The 5th National Our Neighbours’ Conference

From 19 th – 22nd January, 2024 at the El Rancho Conference Centre, Elm Court, Waikanae, 5250

The programme

  • Friday 19 January arrive by 3pm – a shuttle will operate from the Waikanae railway station
  • Monday 22 January depart by 10am

Further details will be sent with your registration confirmation.

Register

Click to register further down this page in two steps.

What will you learn and experience?

  • What God is doing in migrants lives in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
  • Meet like-minded people.
  • Observe servant leadership in action.
  • Experience the taste of dishes from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
  • Enjoy great hospitality and generosity.
  • Strategise about how you can help migrants come from some of the most challenging cultures on earth.
  • Consider reading the Bible from the perspective of a stranger, refugee or marginalised person
  • Carefully consider how our individualistic lifestyles work against our effectiveness in forming new communities of believers
  • Learn story-telling techniques that have the potential to make your communications with your new neighbours interesting for them
  • Engage with contextual considerations which will make your interactions with your new neighbours more easily understood
  • Think about the dynamics of honour and shame in other cultures
  • Prayerfully consider mobilising yourself and your friends to reach out in love to the Neighbours in your community
  • Think, ponder and pray about how Christ’s unconditional love can be experienced by your new Neighbours through you and your community
  • Meet people who are working among our Neighbours around Aotearoa/New Zealand, hear their stories, and learn from them.

Cost

Conference Fees (applying after 30 June 2023)

Early bird prices – if a deposit of $75 paid by 15 August, 2023 and 4 monthly payments of $80per month (15 th September to 15 th December, 2023). Children’s fees can be paid on 1st December, 2023.

Adult $350
Child (4– 12 years) $150, Child (0-3years) $75.


Last Minute Prices – from 1st December, 2023 to 8th January, 2024 – deposit of $200 and the balance on the 8th January, 2024.

Adult $420
Child (4– 12 years) $220, Child (0-3years) $75


Late Registration Prices – from 9th January, 2024 to 15th January, 2024 – full payment before the 15th January, 2024 please.

Adult $500
Child (4– 12 years) $250, Child (0-3years) $75.

After the 30 th November, 2023, all payments except for $95 per adult are non-refundable.

Registration confirmation
Upon registration, you will receive an email from our Treasurer confirming your place at the Conference. Please register as early as possible.

Email our registrar your travel plans please s soon as you register!  

We need plenty of notice to arrange shuttle services from the Waikanae railway station. Please register early. Thank you.  Aselle Ten is the registrar and her email is:  [email protected]

Donations for sponsorship

Sponsors for our overseas guests and local refugee-background believers would be most welcome. Sponsorship donations can range from $10 to $1,000. Please identify clearly what part of your payment is for sponsorships. Thank you. If you can offer to be a sponsor, please add your donation to your deposit prior to the 15th November 2023 so we will have time to invite our guests. Thank you for your generosity.

Please help us – inform your Christian friends and invite them to attend

Everywhere we have been so far with Neighbours’ Conferences, people said they were disappointed that more people did not attend. As hard as we tried to inform as many people as possible we cannot reach those special friends you know who are wanting to engage in cross-cultural ministry to people from the hard-to-reach places. Please send your friends a link to this website page and encourage them to attend. The web address is www.ourneighbours.co.nz and click on the conferences drop-down tab.

Our earlier conferences were attended by people from Napier, Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington, the Hutt Valley and Christchurch, with guests from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Singapore, South Sudan, Vanuatu, Australia, USA, Indonesia and Nigeria.

The goals of this Conference were not just informative, but also relational, cross-cultural, contextual, heart-changing and transformational. Afterwards, there is a chance to get ongoing training after the Conference and join a team ministering in other centres in the future. Opportunities were announced to join short-term mission trips to Western, Central and Southern Asia, North Africa and China.

After the conference there will be an opportunity to join Skype-based, Advanced Training Course on Understanding Islam and Loving Our Neighbours.

Highlights of the 2020 National Neighbours’ Conference

  • The teaching about Ishmael and his descendants
  • The storytelling sessions were powerful and anointed
  • Sharing about the practicalities of discipleship among CA Muslims by an experienced practitioner was insightful
  • Early morning contextual prayer, followed by prayer for our neighbours’ nations led by people who had lived in those countries.
  • Lectures, discussion groups, small group prayer focused on skills and knowledge appropriate to understanding and communication with our neighbours.

Feedback forms were returned by 29 attendees. Comments included:

  • Wonderful variety of speakers and topics.
  • Great testimonies, very inspirational, eye-opening, challenging. Thank you.
  • Wonderful fellowship with a wide variety of people involved in the movement
  • Great to hear from people with different backgrounds and different insights
  • Very competent speakers, very blessed, excellent conference, would have liked middle eastern food
  • Genuine people and amazing testimonies. Good to know that there is such an event presented by such a variety of people in New Zealand.
  • It was very inspiring to see people’s commitment and love for God and their neighbours in each person.
  • I could see the practical growth in the people involved in this movement.

