I’m glad you’re not my doctor!

I’m glad you’re not my doctor!
Most professionals participate in some form of ongoing learning related to their field of expertise, whether it is self‑directed study or training to fulfil a regulatory requirement. CHARLES HEWLETT and MIKE CRUDGE reflect on the benefits of lifelong learning for Baptist pastors—for the pastors themselves and for the churches they lead.

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Next Generation Leaders

Next  Generation Leaders
In the movie Shawshank Redemption, the character named ‘Red’ says of his escaped jailhouse buddy, Andy: “I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice.” Here CRAIG VERNALL reflects on the often difficult decision to release our best and brightest.

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Grace Nurtured

Grace Nurtured
How does understanding grace help us approach the priority of mission within New Zealand? Part 5

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What model do you drive?

What model do you drive?
JOHN PEACHEY looks at the power of leadership models and how some can hurt you, not help you, as a leader.

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A pastoral response to suicide

A pastoral response to suicide
Suicide transcends age, ethnicity, and social and economic markers, and is a topic the media regularly raises. CRAIG VERNALL reflects on the questions suicide raises for us all, especially for those grieving a lost loved one.

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What does God think about girls and women?

What does God think about girls and women?
Sarah Harris unpacks how 1 Timothy 2 can be an empowering text for women in the church.

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Life in neighbourhood

Life in neighbourhood
South West Baptist Church (SWBC) has been on a journey over the last little while that has resulted in a church structure that is a bit different to the one lots of us are used to. We caught up with ALAN JAMIESON to find out more.

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Get your hands dirty

Get your hands dirty
Our earth is an amazing place. It is absolutely full of God’s creation! How can we recall God’s faithfulness from the natural world around us, and how might we remain faithful in caring for the world before us? Mark Day takes a fresh look at compost and veges, and inspires us to get our hands dirty!

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Grace Embodied

Grace Embodied
How does understanding grace help us approach the priority of mission within New Zealand? Part 3

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Most Needed Often Neglected

Most Needed Often Neglected
Holiness is a high calling. For those in leadership, the stakes seem to be even higher. How can we even begin to pursue this call? Sam Schuurman gives us some practical pointers and reminds us how God helps us to pursue his call.

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Back to the Creed

Back to the Creed
Over the past two years, while pastoring at Tauranga Central Baptist, I have had the privilege of baptising seven teenagers and young adults. I have struggled with the question of the amount and type of teaching that should take place before believers are baptised, especially those who have not been raised in church-going families.

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God made me lime green

God made me lime green
In the last issue of the Baptist magazine, we reflected on the women who travelled with Jesus. We noted that both women and men were disciples, while the twelve apostles who will judge the twelve tribes were only men. In this article, we consider how the apostle Paul viewed women.

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Grace Celebrated

Grace Celebrated
How does understanding grace help us approach the priority of mission within New Zealand? Part 1

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Gifted and Called

Gifted and Called
The Bible tells us about women who were disciples, leaders, teachers, prophets, and preachers. What can we learn from them? Sarah Harris considers some of the women who walked with Jesus in the first of a two-part series.

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How do I Mobilise my Church?

How do I Mobilise my Church?
Does your church find it easy to share the good news? Dave Mann shares inspiration and ideas here.

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It's All About Restoration - Addressing Conflict In Church

It's All About Restoration - Addressing Conflict In Church
The church is God’s amazing gift to a needy world. But it’s populated by a whole heap of sinners, who may be forgiven and given opportunities for multiple new beginnings, but are nevertheless fallible sinners— actually just like me and maybe even you. And so from its very beginning, followers of Jesus seemingly on a Spirit-led journey, have fought with each other. Rodney Macann shares some biblical reflections on conflict resolution.

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Building Re-Creation into your Life: The Blessing of Sabbatical

Building Re-Creation into your Life: The Blessing of Sabbatical
It may just be a psychological game that my mind and body plays on me, but like an athlete in a race who crashes over the finishing line, sabbaticals have always come at the right time for me. Craig Vernall shares his insights about sabbaticals.

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Commander to the Commander, Apostle to the Apostles - God's Upside-Down Kingdom

Commander to the Commander, Apostle to the Apostles - God's Upside-Down Kingdom
Jesus said the first would be last, the weak would be strong, and the best leaders are servants. These are part of the upside-down kingdom of God. There is another. God often chose women when human societies expected men. Beulah Wood takes a look at some of the female leaders of the Bible.

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Seeing The Bible At Work

Seeing The Bible At Work
When we ask not only "What does the Bible mean?" but also "What does it do?" we can see God at work as the Bible engages those who read and respond to it.

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Criticism in Christian Community

Criticism in Christian Community
Is there a place for criticism in Christian community and if so, where and how?

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Business CEO Or Welfare Professional?

Business CEO Or Welfare Professional?
Strengthening the emotional resilience and sustainability of church leaders... for the long haul.

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Navigating The Road Well

Navigating The Road Well
Church leadership can be demanding: the call of Christ plus real or perceived expectations from others and self can result in ‘hallowed hyper-activity.’ Seeking physical, emotional, spiritual and relational well-being is key to serving sustainably.

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Grace Discerned

Grace Discerned
How does understanding grace help us approach the priority of mission within New Zealand? Part 2

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