Baptist Leaders Orientation

Baptist Leaders' Orientation

This one-day orientation is for anyone in leadership roles within Baptist churches or connected organisations in New Zealand, who desire an introduction to ‘being’ Baptist in Aotearoa New Zealand. The programme for the day includes engagement with Baptist distinctives and how being Baptist in Aotearoa New Zealand is different to other parts of the world. There are opportunities to meet people in Baptist Union ministry roles, hearing what they do and how they serve leaders and local churches. There is also the added bonus of meeting others who are leading within the Baptist Union of New Zealand in pastoral leadership, chaplaincy, and missional leadership roles. We hope that this day together may be the start of some relational support together within the movement of Baptist churches.

The location of Baptist Leaders’ Orientation will move from year to year, alternating between South and North Island locations. in 2019 the location was Auckland, in 2020 it is central Christchurch.

Provisional Baptist Leaders’ Registration

From 1 November 2018, this one-day orientation is a compulsory component of Provisional Baptist Leaders’ Registration – the two-year period from first registering. This one-day orientation can be done in either of the two years of Provisional Registration.

Format of the day

The timeframe allows people from out of town to return home at the end of the day, or just have one overnight stay, with some being able to make it there-and-back in one day. We appreciate that some people may need to have two nights away to make this day.


There is no cost for the day. We appreciate there is a travel and/or accommodation expense for some to be present. 


Date: Thursday 13 August 2020, 8am - 5.30pm

Location: Central Christchurch, host: Oxford Terrace Baptist Church, 286 Oxford Terrace (corner Madras Street), Central City.

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Below is the draft 2020 outline of the day, subject to change, but along these lines:


Mihi Whakatau
(karanga, karakia. whaikōrero - formal speech of welcome, waiata, hongi...)
Breakfast and introductions

60 min



The Baptist Union of New Zealand

30 min

Charles Hewlett (Baptist National Leader)


The Baptist Dynamic – theology and practice: a Baptist vision of church.

60 min

Andrew Picard & John Tucker (Lecturers, Carey Baptist College)


Morning Tea

30 min  


The Baptist Dynamic... continued.

60 min


12pm Q&A about the morning's content 30 min  



60 min



Baptist Administration & the National Centre

30 min

Rangiaruaru Hema (Baptist National Administrator)


The New Zealand Baptist Missionary Society

30 min

Alan Jamieson (NZBMS General Director)


National Ministry Heads on video:

1.     Manatu Iriiri Maori

2.     Children & Families

3.     Neighbourhood & Justice Initiatives

4.     Multicultural Inclusion Ministries

5.     Baptist Youth Ministries

5 min each,

30 min total

On video:

David Moko

Karen Warner

Ruby Duncan

Steve Davis

Brian Krum


More about us: Assembly Council, our Hui, and what's hot right now.

30 min

Chris Chamberlain (Assembly Council Chair)


Afternoon tea

15 min



Carey Baptist College

30 min

John Tucker (Principal, Carey Baptist College)


What else?

45 min

Charles Hewlett (Baptist National Leader)



30 min




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[Page last updated 6 July 2020]


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