This 10-module course has been produced by the Baptist Leadership Hub to help you grow in your leadership capacity.

The course covers ten areas that we believe are markers of a robust leader and is suitable for anyone in leadership in a church, faith community or associated entity.

Each module is facilitated by a different Baptist leader and includes video teaching, follow-up learning, and a practical component.

The course material can be used in a variety of ways:

  • On your own
  • With a mentor
  • In a small group facilitated by another leader
  • As an eldership, ministry, or leadership team

You could do one module a month and complete the full course over 10 months, or one module a fortnight and complete the course in 20 weeks. You could also do a “pick and mix” variant and just complete the modules that most interest you – but we think you’ll decide they are ALL excellent!

The course material is accessed either via this webpage or the Baptist NZ app and is FREE for leaders within Baptist faith communities. If you are not from one of our faith communities and would like access to the course please contact Karen Warner.

A “Certificate of Completion: Robust Leadership Training” will be given upon completion.

UPDATE: We’re excited to announce that this course will be available ahead of schedule early August 2022.

Modules:

  1. Robust leaders have a strong focus on Jesus.
  2. Robust leaders are biblically literate and able to disciple others
  3. Robust leaders believe in the power and ongoing work of the Holy Spirit
  4. Robust leaders are emotionally intelligent and self-aware
  5. Robust leaders are able to think and work strategically
  6. Robust leaders have the ability to lead teams and empower others
  7. Robust leaders have the capacity to effect change, and take risks when required
  8. Robust leaders have a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, The Treaty of Waitangi and an understanding of Te Ao Māori
  9. Robust leaders are able to cope with difference and handle conflict situations
  10. Robust leaders have an appreciation of Baptist ecclesiology, especially church governance

Module Outline

Each module will follow this format and should take approximately 3 hours in total:

  1. 10 min video teaching
  2. Follow-up reading – about 750 words from the presenter
  3. An application exercise where learnings are put into practice – choose one of 2-3 options

Extra resources (e.g. book suggestions) will be supplied for those who wish to go deeper.

Articles on Robust Leadership

“I want to be like Jesus. And Jesus gave his life for the church” Image
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August 1, 2022 | Charles Hewlett and Jonny Weir Channel: 2144749

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

Charles Hewlett believes robust leadership of Baptist faith communities is absolutely crucial if we are to bring gospel renewal to people and places in our…

June 14, 2022 | Rachel Murray Channel: 2144749

Regional Hui highlights: Otago and Southland

Rachel Murray shares some highlights from the Regional Hui held at the Catlins River Ridge Retreat, 26-28 May 2022.

May 30, 2022 | Julie Chamberlain Channel: 2144749

Regional Hui highlights: Upper South Island

Julie Chamberlain shares some highlights from the Regional Hui held at Glenroy Lodge Baptist Camp, Canterbury 25-26 May 2022.

May 3, 2022 | Chris Chamberlain Channel: 2144749

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March 24, 2022 | Tim Palmer Channel: 2144749

Red-orange-green light: a pastor, a church and unity in Christ

Tim Palmer, Senior Pastor, Franklin Baptist Church shares his journey in a local church as they seek to navigate the vaccination discussion, as they listen…

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March 7, 2022 | Andrew Clark-Howard Channel: 2144749

Has the time come to act?

In this opinion piece Andrew Clark-Howard continues the dialogue on mandates, vaccinations, protests and theology.

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February 18, 2022 | Mark Day Channel: 2144749

The other half of what we owe each other

Andrew Clark-Howard’s assessment of the anti mandate protest (What we owe each other: freedom, protest, and responsibility) draws upon excellent resources from Bonhoeffer on freedom.

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February 13, 2022 | Andrew Clark-Howard Channel: 2144749

What we owe each other: freedom, protest, and responsibility

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January 17, 2022 | Karen Warner Channel: 2144749

Re-imagining registration

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December 20, 2021 | Rebekah Kilpatrick Channel: 2144749

The End of Life Choice Act: the practicalities

What actually happens in the process of assisted dying? In this article we hear from GP Rebekah Kilpatrick who unpacks the approximately 40 hours of work…

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December 16, 2021 | Donna Denmead Channel: 2144749

The End of Life Choice Act: being a carer

The caring of a person who has made the choice to end their life through physician assisted dying is now a possibility in New Zealand.…

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December 16, 2021 | Jonathan Robinson Channel: 2144749

The End of Life Choice Act: what does faithful Christianity look like?

Assisted dying became legally available on 7 November 2021. Continuing on in this series of articles to resource and support our churches at this time, pastor and scholar Jonathan…

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December 14, 2021 | Lynne Taylor Channel: 2144749

Caring for each other helps in many ways: churches respond to the pandemic

Human beings need many things to survive and to thrive. In addition to our obvious physical needs, self-determination theorists point to three things that are…

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December 14, 2021 | Simon Williams Channel: 2144749

Not vaccinated: a pastor’s personal opinion

Simon Williams is a pastor at Kaiapoi Baptist Church. The opinions expressed here are his own. View more opinion on Baptist magazine.

