BMF day on the Thursday considered each area & prayer needs followed by small group prayer. Peter Mihaere & Neil Perry presented a unique DVD presentation using diary pages for each month and the day was facilitated by Martin Baldwin. The Thursday dinner was attended by 611 people and included the introduction of newly registered pastors, recognition of 30 or more years of service with each pastor being presented with a specially carved pounamu engraved down the side; the commissioning of the incoming president, Bruce Patrick; an address by outgoing president, Lyn Campbell on the “new normal” and comments by the Christchurch pastors on their ‘learnings’ from the earthquake experiences and the church’s impact on the community.
The business session of Annual reports saw the re-election of Peter Mihaere as NZBMS General Director ; Kelvyn Fairhall, the National Administrator for Baptist Churches last gathering farewell, and thanks for his contribution to the Baptist churches. Local and international speakers looked toward the future and the need to teach children from birth about the gospel, and the ‘new normal’ churches without  walls being the ‘hub’ of their community. There was a real sense of God’s presence throughout the whole Assembly.
The handover of the National Presidency was particularly moving with a combination of a Maori Pōwhiri and a handing over of the Maori cloak and symbolic spear. This was followed by prayer for both the outgoing and incoming President.
There was a presentation for the 5 – 5 – 5 prayer card which encourages people to pray for 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 5 things to bring TRANSFORMATION of our Churches & Nation. For the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit on our nation, its leaders; our city and its leaders. For our local community; for visions for Christians, churches & Christian leaders across our nation. For our own church – for our leaders & inspired vision, preaching & worship and for repentance and faith. For our own lives and family – that they may
be a centre of the love and purposes of God.
Louise McLachlan