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 lifelonglearning@carey.ac.nz before registering for this event online.

Barnabas Fund Live Virtual Event

Barnabas Fund Live Virtual Event

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.  There will be a time at the end for live Q&A with Dr Sookhdeo.

The Blessing – Aotearoa New Zealand

This EVENT is an invitation to join New Zealand’s virtual choir for our own “The Blessing” YouTube video.

This song video initiative is:

  • nation-wide
  • professionally produced
  • with respectful integration of the te Reo Māori language
  • representing the rich diversity of Kiwi culture

It will feature some of the best and most recognisable voices (and plenty that are not!) from the Christian Church in Aotearoa and is intended for a global audience.

To be a part of the choir you must follow these 5 important STEPS:

STEP 1: Access “The Blessing | Aotearoa/New Zealand” DropBox and download the folder of ESSENTIAL RESOURCES found there by clicking this link:

Download instructions and music files

STEP 2: Read, understand and be ready to follow the (unapologetically rather detailed) SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS .pdf found there.

STEP 3: Video yourself singing our version of “The Blessing” in accordance with the SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS by Wednesday, 10 June. (Very soon!)

STEP 4: By Wednesday, June 10th, complete and submit our simple Google form using this link:

Submit your recordings and details

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Once your completed form is submitted, your confirmation message will include a Dropbox link. Use that link to upload your vocal video!

NB: The Google form will require you (if you’re 18 years or older) or your parent/guardian (if you’re younger) to give the producers your permission to use your vocal/video in The Blessing | Aotearoa/New Zealand video. You’ll also need to have permission from your Church/Marae leadership before we can use that information in the video.

STEP 5: Give us a week or so to put it all together and get ready to enjoy and share the finished product on YouTube!

The time is NOW for The Church of Aotearoa/New Zealand to join the global choir! The success and overall quality of our video will largely depend on singers like YOU! Your time, talent and efforts are MUCH appreciated!
Together, we can do this.

FOCUS on Advent: What are you waiting for?

This is a FREE EVENT

In the last 15 years there has been a rise in interest by non-traditional denominations in what is known as the Christian Year – the dates given to a cycle of remembering the key elements of the life of Jesus and the Church such as his birth, death, and the coming of the Holy Spirit. Far from belonging only to the Anglicans and the Catholics, this cycle celebrates the events of the Gospel story we share. It does so in a way that ensures we don’t focus our worship events and preaching only on the events we like or are familiar with, but give our communities a well-rounded view of the whole story.

 

This webinar will give worship leaders, planners, curators and pastors some practical ways into Advent (the four Sundays before Christmas Day, and maybe into Christmas Eve/Day as well.) Practical resources of video, music, audio, liturgy and themes will be offered.