In our modern world, with the current tide of technology available in every crevice of life, our lives have become so crowded. For many people, it’s nothing short of a momentous battle to keep up, and to keep from constantly being distracted, diverted, and delayed in making progress in what really matters.

At this year’s conference, we will be addressing these issues from a biblical perspective. Why? Because unless we can each step back from our lives enough to evaluate and prioritise what is important, the weeks, months, and years will pass and we will end up overwhelmed by deep regret. More importantly, we will miss out on experiencing the life God intends us to live.

We want to provide a time for families and individuals to step aside from the race of life, and then re-enter it in better shape, and with renewed strength and passion. We want to give you the biblical, and practical tools to help get you back on track and keep you on track. Imagine if you could finish off this year feeling content about what you have achieved and devoted your time to, instead of always feeling you missed the mark or dropped the ball. That’s what we want to help you with at ENGAGE 2017.

We will be looking at why you don’t have to be living a crazy-paced life, to fulfill God’s purpose. We will be showing from the Scriptures what things God considers to be the greatest priorities in our lives, how we can build our lives around those, and yet still experience contentment and rest. This conference is not just about adding more “stuff” to your life but instead will help you to live with sharper focus, an eternal perspective, and a little less “hectic” in your days.

Designed for maximum discipleship benefit, rather than information overload, ENGAGE 2017 will allow you time to hear from God’s Word, respond to God’s Word, think, pray, discuss, and ask questions. You will also hear from other homeschool parents & students some ways in which they avoid being a slave to the unnecessary demands and expectations of life, allowing them to make significant progress in the things God has called them to do and be.

Our main Bible passage for the conference will be Hebrews 12:1-4…

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.

Register yourself / your family now for ENGAGE 2017 and join us as we seek together to live a grace-paced life in this crazy-paced world!

Kris Baines
ENGAGE 2017 Family Discipleship & Home Education Conference




Incredible Opportunity for Homeschoolers in NZ…

I encourage you to abiz-opportunitydttend one of these meetings if you can. I just spoke with the Principal Todd, and we now have before us a “never-been-seen-before” opportunity to tailor the education of our children so they can most effectively serve God’s purpose for their life.

Here’s the info below, and the Home Schooling NZ website is here.



Flexible New Qualification Framework for Christian Homeschoolers

Home Schooling NZ has been serving the Christian homeschooling community in New Zealand for the past 33 years. Until recently, they were utilising the A.C.E. Certificate framework to enable students to gain recognised qualifications.

In July of last year, HSNZ’s overseeing body (the Christian Education Foundation Trust – CENZ) applied to Universities New Zealand -Te Pōkai Tara for recognition of their own university-entrance qualification, in order to free families from undue A.C.E. control.

This qualification has recently been approved, giving Christian homeschooling families the opportunity to now tailor qualifications at any level to meet each student’s specific wishes and requirements, including courses from whichever curriculum and whichever supplier(s) they wish.

The current Principal of HSNZ, Todd Roughton, will be visiting the Canterbury/Otago regions to share about the background to this new possibility, explain the options now available, and answer any questions in relation to it.

Meetings will be held at the following locations. All are welcome.


VENUE: Community Baptist Church, 14 Abbortsford Rd,

DATE: Monday, May 15th

TIME:  7:00pm


VENUE: 18 Level Street

DATE: Tuesday, May 16th

TIME:  7:00pm


VENUE: 16 Tyne Street

DATE: Wednesday, May 17th

TIME:  10:00am


VENUE: Church of the Resurrection, 40 Brookside Rd

DATE: Wednesday, May 17th

TIME:  7:00pm


VENUE: Unit 1, 48 Lismore Street

DATE: Thursday, May 15th

TIME:  7:00pm


VENUE: 58E Osborne Road

DATE: Friday, May 19th

TIME: 10:00am