A New Face (ANF) 2019

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Theme: Agents of Change –
Mission through a more able Church

In collaboration with Trinity Methodist Theological College, CWM member churches and ecumenical partners, A New Face (ANF) 2019 will gather and learn from the experience and insight of ministers with disabilities.

ANF 2019 is focused on the work and witness of ministers with disabilities. The programme will bring together a number of ministers serving in mission and ministry who live with disabiliites. The primary focus of the programme will continue to be an exploration of mission and ministry. But, we will add to this a focus on the mission and justice issues facing people with disabilities, and exposure will be given to how this is addressed by church and community projects in the Auckland context. This will enable participants, their member churches and CWM to advocate better the vision and practice of how to be a More Able Church. (The More Able Church fund was set up in 2016 and four member churches are developing advocacy work as a result). ANF 2019 will further deepen this new area of work.

Anticipated outcomes:
Participants will
• explore contextual visions and practices of mission and ministry
• reflect on issues around disability, church and mission
• express their own vision and practice in a new light through theological reflection in the programme
• be exposed to the context and theology of CWM which they can advocate in their home context

Participant Eligibility and Requirements:
• Participants must be in a form of ministry recognized by their church.
• All applications must be submitted by their Church, by Monday, Jan 14, 2019. The application must include a letter of endorsement from the applicant’s denomination’s General Secretary. Please note completion of the application form does not guarantee participation as numbers are limited and we will need to select from the pool of applicants we receive.
• Participants must demonstrate a good grasp of their country’s cultural, historical and socio-political landscape. They are required to share this knowledge with the host community and programme participants.
• Participants must be willing to commit themselves to the programme for its full duration of the six weeks beginning Monday, Oct 7, 2019.
• Participants are expected to be able to understand and converse in English.
• Participants must commit to be under the direction of the (either seminary or host church) during the full length of the programme.
• Participants must commit to a willingness to live and work with people from different cultures and participate in community activities such as worship, shared meals, and other common responsibilities which contribute to creating a harmonious group experience.
For more information about this programme, please contact CWM’s Mission Development Team at MissionDevelopment@cwmission.org