Important notice: Glyn taking sabbatical
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Dear e hoa,

Glyn Carpenter left NZ for Germany on Friday to attend the World Evangelical Alliance International Leaders Meetings and the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Janet Tuck and Rachel Afeaki Taumoepeau are also attending on behalf of the South Pacific Evangelical Alliance Womens Commission

The following letter, announcing Glyn's upcoming sabbatical, was sent to a number of leaders last week:

Following the 8th NZ Christian Leaders Congress held in Wellington March 21-24 2017, I wish to announce our National Director, Glyn Carpenter, will be taking a well-earned sabbatical, early April.
Glyn has served NZ Christian Network (originally Vision Network) faithfully and diligently for almost 15 years, and wants to take this break to refresh, and refocus on what God is saying to the NZ church, and particularly the evangelical church, at this time.
It is expected that Glyn may be away for around 6 months. He has no specific plans at this stage, but has talked about a long list of books he wants to read, and spending time with some key leaders and thinkers in NZ and overseas.
When he returns, our intention is for Glyn to have a more focused role on key stakeholder engagement particularly strategic to NZ Christian Network’s objectives.
In the meantime, we are looking for someone to take on the general leadership of the Network as soon as possible.
We are thankful that we have two leaders who will cover the National Director role on an interim basis from the time Glyn begins his sabbatical.
The board welcomes an expression of interest from the network itself and the wider communities for the permanent role of National Director for the Network. Any comments or suggestions, we would really appreciate hearing from you. You may contact Janet via email or by phone 021 526 387. Please note that she is overseas until 7 March 2017.
Yours faithfully,

Robert Murray, Administrator
pp Janet Tuck, NZ Christian Network Board Chair
On behalf of the NZ Christian Network Board
We are looking forward to catching up with many of you down at Congress!

Blessings from the NZCN Team


Registrations are now open and the early-bird discount has been extended to Friday, 3 March. Full conference rates are available for individuals and married couples. Day passes are also available for individuals on both Wednesday and Thursday. This event will be a good opportunity to catch up and wish Glyn well.
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