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Te Rongopai

Dr Stuart Lange presents a five part series documenting the story of the Gospel in New Zealand from Samuel Marsden forwards

Gospel Bicentenary Statement

A living statement, a perspective from a vantage point of two centuries of complex history, a contribution to the ongoing conversation on the relationship between ngā iwi Māori and Christian faith and life in its varying expressions

Pray As One NZ

Join us 8-9 pm Mondays on Zoom as we have speakers from around the nation join us to share a message and to unite in prayer

From united work comes fulfillment

What is the

New Zealand Christian Network?

 

We are a network of Christian churches, organisations, and individuals, established in 2002 (but with a whakapapa that goes way back before that, to the World Evangelical Alliance (1846 –), the  Evangelical Alliance (NZ), the Evangelical Fellowship of NZ, and Vision NZ) to help the church in New Zealand be more united and effective, and to present a reasoned, well-researched Christian voice on public issues to media and government.

Our mission is helping Christians work together, build the Church, and positively influence society.

Our board of reference includes national leaders from all the main denominations.

We are committed to an orthodox Christian faith, uphold an evangelical Statement of Faith, and are affiliated with the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). There are at least 500,000 biblically orthodox/evangelical Christians in New Zealand.

In response to Jesus’ prayer “may they be one that the world will know” (John 17), we long to see greater unity in the Church, and for Christ’s influence to flourish in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We network, develop relationships, identify issues where the Church can be more effective by working together, and help provide leadership for change. We facilitate conversations, run focus groups and forums, hold national congresses, and represent a biblical position in such contexts as inter-faith consultations. We communicate to the church, issue media statements, speak on media, and make submissions to parliamentary select committees.

Recent articles and posts

The floods: what is the Christian church doing?

A collection of stories and reports from individuals and churches around the country in response to the January and February storms that battered much of the North Island

An interesting question: is God punishing New Zealand?

Most Christians would hesitate to name specific natural disasters as God’s punishment. Can we be certain we definitely know God’s mind in this?

God …and storms, earthquakes, Gen Z, and ‘hate speech’ law

Dr Stuart Lange offers insights and highlights some prayer needs on recent events in both NZ and overseas.

Lest we forget: it’s a Covenant!

Many Māori see the Treaty in spiritual and Christian terms as is seen in one of their names for the Treaty: ‘Te Kawenata o Waitangi’ (‘the Covenant of Waitangi’). Covenant is a very appropriate word to use. The word itself is of Latin origin (con venire), meaning a coming together.

The Spirit of Waitangi

What is the “spirit” of the Treaty of Waitangi? Often discussion of this question is focussed exclusively on the text of the Treaty itself. But it is also helpful to consider the wider ceremonial context in which the Treaty was first enacted.

What is the

New Zealand Christian Network?

 

We are a network of Christian churches, organisations, and individuals, established in 2002 (but with a whakapapa that goes way back before that, to the World Evangelical Alliance (1846 –), the Evangelical Alliance (NZ), the Evangelical Fellowship of NZ, and Vision NZ) to help the church in New Zealand be more united and effective, and to present a reasoned, well-researched Christian voice on public issues to media and government.

Our mission is helping Christians work together, build the Church, and positively influence society.

Our board of reference includes national leaders from all the main denominations.

We are committed to an orthodox Christian faith, uphold an evangelical Statement of Faith, and are affiliated with the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). There are at least 500,000 biblically orthodox/evangelical Christians in New Zealand.

In response to Jesus’ prayer “may they be one that the world will know” (John 17), we long to see greater unity in the Church, and for Christ influence to flourish in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We network, develop relationships, identify issues where the Church can be more effective by working together, and help provide leadership for change. We facilitate conversations, run focus groups and forums, hold national congresses, and represent a biblical position in such contexts as inter-faith consultations. We communicate to the church, issue media statements, speak on media, and make submissions to parliamentary select committees.

Featured content

The floods: what is the Christian church doing?

A collection of stories and reports from individuals and churches around the country in response to the January and February storms that battered much of the North Island

An interesting question: is God punishing New Zealand?

Most Christians would hesitate to name specific natural disasters as God’s punishment. Can we be certain we definitely know God’s mind in this?

God …and storms, earthquakes, Gen Z, and ‘hate speech’ law

Dr Stuart Lange offers insights and highlights some prayer needs on recent events in both NZ and overseas.

Lest we forget: it’s a Covenant!

Many Māori see the Treaty in spiritual and Christian terms as is seen in one of their names for the Treaty: ‘Te Kawenata o Waitangi’ (‘the Covenant of Waitangi’). Covenant is a very appropriate word to use. The word itself is of Latin origin (con venire), meaning a coming together.

The Spirit of Waitangi

What is the “spirit” of the Treaty of Waitangi? Often discussion of this question is focussed exclusively on the text of the Treaty itself. But it is also helpful to consider the wider ceremonial context in which the Treaty was first enacted.

Praying for New Zealand, as 2023 gains momentum

Dr Stuart Lange lays out some key prayer points at the start of the year for Aotearoa New Zealand

Christmas and Christians, Congress, summer closedown

As Christians, we need to work hard to keep Christ central to Christmas. Our modern secularised society primarily sees Christmas as a special festive family get-together, with lots of food and drink, and as the start of the summer holiday season. Such a cultural tradition has its place, for sure, despite the pressures of getting everything ready.

What will it be like having 200+ New Zealand Christian leaders gathering together in the same room?

We believe it will be stimulating, inspiring, challenging, thought-provoking, instructive, encouraging, Gospel-minded, and biblically grounded!

An opportunity for the Spirit of God to move: the Franklin Graham God Loves You Tour (NZ)

A couple of weeks ago NZCN news reflected on the ongoing necessity of Christian believers sharing the good news of Jesus with others – in conversations, and in the teaching and preaching of our churches. We need to do that in ways which are loving, prayerful, clear,...

Proclaiming the good news of Christ, to quite a tough audience

Certainly, the Gospel of Jesus is magnificently good news. How in his great love the one true and living God has come into this broken world, in Jesus his Son. How through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, God offers us forgiveness, reconciliation, and new life...

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