Strategic messages

This page contains some strategic messages from Dave and the team, and a few of the guests at Engage Conferences and other Shining Lights Trust platforms

The importance of Church small groups
— with Dave

A stirring 40 minute message on the importance of church small groups if the Church is to more fully become what God intended it to be in this world.

In this message Dave traverses history and Scripture to present a compelling challenge, principally suggesting that the goal is not that we have churches with small groups, but instead become churches of small groups.

30 min small group leaders training (1 of 3)— with Dave

The above audio is an introduction to the importance of small groups.

The video here is the first of three – summarising 8 key areas of training, to enable small group leaders to deliver measurable results. The goal is disciples who make disciples.

Download student notes for all 8 sessions (3 half hour videos) here.

All within 30 minutes – this first video concisely articulates:

  • Three key goal areas – and how to achieve them through simple ‘fringe’ habits (because habits are what builds culture);
  • Programme flow and priorities;
  • Discussion leading tips – Part I.

30 min small group leaders training (2 of 3)— with Dave

The text next to the first video explains what is being gifted here.

Download student notes for all 8 sessions (3 half hour videos) here.

This second of three videos covers:

  • The essentiality of small groups to the function of the Church;
  • Small group life-cycle;
  • The essentiality of annual goals to life-changing small groups (including outreach goals);

30 min small group leaders training (3 of 3)— with Dave

The text next to the first video explains what is being gifted here.

Download student notes for all 8 sessions (3 half hour videos) here.

For this final session – also download the sample ‘calendar’ (as a editable Word doc) here.

This third of three videos covers:

  • Discussion skills – Part II (group management)
  • Planning (putting it all to practice – to deliver measurable results).

The Treaty of Waitangi today
— with Dave

A stirring 45 minute presentation on the little-known background to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, concluding with a challenging strategic forecasts from Dave on where biculturalism is going in New Zealand, and the implications of this for the Kiwi Church – in view of how we might (or might not) achieve things we may be hoping for.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi – and implications for today
— with Dave

A presentation by Dave from a Thinking Matters conference in 2019, related to the story of Te Tiriti, followed by some strategic reflections on current trends and where this might be heading – with awareness of implications for the Church as a whole in Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Engage Pastors’ Morning: The need for a united national and city voice
— with Dave

A strategic presentation by Dave on the role and function of city pastors’ groups in relation to the wider mission of the church, and of the relationship of these to denominations, para-Church and local churches. This message gives a context for some ‘next level’ united function.

Engage Pastors’ Morning: The DNA of a pastors’ group that brings change to the city
— with David Dishroon

A presentation and reflection on the dynamics involved, and therefore importance of, the united function of the Church at a city level – spoken with the past 25 years of consistent effort in the Tauranga Moana in view.

Engage Pastors’ Morning: Story-telling and discussion panel
— with David Dishroon, Colin Shaw and Dave Mann

A question and answer time related to the role and function of city/town pastors’ group – and related thoughts, observations, concerns and strategies.

What it means to have a mission
— with Dave

A strategic presentation for local churches about the ‘four pistons of outreach mobilisation’ – clarifying the strategic place and significance of each ‘piston’ to the greater-accomplishing of our mission within our nation as the Church (united).

Connecting Christ with Maori on the Marae
— with Jade Hohaia

A heart-felt answer from Jade on how we might continue to see Maori connecting with Christ on the Marae, highlighting challenges while raising awareness of the opportunities and journey.

The ‘Expelled – No Intelligence Allowed!’ story
— with Logan Craft

An inspirational story about the production of a now-acclaimed movie documentary purposed to challenge hypocrisy in academia, and of the journey through some wide-reaching reactions and opposition to it that followed.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi – a document to be proud of
— with Jay Ruka

An excellent presentation, that imparts an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi), it’s remarkably Christian context, and the implications of this for us today.

The Call to Change Culture
— with Dave

A 45 minute strategic presentation made at Engage Conference 2017 in Auckland, NZ, about cultural challenges and opportunities facing Christianity in the West, followed by a summary of 3 broad areas of needed response — one of which will be considerably new to the thinking of most NZ believers.

Changing the outreaching culture of your local church

A message from the pastors’ morning at Engage 2017 — in which Dave communicated his perspective on how to build an authentic outreaching culture in a local church through a habit-based approach, to see members actually mobilised (as contrasted with an approach that is based around running programmes).

When we all think differently we will all act differently.

The results could be greater than we ever expected!