This year's theme

Bold Governance
for an Age of Change

2024 Program

08:30
Registration and entry
09:00
Welcome
09:15
Session One:
Governing in Context: What does the Church look like right now?
Scottie Reeve & James Stewart
Governance always takes place in context. To govern well requires us to understand what sector trends, changes and challenges are facing our organisation. Scottie will offer his perspective on the unique season the Church finds itself in. Scottie will be joined by James Stewart who will introduce the “State of the Church” report that offers us a data-driven lens for the Christian charitable sector.
10:00
Morning Tea Break
10:30
Session Two:
What is Good Governance?
Kirsten Patterson
This session will give you the core pillars of what good governance looks like and the responsibilities you take on when accepting a role as an elder, trustee, director or officer. KP will deliver an easy-to-understand introduction to governance for those new to the role, but serve up a challenge to ‘old hands’ to keep engaged with changing expectations in today’s environment.
11:15
Session Three:
Lessons in Governance
Kris Morrison & Judith Bullin
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care is sure to land heavily for churches, schools and other charitable institutions involved in care for vulnerable people. We will be hearing from leading experts who will walk us through the lessons for those in governance and what the Report can teach us.
12:00
Lunch and Networking
13:00
Session Four:
How Do You Measure Your Mission?
Danielle and Chris Clarke
A core responsibility for those in governance is to keep its organisation accountable to its mission. But how do you monitor this, and how do you measure success? Hear from someone who has devoted her Master’s thesis to this very question. Be sure to be challenged and informed about the questions you are asking at the board table.
13:45
Session Five:
To be announced
TBA
TBA
14:30
Afternoon Tea
15:00
Session Six:
Succession Planning: Governing with a long-term horizon
Dr Roshan Allpress
Churches and charities are increasingly becoming concerned about where the leaders of tomorrow will come from. With declining rates of voluntarism and increasing financial pressure on charities, those in governance must act strategically to avoid a leadership crisis. Dr Roshan Allpress will walk us through the general state of leadership development in New Zealand and what those in governance must do to set their organisation up for the long term.
15:45
Session Seven:
Realising Assets for Mission – Green Shoots and Creative Ideas:A look at exciting projects around the country that represent a bold and faithful stewardship of assets
Steven Moe & Chris Clarke
The assets of the Church continue to appreciate in value at a rate faster than congregation growth. In some parts of our ecumenical landscape, huge assets are surplus to Sunday requirements and therein lies a significant opportunity for Gospel-inspired stewardship. How should we be stewarding assets and what questions should we be asking about property at our board tables? We take a look at some green shoots popping up across the country.
16:30
Closing

Evening

18:00
Registration and entry
18:15
Dinner
19:00
Evening Session:
Master Class
Hosted by Chris Beithwaite & Dan Mazengarb
Experience an engaging and dynamic evening as we delve into the world of governance through a captivating mock board meeting. Explore the intricacies of effective and ineffective governance firsthand, drawing from the day's themes. Whether you're a newcomer to governance or a seasoned professional, this interactive session promises to sharpen your skills and provide invaluable practical insights for building stronger organisations in the Christian sector.
21:00
Close

Learn more about your speakers

Dan Mazengarb
CEO - Christian Savings Limited
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Steven Moe
Partner - Parry Field Lawyers
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Roshan Allpress
National Principal & CEO - Laidlaw College
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Kris Morrison
Partnership Chair - Parry Field Lawyers
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Kirsten Patterson
Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors
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Judith Bullin
Partner - Parry Field Lawyers
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James Stewart
Director - Gemelli Consulting
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Danielle Diprose
CA - Innovant Accounting Solutions
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Chris Clarke
CEO - Wilberforce Foundation
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Chris Bethwaite
National Administrator - Elim Church of NZ
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Scottie Reeve
National Director - Catch Network and Anglican Minister
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