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NNZC Conference Calendar (UPDATE 7 August 2020)

23 July 2020

We have had many changes to our events with many being cancelled or postponed. For the latest digital copy of the 2020 calendar see below to download.

There will likely be more changes so keep an eye out for calendar updates in the PLUGIN or refer to our website for the latest information

We also have blank editable 2020, 2021 and 2022 year planner calendars that you are welcome to download and use for your church’s event/meeting planning.


End It Now Emphasis Day – 22 August

5 August 2020

The resource packet for enditnow® Emphasis Day, Sabbath, August 22, 2020, comes to us from the GC Ministerial Association. The sermon, “When Jesus Ended It,” was written by Anthony R. Kent, ministerial associate secretary. The seminar, “Wounds of Abuse: Can we do more?”, was published in Ministry® International Journal for Pastors, November 2018. The children’s story is provided by Linda Koh, director of GC Children’s Ministries. The PDF booklet by Mable C. Dunbar was produced in 2016 by NAD Women’s Ministries. The handout, excerpted from Dr. Dunbar’s booklet, is a bulleted list and accompanied by a short PPT to supplement its presentation.

You will be blessed to hear Luke’s gospel narrative of the bent-over woman whom Jesus saw in the synagogue one Sabbath during his last journey to Jerusalem. His deep compassion for her suffering caused Him to heal her right then and there. The good news is that Jesus is willing do the same for each of us today.

A new resource specifically done regarding tertiary students who experience such violence. You will find it on the following website.

Record is printing an edition that has several articles about that topic, look out for that. One of them is already available online


August 8 – SPD Strategy: Comprehensive Media Evangelism

5 August 2020

Video for the Comprehensive Media Evangelism offering being taken up in NZ churches on 8 August 2020.

ADVENTIST MEDIA OFFERING 2020 from Adventist Media on Vimeo.


#weRtheCHURCH is back to inspire and encourage

5 August 2020

The SPD has decided to run #weRtheCHURCH on an ongoing basis – one program each quarter. The plan is to have three Friday night programs throughout the year (August 28, November 27 and March 26, 2021) and another Friday night/Sabbath program on June 25/26 2021.

More info at


eGiving App

20 July 2020


Meet the best yet e-Giving App. It’s never been easier to give! Now you can give anywhere and anytime! You can track your giving and manage your automatic donations right at your fingertips! eGiving is a simple way to return tithes and give offerings and it’s available to all registered churches in Australia & New Zealand. Learn more about it, give with an easy hand and easy heart, share with others what and how they can do it too. And most importantly, be blessed, being a faithful steward, return what belongs to God and share God’s blessings with others.

For more tithe and offering resources go to


ADRA CTP Funding (Round 3) Deadline – 15th August 2020

27 July 2020

Here’s an amazing opportunity for your Church to meet some of the needs of your local community through our CTP (Community Transformation Partnership) programme.

Do you need funding to kick start a new community initiative, or support a current initiative that needs a boost financially? Maybe you’d prefer to utilise one of the many wonderful pre-designed CTP programmes available – don’t miss out!

More information about CTP funding, initiatives, as well as the application form can be found at:

If you have any further queries, please contact Sally Lavea via email [email protected] or phone (09) 625-0883 or 021 1357 494.


Kids Talents for Jesus Competition

24 July 2020

General Conference Children’s Ministries is celebrating 25 years of ministry to children and adolescents! To commemorate this event, we are calling all children and teens to show us your talents and gifts in our Kids Talents for Jesus. The theme is, Jesus is My Best Friend.  We would love to see all children and teens send in your best piece of art, or poetry, or media production.

All winning entries will be featured in the General Conference Children’s Ministries 25th Anniversary Kids Talents for Jesus publication.

For rules and guidelines and the submission form, you can download this from the General Conference Children’s Ministries website and Facebook page at:; [email protected].

