The Methodist Connexional Office is located at:

Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053

Postal address

PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140

T. (03) 366 6049   I. 0800 266 639

Please phone our main line (as above) and at the prompt either dial '0' to speak to Reception or enter an extension number. FOR A LIST OF EXTENSIONS CLICK HERE

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Conversations about a Future Church

The Panelists

Meet the crew who take part in hosting our conversations.
Please contact Trudy if you are interested in taking part.

Rev Mark Gibson is a tree-hugging greenie, e-biking fanatic and a Methodist Minister of two uniting parishes which were hugely affected by the Christchurch earthquakes and had to rebuild and reinvent. During the pandemic lockdown Mark and his parishes had the additional job of evaluating multiple sources of advice on how to operate church during the NZ COVID-19 Alert Levels. Having lived through earthquakes, floods, fires, nearby terrorism and gas explosions, Mark is keen to see a resilient church that carries forward the good lessons from the events we have been through, in a creative and life affirming way.
Trudy Downes is responsible for Caring for Our People Manaakitia a Tatou Tangata for the Methodist Church of New Zealand (aka Health and Safety with less limits) and is based in the Connexional Office in Christchurch. She has been described as a petrol-head, a techno-geek and been accused of OCD. In reality she just wants things to run efficiently and effectively, and if technology can help then that's wonderful. If you can do it while driving a fast, loud car then that's a bonus!

Rev Tony Franklin-Ross will be joining the panel as we explore the way forward. A keen international traveller, Tony is now a Covid-made-domestic jetsetter. Based in Napier for 8 years, he is moving against the tide to return to his home city of Auckland. As Lower North Island Synod Co-Superintendent, Tony is interested in the challenges and opportunities raised by our experiences of Lockdown; and are there opportunities for new ways of being church and faith communities, or, will we go back to 'business as usual'?