New to the Living Stones Network, webinars allow interactive team training from the comfort of your desk, office or living room. Learning as an individual or as a leadership/eldership team. These 1 hour sessions will comprise of a 20 minute presentation followed by 40 minutes of interactive discussion by the attendees and presenter.
We will be offering new topics or material already delivered at one of the forums or at national conference, on a monthly basis at two convenient time-slots. This will allow other team members to join in without the need to travel.
You can watch past webinars IN OUR RESOURCE LIBRARY
Community Engagement - August 2019
How well do you think you are doing at engaging with the people in your Community around you? How welcoming are you towards the ones who don’t fit anywhere, are smelly, annoying or the those who don’t think they need Jesus but are searching in all the wrong places? As Leaders are you just looking inwards or so busy looking after the ones who are already Christians and preparing for the 2 hours on a Sunday? What about the ones who really need Jesus that are walking or driving past your church every day not knowing what you do and think you are just some sort of religious club? Challenging questions and issues join Sally to explore how we break down the walls of our Churches and reach the Lost, Lonely and unloved in our Communities and make a difference.
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” - Matthew 22
3000 - That’s how many free hours on average a parent has with their young person every year. 40 - That’s how many hours a church has on average in a year to communicate all they can about God, the Bible and faith. What if we leveraged some of the 40 to impact the 3000? How do we help parents and leaders to be intentional and strategic? It’s not about doing more, but being more intentional. Discover transferable principles for engaging families and developing a strategy to empower the Next Generation. Margaret Spicer is on the senior leadership team at Greenlane Christian Centre overseeing NextGen ministries. She has recently returned to NZ after leading Generational Ministries at Crossway Baptist Church in Melbourne. She is a strategic leader and practitioner. Join us while she unpacks some “next steps” for the leading the Next Generation.
Many churches look to small groups as the main way, or at least as a significant factor, in achieving meaningful community and spiritual maturity within the life of their people. Transformational relationships are at the heart of these groups. They are life-on-life discipleship where people are challenged, confronted, changed and loved in their growth in Christ. In this webinar, Miles Davison (Heretaunga Christian Centre) will look into the way we go about operating our small groups, and puts forward a different way of thinking and structuring this important area of church life.
Pornography consumption is endemic in our society but also a crippling reality for many in our churches. Sexual sin brings a level of shame unlike any other and so it is easier to ignore it or hide it. How can we address pornography and sexual brokenness in ways that bring life change rather than making appeals to “Just stop it!”? In this webinar Bob Whittaker (Auckland Bible Church & Work Life) will share a framework and some practical steps you can take to help men and women live porn free. In dealing with this issue Bob speaks from personal experience and 35 years of discipling men.
How do we become the people God intends us to be? Research indicates that there is a significant gap between the spiritual disciplines that church/ministry leaders want to cultivate in their lives and those they actually do in practice. This not only effects their ability to sustain ministry involvement over time, but also the depth and breadth of the spiritual growth in the churches/groups they serve. In this webinar, Emma Stokes (Lifezone Church) will address our misconceptions about spiritual development, and with an eye to rapidly changing context, suggest some tools and practices to help with our own spiritual growth and that of those we serve.
As churches ministering in our communities, and a heightened awareness in mental health issues, how are you and your church handling and adapting to the situations as they arise in your pews? What are some of the challenges you are dealing with right now? Does it effect the way we teach, the language we use in our small groups, the training we offer church leadership? Richard Black, (Director of Strength to Strength), is a sought after counsellor and communicator. He has worked in pastoral leadership for many years and understands the everyday struggles. Join us as Richard offers some simple and practical steps that a leader can take in mental health challenges.
When you read the words, "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind", what do you think? If your mind was 'mental real-estate, and you were advertising it, what would your advert say? Would you need to issue a caution to potential buyers? What would it be like to have a mind which truly is your friend? For those of us in Christian ministry it is crucial that we recognise how our thoughts impact our health, and the health of our ministry. In this webinar, Sarah Field (The Street Church) will introduce you to two life-changing tools to help you renew your mind.
Everyday in homes around our country and in our churches, people are suffering at the hands of those closest to them. Physical harm accounts for a very small percentage of the total abuse handed out and the short and long term damage inflicted is beyond what we can grasp. In this webinar, Miles Davison (Heretaunga Christian Centre) will look at the unseen reality of domestic harm within our churches, explore the various forms it takes, and share some first steps to weaken its hold on individuals and families.
