Te Mahi Minita
CALLED TO LICENSED & ORDAINED MINISTRY
The authorized ministry of Te Pihopatanga o Te Tairawhiti is carried out through the following lay and ordained ministries:
Poukarakia are lay ministers, trained by the church, to lead karakia and offer ministry within and to a specific whanau or hapu to whom they are accountable.
Kaikarakia are lay ministers, trained, commissioned, and licensed by the church, to lead and assist in karakia and ministry within Te Tairawhiti.
RIKONA / DEACON
Deacons serve in the name of Christ, and are symbols to the whole Church that serving others is essential to all ministry. Deacons baptize, preach, give instruction in the whakapono, and have a special ministry to read nga Karaipiture Tapu, lead inoi, and administer the Hakari Tapu in worship.
PIRIHI / PRIEST
Priests celebrate the sacraments (Te Hakari Tapu, Marriage, Baptism), lead worship, teach and preach, provide pastoral care, undertake mission and evangelism, and by example point to the life of Christ.
Priests may minister in a number of roles such as in a pariha or rohe, or as a chaplain in various organisations and communities.
VOCATION / CALLING
Our Haahi needs many different kinds of ministers to serve our people. God calls everyone: young and old, men and women, rich and poor. Ministers come from all walks of life, backgrounds and educational abilities.
A number of people are also called to serve in more formally recognized capacities, that is through the Church's authorized lay and ordained ministries.
For these particular callings, the Church must test your sense of vocation through its discernment process.
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