I am skilled at helping people from many faith backgrounds and walks of life with spiritual dilemmas, issues, and critical incident stress management. I have done this through organised activity such as Chapel services and prearranged groups for set purposes and off the cuff with none or very little preparation time as required. At times this could be one on one or with a group.
Part time Chaplain
Mt Albert Campus
I am currently a Part time Volunteer Chaplain Unitec in Auckland NZ. I work two days a week on campus, working primarily with Pacifica, Māori, and students in the fine arts and design departments of the university. The Chaplaincy and Multi faith team I work in is responsible for aiding and promoting spiritual health and understanding across all faith and spiritual expressions with the University. I do this by Woking with staff and students who are suffering spiritual distress and Raising, promoting and working with student lead faith groups across the university. I run a regular chapel service tackling issues students raise on campus, and I am active in the Christian staff support network, helping staff as much as I can. I also link with faith groups outside of Unitec where needed to help meet the needs of staff and students. In addition to this I also sit on the Unerversities spiritual board known as SOAR as the representative for the voluntary chaplains.
See some of the projects I have worked on below for some of the speciality things I do throughout the year.
Credentials I Hold
Assemblies of God
I am a Probationary Pastor , and a Credentialed qualified Chaplain in the NZ Assembly of God.
I ran numerous programs for the church and community. These included the Sunday school with numerous groups included in this structure, and a wide range of leaders to lead those groups. I looked after children aged 4 - 13 years and their families in some cases. The leaders I lead were aged from 14 years o over 50yrs old with 40 children on the roll, and 20 leaders. I reshaped the direction of this group in accordance with where the church was heading and grew the group from 10 children to 40 children in this time.
I also pioneered a group called the "Big Sleepover" which brought together many community groups that reached out to preteen youth for events to support the work we did and to give the kids a chance to learn about Jesus in a fun way, making friends at the same time. This ministry was disbanded when I moved away from Auckland at the end of 2011.
Intermediate Youth Ministry Director
I started up an intermediate age youth group at salt church in Palmerton north. This group grew to 30 children on the roll, and was attached to the children's ministry when I was given the larger role of children's pastor later on. This role involved planning creative events, teaching the youth on Sunday mornings, administration and budget management and planning.
New Zealnd Army
I served as a private with the territorial army as a supplier, managing stores on weekend exercises, and working with the wider army system on the annual summer exercise.
Unsworn Soldier, NZ Territorial Army
While waiting for my application to the army to be processed I served without pay as a signaller attached to an infantry platoon for a year.
Kea/Scout Section Leader
Scouting New Zealand
While my step children were growing up I was a section leader at the scout group they went to, planning activities both at the den and in the outdoors, and working with leaders in the wider leadership team. We left the movement as our children grew up.
Communications and Information Systems Operator
I worked as a radio operator, handing documents in secure ways, manning radios for things like search and rescue call outs, leaning about tactical communications, and other forms if electronic communications.
Salt kids Got Talent
This annual event was started as a way to connect parents to the children's ministry I looked after a few years ago. It involved getting the children and parents at Salt behind the vision of the event, finding prizes and Judges, running the night and teams to look after things like set up and clean up. This event is still on the calendar today at Salt church, and still the main event that the church runs for the families with primary aged children. The vision that was set up has been adopted and and grown since I handed the onto the leaders I trained up.
The Big sleep over
This event was a vision I had of bringing small struggling groups of preteen youth together under a collaborative banner for a few events throughout the year. The aim was to provide support for the groups and impart life skills and positive relationships among the youth that attended. This was a Christian event. It involved getting the groups on board, setting up the committee, planning the events, fundraising, running the events, financial management, team training and management and administration skills. These events were a great success and were stopped when I moved to Auckland in 2011.
Unitec Spirituality week
This event involves bringing different faith groups from the community together in an expo format, with students and staff in the Unitec community able to interact with these groups at the many events under this name in the semester. This event is held over multiple campuses at multiple times, with different staff manning it on different days. Part of these events is to organise activities and groups to bring atmosphere to them and provide more opportunity for the Unitec community to be engaged in spiritual ideas.
Orientation week is a very important week in the University. I spend this time speaking to groups about who we are and what we can do to help them as chaplains on the campus, and work with departments to help students find their feet on campus.
Unitec Spirituality Week
I have been linking in with faith groups outside Unitec inviting them to be a part of these annual events. I also do a major part of the planning of these events building relationships with groups who want to contribute, working with management and other departments within the university and overseeing the events on the Campus where I currently work. I work with the team of chaplains who connect with their local contacts close to the specific campuses, ensuring they have what they need to be successful at these events.
Qualifications & Certifications
New Zealand Institute of Professional Counselling
Diploma in Biblicial Studies
Defence studiesDiploma of Arts gained, Completing a Bachlor Arts presently
St Cuthbert's College
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