About us

Who are we

A network of churches working together to raise the standard of leadership. As we encourage, motivate, and equip one another, we will see a movement of healthy churches impacting our nation, fulfilling the great commission. We long to see churches intentionally training their own leaders so that God produces an abundance of godly, well-equipped, servant-hearted leaders for His harvest.

What we do


We link arms by meeting regularly to overcome isolation and benefit from friendship and mutual encouragement.


We gather together to be refreshed, envisioned and motivated to press on, guarding against depletion in ministry.


We train and equip one another to overcome mediocrity and grow in our leadership and effectiveness.


We share generously with each other to overcome deficiencies by being a community that models, mentors and assists. 

Who we work with

We will raise the standard of leadership in our churches by working with four key groups:

  • Senior & Lead Pastors  I  Key Leaders
  • Elders  I  Governing boards
  • Staff  I  Ministry Leaders
  • Ministry Teams  I  Key Volunteers 

how we do it

To ensure that we are developing great leaders in our churches there are a series of events occurring throughout each year.

How to get involved

What do you give?

Your time - for this to work we need each other at the conferences, retreats and forums. Your diary needs to be adjusted to factor these events in. Some events are for teams to attend, others are designed for one or two people from each church.

Your expertise - we need you! The lessons you have learned, the successes you have enjoyed and the challenges you have navigated. They are valuable to others and so we need you to share of your very best with others in the network.

Your partnership - for any network to thrive there are some foundational beliefs and values that we must operate under. Any church in the network is committed to the vision and values of the ministry.

Your finances - there are real costs to making this happen and so we invite your church to consider budgeting between $100-$500 per month to support the network.

What do you get?

Network events - the national conference and training days will be advertised widely across the New Zealand. Participation in the retreats and forums will be limited to churches in the Living Stones Network.

Access to online resources - partnership in the network will result in access to all online resources.

Community and coaching - we see this as the intangible benefit! There is huge value in being part of a community larger than your own church, where you receive encouragement adn assistance from others as we do ministry together.