Optional Pre-Hui Events

9am Tuesday 31 October – 9am Thursday 2 November


Location: Camp Maynard, 101 Paremoremo Road, Lucas Heights, Auckland
When: 11am Tuesday 31 October – 9am Thursday 2 November (National Hui starts from 10am at Manukau City Baptist)

Accommodation for Tuesday and Wednesday nights is included.

BYM Hui 2023 will be a couple of days of whakawhanaungatanga, discussion, prayer, delicious food and fun. The hope is that this time will help shape the priorities for BYM over the next 3 years. Whether you are fresh into youth ministry or you remember the good old days, all are welcome!

9am – 5pm Wednesday 1 November

Chaplain’s Day

Location: Manukau City Baptist – Upstairs

This is a special day set aside for Chaplains from across the Baptist movement to gather, to share together, tell stories, pray, discuss issues and receive input directly related to chaplaincy. We’ll laugh together for sure, we may shed tears.

We have two outstanding key note guests coming to be with us for the day, a husband and wife team.

Jeremy Baker has long experience as a GP with special interest in mental health and links to theology. He has completed a Masters degree through Laidlaw,  and is currently completing a PhD thesis through the University of Aberdeen,  looking at trauma through a theological lens.

Jeremy’s topic will be “Soul Recovery, how to address trauma in the community.”

Yvie Baker worked for many years with communication disorders then earned post graduate degrees in History before completing a PhD thesis through Otago University’s Theology Department. She researches and writes about the influential new theological beliefs emerging within evangelical churches worldwide.

Her topic will be, “How Much Does Truth Matter? Reshaping Christianity in the 21st century and how it affects us all.”

9:30am – 4pm Wednesday 1 November

Mission Day

Location: Manukau City Baptist – Auditorium

Mission Day is about updates on our mission work, highlights and struggles, global team and project stories, prayer together and creative opportunities to learn from each other and connect with God’s mission in fresh ways. Last year we had a lot to say about a reshaping of our mission as Arotahi. This year we want to talk about progress made over the last 12 months and invite feedback, input and prayer.

9am – 4pm Wednesday 1 November

Community Impact Day

Location: Visionwest Waka Whakakitenga, 97 Glendale Road, Glen Eden

Cost includes return Bus from Manukau City Baptist and lunch as part of Glen Eden Baptist Community Lunch ‘Te Kapu’.

If you are wanting to develop the community ministries within your church, this year’s Community Ministries Day is not to be missed. The day will provide an opportunity to share about new, growing, and established community ministries that exist within Aotearoa Baptist whānau, and to learn how to take the next step in your community ministries.

Facilitated by Visionwest Waka Whakakitenga – a large West Auckland trust established by Glen Eden Baptist Church – the day will explore a range of topics including our commitments to honouring Te Tiriti, ways of responding to local housing needs, mana-to-mana practice in food support initiatives and developing appropriate cultural practices within our community ministries.

Featuring keynote sessions from Charles Hewlett & Michael Rhodes alongside panel discussions and interactive sessions including Visionwest Whakakitenga representatives: Lisa Woolley CE, Brook Turner Head of Service Developments and Partnerships, Fred Astle Head of Māori Service Development and Gary Grut, Senior Pastor Glen Eden Baptist Church.

Main Hui Programme

Unless otherwise stated, all main sessions will be held in the Auditorium at Manukau City Baptist.

Programme is subject to change.

Thursday 2 November

10 – 10:45am

Check in

Please visit ‘The Arena’ to check in. The main church building and auditorium will not be open until following the pōwhiri.


Pōwhiri (followed by lunch)

We are currently seeking advice from mana whenua regarding the pōwhiri. More information will be available soon.


Worship, Word and Karakia

Manukau City Baptist Church – Auditorium


Afternoon Tea




He Rito: The Church of the Future

Friday 3 November


Optional Event: Baptist Women Breakfast

Hosted by Pasifika Women.

Location: Manukau City Baptist Cafe


Worship and Word


Baptist Māori


Morning Tea




Free Time

Optional Events:

  • Northern Regional Association AGM
  • Children & Families Ministry Gathering
  • Chaplains Gathering
  • Hui-ā-Māori
  • TBC




Celebration Evening

Saturday 4 November


Optional Event: Sutherland Lecture Breakfast

Location: Manukau City Baptist Cafe

“Kept apart by Creeds’?: The 1923 Act of Incorporation in the context of division.

In the early decades of the 20th century, NZ Baptists wrestled with difference over issues regarded then as existentially crucial. Key among these was the question of Open membership. This paper will explore this public division among the churches, finding in it an important context for the doctrinal principles set out in the 1923 Act of Incorporation.

Martin Sutherland was pastor at Epsom and a lecturer at Carey Baptist College and Laidlaw College before becoming Dean of the Australian College of Theology in 2016. He has recently begun as Senior Pastor at Avonhead Baptist Church in Christchurch. Martin has published extensively on NZ Baptist history and theology. Among his  books is Conflict and Connection; Baptist Identity in New Zealand (Archer Press, 2011). 


Worship and Word




Morning Tea