Submission: Submit entries with the accompanying submission form to the NZPUC Children’s Ministries director.
Deadline: October 13, 2020.
Categories: Art, poetry, media production
Child/Teen: Ages 5 – 14


The Conference Office and ABC under initial phase of Alert Level 1

6 July 2020

The Conference Office

Hours Open (by appointment): Mon- Thurs 10am-4pm; Friday 10am-12.30pm.
The Conference Office is currently open by appointment only. To make an appointment with a staff member please either phone (09) 262 5620 or email [email protected]

Adventist Book Centre

The ABC is open for limited hours on weekdays.
Hours Open: Mon- Thurs 10am-4pm; Friday 10am-12.30pm.
Sunday open from 10am-12.30pm. | Free Phone: 0800 50 22 22



Avondale Homecoming

30 July 2020

21-22 August 2020

Homecoming is the largest Avondale Alumni event of the year. All alumni and friends of Avondale, and their families, from all years and classes are welcome to connect with what will be an online-only event this year. The heart of Homecoming: the reunions for those in the honour years. If you studied or worked at Avondale in 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 or 2010, 2020 is your honour year. More info at


Young Adult Sabbaths 2020

14 July 2020

Want a chance to connect with other young adults for worship, fun and equipping? These churches have you covered!
We have 7 special Sabbaths when churches all across NZ are inviting young adults (aged 18+) to come join them for a Sabbath.

Check out the dates for the Young Adult Sabbaths near you, grab your friends, and make the most of these opportunities to travel, visit, and connect.

  • 5 September – Central Auckland
    HOSTED BY Brentwood + Ponsonby churches
    Details TBC
  • 19 September – Southland/Otago
    HOSTED BY Invercargill + U+I churches
    11:00am-1:30pm | Church + Lunch | Invercargill Church (30 Doon Street, Invercargill)
    2:00-8:00pm | Sabbath Afternoon Southland Bus Tour + Saturday Night Games
  • 26 September – South Auckland
    HOSTED by Papatoetoe church
    Details TBC
  • 10 October – Waikato/Bay of Plenty
    HOSTED BY Hamilton + Tauranga churches
    9:30-10:30am | Sabbath School, Church + Lunch | Hamilton (58 Palmerston St, Hamilton)
    2:00-8:00pm | Afternoon Hangout + Games Night
  • 24 October – Christchurch
    HOSTED bt Bishopdale + GCF churches
    6:30pm | Friday Night Hangout | Garden City Fellowship (Location TBC)
    9:30am | Sabbath School + Church | Bishopdale Church (74 Breens Road, Christchurch)
  • 7 November – Nelson
    HOSTED by Nelson Church
    9:30am | Sabbath School + Church | The Haven church (34 Collingwood St, Nelson)
    12:30pm | Lunch + Afternoon Hangout

Adventist Church Online Conference

13 July 2020

A Digital Discipleship event in collaboration with AUC, NZPUC, TPUM & PNGUM

18 July – 15 August 2020 | FREE 5-WEEK ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Learn from other digital church leaders and develop ideas about how to increase engagement and improve your church’s online evangelism.
More information and to register for free go to


Not Ashamed: THRIVE

10 July 2020

Equipping Disciples to be Disciple-Makers

2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV) – Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

T.H.R.I.V.E. is the second series for the new online “Not Ashamed” discipleship equipping resource. This 6 part series continues the focus of equipping disciples of Jesus to be more effective disciple makers. “Not Ashamed: THRIVE” is composed of 30 minute episodes and are hosted by Sarah-Jane Riley, Jesse Herford, and Ben Martin. This second series will celebrate the life of thriving we have in Christ, identify the obstacles that can get in the way of living out that life, and explore how God helps us overcome those obstacles.

The latest “Not Ashamed: THRIVE” episode is premiered live on Facebook each Friday night at 7:30pm. All current episodes, along with previous episodes (and the entire “Not Ashamed: Discovery Bible Reading” series), can be found at:


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Our Future in His Hands

5 June 2020

This is a free 40-week online course that will enable you to delve into prophecy for yourself.

