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Presbytery Gathering

Alpine Presbytery Gathering – Christchurch, 27th-29th April 2018

Venue: The Village Church in Bryndwr (cnr Ilam Road & Aorangi Street)

On-line Registrations have now closed. If you still wish to attend the Gathering, please contact the Presbytery Office. However, please note that we are unable to provide meals for anyone registering late.

We will begin with a cuppa from 2pm on the Friday with the official start at 2.30pm. The Gathering will end after church/morning-tea on the Sunday (service at St Andrew’s College Chapel).

Theme: With the changing shape of church how might we develop the social enterprise dimension of our life?

Key Speakers for the Gathering

Stephen Moe:
Steven Moe wrote the book “Social Enterprises in New Zealand: A Legal Handbook” and is in the corporate and commercial team at Parry Field Lawyers in Christchurch where he often works with charities, not for profits and social enterprises. He studied at Canterbury University and worked for a significant national law firm in Wellington for 3 years before he left New Zealand to work for 11 years at international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright in Tokyo (4 years), London (3 years) and Sydney (4 years). He has a podcast called “Seeds: Talking Purpose” ( where he interviews social entrepreneurs.  He attends Hope Presbyterian in Rolleston.  He is in the process of founding a social enterprise cinema in Rolleston where he also lives.

Rev Sarah Rice:
Sarah is interested in how the church participates in the redemptive work that the Father is doing through the Son by the Spirit in the world. This is a belief that Jesus is active and calls us to embody his good news locally, nationally and internationally. She also is interested in how the field of hopeful post-development can offer processes of application for theological conviction around justice. She currently is a co-senior pastor with her husband Elliot, at Papanui Baptist in Christchurch and a teaching fellow at Laidlaw College, Christchurch campus. Sarah originates from Zimbabwe and is currently doing her Masters in Development Studies with Massey.

Rev Dr Blair Stirling Dip Min, BTheol, Dip Grad, PGDipCApSc, PhD MANZASW. Director, Te Whare Awhero

Rev Sharaine Steenberg (currently in Blenheim)

Rev Richard Dawson (Moderator of the PCANZ)


A time to sow

A time to sow—An Alpine Presbytery Resourcing event

Sunday 13 May 1.45–4pm, at Whakatu Presbyterian Church, 34 Champion Road, Richmond. An interactive, discussion based session for anyone looking to start something new.  Covering:

  • Planting new congregations
  • Starting new worship gatherings
  • Questions to ask
  • How to get started
  • Learning from the mistakes of others

This session would suit anyone planning, thinking about, or remotely interested in exploring new forms of church. Open to anyone, although the most effective way to spend our time is if there is a team from your congregation who can continue the conversation together in your context.

For more information contact: Darryl Tempero—, Phone: 027 5560055

Download the flyer here.


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