Membercare Team Leader in New Zealand
If you are a competent pastoral care worker, then come and lead the Member Care Team of the New Zealand Support branch.
Lead WEC's Whanau team responsible for communicating with all our members from New Zealand wherever they are serving in the world, taking care of them even from a distance.
We seek to prepare, support and resource all our new mission members to be fruitful and effective in ministry.
Come and teach and nurture our growing teams; draw on your experience in counselling and pastoring people from a wide variety of backgrounds, ethnicities and personalities; inspire them to work effectively together to see Christ made known around the world.
Qualities & Gifts Sought
You are fluent in English; you have good communication, administrative and leadership skills and a pastoral heart.
You will require experience of working cross-culturally, perhaps as a missionary, and have done training in counselling and pastoral care.
This role would be a great fit for a husband and wife interested in co-leading the team together, complimenting each other's spiritual gifting.
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About New Zealand
New Zealand comprises two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui), and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and around 600 smaller islands.
New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 miles) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga.
New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.
Sometime between 1250 and 1300, Polynesians settled in the islands that later were named New Zealand and developed a distinctive Māori culture. In 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman was the first European to sight New Zealand.
In 1840, representatives of Britain and Māori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, which declared British sovereignty over the islands. It gained full independence in 1947.
Today, New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy. Elizabeth II is the Queen of New Zealand and the head of state.
The majority of New Zealand's population of 4.7 million is of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders.
New Zealand's culture is mainly derived from Māori and early British settlers, with recent broadening arising from increased immigration. The official languages are English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.
New Zealand is a developed country and ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as health, education, economic freedom and quality of life.
The South Island is the 12th largest island in the world. It is divided along its length by the Southern Alps. There are 18 peaks over 3,000 metres (9,800 ft), the highest of which is Aoraki / Mount Cook at 3,754 metres (12,316 ft).
The North Island is the 14th largest island in the world. The highly active Taupo Volcanic Zone forms a large volcanic plateau and features the North Island’s highest mountain, Mount Ruapehu (2,797 metres (9,177 ft)). The plateau also hosts the country's largest lake, Lake Taupo.
About 82% of New Zealand's indigenous plants are unique to the Islands, and the endemic flightless kiwi is a national icon.
Culture, arts, and the land of the Lord of the Rings
Māori culture has made a resurgence - traditional crafts of carving and weaving are widely practiced. Māori artists are increasing in number and influence.
The country’s diverse scenery and compact size have encouraged producers to shoot big-budget productions in New Zealand, including Avatar, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, King Kong and The Last Samurai.
Most of the major sports played in New Zealand have British origins. Rugby union is the national sport and attracts the most spectators. Golf, netball, tennis and cricket have the highest rates of adult participation, while netball, rugby union and football (soccer) is popular among young people. Around 54% of New Zealand adolescents participate in sports for their school.
[Source: Wikipedia. Read more about NZ here.]
NZ has 88 people groups and 28% are considered unreached.
The largest religion is Christianity at 52.6% and of these 18.6% profess to be evangelicals.
38% profess to be non-religious, 3% are Hindu and 1.8% are Muslim.
[Source: Joshua Project]
Pray with us for New Zealand, for:
-a further outpouring of the Holy Spirit
-wisdom for the church
-the Maori people
-reaching out cross-culturally to immigrants
[Source: Operation World, 2010]
Check out Operation World’s online resources.
Watch the Prayercast video for this land and peoples.
We mobilise courageous disciples and churches to join with WEC in reaching the least-reached peoples worldwide.
We envision a time when thousands of churches up and down New Zealand will take up their responsibility to make disciples of all nations, being hungry for God, crying for the lost, sacrificing to go in far greater numbers.
We envision a time when there will be enough equipped and inspired goers, for every people to have real opportunity to know Christ personally: a time when all peoples have heard, and then our awesome Lord will return!
For more about WEC NZ visit our website here.