Courses & Studies

RECOMMENDED TRAINING AND STUDY OPTIONS

For those wanting to find out about Jesus and real Christian living we have a range of books, videos etc at church that you can borrow and folk in the church family who would enjoy answering your questions.

If you want to find out more about Jesus, we encourage you to check out this Alpha Course Video

For those new Christians seeking Foundational Studies we recommend our own course, Foundations for New Christians, followed by “The Purpose Driven Life” book by Rick Warren and “The Relationship Principles of Jesus” by Tom Holladay.

PROPHETIC SPIRITUAL GIFT TRAINING

  • We will have regular input and in this area in our evening services
  • We highly recommend the 6 week course “Hearing God’s Voice” led by a team from three different churches and usually hosted at our church. Contact us via the online form if you’re interested.
  • Rodney Francis runs monthly training days through Gospel Faith Messenger, these are very good for learning and activation.  For more information, visit www.gospel.org.nz or email – gfm@xtra.co.nz

CORRESPONDENCE COURSES

Gospel Faith Messenger www.gospel.org.nz
Laidlaw College cdl.laidlaw.ac.nz
Carey Baptist Training College – www.carey.ac.nz
Jubilee Ministries – www.jubilee.org.nz

COUNSELLING COURSES

Dave Riddell “Living Wisdom” short courses (excellent!)
d.riddell@clear.net.nz or Ph (03) 547 4386
Jubilee Ministries (Christian counselling and Pastoral care) www.jubilee.org.nz or Ph (04) 9391910
Laidlaw College  Counselling School

PRE-MARRIAGE

Our pastors are skilled at giving pre-marriage counselling however two books are a huge ‘self help’ as well. They are:

  • “Preparing for Marriage” By Dennis Rainey, and
  • “Fit to be Tied” by Bill and Lynne Hybels

Both available at Christian bookstores.

STRENGTHENING YOUR MARRIAGE/EXTRA PRE-MARRIAGE HELP

Our pastors have training in this area.
Two exceptionally helpful books for self help are:

  • The Five love languages” by Gary Chapman (questionnaires to help you discover your love language are available from Pastor Russell)
  • Telling Each other the Truth” by William Backus (an outstanding book on communication)

GETTING MORE FUN AND LESS DEBT OUT OF YOUR CHRISTMAS

Russell’s Hot Tips

  1. Expensive presents that stretch your budget are no substitute for quality time missed during the year. Don’t guilt shop – kids remember the fun times long-term and forget what you bought very quickly.
  2. Shopping on credit today = stress for the whole family tomorrow.
  3. House swapping with a relative or a Baptist Church member in another part of the country is a great, inexpensive way to holiday.
  4. Shared holiday experiences are often cheaper and more fun.
  5. Who said that it’s not a ‘real’ Christmas dinner unless you feel sick from overeating afterwards? Christmas dinners are special but do not have to cost a whole lot more.
  6. Avoid Christmas hamper companies for your Christmas shopping.  This is the most expensive way to buy Christmas goodies and you will get products that you don’t even like. Countdown have a system where you can buy $5, $10, $20 vouchers throughout the year.  If these are spent during Dec – Jan you will receive a further 5% off.  Pak N Save have a Christmas club where for every $30 of Christmas stamps you buy they give you a $2 stamp free.
  7. Do a budget for the holidays online with sorted.org.nz