Parish Leadership Archdiocese of Wellington

Church Mission provides pastoral support for parishes and Pastoral Teams. It facilitates a focused delivery of resources and services to meet the changing needs of parish life. It does this by:

  • supporting collaborative leadership teams of priests and lay pastoral leaders ministering together;
  • improving communication between the Archdiocese and parishes, enhancing presence and visibility, ensuring parishes have a sense of being ‘heard’, and providing prompt follow-up;
  • keeping parishes updated about Archdiocesan priorities;
  • providing ongoing formation, support and mentoring for members of the Ministries team and for the Lay Pastoral Leaders;
  • managing the Launch Out programme;
  • organising formation for parish leadership – Clergy, Lay Pastoral Leaders, Pastoral Councils and Finance Committees, Parish Secretaries/Office Administrators and those involved in liturgy.
Parish Leadership Archdiocese of Wellington
Parish volunteers help to set up new homes for former refugees

The Archdiocesan Synod of 1998 voted in support of lay pastoral leadership in parishes without a resident priest or without sufficient priests. Clergy and laity voted together on this, electing to work together in teams.

The Synod supported the development of a formation programme for lay leaders and the new role of Lay Pastoral Leaders. At the heart of this development was a commitment to collaborative ministry.

Parish Leadership Archdiocese of Wellington

Our parish leaders have been called to lead in such a way that the wisdom and talents of each member of the team, priest and lay pastoral leader, are fully utilised in decision making, pastoral planning and ministry.

People sharing their wisdom and their talents is the essence of collaborative ministry. It is not one priest in a parish trying to do everything himself; it is a team of people using their gifts for the good of those they are called to serve.

Church Mission team contacts

Parish Leadership Archdiocese of Wellington

Director, Church Mission

Being involved in ministry with families and young people is a hugely rewarding endeavour.

I come to this role as a married Catholic man with three young adult children. Being part of my own family’s faith journey has taught me how to connect the theological formation I have received with the everyday life of Catholics today. This is our mission and it fits equally well whether we are working in marriage preparation, adult faith formation or youth and young adult ministry.

I personally bring to my role a background in pastoral theology, Catholic education and young church ministries. Please contact me if I can assist.

04 496 1759  | 021 0230 5149   

Parish Leadership Archdiocese of Wellington

Christine Walkerdine, Parish Engagement Coordinator

I have been an educator for over 35 years. My initial career was teaching in primary schools for around 20 years, with a brief stint of teaching English proficiency at Victoria University.

Over the next 15 years I found myself as an adult educator, teaching English as a second language and working as coordinator and trainer for a not-for-profit organisation that worked with refugees and migrants. I began Launch Out in 2001 where I found my calling in Lay Ministry and completed a Diploma in Pastoral Leadership from The Catholic Institute (TCI).

In 2018, I accepted the position of Parish Engagement Coordinator where I currently am responsible for managing key projects in the Church Mission Team, as well as working with and supporting parishes.

To contact me email | 04 496 1706

Lay Pastoral Leaders in parishes

Click here to view the profiles of the Lay Pastoral Leaders.

Joe Green – Catholic Parish of Wellington South

Debbie Matheson – Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish, Thorndon

Barbara Rowley – Catholic Parish of Te Awakairangi