"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"
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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 encouraged by Dave’s genuine interest in people...and his obvious passion for the health and advancement of the wider Kingdom of God"
"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"
"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! "
"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 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!"
"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"
"Thank you. You are a key resource to the church in NZ"
“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"
"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"
By God’s grace we will continue this area of our mahi, travelling for face to face discussions, serving the connection lines amongst pastors’ groups, another year. For now (2023), the realities of funding and manpower mean we need to pull back, awaiting another day. ‘If the Lord doesn’t build the house, we labour in vain.’ (Psalm 127:1).
– – – THE BELOW TRAVEL PURPOSE AND SCHEDULE IS CANCELLED – – –
We are travelling to over 70 cities and towns with purpose.
Everything offered remains optional – because this is how unity works – while hoping for willing collaboration in some things, for the benefit of many.
A minimum of one hour is required for presentation and whatever discussion is possible within the time allocated.
If you are interested in the purposes in mind (some won’t need the details – with past experience paving the way) – they are summarised below. Point 3 is the ‘main purpose’ – in the sense that it is time sensitive, and necessitates this extensive travel in the present time.
And there is more – at no real cost to you
With information on your ‘help on offer’ collected done, two additional possibilities for each pastors’ group then open up. They are both notable possibilities, which can create notable opportunities.
We pray for willing hearts to engage together around these things.
See travel schedule options to the right.
Tuesday 23 June
Wednesday 24 June
Thursday 25 June
Friday 26 June
Wednesday 17 May
Thursday 18 May
Friday 19 May
Friday 28 July
(Thursday afternoon is free if meeting-date-swap needed)
(From ‘In One Spirit’, by Dave Mann, published May 2019)
A comment from Dave Mann regarding the necessary limit on what our SLT team might bring to a city/town pastors’ group for discussion.