Frequently Asked Questions

Registration 2019 has now closed.

If you wish to enquire about re-registering or applying for the first time then please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




How do we define a ‘Pastoral leader’?

This means you are a:

  • Key leader or pastoral staff member of a New Zealand Baptist Church; and/or
  • Participant in the Carey Baptist College ‘Ministry Development Course’ (MDC); and/or
  • Staff member of the Baptist Union, Baptist Associations, NZBMS, and/or Carey Baptist College
    • Eligible staff members must be making a contribution theologically, or in leadership, to the kingdom of God in their role, or meet the criteria of a ‘Missional Leader’.


How do we define a ‘Missional leader’?

Someone called and sent to pioneer a new faith community, gathered around Christ, working at the intersection of God’s people, God’s world and God’s gospel, working in the name of the Baptist churches of New Zealand.


When will I be recognised at Baptist Hui?

You will be recognised at Hui when you have completed two years of Baptist Leaders' registration, and are committed to moving into your third year. You must also confirm that you have attended a Baptist Leaders' Orientation event during your provisional registration time. Hui usually occurs in early November at the same time as registration, therefore, a few months prior to Hui we will email you inviting you to fill out a commitment to re-registering in November. This way we have your commitment to on-going professional development, and you can plan your trip to Hui to celebrate that commitment.


How does registration work if I'm doing MDC?

Carey Baptist College run a Ministry Development Course (MDC). Participants in MDC will be emailed an invitation to Baptist Leaders' Registration during Semester One each year once the participant list has been confirmed by the Ministry Development team. This is usually around mid-late April.

MDC participants can expect to be recognised at Baptist Hui as they approach the end of Year 2 of MDC (assuming they registered during Year 1.)

Note that MDC participants are entitled to register for free, and are not required to attend a Baptist Leaders' Orientation event as part of meeting their provisional registration requirements.


How could someone become de-registered?

De-registration occurs when:

  • You no longer work in a role that meets the eligibility criteria;
  • Your registration has expired, and you have chosen not to re-register;
    • If you do not re-register by 30 November your name will immediately be removed from the registration database, and your name will not be marked as 'Registered' or 'Provisionally Registered' in the Baptist Yearbook.
  • The Baptist Union elects to suspend or removes your name from the Official List in accordance with XIII, Clause 35 of the Baptist Union Constitution.

We appreciate you letting us know if you no longer meet the eligibility criteria, or if you have chosen not to re-register, so that we can update our contact lists.


What happens during de-registration?

  • We will email you to let you know we are removing your name from the registration database immediately; and
  • We will notify the Baptist Union of the change:
    • Your name will no longer be marked as 'Registered' or 'Provisionally Registered' in the Baptist Yearbook.
    • As one of the legally recognised religious denominations in New Zealand, the Baptist Union is able to grant marriage celebrant status to leaders within our movement. Only registered Baptist leaders are able to be added to the Baptist list (note that special conditions apply).
    • For queries regarding the effect on your Marriage Celebrant status please contact Baptist Union directly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and
    • Your name will be added to the Assembly Council annual review list in accordance with XIII,  Clause 34 of the Baptist Union Constitution.


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    Auckland 1061
    New Zealand

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    Auckland 1642
    New Zealand



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