The Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) brings together journalists from Christian press (on-line, hard copy and magazine) in both Australia and New Zealand and in addition any South Pacific writers.
This year it is being held in Wellington, New Zealand 7-9 September at the Rydges Hotel in Featherstone Street which is central to Wellington's many features - such as the railway station, the central library, the upmarket Lambton Quay shopping area, the Cable Car, the water front, sports stadium, major churches and the Botanical Gardens.
PSI - Press Service International
Press Service International (PSI) co-ordinator Mark Tronson explained that he and his wife Delma attend the ARPA conference each year and his focus in 2012 is to see the PSI young writers attend and get introduced to a whole new world in their professional development.
These PSI "young writers" come from across Australia so it will be no easy task for these volunteers to get away in the first instance, but to raise the funding to meet the air fare and conference costs.
Mark Tronson said these young writers have gained a voice, a readership, and now after a little time, gained a readership. Some even have an international following. These young writers are read in Christian Today Australia and the Christian Today international network, and Press Service International (PSI) sends the "links" to their articles each day to Australia's Christian media and weekly to an International network of Christian publications, both on-line and paper magazines and newspapers.
"They therefore have a serious commitment to this "voice" in their quivers' and it would be wonderfully advantageous to attend. The Lord has raised up these young writers, this next generation, of Christian leaders and their voice is being heard across the nation and internationally," Mark Tronson noted.
ARPA conference is held in New Zealand every five years: 2012 New Zealand, 2011Adelaide, 2010 Hobart, 2009 Sydney, 2008 Brisbane, 2007 New Zealand.
The young writers web site home page is "Latest Articles" and in addition each young writer has their own CV page of their own articles. www.pressserviceinternational.org
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html