A new Minister arrived at the Hibiscus Coast Presbyterian church, Ōrewa, last month.
Werner Schroeder has been working in churches across Auckland for the last three years, following 20 years working in his homeland of Johannesburg, South Africa.
He says one of the pleasant differences he has found practicing in New Zealand is the diversity.
“In South Africa, I worked in a church that only spoke Afrikaans. In Ōrewa and wider Auckland, you can have one church that has many different cultures contributing to the same thing, which is great.”
He describes his preaching style as “relational and two-way”, rather than the more traditional ‘sit and listen’ approach to church services.
Werner says he is looking forward to learning the history of the Coast Presbyterian church, and welcoming more young families.
“I am very new to the area and have plenty to learn, but I am looking forward to helping create a place where people can journey with us, and just be themselves,” he says.