Charles Hewlett (our National Leader) believes that robust leadership of Baptist faith communities is absolutely crucial if we are to bring gospel renewal to people and places in our local neighbourhoods.

In a recent Zoom conversation Charles reflected with Jonny Weir about how robust leaders are formed. Jonny is the Director of Ministry Training at Carey Baptist College – he oversees our college’s pastoral leadership training, how we as a movement of faith communities invest in future leaders.

Jonny commented:

“Building, growing and demonstrating are three words that are important to me and we spend all of our time focused around them: Building your identity in Christ, and as an individual. Growing in competence – we need pastoral leaders that just know how to do the work of ministry. And finally demonstration – what does the demonstration of your convictions and practice look like out on the front lines?

Charles asked Jonny about the joys of pastoral leadership and whether it was worth giving your life for. Jonny responded by quoting Acts 20:28 and commented:

“Ha, I want to be like Jesus. And Jesus gave his life for the church.”

 Watch the video below to hear the full conversation between Charles and Jonny (9 minutes):

Charles states:

“I really love being part of the Baptist family of churches in New Zealand. I’m excited about the future and the role we have in helping bring gospel renewal to both people and places. Pastoral Leadership is worth giving your life to! Contact Jonny today and begin your journey.”

You can email: [email protected]

Click here to see the Carey Baptist College page with more information about our training for pastoral leadership.

Worth giving your life for

Last year Charles had Zoom conversations with seven Baptist pastoral leaders asking them if pastoral leadership was worth giving their life for – see the videos below with Caleb Haurua, Chris Beales-White, Blue Bradley, Emma Wells, Cameron Jones, Lindy Jacomb, and Grant Harris:

Charles Hewlett asks Caleb Haurua "“Is pastoral leadership worth giving your life for?”:

Charles Hewlett asks Chris Beales-White “Is pastoral leadership worth giving your life for?”:

Charles Hewlett asks Blue Bradley "“Is pastoral leadership worth giving your life for?”:

Charles Hewlett asks Emma Wells “Is pastoral leadership worth giving your life for?”:

Charles Hewlett asks Cameron Jones "“Is pastoral leadership worth giving your life for?”:

Charles Hewlett asks Lindy Jacomb “Is pastoral leadership worth giving your life for?":

Charles Hewlett asks Grant Harris “Is pastoral leadership worth giving your life for?”:

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