Focus on Advent: What are you waiting for? with Mark Pierson (Focus Webinar Series 2020)

Focus on Advent: What are you waiting for? with Mark Pierson (Focus Webinar Series 2020)

FOCUS JanHynes instagramWebinar: Wednesday 14 October 7.30pm-8.30pm (NZT) FREE

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.

Register for this event by clicking the 'Register (Indervidual)' button below (whether you're watching on your own or with a group). You will get an initial email confirmation of registration. From Monday 12 October you will be emailed webinar access details.

Note: unlike other webinars in the FOCUS series, there will be no recording available of this webinar. This is a free live synchronous event only.

Mark Pierson has been an accredited Baptist Minister since 1982. He has led Baptist Churches in Christchurch, Wellington, Lower Hutt, and Central Auckland. Following time in Melbourne and with World Vision New Zealand, he has for the last five years been Lead Curator & Pastor with the Rhythms of Grace Community in central Auckland.

In 2000 Mark co-authored “The Prodigal Project”; 2010 “The Art of Curating Worship: reshaping the role of worship leader”, and a few other bits and pieces before and after. 

He is passionate about the importance of local church communities, and particularly how the worship they offer can be made stronger and more deeply engage people with God. 

He served tea to 1300 people in New Zealand, Australia and the USA last year in "Tea & Be" ceremonies. Mark is husband to Robyn, father to four and grandfather to four. His rubbish website can be accessed at

The FOCUS Webinar Series, of which this is a special extra in the 2020 season, provides a stimulating training resource for church leaders, practitioners, and volunteers. Each month a new focus illuminates topics from theology, Bible, pastoral care, mission, youth, history, and culture. The content is provided by high calibre academic researchers and practitioners of Carey’s faculty and other experts in their field.

Each webinar is an hour long, containing approximately 40 minutes of content, with live Q&A. Normally these are recorded with ongoing access available online - but this special extra FOCUS on Advent webinar will not have a recording avaialble afterwards. Watch on your own, or together as a leadership team, or create a group to join together for this 8-month series - or pull together some friends for a one-off episode. One reading (a book chapter or article) is included after each webinar to go a little deeper.

Event Properties

Event Date 14-10-2020 7:30 pm
Event End Date 14-10-2020 8:30 pm
Registration Start Date 06-08-2020
Cut off date 14-10-2020 7:15 pm