"Dave was very good at inspiring and equipping us for the task of conversational evangelism…[and]...also very good at reminding us of our Christian heritage and its contribution to our nation"
"It was also helpful to be advised of people and/or ministries across the country that are worthwhile and making a positive difference for the Gospel"
"This event was of great value. Dave does a unique job of opening our eyes to see the better ways to dialogue with unbelievers. He is a think tank of ideas and resources for evangelism in the Kiwi culture! "
"I was encouraged by Dave’s genuine interest in people...and his obvious passion for the health and advancement of the wider Kingdom of God"
"Thank you. You are a key resource to the church in NZ"
"The Shining Lights Trust team seem to have their finger on the pulse of the needs of the Christian Church across Aotearoa"
"For our pastors’ group this connection was…hugely valuable. Christians/churches around the country will undoubtedly have a greater impact when we work together"
"I was encouraged and helped by the sharing of things that are currently happening around New Zealand, including different resources on offer and practical ways churches can support each other"
"I feel that as a minister's group we are already on a journey of trying to help each other and connect more with a combined force. This visit and input was a helpful encouragement, and it was a shame so few of us turned up"
"The guidelines on how churches could work together were practical and really useful: Do apart what you can do apart; 'We don’t have to’; What can we be doing better together? And also all the resources available for churches to equip the saints for the work of the ministry"
"I think it was fantastic. Not only equipping and encouragement for Evangelism and mission but necessary strategic thinking that Dave is gifted with for such a time as this"
"While our churches already have a good working relationship there is always room for improvement, this input encouraged us, and my guess is that there may be more resource-sharing in the future as we work even more closely together"
"I was aware of how useful input from Dave, as an outsider and visitor, could be. He has the ability to facilitate discussion with pastors regarding ‘What can we be doing better together locally?’ without being entangled in any internal politics. This can be hugely useful for catalysing change!"
"He brought great wisdom and sharing of resources from across the country, people and/or ministries that are worthwhile and making a positive difference for the Gospel"
“All felt that the range of strategic ideas, resources and connections it passed to us was valuable. We had the majority of our pastors…[present and]...will discuss this further at our next meeting"
A visit to willing pastors’ groups in 50 cities and towns to feed a specific conversation about the potential and function of our unity, with examples of things we could do in these times – while connecting pastors to updates on a dozen national outreach organisations, innovators and ideas from other pastors’ groups that are either proving themselves, or that might have potential yet for widespread united effort and collaboration.
What could we achieve together nationally that we could not achieve apart?
Christian youth ministry is facing some significant challenges, including a powerful temptation to abandon our integrity so as to survive in what will become an increasingly hostile environment otherwise. We believe we can bring insights and encouragement in two specific areas – these being (1) unity and and (2) wisdom for engaging spiritual and other conversations in an increasingly hostile environment.
In weekends, we can give youth exposure to cutting-edge inspiration, teaching and training that could really change things for them with regard to their outreach.
We are offering a simple Friday night and Saturday conference to most provinces to help leaders help their youth and adult members.
Content is deliberately strategic — giving access to messages, or a clarity of thought on outreach related topics, that could inspire and shape new innovation so we engage in today’s world as winsomely as possible!
Fantastic feedback is coming in from the conferences giving a great flavour of what to expect:
POSSIBLE CONFERENCE TOPICS
Ps Kristen Williams has been asked to be available to help with youth tracks on conference — with a view to bringing a dynamic of faith, commitment and holiness that carries something unique also.
18th August– Wednesday
19th August– Thursday
IN DISCUSSION / OFFERED
10th September– Friday
11th September– Saturday
28th July– Wednesday
29th July- Thursday
30th – 31st July– Fri – Sat
10th August- Tuesday
12th August- Thursday
29th June- Tuesday
30th June- Wednesday
1st July- Thursday
2nd July- Friday
3rd July- Saturday
2nd June- Wednesday
22nd June- Tuesday
23rd June- Wednesday
24th June- Thursday
26th May– Wednesday
27th May– Thursday
28th May– Friday
29th May– Saturday
5th May– Wednesday
6th May – Thursday
7th May– Friday
8th May– Saturday
Under Level 1: Conferences & Meetings will go ahead without restrictions.
Under Level 2 Restrictions: The conferences & meetings will be held safely adhering to Covid-19 guidelines and attendee limitations (see individual event flyers for more details)
Under Level 3 or higher: Conferences will not go ahead.
(From ‘In One Spirit’, by Dave Mann, published May 2019)
The video above was created to feed important strategic discussion by city and town pastors’ groups about the way forward.
There are things we can do together that we cannot do apart. Are we open to considering the real-time implications of this idea for our leadership?
A comment from Dave Mann regarding the necessary limit on what our SLT team might bring to a city/town pastors’ group for discussion.