ARPA Bulletin March - April 2019

The ARPA Executive wish all members a blessed and peaceful Easter.

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” (Luke 24: 5b-7)

Messages of Support for Christchurch

and New Zealand.

The executive sent the following messages to our NZ Members.

Dear all,

On behalf of the ARPA executive, members and staff in Australia, I am sending condolences to you following the terrible shootings in Christchurch and wish you to know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. May God’s hand guide you through this event and we look forward to seeing you all in Christchurch in September.

Elizabeth Harris (Executive Officer)

 Dear Colleagues in New Zealand

I extend to you and the people of New Zealand our love, prayers and encouragement in Christ as you stand together in unity against the shocking and hate-filled act of violence in Christchurch.

My thoughts and prayers to our NZ members and our NZ Vice-President Sophia Sinclair, especially as you work with your own communities at this time to communicate a message of faith and hope.

Our annual conference will be held in Christchurch in September 2019, and I confirm our commitment to meeting and being with our members and supporting in whatever way we can, the people in Christchurch and New Zealand.

Peace and grace

Peter Bentley

President 2018-2019


A meeting of the ARPA executive was held at Stanmore House in Sydney 1-2 February 2019. Among a plethora of matters, the following are noted:

The ARPA occasional e-newsletter has been re-named to maintain a link with the previous printed bulletin publication.

The matter of nominations for life membership has been reviewed and the  award base confirmed as a focus on the organisation itself, with the awarding of citations noted as appropriate for wider Christian media service.

The annual review of the ARPA awards was undertaken. The categories and numbers were maintained for 2019. 

Sophia Sinclair provided an overview of the speakers and arrangements for the 2019 Christchurch conference (6-8 September), highlighting the possibility of excursions and local talks. The Novotel Cathedral Square venue has been finalised.

Following liaison with ACPA, it was agreed to hold the ARPA conference for 2020 in Perth. ARPA and ACPA are liaising about the venue and arrangements.

The resignation of the Louise Mackay as Minutes Secretary was received, and we extend our appreciation to Louise for her service in this role.

2019 ARPA AGM Discussion Focus.Start to think now about contributing thoughts to the question - ARPA 2024: what and where will we be?


2019 AWARDS: The Award conditions and entry forms have been mailed to all members, together with a copy of the Directory for those who requested hard copies.  Please let Elizabeth know if you did not receive this mailing or did not receive the Directory (or how many copies you requested).

RAMON WILLIAMS SCHOLARSHIP: The entry information for the scholarship was also mailed with the Award information.  Again, if  you did not receive this, please let Elizabeth know.

REGISTRATION FORMS: for the Conference in Christchurch in September (6th– 8th) will be available shortly and will again be mailed to all members.  The form will also be available on line

DIRECTORY INFORMATION: Already the 2019 Directory is “out of date” as staff come and go; email addresses change etc.  It would be a great help if members could remember to advice the EO of any changes so that firstly we can reach you when we want you and secondly,  so can others.

 ARPA Executive 2018-2019 (Contact details please see the ARPA website or directory)

President: Peter Bentley

NZ Vice-President and Communications Officer: Sophia Sinclair

Australian Vice-President: Mark Brolly

Treasurer: Allan Sauer

Executive Officer: Elizabeth Harris.

Communications Officer: Peter March