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St John’s College seeks Manukura

The College of St John the Evangelist is seeking a new Manukura to lead the Auckland-based College as it provides theological education and forms leaders in Anglican ministry.

Taonga News  |  03 Feb 2023  |

St John’s College - Te Whare Wānanga o Hoani Tapu te Kaikauwhau i te Rongopai is calling for applications for the role of Manukura to lead the College into the future.

The Manukura position will open this March when Rev Katene Eruera finishes his tenure after three years as Manukura and a decade of service to the College which began with his appointment as Dean of Tikanga Māori in 2013. 

The College has published a call for applications for the senior leadership post which follows below.

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He korōria ki te Atua i runga rawa,
He maunga-ā-rongo ki runga i te mata o te whenua,
He whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa.

Glory to God on high, peace on earth, goodwill to all peoples.

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau a te Karaiti, e te Hāhi Mihingare.
Greetings to the family of Christ, to members of the Anglican Church. 

The College of St John the Evangelist - Te Whare Wānanga o Hoani Tapu te Kaikauwhau i te Rongopai, has a vision to deliver thoughtful and inspiring theological education and formation in ministry for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. 

Founded in 1844, St John’s has a commitment to the three Tikanga Church under the 1992 Constitution - Te Pouhere which respects the Māori, Pākehā and Pasefika cultural strands embraced by the Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti o Waitangi with the aim of providing a unified and cohesive missional culture in which to work, live and minister.

The role of Manukura offers an opportunity for a gifted leader to guide the College to serve the mission and ministry of the Anglican Church, respecting the church’s traditions and with a vision to a future in a complex multicultural church. This person will be tasked with:

• Implementing a refreshed strategic direction, together with the Board of Governors - Te Kaunihera and completing the transformational culture change reforms detailed in the 2021 Review

• Managing the team of staff and faculty at the College, meeting regularly with Te Kaunihera, overseeing health and safety requirements, and NZQA and church level reporting

• Consistently upholding and role-modelling the values of the College and building and nurturing a collaborative and respectful culture that includes all members of staff, faculty and students

• Leading the theological direction of the College and overseeing its worship

The position is a multifaceted one that encompasses spiritual, academic, cultural, organisational, communication, management and people leadership skills in equal measure. Key responsibilities will include:

• Communicating effectively with key internal and external stakeholders as the primary spokesperson to continue to lift the profile of the College, working collaboratively to build strong and effective relationships and networks both within the Province and internationally

• Leading the pastoral and spiritual care of all members of the College community, both residential and regionally, which includes staff, students and their families

• Promoting a unique Three Tikanga environment that celebrates cultural differences while encouraging and supporting the development of a unified community of practice that shares a common sense of purpose and promotes the Anglican faith

• Working with a talented team of Deans and other academic staff to develop and deliver curricula and pedagogies which will meet the current and future needs of the Three Tikanga Church in a bi-cultural environment

We are seeking candidates who have the following qualifications:  

• A detailed knowledge and experience of public and Church life in Aotearoa - New Zealand and the three Tikanga Church

• Considerable experience in theological education, preferably in Aotearoa and a proven track record (and preferably training) in institutional leadership

• A doctorate qualification (PhD or D.Min).  A theological discipline is preferred and a research profile would also be desirable.

• Ordination in the Anglican Church is highly preferred.

• Sensitivity to and familiarity with Anglican forms of worship and a passion to nurture liturgical training and culture at the College

• A sense of theological identity within Anglicanism and a respect for the full breadth of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa A strong personal faith and good judgment, with a passion for academic excellence, a spiritual role model and a vision for leadership in a broad church environment

• Aware of the challenges and opportunities facing the church and the world globally and a theology that seeks to dialogue with and speak the gospel to these challenges

We are looking for an exceptional, innovative and authentic leader who genuinely embraces diversity and is culturally sensitive.  A familiarity with basic conversational and liturgical Te Reo is expected, with a serious commitment to develop Te Reo fluency if not already mastered.

An understanding of Three Tikanga cultural practices will also be important.  The ability to inspire and guide everyone in the College community, combined with the humility to fully embrace a collaborative, servant leadership approach, will be key.

Ideally you will be an active member of an Anglican parish and will be conversant with the complexities and challenges facing the church at large.

To apply please email a cover letter and CV to Julia Stones  

Applications close on Friday 24 February 2023.