Managing compliance issues in the church has become more complex and time consuming. When it comes to the revised Health and Safety legislation we have been asked to ‘raise the bar’ on its implementation, leading to greater accountability. So, how do we approach the required Health and Safety outcomes required? We can see Health and Safety as a burdensome task or an opportunity to exercise care and concern for those we come in contact with. An effective, sustainable Health and Safety Plan should result in your ministries moving from fear to freedom, while recognising that pastoral care is key. In this webinar, Darryl Ward (The Anchor Church) will look at how churches can meet the challenge of Health and safety without ministry paralysis.
There is no doubt that church leadership and ministry can be extremely draining. Consistently giving out to people, the emotional toll of pain and suffering, the grind of criticism, can all help to drain the leaders soul. How do we replenish and care for our souls? What kinds of rhythms need to be in place to ensure we don't burn out in ministry? And what place do sabbaticals have for those in the front lines of ministry? In this webinar, Brad Carr (BotanyLife Community Church) will look at the constant challenge of leaders caring for their own souls.
Reaching young adults in today's society can be really difficult. Trying to get people committed to serving their communities, increasingly inclined to church shop and a lack of reading God's Word are all challenges we face in today's world and there are many more. In this webinar, Ruby Porter (Crossroads Church) will look at some of the challenges we face in discipling in the 21st century and some ideas on how we can address these challenges.
Meetings are an integral part of Church leadership. We've all been to meetings where we come away questioning the value of the time we invested. How can we make sure that the meetings we run are led in such a way as to maximise the time spent together as a group? In this practical session we will explore how to make our meetings count. Join Igor Gerritsen (Living Stones Network) as he leads this webinar, exploring ten key ingredients of running a great meeting that you can apply to various ministry settings.
Caring for our staff is an issue both about personal well-being and about the health of our whole church body. Therefore, we neglect or ignore it at our peril. Providing rhythms of care and development around church staff will lead to a happier and healthier staff environment, and enable us to give support where needed in a timely manner. Join Mark Fryer (Hope Community Church) as he leads this webinar in describing the way in which staff care is undertaken at Hope Community Church and how churches around New Zealand can more intentionally provide an environment for ministry to thrive.
As a discussion leader in a small group setting, we want people to really engage in thinking through how the timeless principles in God's Word work out in our lives. Such a discussion involves people with differing backgrounds, life situations, spiritual maturity and perspectives. The challenge for leaders is to lead in a way that people feel they can contribute without the discussion descending into a pooling of ignorance. Bevan Smith (The Orchard Church) will lead this webinar with the goal of equipping you to lead better small group discussions that - over time - will be life transforming to those who participate.
There's more pressure than ever before to experiment sexually. "You don't know what car you want (or what car you are) until you take it for a test drive" is becming a popular proverb that's even being taught in schools. Parents are refusing to talk to or about their children with gender specific terms - wanting 3 year old children to decide for themselves what gender they are. According to physiologists, we are living in "The Age of Hyper Sexualisation." When the lies get louder, the truth becomes harder to hear. The church can't stay silent any longer. How can we support and guide teenagers through this whirlwind of sexual confusion? In this webinar, Scott McCulloch (Lifezone Church) will share practical tips that will help your youth ministry and church find clarity, support and truth.
We all know about warning lights. I have one on my stove top at home: it glows when the element under the glass is still hot. You have warnign lights on the dashboard of your car. They are there for your safety as well as your passengers. They are not to be ignored. There are warning lights also in our spiritual lives. Ignore them and not only will you suffer, but also those you lead. If you are in a minsitry role in your church, you need to be aware of a number of warning lights common to us all. In this webinar, Peter Somervell (Grace Church) will address 10 Warning Lights for Highly Vulnerable Leaders.
Our church services contain worship, teaching & notices which tens to be the main three along with connect times, bible readings, baptisms, prayers and a range of other important things. Question is, once the planning is done, are our services then controlled by a run sheet? Are they simply a procession of people doing their thing? Or, is there a more profound dynamic at play, where the congregate people are led towards a greater degree of worship and response? In this webinar, Nick Field (The Street Church) explores the role of "The Service Leader" in our services, and how to lead effectively in the Sunday service.
Looking at the process and the people involved in finding and developing your unique vision as a church or ministry. Brad Carr (BotanyLife Community Church) will revisit his session presented at our National Conference 2017, address questions and open up a discussion time. If this is an area that you and your church leadership are grappling with - then this webinar is for you and your team!
In this webinar, Steve Murray (Lifezone Church) will look at the importance of caring, acknowledging and bringing the best out of your volunteer teams. How can we move from just being on a roster, to being part of a team? He will delve into 5 practical steps that you can use for this crucial area in the body of the church. Gather your staff or leadership team to learn together and embrace new concepts to build relationships with your volunteers.