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Ideas & Resources

Welcome to the Ideas and Resources page. This is intended to celebrate a wide range of tested resources and act as a library for your own contributions. If you have recommendations please make contact.

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New Ministry Resource

He Akonga - Disciples in Aotearoa New Zealand is now available -learn more.

A new New Zealand Prayer Book

Child, Youth and Family


Bishop John Pritchard (a selection of his books concerning discipleship)

Te Reo Maori


  • How to Pray, Stephen Cottrell, 2010
  • The Greatest Prayer, John Dominic Crossan, 2010
  • Prayer : Finding the Heart's True Home, Richard Foster, 1992
  • The Lord’s Prayer – just for you, Bishop John Bluck and Bishop Muru Walters
  • Thy Kingdom Come: www.thykingdomcome.global (a ++Justin global prayer initiative that involves millions that we encourage you to be a part of; excellent resources online including videos) 

Vocation and Discernment

  • Dewar, F Called or Collared - An Alternative Approach to Vocation (SPCK, London: 2000)
  • Farnham, Gill, McLean, Ward, Listening Hearts : Discerning Call in Community (Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg: 1991)
  • Jones, S, Listening for God's Call (SCM, London: 2014)
  • Lay MinistryGooder, P & Rowling C, Reader Ministry Explained (SPCK, London: 2009)


  • Deacons Aotearoa website
  • D. Michael Jackson (ed.), The Diaconate in Ecumenical Perspective: Ecclesiology, Liturgy and Practice (Sacristy Press, Durham: 2019)
  • Brown, R, Being a Deacon Today (Morehouse Publishing, New York: 2005)
  • Deacon by design: The ups and downs of an Anglican deacon by Church of England deacon Gill Kimber;
  • Remain in Me:  Holy Orders, Prayer, and Ministry by Roman Catholic deacon James Keating; 
  • Women: Icons of Christ by Phyllis Zagano.   
  • A New Zealand Prayer Book : He Karakia MIhinare o Aotearoa (Collins, Auckland: 1989), pp 885-887
  • To explore the theology and ministry of the diaconate in more detail please see these videos. 


  • Brown, R and Cocksworth, C Being a Priest Today (Canterbury Press, Norwich: 2007)
  • Steven Croft, Ministry in Three Dimensions: Ordination and Leadership in the Local Church, 2nd ed (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2008)
  • Pritchard, J, The Life and Work of Priest (SPCK, London: 2007)
  • Ramsay, M, The Christian Priest Today (SPCK: London: 2009)
  • Smith, M, Steel Angels: The personal qualities of a priest (SPCK, London: 2014)
  • A New Zealand Prayer Book : He Karakia MIhinare o Aotearoa (Collins, Auckland: 1989), pp 885-909


  • Chapman, M, Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, Oxford: 2006)
  • Theological Education in the Anglican Communion, The Anglican Consultative Council, What Do Anglicans Believe? (2020)
  • Wells, S, What Anglicans Believe: An Introduction (Canterbury Press: 2011)

Church Seasons

Lectionary and Annual Rhythm of Worship

  • Richard Giles, Times and Seasons :creating transformative worship throughout the year, (Canterbury Press: 2008)
  • John G. Stevens & Michael Waschevski, ‘Rhythms of Worship,’ Westminster John Knox, 2014)
  • Joan Chittister, ‘The Liturgical Year,’ Thomas Nelson, 2009, p. 16)


  • Holy Week Voices from the Holy Land - Preview the first chapter here.
  • Waikato Cathedral Lent Study: Gratitude
  • Lent Study 2021 - Turning towards God, turning to wards God's world: Rev Deborah Broome (Waiapu Diocese)
  • Joyce Rupp "Little Pieces of Light" (individual study guide)  or "The Cup of our Life" (group study guide).
  • Henri Nouwen, "Can you drink the cup?" 
  • Bishop Stephen Cottrell, "The Things he did
  • Sister Wendy Beckett, "The Art of Lent" (work of art and a reflection for every day)
  • Ann Weems, "Kneeling in Jerusalem" (poetry)
  • Mike Riddell, "With every breath" (practices of slowing down and meditating)
  • Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin, "Reconciliation"
  • Karen Spoelstra and The Rev Sarah Park, Lent : A Journey to Easter https://lent.nz/welcome 
  • Lynda Patterson and +Peter Carrell, Gratitude and Grace: Through Lent with John, Theology House 
  • Alexander Schmemann, Great Lent : Journey to Pascha (St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, New York: 1969)
  • Stephen Cherry, Barefoot Prayers : A Mediation a day for Lent and Easter (SPCK: 2013). 

Ascension to Pentecost

"Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.The hope is that:

  • people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family - as a church, individually or as a family; 
  • churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world;
  • people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ."

(Information copied from www.thykingdomcome.global/about). To learn more about this event, to sign up, and to download resources for churches/individuals/families please visit the site: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/.