An in-depth study of the Book of Revelation from the perspective of its structure and the relationship of its various parts to each other, this course will equip you with the tools to understand the text of Revelation. Each topic in this series is designed to lay foundations for the topics that follow. Through the series the meaning of Revelation will be progressively revealed.

To gain the maximum benefit from these studies, each participant will need to set aside some time during the week to reinforce the weekly study by spending time in the Word. Those who are faithful in doing this will finish the course with a deep understanding of the text itself, which will give confidence in explaining the messages of Revelation with others.

The course has now begun. You are free to join the course and start from the beginning at any time, and share it with your friends and family. 

More info & course materials >>



Sabbath School Offerings

30 July 2020

Advance the gospel commission with your Sabbath School offering

During these uncertain and complex times, the gospel advancement is needed more than ever to the dark places of the world and its big cities. Sabbath School offerings are used to spread the Gospel in the 10-40 window (not General Conference office operating costs), pay missionaries, fund Adventist World Radio and Hope Channel. Also, Sabbath School offerings fund efforts to reach big cities.


Lesson Resources: Making Friends for God

6 July 2020

Making Friends for God: The Joy of Sharing in His Mission

Adult Sabbath School Lesson | 3rd Quarter 2020 (July, August, September)


Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists

6 July 2020

Who are the Seventh-day Adventists? Who took the Adventist message around the world? Find reliable answers to these and other questions at your fingertips with the new Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists Online!

You can find the encyclopedia at


Dealing Hope

4 June 2020

If you missed an episode of Hope Dealer, with Pr Eddie Tupa’i, you can watch them at the following links.

Facebook: AdventistsNewZealandPacific
Dealing Hope 2.0:
Dealing Hope 1.0:

Sabbath Morning Prayer
Join Pr Eddie Tupa’i for 15 minutes of prayer for the NZPUC every Sabbath morning at NZT 6:45 am on the NZPUC Facebook page.


Churches PowerPoint/Keynote Slides

9 June 2020

For those churches who are looking for content for your PowerPoint or Keynote slides remember to check out our website for any new material. We have slides for events, eGiving, Sabbath School, Hope Channel and some special days and offerings.




3 June 2020

If you watched this program with the rest of the South Pacific Divison and want to see it again or if you missed out, you can find the links to the Friday night and Sabbath programs below.



Updated Response to Covid-19 & Alert Level 1

9 June 2020


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

“Dear friends, we pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.” 3 John 2

In consultation with Conference leaders, the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference administration would like to update you on the steps we are taking with the recent easing of restrictions announced by the New Zealand Government and clarification around what Alert Level 1 entails.

  1. As of 12.00am, June 9, 2020, the NZ Government announced the country will move to Alert Level 1. At this alert level, there are no limits placed on the size of gatherings nor on physical distancing which means all church buildings can safely reopen for church services and meetings.
  2. All church members and personnel are encouraged to observe basic hygiene that includes washing hands regularly and coughing and sneezing into your elbow. Please seek immediate medical assistance if you have flu-like symptoms and remain at home.
  3. The Government recommends that everyone keep track of where they have been and Churches should continue to display the NZ Covid Tracer QR code posters.
  4. With church services returning to normal and offering collections recommencing, we encourage church members to continue to use eGiving and direct deposits to return their tithes and offerings.
  5. With church buildings reopening, we strongly encourage church leaders to consider how to incorporate the many innovative initiatives members used to meet and worship together during lockdown into ongoing church life.

Thank you for what you are doing to further His cause and we appreciate how you have adapted and innovated during the recent few months.

