Bringing Christians together to strengthen the church of Aotearoa New Zealand

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

NZCN oral submission on the Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill

Dr Stuart Lange presents his oral submission on behalf of NZ Christian Network to the Justice Select Committee. NZ Christian Network's submission was also highlighted on Radio New Zealand's Midday News on 15 September.    

NZCN’s submission on the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill

Dr Stuart Lange’s submission (on behalf of NZCN) and suggested additional clause for the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill currently before Parliament

Submission guide: Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill

A simple guide with links to walk you through making a submission on the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill, which closes WEDNESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2021

Do not change direction... ever

Problems with the “Conversion Practices” Bill, and a suggestion

Dr Stuart Lange explains the problems with this Bill and suggests a highly necessary additional clause that would help address these issues.

A Christian response to suggested “Hate Speech” law changes, and some proposed re-wording

What is behind the proposed “hate speech” laws, and why do they matter?

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

NZCN oral submission on the Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill

Dr Stuart Lange presents his oral submission on behalf of NZ Christian Network to the Justice Select Committee. NZ Christian Network's submission was also highlighted on Radio New Zealand's Midday News on 15 September.    

NZCN’s submission on the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill

Dr Stuart Lange’s submission (on behalf of NZCN) and suggested additional clause for the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill currently before Parliament

Submission guide: Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill

A simple guide with links to walk you through making a submission on the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill, which closes WEDNESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2021

Do not change direction... ever

Problems with the “Conversion Practices” Bill, and a suggestion

Dr Stuart Lange explains the problems with this Bill and suggests a highly necessary additional clause that would help address these issues.

A Christian response to suggested “Hate Speech” law changes, and some proposed re-wording

What is behind the proposed “hate speech” laws, and why do they matter?

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the AM Show

“Hate speech” law: a slippery and dangerous proposal

As Christians, we absolutely oppose all violence and incitements to violence. But what is proposed goes far beyond incitements to violence, and also criminalises speech that is considered by some to be hateful or offensive.

Should we believe that Christianity is true, or good, or both?

Recently, I have seen making the rounds a finding from the Barna Group (an evangelical research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture). Barna’s finding comes out of a huge study they did about how the next generation views the church and...

“Freedom of religion”

Freedom to believe and practice religious faith is considered a basic human right. But it has not always been so.

Who invented freedom of religion? Secularists or Christians?

It’s often been claimed that it was the intolerance of Christians, from the apostle Paul to the Renaissance Popes, that led to the Enlightenment’s secular cry for “freedom of religion”. But is that actually true?

A Maori Ethic for Earthkeeping

This podcast is a conversation with Jay Matenga offering some thought-provoking insights about how me might live differently with our ecologies.

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