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Weaving, Networking & Taking Flight: Engaged Ministry in Avondale Union and Manurewa Methodist Parishes 2006-2014

Weaving, Networking & Taking Flight: Engaged Ministry in Avondale Union and Manurewa Methodist Parishes 2006-2014
 

Rev Ngahe's enthusiastic and yet deeply thoughtful, methodical approach will provide inspiration for all who are engaged in multicultural, community-facing Christian ministry. Tongan Methodist minister 'Alifeleti Vaitu'ulala Ngahe has been in full-time, ordained ministry for almo... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781501004476
Published 15 October 2014 by Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Ngahe, 'Alifeleti Vaitu'ulala

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ISBN-13 9781501004476
ISBN-10 1501004476
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Publisher Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Imprint Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Publication Date 15 October 2014
International Publication Date 22 September 2014
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Ngahe, 'Alifeleti Vaitu'ulala
Category Methodist Churches
Christian ministry & pastoral activity
Christian social thought & activity
AU, NZ & South Pacific Books
Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Christianity: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 68
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 4mm
Weight 225g
Dewey Code 248.4
Catalogue Code 529088

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Rev Ngahe's enthusiastic and yet deeply thoughtful, methodical approach will provide inspiration for all who are engaged in multicultural, community-facing Christian ministry. Tongan Methodist minister 'Alifeleti Vaitu'ulala Ngahe has been in full-time, ordained ministry for almost 10 years. This book reflects on those years in Avondale Union and Manurewa Methodist parishes in Auckland, New Zealand. Rev Ngahe's approach is to create strategies for change by engaging in deep theological thinking, in networking with key local people and organisations, and in careful reflection on learnings from his ministry. He believes all people in a community have a contribution to make and hopes this book will encourage church and other local leaders to work effectively in their communities. Church life and ministry is changing. Alongside this, our communities are changing and are often stressed. How does the Church engage effectively with the communities in which they are set? Rev Ngahe says, Over my years in ministry it has become clear that people are excited and enthusiastic about engaging in God-talk and living out the Gospels...communities come together when a vision and the possibility of achieving positive change are offered. Using the metaphors of weaving a mat, creating a network the way a spider spins a web and a bird taking flight, he explains how he has given new life to his parishes. The mat represents the history of the church. Leaving the edges of the mat unfinished allows new stories and experiences to be woven in. The web represents the network that needs to be deliberately built up between people in the church and the leaders and organisations that form the surrounding local community. The bird reminds us that it takes a lot of energy to take flight. But when the community is working together and heading in the same direction, we can relax and enjoy the ride, soaring through the air. Two key projects demonstrate the power of church and community working together. The run-down Rosebank Peninsula Church building has been restored and transformed into a busy community centre. The outdoor mural at Manurewa Methodist church was painted by people of all ages from within the church and the wider local community. It remains a vibrant symbol of that church's role as the Corner of Hope.

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Tongan Methodist minister 'Alifeleti Vaitu'ulala Ngahe has been in full-time, ordained ministry for almost 10 years. This book reflects on those years in Avondale Union and Manurewa Methodist parishes in Auckland, New Zealand. Rev Ngahe's approach is to create strategies for change by engaging in deep theological thinking, in networking with key local people and organisations, and in careful reflection on learnings from his ministry. He believes all people in a community have a contribution to make and hopes this book will encourage church and other local leaders to work effectively in their communities.

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