Kind regards

President New Zealand Pacific Union Conference – Eddie Tupa’i
Secretary Treasurer New Zealand Pacific Union Conference – Graeme Drinkall
President North New Zealand Conference – Ben Timothy
President South New Zealand Conference – Mike Sikuri


More information about opening your church

27 May 2020

Additional Requests and Considerations

  • All churches are welcome to re-open their church buildings from 12pm this Friday May 29th and resume activity on-site in keeping with Ministry of Health requirements. While this is welcomed and encouraged, some churches may choose to delay re-opening their buildings slightly longer, if this is helpful to their on-site resumption.
  • Your minister will need to inform us if you intend opening your church buildings for this Sabbath May 30th.  If you do not intend doing so for this Sabbath, your minister will need to inform us of when you intend doing so by emailing Adeline Teina [email protected] .
  • Your minister will need to email Adeline Teina [email protected] and assure us that you are following all the COVID-19 related Ministry of Health requirements.
  • Information on how to conduct your own church event risk assessment can be found at
  • Be sure to conduct a deep clean of church premises prior to their re-opening, especially of common touch points, such as door handles and the like.
  • The placement of appropriate signage at all entry and exit points regarding COVID-19 expectations will be required. Examples can be found at .
  • The strategic placement of hand wash stations with signage and pump action hand wash or sanitiser along with disposable paper towel and bins is needful.
  • Please have systems in place to ensure that there are no more than 100 people on-site at any one time.
  • Perhaps consider introducing a ‘one-way’ system where people enter and exit through different doors, if possible.
  • When people sing, they spread more droplets.  For this reason, consider whether to temporarily suspend congregational singing (recommended) or to simply spread people/households further apart than the standard 1-2m physical distancing requirement.  For this reason, microphones should not be shared and should be carefully cleaned after each service or event.  Likewise, careful thought ought be given as to whether to use high-powered air conditioning/heat pump units.
  • If conducting multiple on-site services or events to cater for churches that would normally have in excess of 100 in attendance, please bear in mind that you will need to clean the premises between each service or event to avoid cross-contamination between groups of 100.
  • While not a requirement, it is encouraged that gatherings be for no longer than 2 hours (
  • Churches are encouraged to make their services and events available online to ensure that no-one is needlessly excluded from faith community gatherings due to group size limits.
  • If churches wish to place a QR code at the entrance to their premises for those wishing to electronically trace their own movements, then information on how to do so can be found at However, this does not remove from churches the responsibility to keep their own physical register of those who have attended their service or event.  Please register each attendee’s name, one reliable contact detail for them and the time they entered and exited the service or event.  This register may only be kept for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes for 2 months and must then be destroyed.
  • Please remove church provided hymn books and pew bibles on a temporary basis, as they may spread the virus.  Attendees should bring their own personal bible or read off a screen.
  • We are asking that churches refrain from shared potluck meals, foot-washing and communion services for now.  A carefully managed meal where people only consume the food they themselves have prepared is allowable.  If your church runs a soup kitchen or meals service to the community, please follow the Ministry of Health requirements around the provision of a food service (  following the ‘Three S’ approach outlined) and advise us of the transmission prevention measures you are taking in doing so.
  • Please communicate with church attendees prior to re-opening and inform them of the safety measures you have put in place.
  • The above points are not meant to be exhaustive of the measures a local church may take to combat the potential spread of COVID-19. Each congregation needs to account for their own unique on-site circumstances making these and additional arrangements suitable to their situation.  All such arrangements need to be in keeping with NZ Ministry of Health requirements.

For further helpful information on anything referred to the above or other important COVID-19 related matters, please visit .

May God continually bless our efforts to share the hope we have in Jesus during this time of COVID-19.

Pr Hugh Heenan – General Secretary, NNZC



Teaching Position: Head of Primary School (Full-time)

7 August 2020

Head of Primary School (Full-time) – Christchurch Adventist School | Papanui | Christchurch | Applications close 11 September 2020 | Seeking a Head of Primary leader to lead learning in Years 1-8 of the school. If you have a passion for Christ-centred learning and a desire to work as part of a thriving team this job could be for you. You must be supportive of our special character and have the vision and skills to connect with purpose to all our students, staff, whānau/families and wider community.  Willing and able to take part in religious instruction appropriate to the special Seventh-day Adventist character of the school is a condition of appointment. Position commences term 1, 2021 or by negotiation.  Please email [email protected] for more information and a copy of the job description.


