A Warm Welcome to the new Chairman of the AFFIRM Council, Rev Paul Williamson

Rev Paul Williamson pictured here with his wife Rev Dr Dale Williamson, has recently become the new Chairman of the AFFIRM Council.

Paul and Dale are the Co-Vicars of Holy Trinity Tauranga and have been members of AFFIRM since its inception.  

Holy Trinity is an AFFIRM parish and Dale is the Prayer Co-ordinator for AFFIRM.

We ask for God's guidance and blessing for Paul in this new appointment.

Paul & Dale Williamson

How to become an Associate Member of AFFIRM

Why become an Associate of AFFIRM?

Your Ministry Unit becomes part of a growing network of churches throughout the country that have joined together to support and encourage each other in their ministries. Membership leads to automatic access to all AFFIRM Conferences and day seminars aimed at strengthening the local church in its mission. The Voluntary Agencies that initiated AFFIRM offer their expertise and resources both written and staff in Evangelism, Mission Partnerships, Theological training and the best of New Zealand based world class Theological and Biblical studies. AFFIRM will assist parishes in finding staff members for parish and other ministries including assisting in the search for the Vicar of a parish. AFFIRM has within its reach people with considerable experience in leading growing healthy churches. In partnership with Presbyterian AFFIRM a steady flow of booklets are produced that will assist individuals and churches in developing their Faith and grappling with some of the issues that confront us as Christians in New Zealand.

Application Form for Ministry Unit Associate Membership.

An individual may also become an Associate of AFFIRM by completing the following form:

Application Form for Individual Membership.

Who is AFFIRM?

AFFIRM (Anglican For Faith Intercession Renewal and Mission) is a partnership of voluntary societies, groups, ministry units and individuals in the New Zealand Anglican Church that have signed the following covenant:

AFFIRM seeks to recall the church to biblical faith, the life of prayer, spiritual renewal and effective mission.

A Call To Prayer, Saturday the 24th of June

A Warm Invitation to join the AFFIRM Day of Prayer! When: Saturday 24 June 2017 Where: 10am to 2:30pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Tauranga. We will join together in prayer for 100,000 new believers as part of the Decade of Mission, as well as praying for the small working group that is responsible for working out a future structure for the Anglican Church of Aotearoa. We will also be praying for our AFFIRM Fieldworkers, Peter and Lorraine Lloyd and for safety as they travel the country. To RSVP please email Rev Dr Dale Williamson at dale@holytrinitytauranga.com

The Myth of the Lazy Teen

Barna Research Releases in Family & Kids • September 2, 2016

There’s been plenty of debate about teens and their social justice “slacktivism,” but how much truth is there to the claim that young people are only taking action with 140 characters or less? A new study from Barna shows that teens are actively engaged in service and volunteer projects and youth ministry is a primary channel through which they serve. In partnership with Youth Specialties and YouthWorks, Barna conducted a major study on the state of youth ministry in the United States, which included a look at service and volunteering trends among teens. Here are some of the key findings:

Pastors and Parents Differ on Youth Ministry Goals

Barna Research Releases in Family & Kids • March 22, 2017

A few years ago, The Atlantic ran a cover story called “The Overprotected Kid.” The piece argued that a preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking and discovery—without making it safer. The ensuing discussion raised a number of questions about the tug-of-war between a parent’s protective instincts and their desire to raise fearless kids. This dynamic plays out in schools and child care centers across the country, but is acutely felt in youth ministries. Are the parental priorities of safety shared by youth pastors and leaders? Whose goals take precedence? In partnership with Youth Specialties and YouthWorks, Barna conducted a major study on the state of youth ministry in the United States, which included a look at the expectations of pastors, youth leaders, and parents.

A Single-Minded Church

There are more married people in church than single people. You probably already know this just from looking around every Sunday—but here’s some data to prove it. According to a recent Barna study, less than a quarter of active churchgoers are single (23%). Comparing to the national average, the 2014 U.S. census estimates that more than half of Americans (54%) between the ages of 18 to 49 are single (either never married or divorced). Young adults are also getting married later in life. This means that your church should be filling up at least half of your pews with single people.

Shocking News— Conservative Churches are Growing, and Liberal Ones Dying

On 4 Jaunuary, that Washington Post published an article by David Millard Haskell, Professor of Religion and Culture at Wilfred Laurier University, titled Liberal churches are dying. But conservative churches are thriving.

The article is based on a Canadian study that found that conservative churches are still growing, while less orthodox congregations dwindle away. Haskell writes,

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