Baptism invites us to share in God’s mission through our own vocation and commitment to God’s world, now and to come. Within this framework, the Church sets apart some people to engage in that mission through specific ministries. These people are trained, ordained, commissioned or authorised to minister in the name of Jesus Christ to, with, and for the whole Church. All bring and offer particular gifts and graces. They may be ordained, commissioned or authorised for particular functions or office at a service of public worship. The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand recognises four strands of ordained ministry:
Local Shared Ministry
The Local Shared Ministry Handbook has been developed by the Leadership Sub-committee of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand during 2019 and 2020 and was adopted by the 2022 Special Assembly. It is offered to the wider Church for implementation. Local Shared Ministry is covered by Book of Order regulations 9.23 – 9.32. These are included at the end of this handbook as Appendix 1. However, although the Handbook was adopted in 2022, the relevant Book of Order regulations will not be fully amended to align with the Handbook until the 2023 General Assembly. Click for the Local Shared Ministry handbook here.