Vacant Position: Hospitality – Team Leader

3 August 2020

Bethesda is seeking a Hospitality – Team Leader to join our team.

A successful applicant will demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Effective communication,  especially when interacting  with elderly Residents
  • Positive attitude and friendly personality
  • Empathy for the needs of the elderly and their families
  • Excellence in time keeping and personal management
  • Excellent personal hygiene and presentation
  • Leadership in the hospitality environment, including cleaning and laundry services
  • Sound problem-solving skills
  • Commitment to personal and professional standards

Our Hospitality – Team Leader will be required to:

  • Present the facility a homely, yet professional manner
  • Competently attend to cleaning tasks, following policy, procedure and infection control practices
  • Competently attend to laundry tasks, following policy, procedure and infection control practices
  • Work shifts covering all days of the week and weekend
  • Lead a small a team of cleaning and laundry staff under the direction and delegation of the Operations Manager
  • Demonstrate effective time management and ability to work without supervision
  • Some heavy lifting is also a requirement for the role, moving and handling training (annual) will be provided

Experience and Qualification required for the role of Hospitality – Team Leader:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Cleaning, Level 2, preferred, on-the-job training can be provided.
  • New Zealand Certificate in Cleaning Level 3, advantage.
  • Proven ability in customer service, preferred
  • Experience in Health Care environment, preferred but not essential

Eligibility to apply:

  • New Zealand Citizen and Permanent Residents

Bethesda is proud to present a clean and safe, homely environment. This is a great opportunity for you to work with a dynamic and committed team, in a unique and rewarding environment.


Vacant Position: Assistant Chef (Weekend)

3 August 2020

Bethesda is seeking an assistant chef to join our team.

A successful applicant will demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Effective communication,  especially when interacting  with elderly Residents
  • Positive attitude and friendly personality
  • Empathy for the needs of the elderly and their families
  • Excellence in time keeping and personal management
  • Excellent personal hygiene and presentation
  • Leadership in the kitchen environment
  • Sound problem-solving skills
  • Commitment to personal and professional standards

Our Cook will be required to:

  • Present meals in a homely, yet professional manner
  • Competently produce meals with varied nutritional requirements, as directed by the Dietitian and Head Chef,  following detailed recipe job sheets
  • Work shifts covering Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with an opportunity to work extra hours as required
  • Lead a small a team of kitchen staff under the direction and delegation of the Head Chef
  • Demonstrate effective time management and ability to work without supervision
  • Heavy lifting is also a requirement for the role, moving and handling training (annual) will be provided

Experience and Qualification required for the role of Cook:

  • Level Three NZQA certificate in basic cookery or similar, minimum requirement.
  • Recognised food hygiene certificate, required.
  • Proven ability in specialty food preparation, preferred
  • Experience in catering, minimum 5 years preferred
  • Experience in café, preferred but not essential
  • Experience in Health Care environment, preferred but not essential
  • Experience in Customer Service, preferred but not required

Eligibility to apply:

  • New Zealand Citizen and Permanent Residents

Bethesda is committed to providing healthy and nourishing food in a homely and professional manner. This is a great opportunity for you to work with a dynamic and committed team, in a unique and rewarding environment.


Teaching Position: South Auckland, New Entrant Teacher

21 July 2020

(I) South Auckland Seventh-day Adventist School, Auckland
Scale A, New Entrant Teacher (tagged).  We require a passionate and dynamic teacher to join our New Entrant/ Year 1 team, starting in Term 4, 2020, in growing creative and innovative learners in our special character environment.

A willingness and ability to take part in religious instruction and uphold the Special Seventh-day Adventist Character of the school is a condition of employment.

Applications close 7th August 2020, 5 pm.

Please email your CV, covering letter with 3 nominated references to the Principal. Email – [email protected]


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