Coming Home – The 6 Week Journey

There is a gift that every heart needs and that gift is freely available. It is the gift of unconditional love from our Father to us, his sons and daughters. It’s available for the rebel, lost in the wilderness. It’s available for those keeping up appearances, but are actually lost in the fog. No matter who we are, we all need someone to help us come home.

Men, your Father is calling you into sonship. We need to re-learn who we are and what it means to belong to Jesus. This 6 week course is designed to take you on a journey into our Father’s heart and open your heart to his. It will change everything!

Cost – $90, including the Coming Home book (see below for cover)

When – 7.30-9 p.m, Tuesdays, May 12-June 16

Where – St Francis Community Church, 92 Mansel Ave (there is also a car park on Cambridge Rd), Hillcrest, Hamilton.

Note: It can be held at your church on a different night if you have 8+ people willing to attend.

Facilitator: Rob Gray has been a pastor for 16 years and is now the director of Brand New Heart Ministries; a ministry dedicated to helping men and women live out of their new hearts in Christ. He is also, along with David Andrews, the author of Coming Home, the book on which this course is based.

For more enquiries please email or phone 021 0551916.

Why Men only?

While I believe strongly that this material is useful for both men and women, it’s my conviction that men need more spaces where they can come together and explore matters of the heart from a male perspective. Sonship is a heroic invitation. Let’s pursue it together.

Week 1 – Orientation. Your story and your context

Week 2 – The wilderness, Disorientation and Exploration

Week 3 – Coming Home. The open arms of the Father

Week 4 – The Brother comes. Meeting Jesus. Rescue.

Week 5 – Restoration. Taking our place as sons and daughters and apprentices

Week 6 – Application. ‘You are always with me and everything I have is yours.’

Why a Retreat?

We live in an increasingly frantic world. We are bombarded every day by information, distraction and noise. Jesus said

 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me, get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)

Brand New Heart Retreats are an opportunity to slow down, be quiet, receive truth and hear from God. The bottom line? If you want to grow closer to God, retreats work! Have a read of this page, talk to God about it, talk to others about it, and get in touch. We’re happy to work with you.


Brand New Heart Retreats – What are they?

Coming Home

Coming Home is the name of a book we have recently published, but is also an invitation at the heart of Jesus’ announcement of the kingdom of God. We are sons and daughters of a good Father and brothers and sisters to his Son, Jesus. There is joy, intimacy and freedom available for us as we apprentice ourselves to Jesus and walk with him in the Father’s Estate. Brand New Heart will be running retreats and workshops based on this material throughout the year. Keep an eye out and check out our Facebook page too.

Wild at Heart Basic

We have been unashamedly influenced by the ministry of John Eldredge and the Ransomed Heart team (see I (Rob) have attended 3 Wild at Heart Boot Camps and have had my life changed as a result. There is now a tremendous resource called Wild at Heart Basic, which enables men everywhere and anywhere to experience the life-changing effects of a Wild at Heart event. David’s already run one and we are committed to offering these also.

Who is running this?

This event is being run by Brand New Heart Ministries – an organisation that seeks to help men and women discover and live out of the brand new heart given to them by Christ. We aim to run a number of retreats each year and have a heart to work with men and women anywhere in New Zealand to host a retreat in their region. See our About page to find out more.

What do people say about it?

“I feel that the retreat definitely has re-awakened my heart. I’ve been seriously challenged and encouraged over the weekend. My body was physically knackered, but my spirit and soul are soaring! One of the big things that I took from the weekend is how great the impact is that we as fathers have on our children, and on our spouses. I am so much more aware that my words and action have the ability to affirm, but also to wound. I’m looking forward to all that God has in store for in the days, weeks, months and years ahead” – Kerrie

Contact us if you are keen for a retreat near you and let’s talk!


To be confirmed.

Contact us:

Rob Gray Phone: 021 055 1916




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