Celebrating Laidlaw – CLTC partnership and Launch of New Book
Tuesday 3 September | 7:00 pm
Laidlaw College’s ongoing partnership with the Christian Leaders’ Training College of Papua New Guinea (CLTC) is an example of a strategic present-day mission trend we are featuring as part of the 2019 Laidlaw Missions Week.
You are invited to join us on the evening of Tuesday 3 September to hear updates on aspects of this Laidlaw-CLTC partnership and also launch in New Zealand Live in Tents and Build only Altars: Gilbert McArthur His Story, the recently published biography of Gilbert McArthur, one of the most significant missionary statesmen of our South Pacific region in the mid- 20th century.
Dessert and coffee will be available from 7 pm, with formalities commencing at 7.30 pm.
David Price, previously Principal of CLTC and Bible College of Victoria (now Melbourne School of Theology) has written a 464 page, well-illustrated, biography of Gil McArthur – the Man, his Mission and his Legacy, in what Australian Historian of Christianity, Stuart Piggin describes as
“…an exceptionally valuable addition to mission history, an authoritative and inspiring read. Authoritative because it is thoroughly researched, based on excellent sources, candid about difficulties and clearly written. It is inspiring because it has all the excitement of pioneering missionary work in remote parts of New Guinea, and both the subject and the author possess a deep understanding of the spiritual qualities essential for Christian leadership.”
At this event current and recently retired Laidlaw faculty will share recent experiences at CLTC:
developing an Early Childhood Education Teacher Training Programme,
teaching MTh courses, and
partnering with CLTC and the Melanesian Association of Theological Schools in their roles in the current mission and Church scene in Melanesia.
Our Laidlaw Emeritus Principal, John Hitchen, will also highlight the significance of Gil McArthur’s ministry, and David Price’s biography, for understanding mission in the SW Pacific.
Advance copies of Live in Tents and Build only Altars are available (click here to see flyer) and will be available on the evening at $25 per copy.
More about Gilbert McArthur
Through his ministry Gilbert McArthur touched all the major evangelical missions in which Kiwi missionaries served in PNG from the 1950s. He influenced not only church leadership training, but a wide spectrum of PNG national life, including the Poultry and Transport Industries; character and values training in Defence and Police forces; broadcasting standards; and Evangelical cooperation. He developed in-depth personal relations with the national political leaders of most of the newly independent island nations of the Pacific, and through his influence on colleagues and those he mentored, contributed significantly to theological education in both Australia and New Zealand and to ministries such as Masters Institute (now Laidlaw’s School of Social Practice - Education) and Maxim Institute.