Christians have long been called “People of the Way”


Our story for millennia has been one of finding our way through deserts, wildernesses, and the formation of a new movement of love in the early church. Alongside this is the story of peoples here in the Pacific way-finding across the oceans to Aotearoa, and our ongoing journey of learning how to be one family of God in a multicultural society.

This journey of navigation continues today as we seek to find the way of Jesus as young leaders in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. How do we lead and tell the story of Jesus to young people today in places marked by incredible beauty, but also bearing the scars of colonisation and the fresh wounds of unspeakable violence? This is a powerful and important moment for us to get together and consider afresh how we continue to passionately live the counter-cultural way of Jesus alongside our young people.


Register for The Abbey

Registration for The Abbey includes meals, accomodation and bus transfer from the airport.



Leading With A Limp

How to lead young people while facing your own mental health struggles
with Zara Maslin (Attitude NZ)

Seeing God In Strangers & Neighbours

Becoming people of welcome in an ever-more diverse Aotearoa
with Alana Hathaway (The Wellington Free Store)

Rhythms For Sustainable Mission

Effective spiritual practices to sustain the energy and passion of your ministry
with Rev. Spanky Moore (Chaplain, University of Canterbury)

How to Transform a Neighbourhood

Practical tips for youth ministry that impacts a community
with Duane Major (Southwest Baptist)

Climate Change Partners in the Pacific

Learning what it means to be a Tikanga Toru movement in the face of climate change
with Mira Martin Elmsly (Tikanga Māori)

Global Mission

Hearing the invitation to serve globally with CMS and our Better World whānau
with Kirstin Cant and Guy Benton (CMS)

Decolonising Our Youth Work

Owning our responsibility to be good Te Tiriti partners with our young people and our communities. This workshop will be a three hour intensive with Danette Aperahama-Tiatia (Christchurch)

Starting A Missional Community

Five practical steps for making an intentional community of hospitality thrive
with Rev. Scottie Reeve (Blueprint Church)

How Transformation Happens

Practical steps for receiving God’s invitation to see our lives genuinely changed
with Bishop Ellie Sanderson (Wellington)


Hands-On Workshops

Prayer and The Prophetic For Beginners

Learn how to hear God and pray for others
with Jude Saxon (Bishopdale Seminary)

Worship Roadtrip Around The Peninsula

Join the worship team for a special roadie to local sacred spaces

Practical Tools For Worship Leading

Tips and tricks for those leading worship music
with Aaron Hardy (Te Rautini, Hamilton)

Praying and Painting

Communicating with God through visual art
with Lorna Gray (National Youth Facilitator)

Kawhe & Kõrero

Come have a coffee and kõrero te reo Maori with Anna Reeve (Te Reo Māori teacher, Wellington High School)


Other Happenings

Bishopdale Coffee With A Ninja

A bunch of youth work gurus and a handful of Bishops will be available during workshops to have a coffee and share some unscripted ‘real talk’ with you

Saturday Swing Party!

Wellington-based 8 piece ska band, Royal Rumble, will be bringing their trumpets, trombones and horns for a wild Saturday night party

24 Hour Prayer Space

From 6pm Friday til Eucharist on Sunday we will be holding constant prayer. Sign up when you arrive to be a part of this special space. 

21 Elephants Live Podcast

Spanky and Scottie will be at it again talking about things that would make your Reverend blush. Join them on Friday night after the main session. 


The Abbey Co-ordinator
Scottie Reeve -

National Youth Facilitator
Lorna Gray -