  • Child and Family friendly Advent/Christmas Resources from Strandz: https://www.strandz.org.nz/adv... 
  • Craufurd Murray, Journeying Through Advent, Toltech Print
  • John V Kruse, Advent and Christmas : Wisdom from St Francis of Assisi, Ligouri (2008)
  • Amy-Jill Levine, Light of the World: A Beginner's Guide to Advent (4 Week Study) (2019)

Contemporary Advent Songs

Worship & Liturgy

General Synod Office 

Ancient Texts

  • The Didache (available free on internet)
  • Justin Martyr The First Apology of Justin Martyr (available free on internet)


  • Edward Yarnold The Awe-Inspiring Rites of Initiation : Origins of the RCIA (Bloomsbury Publishing: 1994)


  • Gordon Lathrop Holy Things : Liturgical Theology (Augsburg Fortress: 1998)
  • Dom Gregory Dix The Shape of the Liturgy (Bloomsbury Publishing PLC: 2015)
  • Enrico Mazza The Celebration of the Eucharist : The Origin of the Rite and the Development of its Interpretation trans. M O’Connell (Liturgical Press: 1999)

Fresh Expressions

Holy Space

  • Richard Giles Re-pitching the Tent : The Definitive Guide to Reordering Your Church 3ed. (Canterbury Press Norwich: 2004)

Liturgy and Worship

  • James F White Introduction to Christian Worship Third Edition: Revised and Expanded (Abingdon Press: 2001)
  • James K A Smith Desiring the Kingdom : Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Baker Publishing Group: 2009)
  • James K A Smith Imagining the Kingdom : How Worship Works (Baker Publishing Group: 2009)
  • Benjamin Gordon-Taylor The Study of Liturgy and Worship (SPCK Publishing: 2013)
  • Dwight Vogel Primary Sources of Liturgical Theology : A Reader (Pueblo Publishing Co: 2000)
  • Paul Bradshaw Liturgy in Dialogue : Essays in Memory of Ronald Jasper (SPCK Publishing: 1994)


The Rev Peter Bargh (Paewai Rangahau |Te Kurahautū) has prepared this workshop on intercession. 

Prayers for Christian Unity

Biblical Text for 2020 | Acts 27:18 – 28:10

“They showed us unusual kindness” (cf. Acts 28:2)

The materials for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity were prepared by the Christian churches in Malta, on behalf of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches.

The resources have been adapted for Aotearoa New Zealand by the Catholic Bishops Committee for Ecumenism. They include:

Quiet Days and Retreats

The Reverend Sue Pickering is one of our Diocesan treasures. The Diocese strongly recommends her books and gives thanks to God for her ministry and gifts. All books are published by Canterbury Press, Norwich, UK.Creative Ideas for Quiet Days [2006/8 – with CD Rom for ease of copying handouts]

  • Spiritual direction  -  a practical introduction [2008] available on Kindle as well as paperback
  • Creative Retreat Ideas [2010 -  includes sheets on spiritual disciplines and retreat outlines on CD Rom]
  • On Holiday with God [2012]
  • Creative Ideas for Ministry with the Aged [2014 – with CD Rom for ease of copying services and resources]




See also: Vote No - Value Life - Reject the EOLC Act

Diocesan End-of-Life and Palliative Care Reader

A diocesan team has compiled the following resource to enable ministry units to engage with issues of assisted-dying and palliative care.

  • Terms and Legislation: link to a short video; an overview of the terms associated with euthanasia and end-of-life care; some clarification around what Hon David Seymour intended by sponsoring the End-of-Life-Choice Bill.
  • Care of Dying and Palliative Care: a series of lectures on death, dying and funerals; assorted approaches to spiritual care provided to those who are dying; suffering from a medical perspective. 
  • Theology and Ethics: a miscellany of theological rationales and secular perspectives. 
  • International Voice: submissions made to our Select Committee from a Dutch medical practitioner, and a journalist; a short article considering some international aspects of euthanasia. 
  • The Stories: video-links and select committee submissions from people experiencing end-of-life care or living/working those in a palliative condition.

End of Life Choice Act

Rev Dr Graham O'Brien has prepared an updated response to the End of Life Choice Act. It will help you understand what has changed since the Act was passed and also what you will be asked to decide on in the Referendum. We are very grateful to Graham for his work on this important issue. 




  • Bluck, +John. 2017. Preaching Inside Out. Pakiri: Blucks Books (see www.bluckbooks.bigcartel.com).
  • Brettler, Adele Berlin and Marc, ed. 2004. The Jewish Study Bible. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Brown Taylor, Barbara. 1993. The Preaching Life. Cowley Publications.
  • Brueggemann, Walter. 2001. The Prophetic Imagination. Fortress Press.
  • Ogilvie, Lloyd John & Labberton, Mark. 2014. A Passionate Calling. Harvest House Publishers.
  • Rogerson, James Dunn and John, ed. 2003. Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Co.
  • Scott Wilson, Paul. 1999. The Four Pages of the Sermon: A Guide to Biblical Preaching. Abingdon Press.
  • Taylor, David Bartlett and Barbara Brown, ed. 2008. Feasting on the Word : Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary. Westminster John Knox Press. 

Baptism and Confirmation

  • Peter Jackson and Chris Wright, Faith Confirmed: Preparing for Confirmation (SPCK, 2013)
  • Stephen Black Akonga : Disciples in Aotearoa New Zealand (Waikato and Taranaki, 2019) - Catechism
  • Cottrell, Croft, Gooder and Atwell The Pilgrim Way (Church House Publishing, 2018)
  • Cottrell, Mayfield, Sledge, Washington Youth Emmaus (Church House Publishing, 2013)
  • Youth Alpha
  • Baptism Cube (Church House Publishing)

Anzac Day

Women's Studies

Talanoa, Telling Our Stories, Kōrerohia A Tātou Pūrakau

"Happiness, sadness, reflection, anger and laugh out loud humour - all can be found in our latest publication. Deep spirituality, theological reflection, profound faith and aroha are also in these pages. Over forty Anglican women , ordained and lay, have written their stories, contributing to a beautiful, moving account of their lives, before during and after the history making decision to ordain women as Priests in the Anglican Church of these islands.

Women were encouraged to write in their own voice, thus revealing the texture of our three tikanga church, and the sacredness of each story." (From the foreword)

Order your copy now for $25.00. Orders of 5 or more are $22.00. Plus postage and packing.