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Annual Ministry Department Reports

The various ministry areas of our Conference provide yearly reports to the Executive, and from this year onwards the reports will also be passed on to the churches via South News and the website.

The Executive met on Sunday and received this year’s reports. If you would like to read them you can click on them below to download them.


#weRtheCHURCH – Content Needed

11 September 2020

Are you or your church sharing the gospel in a creative way? Perhaps it’s by personal testimony, Bible study, small group, literature or social media. Share your story and be an inspiration to others. Here’s how:


September is ADRA Appeal Month

9 September 2020

For the last 25 years, we’ve been changing lives right here in New Zealand and around the world! But, there are still families living in poverty and hardship. There are still families without plenty of food to eat, communities without access to water, and children who cannot afford to attend school. We invite you to stand with ADRA and change this future. Become a committed giver and together let’s bring change for the next 25 years and beyond. More info at

September is ADRA Appeal Month from Adventists New Zealand on Vimeo.

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FREE to all participants until 31 October 2020

24 August 2020

Due to the second wave of COVID-19, the South Pacific Division are making the following courses FREE to all participants until 31 October 2020. Please note it will only include access to the soft copy of the resources. For further information and to register for any of these courses please contact [email protected]

The Live More Project
Are you ready to give your health and happiness a boost?
The Live More Project brings together scientifically-proven strategies from Neuroscience, Psychology and Lifestyle Medicine into a fun, experiential and life-enhancing program. Developed and presented by Dr. Darren Morton, the Live More Project is helping people improve their health and happiness around the world.

De-stress and thrive
Do you want to manage your stress and experience greater happiness?
De-stress & Thrive is an exciting new resource developed to help you develop emotional intelligence and resilience so you can buffer the stress of life. De-stress & Thrive offers simple solutions for complex problems and shares principles and skills applicable to most stressful situations.

Forgive to Live
How Forgiveness Can Save Your Life
Everyone has a story. Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anybody can start today and make a new tomorrow. Forgive to Live can help you start a better journey.

Retirement Ready
Retirement is not just about the money. Get the bigger picture!
Retirement Ready offers a personal and practical guide to making the most of the exciting opportunities of retirement, and meeting its inevitable challenges. While life is uncertain, planning for this stage of life gives the best possibilities for living well in retirement.


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 Live More Project

7 September 2020

The Live More Project, a 10 week wellbeing programme will be starting soon;

WHERE: Ilam SDA Church Hall

26 Ilam Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch

WHEN: 7-8 pm on Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday 15th September

REGISTRATION: FREE (usually $77)  all welcome.

For more information contact: Adrielle 02102731130

PLEASE Note: This programme will be filmed as part of The Family Wellbeing Challenge for HOPE NZ and Adventist Health Ministries. You will need to consent to being filmed as part of the series.


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 >>



Spirit of Prophecy and Adventist Heritage Sabbath

8 September 2020

17 October 2020

The Seventh-day Adventist Church was born after the Great Disappointment of October 22, 1844. On that day, we remember our roots and the heritage that the pioneers of the movement we belong to left us.

Each year on a Sabbath closest to October 22, Seventh-day Adventist churches all around the world celebrate the Adventist Heritage Sabbath.  This day is a time to draw closer to Jesus and connect with our spiritual roots as Seventh-day Adventists.  Churches also use this day as an opportunity to see how God has led in the past and apply in their lives the lessons learned. It is also an opportunity to fellowship together.

You can access material and resources for the Adventist Heritage Sabbath at

Also, check out the Lineage Journey videos. Lineage is a multi-faceted educational tool designed to help you understand your spiritual heritage and explore the links between the past, present and future.

You watch and share the “Tell the world” movie. The movie shares the compelling story of a small group of farmers from the northeast region of the United States who would go on to set the foundation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.



Pastoral Appreciation and Family Day

8 September 2020

10 October 2020

With Pastoral Appreciation Day right around the corner here are some ideas about how you and your church family can show appreciation for your pastor and family


Creation Sabbath

8 September 2020

24 October 2020

When was the last time your church took time to specifically recognize God’s power and grace as Creator and Redeemer?

Creation Sabbath is a special time of celebration! A chance to rejoice, praise, and rest with God as we enjoy the creation He made.

For more information and resources on Creation Sabbath check out their website at


Adult Lesson Resources: Education

7 September 2020


Hunter Chronicles – Audiobooks

27 August 2020

If you have been enjoying the Hunter Chronicles books, why not try out one of these great stories on audiobook. Read by series co-author Tony Knight, these stories are great for road trips, family holidays, or even quiet times during the Covid-19 ISO period.
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


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.


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.



Teaching Position: Primary Teacher – New Plymouth

Teacher, permanent tagged, full-time.

New Plymouth Adventist Christian School is a progressive full primary school in the beautiful region of Taranaki. We aim to speak to our school vision ‘Educating for Eternity’ in everything that we do. We require an enthusiastic Christian teacher to join our collaborative team.

This position is ideal for you if:

  • You have innovative ideas to create an engaging and stimulating classroom
  • You have strengths within digital technology (we are a Google and Seesaw School)
  • You want to make an eternal difference in the lives of all children
  • You want to challenge the possibilities of learning within a Christian framework
  • You would describe yourself as a team player and ambitious for facilitating the holistic potential for all learners
  • You are organised, efficient and use initiative in multi-level teaching environment

In return, we offer a school that intentionally: 

  • Builds an inclusive team educating students for God’s kingdom
  • Recognises and utilises strengths
  • Has shared Christian values
  • Allows all learners to grow
  • Provides ongoing professional development
  • Enjoys many out of school adventures

Applicants must have 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. The start date for the position is Term 1, 2021.

Applications close 9am, Monday 19th October, 2020. Please send a covering letter with your CV (including contacts for two referees and at least one “special character” referee) to the Principal; email [email protected]


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