, compensate, save, share, and give in ways that embody God’s love and provision for the world.

In this online teaching series, there are 4 one-hour webinars each a month apart, with a reading plan after each webinar that follows through the book (participants need to arrange their own copy of the book, eg: from The Book Depository). In the book are various practices to put into action, and participants will be encouraged to go out and try one of these practices in the month between webinars. In the third week after each webinar Michael will have ‘office hours’ on Zoom for 45-minutes for any participants who would like to discuss the content and share experiences of the practice tried with Michael and each other.

Cost $100, sign up here: Register for Economic Discipleship

Human flourishing: helping people in my church to thrive with Christa McKirland

Explore Theology and Psychology as we look at the Good News of Jesus Christ calling us into an abundant life (John 10:10). What does theology have to say about flourishing? How might the psychological sciences contribute to that conversation?

While theology has wrestled for centuries with what it means to be human, the behavioural sciences are yielding more and more explanatory data that enhances how this works in daily life. Put differently, theology can provide a metanarrative for human flourishing, but psychology offers mechanisms at work within the human person, surrounding the person, and in broader cultures that contribute to this flourishing.

For instance, one strong theological story is that God made humans to need relationships: relationship with Godself, with other humans, with non-human creatures and with the rest of creation. However, these relationships form developmentally. Psychology can help unpack that development and how relationships can be robustly formed, as well as what can sidetrack their development.

In 2020 Carey received funding from Fuller Theological Seminary’s TheoPsych project. This initiative seeks to bring theology and psychology into conversation, especially on the question of what it means to be human. This funding allows Carey’s Dr Christa McKirland to participate in research in this area, and to then integrate this into course content, and ongoing learning and development resources for church leaders: including this 2-part webinar series.

This online teaching series contains two 60-minute webinars including space for Q&A, five weeks apart, and includes some additional material to engage with between webinars (readings etc). These webinars will be the first public resource coming out of this research, and will be geared toward pastoral leaders and how the they might help people in their churches thrive.

Cost $50: Register for Human Flourishing

Sponsorship is also available to anyone who’s financial situation would prevent them from accessing this online teaching resource: please email us at before registering for this event online.

FOCUS on family and New Zealand society: an intergenerational vision for the church

Why is this whole intergenerational thing worth pursuing and what might it mean for us as the gathered church in Aotearoa? This webinar is designed to pique your interest about the theory and practice of church life, taking an intergenerational stance.

This webinar is presented by Rachel Roche and Sam Kilpatrick. Rachel co-ordinates and teaches Carey’s Internships and Field Education papers. She oversees study in Children and Family Leadership. Sam has been on staff at Carey for ten years and is currently working as the Youth Pastoral Leadership trainer and co-ordinator of Community Life.

Cost $20: Register here

FOCUS on sport and recreation: the connection between discipleship and sport

For many people in our world today, sport functions a lot like a religion. Sports stadiums are their cathedrals, sports stars are their saints, and they, the sports fans, are the congregation. In this webinar we will trace the church’s approaches to sport throughout history and ask the question: what is a faithful Christian posture towards sport today?

This webinar is presented by Dr John Tucker who lectures in church history and homiletics at Carey Baptist College, and is the Principal of the college. He also coordinates Carey’s School of Preaching, which resources preachers throughout New Zealand.

Cost $20: Register here

FAST4 Online Teaching Series – Introduction to Preaching

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]New for 2020, this is another way to get Bible College teaching, live on your device, wherever you are. Each online teaching series runs over 4 weeks, comprising of four 1-hour live and interactive webinars, one each week for 4 weeks, eg: the 4 Monday nights of the month of May, from 7.30pm-8.30pm.

These online teaching series will provide overviews or more indepth looks at various topics to do with bible study, theology, mission, and practice, taught by high caliber, research active, Carey lecturers, or other experts in their field. All of these people are active participants in their local churches.

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$100 for the series of 4 webinars

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Week 1

Wednesday 9 September 7.30pm-8.30pm

Hearing the text
How can the God who speaks through Scripture speak again through the messages we preach? This session will introduce you to the primary ingredients of preaching and outline a simple but effective process for conceiving messages that grow out of Scripture.
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Week 2

Wednesday 16 September 7.30pm-8.30pm

Engaging the listeners
What makes some sermons relevant and engaging, while others are dry and boring? In this session we explore how to build a strong bridge between Scripture and culture, between the world of the Bible and the lives of our listeners.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Week 3

Wednesday 23 September 7.30pm-8.30pm

Shaping the message
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Week 4

Wednesday 30 September 7.30pm-8.30pm

Speaking the word
It’s one thing to conceive a good message, but how do you deliver it so that people will listen? In our final session together, we consider the basic principles of effective and compelling oral communication.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”Other courses available in the FAST4 Online Training Series” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#001f44″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#001f44″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” shape=”square” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1582749755588{background-color: #efefef !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”51064″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Conflict Resolution for Church Leaders with John Peachey
Wednesdays 12 – 1 pm
4, 11, 18 & 25 March

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Taking your Children’s Ministry from Good to Great with Karen Warner
Mondays 7:30 – 8:30 pm pm
16, 23, 30 March & 6 April

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Organisational Leadership for Church Leaders with Mark Powell
Wednesdays 12 – 1 pm
6, 13, 20 & 27 May

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Knowing the story that you are part of: te Tiriti o Waitangi with David Moko and Dr Alistair Reese
Tuesdays 7:30 – 8:30 pm
7, 14, 21 & 28 July

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Life in Christ: a journey through Romans 5-8 with Dr Sarah Harris
Mondays 7:30 – 8:30 pm
3, 10, 17 & 24 August

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