Guest Speakers 2024

To be advised in September, 2023 – please pray about those God would choose.

Proposed 2024 timetable

Friday 19 th January, 2024
11.30am – 5.00pm Transfers from Wellington Airport + Registration etc
3.00pm to 4.00pm Welcome
4.00pm to 4.15pm Ice-breaker and game
4.20pm to 5.00pm

5.00pm to 5.20pm

Session 1

Discussion groups

5.30pm to 6.20pm Dinner
6.30pm Prayer and Worship
7.00pm to 7.45pm Session 2
7.40pm to 8.20pm Session 3
8.20pm to 8.40pm Discussion groups
8.40pm to 9.00pm Reflections on the day
9.15pm Supper
10.00pm  Lights out
Saturday 20th January, 2024
7.00am – 7.30am Prayer
7.30am – 7.45am Personal time
8.00am – 8.45am Breakfast
9.00am – 9.30am Worship
9.30am – 10.10am Session 4
10.10am – 10.40am Disussion groups
10.40am – 11.05am Morning Tea
11.05am – 11.45am Session 5
11.45am – 12.30pm Workshop 1
12.30pm – 1.15pm Lunch
1.15pm – 3.30pm Rest and recreation
3.30pm – 3.45pm Afternoon Tea
4.00pm – 4.30pm Corporate Prayer
4.30pm- 5.10pm Workshop 2
5.10pm – 5.40pm Reflections on the day
6.00pm – 6.45pm Dinner
7.00pm – 7.30pm Worship
7.30pm – 8.10pm Session 6
8.10pm – 8.45pm Discussion groups
8.45pm – 9.00pm Testimony
9.15pm Supper
10.00pm Lights out
Sunday 21th January, 2024
7.00am – 7.30am Prayer
7.30am – 7.45am Personal Time
8.00am – 8.45am Breakfast
9.00am – 9.30am Worship
9.30am – 10.10am Session 7
10.10am – 10.30am Discussion groups
10.30am – 10.50am Morning Tea
10.50am – 11.30am Panel Discussion
11.30am – 11.50am Drama
11.50am – 12.20am Session 8
12.30pm – 1.15pm Lunch
1.15pm – 3.30pm Rest and recreation
3.30pm – 3.45pm Afternoon Tea
4.00pm – 4.30pm Corporate Prayer
4.30pm – 5.10pm Workshop3
5.10pm – 5.40pm Reflections on the day
6.00pm – 6.45pm Dinner
7.00pm – 7.30pm Worship
7.30pm – 8.10pm Session 9
8.10pm – 8.45pm Discussion groups
8.45pm – 9.00pm Testimony
Monday 22nd January, 2024
7.00am – 7.30am Prayer
7.30am – 7.45am Personal time
8.00am – 8.45am Breakfast
8.45am – 9.30am Poroporoaki – Glory to God
9.30am – 10.00am Pack-up and depart
Please note: El Rancho staff have another group arriving today and they are asking us all to leave by 10am – thank you

Key topics included in the 2024 programme

  • What’s God doing in the world – His Mission – John 17:1-24
  • Story-telling that reveals the presence of Christ and His attractive love
  • Stories of supernatural encounters with Christ
  • Justice for those facing death or torture for their faith
  • What does a community of disciples look like in a Central Asian, African or Middle Eastern context?
  • Intentional prayers of faith for ‘Our Neighbour’ communities in Aotearoa
  • What is a ‘Friends of Friends Fellowship’?
  • Principles in making disciples and communities across cultures
  • The aspirations of our migrant neighbours?
  • The struggles of religious conversion?
  • Behaviours in honour and shame cultures?
  • Prayer, food, fasting, cleanliness, modesty and hospitality?

We hope to demonstrate the warmth and generosity of our neighbours’ cultures during this life-changing weekend.

A Friends of Friends Fellowship gathering was role modelled for attendees to capture the concept of how this type of fellowship builds a community.

Register – in 2 easy steps

STEP ONE

    STEP TWO

    On the same day you fill in the form in Step One, please deposit the conference fee deposit into the bank account of the Asia Pacific Discipleship TrustBank deposit details:

    The Asia Pacific Discipleship Trust
    Bank Account – 02 0240 0030890 097
    Reference – Your first name, the first letter of your surname, then ONNC24
    Reference Example – OmarBONNC24

    The Asia Pacific Discipleship Trust website: www.asiapacificdt.org.nz
    Conference website: www.ourneighbours.co.nz

    Thank you for registering. We look forward to seeing you!