Lutheran Support Ministries
We exist to support the mission and ministry of the Lutheran Church of New Zealand, train members and be in a close relationship with God by following his guidance.
Support for Your Congregation
Lutheran Support Ministries (LSM):
- Works with your congregation to meet a local training or facilitation need, e.g. to facilitate vision and/or strategic planning processes, reconciliation etc.
- Provides policy implementation support and training e.g. ChildSafe and Safe Place
- Connects you to people/organisations/resources (when possible)
The Olive Tree
The Olive Tree is the national quarterly magazine of the LCNZ, for which LSM has oversight. You can read The Olive Tree online here.
Diane Davison (Hamilton) leads the prayer chain, prayer network. Requests for prayer can be forwarded to our Bishop and he ensures that the prayer network confidentially covers the person or issue in prayer. If you have a prayer need, but wish for it to remain confidential to him, this is also welcomed.
The Toolbox lists many of the services and resources available through LSM. This includes seminars and workshops run by LSM, retreat ministry options, and information about other training and resourcing ministries.
The Toolbox also catalogues the LSM Resources Library (Christian teaching videos, books, Bible Studies or Christian growth studies etc.). These resources are available for borrowing at a minimal cost. Check the catalogue (20KB Excel Spreadsheet) for what is available.
Included is a listing of quality children's videos on Christmas and Easter from the Puzzle Club series, excellent to use in programmes and kids clubs - available for free to anyone who would like them.
There are also pamphlets/booklets on topics dealing with everyday life issues - to give away, or, if a large number are required, for the cost of postage & packaging. Topics covered include anger management, angels, parenting, depression and grief.
Crossways International Resources
A Bible Study resource, developed by Dr Harry Wendt, a Lutheran pastor, now having wide distribution around the world and across many Christian denominations. It includes high quality artistic overhead transparencies as a central teaching tool, with comprehensive narrative notes of explanation. There are narrative courses and short courses. See the Toolbox PDF for more details.
Courtesy of the dissolved Board for Youth and Family Ministry of the Lutheran Church of Australia a grant to buy and supply Vacation Bible School/Holiday Club program materials has been granted to the LCNZ. In 2013 these materials will also be available to borrow from the LSM Resource Library.
Kogudus Retreats are weekends for Christian spiritual growth, encouragement, refreshment and laughter. Kogudus is an Estonian word meaning Christian fellowship. Kogudus is a great opportunity to spend some quality time with God and with people who want to grow in their faith. We focus on the message of God the Father's love for us in Christ Jesus and his presence with us, as we fellowship with and serve each other, all by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.
The weekends feature prepared talks, group sharing, meaningful worship, discussion of biblical truth, and opportunity for prayer. It begins with Dinner on Friday evening and ends with lunch on Sunday.
As Kogudus is designed as a retreat from the business and distractions of every day life it is not designed to accommodate children. We encourage parents to attend if they can arrange alternate care for their children. Some families have found it helpful for Mum to attend the Northern Kogudus and Dad to attend the Southern Kogudus, allowing both a chance to retreat in a calendar year. Likewise, grandparents offer a significant gift in caring for children so that parents can retreat together.
Youth are encouraged to attend with a leader from their church, or a parent/guardian. Again, as the retreat is not designed specifically for the needs of children and young people in mind, youth need to be prepared to listen and engage with the presenting speakers and ChildSafe requires an adult to be responsible for their care across the weekend.
Focus areas of Kogudus retreat material:
- Faith and Life (currently not in use in New Zealand but in use in Queensland)
- Prayer - Growing in a Relationship, Not Mastering a Technique
- Gifts for Ministry - spiritual gifts (currently not in use in New Zealand but in use in Queensland)
- Growing in Discipleship - developing as a functioning follower of Christ
- Walking by Faith - Not by Sight, Fear nor Unbelief
- Being Led By The Spirit
- The Truth that Sets You Free
National Youth Camp
LSM supports the delivery of a one week Youth Camp, usually delivered in the July School Holidays at a location on the North Island (although dates and location is flexible!). The camp us designed for high school aged young people, although intermediate students have been welcomed on a case by case basis in previous years.
A retreat ministry for the wives of the Pastors of the LCNZ. A chance for the SPICE to be renewed, refreshed and support each other, as they support the ministry of their husbands.
A Retreat Day
For Christian reflection, Biblical meditation, refreshment and encouragement through sharing, caring and prayer etc. - arranged as requested with a local/regional group.
ChildSafe Support and Training
The ChildSafe policy of the Lutheran Church of Australia and the LCNZ ensures a safe environment for children including safe people and safe programs. If you are running ministry programs for children (anyone under the age of 18 years) you should be ensuring your program is compliant with the ChildSafe policy. LSM is here to support you to ensure that your church is a safe church. We do this by providing expert assistance (email) training and resources.
The ChildSafe system has an online safety management site to help congregations and individuals track their progress with screening volunteers and conducting risk assessments for programs and activities.
Safe Place Training
The term Safe Place reflects the Lutheran Church of Australia and LCNZ's aspiration that we should be a safe place for all, where the grace of God is active, enabling wrongs to be confronted and healing brought to hurting people.
This policy covers complaints about sexual abuse or sexual harassment made against people acting on behalf of the church in any role.
This means that all members of the LCNZ should be aware of the Safe Place Policy. Therefore congregations are required to alert their members to the policy at least once a year (awareness training). In addition, all employees, volunteers and committee members are required to complete Level 2 training and then Level 3 refresher training at least every three years. For details about training requirements, refer to page 10 of the 2010 Safe Policy and Procedures guide, under Awareness and Training for the Safe Place Policy.
The LCNZ provides Safe Place training as required throughout the country. Safe Place training is always delivered in conjunction with Team Member training for the ChildSafe policy as it is a co-requirement of volunteering in Children's Ministry. Please contact the LSM Administrator to arrange training in your congregation if you require it.
Email the LSM Administrator or the LCNZ Bishop.