Baptist Registration Information for Governance Groups
The proposed new Baptist Registration system includes criteria that requires the involvement of church governance in the application and ongoing outworking of the registration process for pastors. This information below includes an explanation of the criteria being recommended and information on training that will available for governance groups should this new proposal be approved.
Entry Criteria and Requirements for Baptist Registration (BR)
Below is a list of the criteria for entry to BR (in italics) that will be required of all registrants. Some of these criteria will need the sign off and input of a member of the church elders’ or governance board. This criteria is underlined with clarifying information where applicable.
1. Must be ministering within, or on behalf of a Baptist faith community or entity.
2. Current member of a Baptist church.
3. Be endorsed by their Baptist faith community or entity or an approved entity.
This will require the chair of the elders’ or governance board to write an approval of the applicant’s request for registration.
4. Have a Job Description or recognised equivalent, and work a minimum of 40 hours per month – either paid or voluntary.
A copy of this will need to be included as part of the application process.
5. Hold up to date Police vetting
The church will need to ensure that the pastor completes this process every two years.
The following are the proposed BR requirements.
1. Have a Registration Development Agreement (RDA) with these four components:
• Personal growth and learning
• Baptist whānau engagement
• Professional support
• Annual review
The RDA must be agreed in consultation with the engaging church’s leadership (eg: elders, governance board)
The RDA will be completed in consultation with, or endorsed by, whoever in the church has authority over the applicant/pastor. The aim of this clause is to ensure that registration benefits both the pastor and the church for whom they work. It also ensures that leadership are aware of the professional development that is being undertaken by, and may be needed by, the pastor. Information on the content of the RDA is shown at the end of this document.
2. Registrants are accountable to the engaging faith community/organisation’s leadership and the BUNZ in terms of achieving the RDA.
In September/October each year a review of the RDA will need to be undertaken by the chair of elders or the governance board with a view to both considering progress against the current RDA and identifying priorities and goals (e.g., learning options choices, whānau engagement, etc) for the upcoming registration period. This would ideally be included as part of an annual review of a registrant’s role with the church.
As a part of this annual review pastors are also encouraged to undertake an intentional, self-directed process of ongoing re-evaluation of their call to their role. This is particularly important for those working with a Terms of Call.
Guidance for these reviews will be provided through the office of the Leadership Co-ordination Director.
The following information, taken from the full Baptist Registration recommendations, outlines the content of the RDA as mentioned in #1 above. Please note that some of this information is applicable to applicants other than pastors so may not relevant to a church context.
The Registration Development Agreement (RDA)
The RDA will be completed in consultation with, or endorsed by, whoever in the faith community, Baptist entity or related organisation has authority over the registrant. The four components of the RDA are outlined below.
- Personal Growth and Learning
There will be a two-tier learning requirement dependent on hours worked:
- Those working 60 hours or more per month
A minimum of 24 hours (3 days) of approved learning per year, 8 hours of which are to be selected from the CCLL ‘priority learning’ options. Learning is approved at the discretion of the CCLL Director.
- Those working 40 – 59 hours per month
A minimum of 8 hours (1 day) of approved learning per year, 4 hours of which are to be selected from the CCLL ‘priority learning’ options. Learning is approved at the discretion of the CCLL Director.
Ministry roles can be amongst the most critical and demanding leadership roles on the planet. Serving a community of faith well requires considerable theological, sociological, organisational, technical and relational expertise. We acknowledge more ‘learning’ than the minimum requirements of Baptist Registration are desirable to support and sustain robust leadership and excellence in ministry.
‘Approved learning’ means learning that will sustain, support and develop the practitioner’s role in ministry. This learning will be approved at the discretion of the CCLL Director.
‘Priority learning’ options within the CCLL suite of learning options will be formed each year through the Leadership Coordination office via an ongoing consultation process. E.g, boundaries training, conflict resolution, engaging with Te Tiriti o Waitangi, managing your church’s resources.
As a guide, we note that full-time pastors typically get 11 days of study leave each year, as per the BUNZ guidelines, so we acknowledge that the ‘priority learning’ component of Baptist Registration is not taking much of their scheduled learning, and therefore leaving plenty of other days for their own church-directed or self-directed learning.
The ‘priority learning’ list of learning options will be so good, inspiring, useful, needed, that people will probably be seeking to do more from the list than they are required to do. Occasional circumstances may exempt someone from the ‘priority learning’ options, at the discretion of the CCLL Director.
Additional to the required learning, we encourage registrants who work 60 hours or more to receive regular Spiritual Direction with a qualified Spiritual Director or via a practice of intentional retreat(s).
- Baptist Whānau Engagement
This engagement fits with our value of associating together as a collective of faith communities seeking to bring gospel renewal to people and places.
There are two engagement requirements for those working 60 hours or more per month and one for those working less than 60 hours per month. The engagement options for each category of leader are shown here.
For those registrants for whom geographical and/or financial constraints mean that attendance at the National Hui or a regional hui is not practicable every year, an alternative can be negotiated with their Regional Leader and endorsing leadership.
- Professional Support
For those working 60 or more hours per month at least two-monthly professional supervision by a BUNZ approved supervisor (i.e. minimum six times per year). For those working 40 – 59 hours per month regular professional supervision provided by a BUNZ approved supervisor as agreed upon in consultation with the engaging faith community or organisation’s leadership. For Māori leaders, supervision will be guided and determined in consultation with Manatu Iriiri Māori.
External supervision provides a forum wherein practitioners (registrants) can critically engage with their work practice, reflect on their actions, review their decisions, and learn. It is an interactive dialogue between a supervisor and a practitioner. The practitioner is empowered to develop their vocational strengths and competencies and be supported in their personal and professional growth and development. The practitioner is also held accountable to professional standards (e.g., ethics and safety) and defined competencies.
A phase-in period of 3 years will be given to identify and train enough supervisors in order to provide affordable professional supervision for all registered Baptist leaders.
BUNZ National Centre/Carey/Manatu Iriiri Māori to develop and source a training programme for potential supervisors over the next 3 years. This will enable an inhouse financial model established to make supervision affordable: e.g. train 20 ex-pastors early in their retirement who will then offer supervision at an affordable rate.
The BUNZ recommended rate and usage of the Ministry Enhancement Allowance (MEA) will need to be reviewed to enable registrants to fulfil this enhanced supervision criteria.
- Annual Review
In September/October each year a review of the RDA is undertaken within the faith community or organisation with a view to both considering progress against the current RDA and identifying priorities and goals (e.g., learning options choices, whānau engagement, etc) for the upcoming registration period. This would ideally be included as part of an annual review of a registrant’s role with the engaging faith community or organisation.
As a part of this annual review all registrants are also encouraged to undertake an intentional, self-directed, process of ongoing re-evaluation of their call to their role. This is particularly important for those working with a Terms of Call.
Guidance for these reviews will be provided through the office of the Leadership Coordination Director.
Training for Governance Groups
Once the recommendations have been approved by Assembly Council and as part of the implementation of the new registration system, online training and further information will be available on the Baptist website.