Reflect Conference 2024

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Nau mai haere mai!

Welcome to Reflect Conference 2024!

Come along and connect with Christian health workers and students to be encouraged in living for Christ through daily work in health. Hear from inspiring speakers presenting on embodied hope for ourselves, our patients and the world. There will be musical worship, enriching fellowship, edifying teaching, good food and a unique ecosystem of Christian health networks to explore! 

We are hosting three conference events in partnership with NCFNZ:

ONE-DAY EVENT Auckland - 18th May, Northcote Baptist Church

EVENING ONLY EVENT Wellington - 22th May, Life Centre, The Street

ONE-DAY EVENT Christchurch - 25th May, South West Baptist Church

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Rev Dr Maja Whitaker - Anatomist, Theologian and Pastor

Maja Whitaker began her academic life with a BSc in Anatomy, eventually working in the Anatomy and Bioethics departments with Gareth Jones at the University of Otago. This preoccupation with the body has informed her theological research, which explores the importance of the body to Christian spirituality and the Christian eschatological hope. Maja is now a lecturer in Practical Theology at Laidlaw College, based at the Christchurch campus, and a pastor in the Equippers network of churches. Her teaching centres around developing Christian leaders who flourish in ministry and vocation and who are deeply formed by their followership of Christ. Maja’s research interests include the theology of the body, theological anthropology, disability theology, and eschatology. She is married to Dave and they have four daughters.

Keynote Address - Embracing Limitation and Embodying Hope: Being limited is part of what it means to be a creature and we experience those limitations every day, but often, in frustration, pride, or even despair, we attempt to live in denial of them. The temptation to over-reach has been part of the human story from the very beginning, but hope lies instead in living in the reality of our limits and allowing our weaknesses to be held in community. This kind of humility, in the light of Christ, reveals glimpses of glory and allows us to embody hope for ourselves, those around us, and those we hope to serve.

Dr Adam Claasen - Senior History Lecturer, Apologist and Public Speaker

Adam is a senior lecturer in history at Massey University’s Auckland campus. His academic teaching and research focus on twentieth-century history and American Foreign Policy. He is a Smithsonian Institution Fellowship recipient and Fulbright Scholar. His most recent book was Fearless: The extraordinary story of New Zealand’s Great War airmen (Massey University Press) and he is currently completing a four-year biographical project. Adam is in high demand for presentations at churches, community groups and Christian conferences on apologetics, church history, biblical world view and contemporary topics in Christianity. Recently, he has been presenting on God and technology and the relationship between faith and science.  He is the married to the amazing Sandra and they have four sons. 

Keynote Address - What if Jesus had never been born? The influence of Jesus and his church on healthcare over two millennia: There is considerable evidence to suggest that healthcare globally has been positively contributed to by the teachings and life of Jesus and those who have sought to follow His example.

Hear from our keynotes in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch!

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Explore a variety of BREAKOUT SEMINARS featuring experienced practitioners and expert trainers! 

Breakout seminars will be available in Auckland and Christchurch only 

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Plenary Session

CMFnz and NCFNZ presentations

A panel of esteemed medical missionaries will share stories of hope, embodied through overseas service

The purpose of this session is to inspire disciples of Christ to go to the ends of the earth and declare His glory among the nations through faith, hope and love.

You will have the opportunity to hear from five incredible missionaries who are currently serving or have served overseas in Africa and Asia. They will share some of their testimony followed by what hope means for them and their patients, and how they maintain hope amidst adversity, cultural diversity, and significant physical, emotional and spiritual needs. The session will conclude with questions from the audience followed by a brief time of personal reflection.

Convenor - Dr Sarah Masterton (Auckland)

Convenor - Dr Steve Withington (Christchurch)

Auckland and Christchurch only

Volunteer crew offer for students!

We are offering subsidised ticket prices for students members of CMFnz or NCFNZ who volunteer to be crew members! Crew members will be rostered to help out with set up, serving and clean up for sessions and food service. If you are willing to muck in, at the same time as attending conference, then sign up to be a crew member today and apply to receive an additional 20% off your final ticket price! 

Auckland - 8 crew members needed

Wellington - 4 crew members needed

Christchurch - 8 crew members needed

Crew members will need to be physically fit, able to arrive by 8.00am and stay until 7.30pm.

Join the crew

If you offer to join the crew, we will be in touch with you to arrange a separate registration and invoicing for your reduced ticket rate. Crew sign ups are on a first in first served basis. 

Auckland and Christchurch Ticket Pricing

We try to keep ticket prices as low as possible. If you would like to help us keep costs down, especially for students, please consider adding a donation. 

  Waged Student Retired/Unwaged
Member Price $216 $94 $153
Non-member Price $240 $105 $170

Auckland and Christchurch ticket prices include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

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Wellington Ticket Pricing

We try to keep ticket prices as low as possible. If you would like to help us keep costs down, especially for students, please consider adding a donation.

  Waged Student Retired/Unwaged
Member Price $54 $24 $38
Non-member Price $60 $26 $43

Wellington ticket prices include dessert.


CMFnz and paying NCFNZ members receive a 10% discount on non-member ticket prices.

Sign up for CMFnz membership here. If you're not sure whether you have a current CMFnz membership, email [email protected]

For information on NCFNZ memberships email [email protected]


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Pave the way for others

We try to keep ticket prices as low as possible. If you would like to help us keep costs down, especially for students, please consider adding a donation. Donations also help us to provide bursaries for students and others unable to meet the full cost of conference. A donation receipt will be issued at the end of the financial year.


Financial assistance

There is a designated student fund for CMFnz student members that medical students can apply to for financial assistance. Student membership is free. Please complete this form and send to [email protected]

NCFNZ student members may enquire about financial support by emailing [email protected]

Waged or Retired/Unwaged
If money is a barrier to you attending, please let us know by completing this form and emailing it to [email protected]

In order for us to be able to provide hardship bursaries we require a certain threshold of donations toward conference to be made, hence we cannot guarantee we will be able to offer support. However, we pray that we would see the image of God reflected in the generosity of those able to give and support this conference!

Mission Booth Application

If you are interested to set up a booth exhibiting your organisation at the Auckland or Christchurch conference, you can apply here


Travelling from outside the region?
Some attendees may need to stay in Auckland/Wellington/Christchurch for the night before and/or the night of the conference. Please note that registration does not include accommodation and you will need to arrange this yourself. We recommend that in the first instance you reach out to friends or colleagues. Otherwise, we recommend booking early to not miss out!

If you’re a CMFnz member or paying NCFNZ member, you can register your interest in billeting and if a host becomes available we will attempt to match you. Interested in billeting.

Keen to offer hospitality?
Do you live in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch and enjoy hosting visitors? Billeting for Reflect conference is becoming a happy and mutually beneficial tradition! This is a great opportunity to extend the blessing of Christian hospitality, get to know fellow members and build each other up. To register your availability to billet, or if you are able to offer assistance with transport please Register as a host.

Continuing Professional Development

Don’t forget that conference can count towards your CPD hours too!

Help us promote Reflect 2024!

If you would like to help us tell others about the conference, here is some promotional material you can use to share online or promote at your organisation or local church. 


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