Denominational resources: Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand

The web resources of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand have nothing I can find about church planting, but include just about everything else, including some helps for small congregations. Since young churches start small or under-developed, this can be very helpful.

This denomination has about fifty thousand members in a nation of fewer than four million people. (Its size, population, percentage of non-Anglo/non-Asian population, and date of non-native colonization makes it comparable to the state of Oregon.) In other words, these is a certain “proportional applicability” that keeps it from seeming outsized to us.

Click here for resources and browse your heart out. I am especially keen on:

  1. Preaching Kits, “for those preparing lectionary-based worship.”
  2. Special Services: Holy Week and Easter; Advent and Christmas, and Others. I’ll discuss their resources for communion later, and at length elsewhere.
  3. The whole site would be worth browsing, if only to find resources like “Help! I am down to preach on Sunday! What do I do?” [2009. site reorganzied; can’t find this now]. This is the kind of folk wisdom that is sorely lacking on most denominational websites.

But that’s me being worship-centric. Some of the training options and administration reports should inspire, but they’re not directly applicable outside New Zealand. In the meantime, I’m off to scape the blog for spam.


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