A movement not a moment!


Across New Zealand, we recognise that there is a rising movement of churches seeking to serve and save the lost. Passionate people ready to make a difference. People with a faith led ethic that believe in the power of social justice, coupled with the boundless compassion of Christ-centred love.

At Glen Eden Baptist Church and VisionWest Community Trust, we know the power of Church and Trust working together. With 30 years experience of the transformative power of community initiatives backed and invested in by the local church, supported by the wider community, we want to share what we have learnt. Together, we have a passion to support churches with practical support in resourcing, strategy and capability so that you can work similarly in your community.

For this reason we are delighted to announce our second Transform Conference. It will be held at Glen Eden Baptist Church in Auckland on the 18th and 19th March, 2020. The theme for the conference is "a movement, not a moment", because we believe you are part of a transformative work happening across Aotearoa.

Once again we have a high calibre of keynote speakers for the conference. We will be hearing from Charles Hewlett (National Leader of the Baptist Union), Aimee Mai (CEO Christians Against Poverty) and Andrew Becroft (Children's Commissioner). More announcements on the programme and line up will follow.

Our intention for this conference is to make it as affordable for churches as possible. For this reason we have set our early bird registration cost at $65 per person for the two days. Limited Seats Available. Register Today!

We look forward to seeing you there.



Andrew Becroft
Children’s Commissioner

Judge Andrew Becroft is the New Zealand Children’s Commissioner. Prior to this he was the Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand and was appointed a District Court Judge in 1996. In 2009, Judge Becroft received an award from the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand as Communicator of the Year. In 2010 Judge Becroft was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Auckland. In 2018 he was the winner of the Public Service Wellingtonian of the Year Award. Judge Becroft is a former council member of the Auckland District Law Society and the New Zealand Law Society. He is the Patron of the New Zealand Speak Easy Association Inc., which assists those with various forms of speech impediment, and is the Chairperson of the Board of the Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (NZ) Inc. Judge Becroft is married with three children, aged 23, 21 and 18. 

Charles Hewlett
National Leader of the Baptist Churches in New Zealand

Charles Hewlett is the National Leader of the Baptist Churches in New Zealand. Prior to this he spent 13 years on the staff at Carey Baptist College, the last 8 of these as Principal. He is married to Joanne and they have three children, two living with severe intellectual and physical disability. Charles has a deep confidence in the local church and its ability to bring renewal to people and places.

Aimee Mai
CEO, CAP New Zealand

Aimee Mai is the CEO of Christians Against Poverty (CAP) New Zealand. Aimee began working at CAP in 2009, and after serving in a number of roles across the organisation, she became the CEO in 2013. Under Aimee’s leadership, CAP has experienced rapid growth and expansion throughout New Zealand. Today, Aimee counts it a privilege to be part of what God is doing in Aotearoa, and she remains passionate about the church reaching out to serve the poor and share the transforming love of Jesus.  

Gary Grut
Senior Pastor, Glen Eden Baptist Church

Gary Grut is the Senior Pastor at Glen Eden Baptist Church. Gary’s ministry experience commenced in 1987 when he gave his life to the Lord. Since then he has served in the role of Youth Worker at two Auckland churches, and was Associate Pastor at Titirangi Baptist Church for 15 years. Gary then took the role as Baptist Youth Ministries as National Team Leader before accepting the Call to Senior Pastor at Glen Eden Baptist. Gary is married to Sarah and they have been blessed with four wonderful boys.

Lisa Woolley
CEO, VisionWest Community Trust

Lisa Woolley is the CEO of VisionWest Community Trust, one of New Zealand’s largest community services providers, serving over 20,000 people each year through more than 1,500 employees and volunteers throughout New Zealand. The Trust is well known for its innovative and holistic approach, encompassing a wide range of services to the community. 

Lisa is a recognized expert of social issues and champion for social justice within New Zealand. With more than 20 years of experience as an advocate, volunteer, policy advisor, commentator, manager and CEO, she is passionate about community development and addressing social issues such as poverty, marginalisation, unemployment and homelessness.

Joining VisionWest in 1998, Lisa became the CEO in 2001 and has since led the organisation to unparalleled growth and impact on the local community.  Lisa has completed a Masters in Social Practice, writing a ground breaking thesis on Supportive Housing in NZ, and has been recognised for her leadership with awards locally and internationally. 

Fred Astle
Head of Māori Service Development, VisionWest Community Trust

Mā te rongo ka mōhio! Mā te mōhio ka marama!
Mā te mārama ka mātau! Mā te mātau ka ora!

Through perception comes awareness! Through awareness comes understanding!
Through understanding comes knowledge! Through knowledge comes well-being!

Fred Astle is VisionWest’s Head of Maori Development Services and Director of Kaupapa Maori at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medicine. Having grown up on maraes in the Franklin area and completed both undergraduate and post-graduate stucies in Maori development, Fred has an ever-increasing passion for kaupapa Maori that gives him a sense of purpose. Fred has previously worked at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education, various Government departments, NGO’s and the Auckland DHB. Fred describes his work as very transformational, life changing and a lot of fun.


Wednesday the 18th March 2020

MC: Brook Turner

8:00am Registration 
9:00am Kairanga everyone in - Mihi Whatatou – Kapa haka team
9:15am Welcome – Carmel Sepuloni
9:25am Worship 
9:45am KEYNOTE 1 – Charles Hewlett
10:25am Morning tea
10:55am KEYNOTE 2 – Gary Grut and Lisa Woolley
11:30am WORKSHOP 1 – two streams

  • The role and power of chaplaincy – Mark and Heather
  • Practical governance questions – How to get started, possible pitfalls - Steve Parker
  • Growing the church with the trust – Gary Grut + Lisa Woolley

12:30pm Transform delegate testimonial interview
12:45pm Lunch
1:35pm WORKSHOP 2 – Two streams

  • Getting started in housing - Lisa Woolley and James
  • Reaching at risk youth with community facing programmes – Dan and George
  • Influence through policy - New Zealand Council of Social Services role, policy groups, submissions – WEAG report – Trevor McGlinchey – Christian services data.

3:00pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm KEYNOTE 3: Kaupapa Maori journeys in a faith-based context. – Fred Astle
3:50pm Panel discussion – Kau papa Maori VisionWest journey – Billie Jean, Atawhai, Fred, Josh, Lisa
4:15pm Close 

Thursday 19th March 2020

9:00am Worship – Kapa Haka
9:20am KEYNOTE 4 Lisa Woolley and Gary Grut 
10:00am Video Presntation – Community In Action
10:10am WORKSHOP 3 -New initiatives

  • New community initiatives Youth housing, Pataka Kai, Employment– Brook Turner
  • Faith led transformation. – George Wieland? 
  • Financing your community service projects – James Palmer

11:30am Morning Tea
11:50am KEYNOTE 5 Aimee Mai – CAP
12:30pm Transform delegate testimonial interview
12:45pm Lunch
1:30pm KEYNOTE 6 Andrew Becroft
2:15pm Panel discussion – Lisa Woolley, Ian Hutson, Trevor McGlinchey, Andrew Becroft
2:35pm Drawing the themes together
2:45pm Farewell


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