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Below you will find some answers to requently asked questions regarding the proposed changes to Baptist leaders’ registration.

Why should someone be registered?

The main benefit for registrants is that they recieve BUNZ endorsement that recognises their committment to the ongoing development of their character, knowledge and abilities – deemed necessary to minister in the name of the BUNZ.

When a Baptist church appoints someone who is registered, they can have confidence that the individual meets a recognised standard. A important aspect of this standard is a commitment to ongoing professinal development to help equip a leader to bring Gospel renewal.

Additional benefits are:

  • The provision of an annual framework and rhythm to support and encourage personal growth, Baptist whānau engagement, professional accountability, and review.
  • Discount membership at the Carey library.
  • Discount audit fee for Carey NZQA courses.
  • Eligible to be a BUNZ Marriage Celebrant.

Benefits being considered are:

  •  Discounted ‘priority learning’ options through CCLL.
  • Professional supervision from the BUNZ list at an affordable cost.
One of the requirements for Baptist Whanau Engagement is 70% attendance at a Baptist cluster meeting. What it if is not possible to attend because there is no local Baptist cluster, or if a person doesn't work on the day of the cluster meetings?

Where it is not practicably possible for someone to attend a Baptist cluster, an alternative equivalent can be negotiated with your Regional Leader.

This could include, attending a local Baptist training event or serving on a Baptist Board e.g., Assembly council, regional association.


Is there a subsidy available to assist with the cost of registration?

Applicants can apply for a reduction in the registration fee if paying the full fee would cause financial hardship (e.g., an unpaid pastor who receives no MEA). This will be approved at the discretion of the CCLL director.

The BUNZ recommended rate and usage of the Ministry Enhancement Allowance (MEA) will be reviewed to enable registrants to fulfil the enhanced supervision criteria.

For those registrants for whom 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.

For registrants in volunteers roles, all CCLL courses under the priority learning options will be free of charge. There will also be a subsidy available to help cover supervision costs.

What is the criteria for a BUNZ approved supervisor?

The criteria is still to be determined but may consist of one of the following:

1. Completed a supervision training programme provided either in-house by the BUNZ or in partnership with a training institution.
2. Has a qualification in supervison/spiritual direction from a recognised training institution e.g., Certificate in Supervision/Spiritual direction.
3. Has a recognised qualification in the Health Sciences e.g., psychology, counselling.
4. Has an established and recognised supervision ministry within the Baptist movement.

Will the requirement for professional supervision be restricted to only those supervisors listed on the CCLL website?

No, while there will be a list of approved supervisors, other professionally trained supervisors will also be able to be used. The CCLL Director will have the discretion to approve supervisors other than those listed on the CCLL website.

Will BUNZ be providing review templates/guides for the annual review? Or prepared to help develop this?

Yes. The Baptist Administration Manual already provides guidelines for ministry reviews.

Similarly, guidelines and templates would be provided for RDA reviews.

Will the RDA review include your performance as a pastor?

No, it is a review of the RDA only. It 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.

However, the review of the RDA would ideally be included as part of an annual review of a registrant’s role.

Why is missional leader no longer a registration category?

The current definition of a missional leader is narrowly defined as “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.”

Of the 312 registered Baptist leaders, only 10 are registered under the missional leader category.

The new “ministry leader” category was created to include not only missional leaders but others who are in roles that support the work of a faith community or communities.

Don’t we currently require all pastors to be registered?

Registration has never been compulsory.

Does the broadening of the categories of registrant mean that anybody e.g. a school teacher or a mainly music volunteer, who wants to be registered can do so?

No, applicants must still be able to meet all of the entry criteria including having the endorsement of their Baptist faith community or entity. In these two examples this would mean:

• If the school was run by a Baptist church and the applicant wished to have both teachers’ registration and Baptist Registration, and they are a member of a Baptist church, have the endorsement of that church for their application for BR, a current police vet and a JD showing that they work 40 hours or more per month, then they would meet the entry criteria.
• If the mainly music volunteer is serving in a Baptist church, they are a member of that church, work 40 hours per month with a JD or similar, have a current Police vet and the endorsement of the church to be registered, they would meet the criteria.