An estimated 300 congregational leaders and pastors joined the LCANZ Safe Church webinar on Saturday. Child Protection Project Officer Mary-Ann Carver spoke about the draft LCA Child Safety Standards for Congregations.
The LCANZ’s new congregational child safety standards will go through a consultation process in April and May. The LCA standards are designed to ensure that the church can meet its regulatory responsibilities in response to an increasingly rigorous child safety landscape.
When Pastor Matt Anker, the LCA/NZ’s Assistant to the Bishop – International Mission, called on Lutheran pastors in Australia and New Zealand to support their brother pastors in the Philippines, he says the response was ‘breathtaking’.
The opening of a new biblical translation and literacy training centre in Papua New Guinea’s Gulf Province is cause for great joy, says Bible translation advisor and LCA/NZ member Hanna Schulz. The centre’s name – ‘Oroi’io Madei’ – can be translated as either ‘Word of Life’ or ‘Living Word’.
Despite a COVID-19 lockdown forcing a last-minute change of plans, Stanley Roberts was ordained in unique circumstances as a Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) at Papunya in the Northern Territory late last year.