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December 11, 2021 | Daphne Marsden Channel: 2144749

Responding to the #MeToo movement—with a message from Jesus and the Samaritan woman

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November 17, 2021 | Phil Halstead Channel: 2144749

The End of Life Choice Act: pastoral responses

Assisted dying became legally available on 7 November 2021. Our lecturer in Pastoral Care and Counselling, Dr Phil Halstead, begins this series of articles to…

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November 7, 2021 | Gareth Jones Channel: 2144749

An individual’s Christian response to a vaccine mandate in the workplace

Vaccination mandates and the workplace: Are Christians in the firing line? Gareth Jones attends Dunedin City Baptist Church and is Emeritus Professor in Anatomy at…

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November 6, 2021 | Rick Pierce Channel: 2144749

Emerging from a lockdown response to a global pandemic

Rick Pierce, works for the Northern Baptist Association as a Network Pastor, Health & Development. Here he shares some ways local churches can respond as we…

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November 2, 2021 | Ken Keyte Channel: 2144749

Cross-shaped unity for church through the COVID-19 Protection Framework

Since the Government’s announcement about the COVID-19 Protection Framework, my mind, like that of many pastors, has been occupied by what this will mean for…

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October 27, 2021 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Worth giving your life for

Charles Hewlett asks Baptist pastoral leaders the question: “Is pastoral leadership worth giving your life for?” Watch their response in these short videos...

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October 25, 2021 | Laurie Guy Channel: 2144749

666 and the COVID-19 pandemic

A Baptist pastor asked last week if we would provide something on why the COVID-19 vaccine should not be considered the ‘Mark of the Beast’. Our very own retired Carey Baptist…

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October 20, 2021 | Alan Jamieson Channel: 2144749

Time for action—what comes after staying at home and rolling my sleeve up?

As a follow on from last week's opinion piece: Vaccinations and the local church: Seven views on the current situation, Alan Jamieson, General Director of…

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October 20, 2021 | Barry Denholm Channel: 2144749

Freedom and responsibility—thoughts from a retired pastor

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October 10, 2021 | Mike Crudge Channel: 2144749

Vaccinations and the local church: Seven views on the current situation

What we have done is seek a variety of perspectives at this time on the vaccinated/not-vaccinated discussion as New Zealand soon ends lockdowns in favour…

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September 20, 2021 | John Tucker Channel: 2144749

COVID, government and individual soul liberty—a pastor’s question answered by the Principal

One of our Baptist pastors had a theological question. Our college Principal, Dr John Tucker answers this below.

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September 13, 2021 | Naomi Cowan Channel: 2144749

Mental wellbeing for leaders in lockdown

In 2020, as New Zealand was in its first lockdown, it was important to remind ourselves that this was a marathon, not a sprint. We had…

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August 31, 2021 | Dr Phil Halstead Channel: 2144749

Pastoring in a bubble

This piece was first shared with Baptist church leaders in April 2020 as New Zealand was transitioning out of Level 4 COVID-19 lockdowns.

June 10, 2021 | Linda Grigg Channel: 2144749

Iosis appoints Māori development leader

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February 6, 2021 | Chris Chamberlain and Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

“You will be my witnesses”

Charles Hewlett and Chris Chamberlain reflect on why, from a leadership and a governance perspective, we are re-examining the way we communicate as a movement.

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December 12, 2020 | Rodney Duncan Channel: 2144749

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December 5, 2020 | John Catmur Channel: 2144749

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At Hui 2019, John Catmur was awarded the Lionel Stewart scholarship. He planned to use the scholarship for advanced studies in te reo Māori and…

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November 29, 2020 | William HC Channel: 2144749

5 things I learned about preaching while stacking bread

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November 24, 2020 | Rachel Roche Channel: 2144749

Loss, laughter and love

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November 24, 2020 | Linda Grigg Channel: 2144749

Relentless Kindness

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October 10, 2020 Channel: 2144749

Steve & Marijan Trim farewelled

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October 3, 2020 | Mark Davie & Brian Brannigan Channel: 2144749

Church insurance

Mark Davie explains the aims and benefits of the Baptist Insurance Fund and Brian Brannigan of Trinity Baptist Church shares a cautionary tale about the…

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October 3, 2020 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Referenda statements

One of Charles Hewlett’s responsibilities as national leader is to represent Baptist churches within the National Church Leaders Aotearoa New Zealand consortium. He shares below…

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September 17, 2020 | Caleb Haurua Channel: 2144749

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August 9, 2020 Channel: 2144749

Contagious generosity

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August 2, 2020 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Forming leaders for the future

For local Baptist faith communities to thrive, it is crucial that we have robust leadership. Charles Hewlett interviews Jonny Weir, the director of Ministry Training at…

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August 2, 2020 | Christa McKirland Channel: 2144749

Imitating Christ, earning influence

Christa McKirland, a lecturer in systematic theology at Carey, offers a personal view of church leadership. 

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August 2, 2020 | Cameron Fisher Channel: 2144749

4 benefits of a good accounting system

During this time of economic uncertainty, a modern accounting system is important to provide key and timely information to church leaders. Cameron Fisher of CATAS…

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June 3, 2020 | Grant Harris Channel: 2144749

Leadership in lockdown

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June 3, 2020 | Dr Mike Crudge Channel: 2144749

A whole new world of possibilities

On my blog mikecrudge.com I’ve written before about problems with Sunday church services as our primary expression of Christian faith—they can be inauthentic and lacking…

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March 31, 2020 | Ross Banbury Channel: 2144749

Alcohol: A Dangerous Love Affair

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March 31, 2020 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

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March 31, 2020 | Patsy Way Channel: 2144749

A little child shall lead them

Patsy Way was on the pastoral care team at Windsor Park Baptist Church for six years before transitioning to director of their children’s ministry, WindsorKids,…

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February 17, 2020 | Kiwii Taranaki, Val Goold, Manaakinui Te Kahu, Wendy Emsley, James and Natua Kaa-Morgan Channel: 2144749

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