Navigating Life and Ministry in the Midst of Pandemic

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Navigating life and ministry amidst a global pandemic is a challenging task. As we continue walking with our communities through this season of constant change we find ourselves faced with new challenges almost daily. It can be overwhelming sifting through the constant stream of information. To help you find your way through the noise, we’ve put together this index of resources & articles which we’ll continue to update. (Last updated 16/11/21 – 8:30 am) Sharing the Gospel in Times of Crisis The Elephant in the Room – cession|community reflections on being the church Why Christians Should Avoid Alarmism (and what … Read More

An Open Letter on Vaccination from Rev Dr Richard Waugh

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This open letter comes from National Superintendent Emeritus Rev Dr Richard Waugh. Richard currently serves as the Senior Minister of East City Wesleyan in Botany, Auckland. Kia Ora, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Ah nyoung ha se yo, Bula Vinaka, Ni Hao, Noaia, Greetings, Blessings to you and your family at this time of continued social restrictions. While these are demanding days, at the same time we can be hopeful of a more positive future. Irrespective of what political persuasion you might be, it is so encouraging to see the increasing vaccination rates across our nation. The vaccines are safe … Read More

Pastoral Letter – COVID-19 Vaccination

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(Pictured: Rotuma Wesleyan Church had their first dose of the Pfizer Vaccination at the Otara Vaccination Station together on 23 May) *This post was updated on 28 October 2021 to reflect newly available information and the introduction of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid Protection Framework. “It’s not just about this decision for yourself; it’s also about the opportunity to do something for your neighbors…Brothers and sisters, this really is a love-your-neighbor moment.” (Francis Collins director of the National Institutes of Health during a webinar called “Evangelicals & COVID-19 Vaccine” April 2021) We have all felt the impact of COVID-19 over the … Read More

Loving my Neighbour

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This week’s Good News Story is from Rev Jone Kacivi, Minister of New Life Wesleyan Church. Now I am fully vaccinated. Why did I take the vaccine? In my role as a pastor, I was blessed to be part of a group of Pasifika pastors that meets with a top medical expert who advises the government and approved the use of the current vaccine. During our first meeting with them, there were three questions I wanted to ask this expert. Is the vaccine safe? What is the vaccine made of? The ethical background on how the vaccine was produced? I … Read More

National Superintendent – COVID-19 Update

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The Health Minister, Chris Hipkins, updated the nation today on recent developments concerning the “A-Z Employee” case in the Auckland CBD and the “Defence Worker Cluster”.  While there are currently no Alert Level changes, this is a weekend for us to be vigilant and self-check our current processes.  You can watch the full update here. In particular: (a) Please reaffirm to our people that if anyone is feeling unwell they should stay home from church, seek Healthline or GP advice and take a COVID test where recommended; (b) This weekend is a good time to assess your current contact tracing procedures – a good diagnostic … Read More

UPDATE – Christchurch COVID-19 Case & WMCNZ ConneXion

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Tēnā koutou, You may be aware that a health worker working at a managed isolation facility in Christchurch tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. They are isolating at home along with a household contact who has since tested negative. You and those in your church may be wondering what this means for ConneXion 2020 which commences in Christchurch this Friday. Indications from the Ministry of Health are that there is minimal risk to anyone in the community. ConneXion 2020 will therefore proceed as planned. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update you if necessary. Rest assured that … Read More

NS Update – August 2020

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Update from the National Superintendent following tonight’s announcement from the Prime Minister on Alert Level settings. If you need help in any way please reach out and we’ll be glad to assist. “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” Matt 5:41  

Walking with Those Made Redundant

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Redundancy – it’s not a word we like to hear, especially when we are the one being made redundant. Unfortunately it is a word that we will hear more often as the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic play out over coming months.   Many people will turn to their Pastor for support. Some will feel more prepared to offer that support than others. It might help to think of it this way – the provision of pastoral care during employment crises mirrors the general principles for crisis-response pastoral care.   Pastoral Guidelines for Redundancy Support aims to help Pastors … Read More