Baptist Registration is for Baptist pastoral leaders, chaplains, ministry/mission leaders, Kaiārahi Māori, and Baptist entity leaders.

As Baptist faith communities, we have a goal to bring Gospel renewal to the people and places within which God has placed us through a deep love for Jesus, the Bible, the Gospel, the Church, and the mission of God.

On this basis, the purpose of Baptist Registration, is simple: to ensure that those who minister in, or on behalf of the Baptist Union of New Zealand do so in response to the call of the Holy Spirit and actively seek to maintain their:

  • own holistic well-being
  • personal, relational and professional integrity and accountability
  • ongoing growth and learning
  • organisational safety
  • an ongoing connection with the wider Baptist movement/whānau

The Carey Centre for Lifelong Learning administers the Baptist Registration process for the Baptist Union of New Zealand.

In August 2022 our Assembly Council presented the outcome of an 18-month review of the registration process that first began in 1996. The full details of the new Baptist Registration process and how to apply or renew are on the Lifelong Learning website:

Baptist Registration

Baptist Registration introduction video

In this 10-minute video below Charles Hewlett (Baptist National Leader) and Glenn Melville (Centre for Lifelong Learning), introduce how to apply for registration and some of the changes.

A 4-page document was prepared to help governance groups understand the registration process – this was provided before the August 2022 confirmation of the reviewed Baptist Registration:

    In 2023 we will provide training for Elders and boards to assist in the specifically ‘Baptist’ components of governance. In the meantime, check out the Resources and Training section for Elders and governing groups.