About New Zealand Christian Network

  1. Who we are

    We are a network of Christian churches, organisations, and individuals, established to help the church in New Zealand be more united and effective, and to present a reasoned Christian voice on public issues to media and government.

    We uphold an orthodox biblical (evangelical) Statement of Faith, and we are the NZ member of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), committed to representing evangelical faith positions.

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

  2. Vision, Mission, and Kupu

    Centred on Jesus’s prayer ‘may they be one that the world will know’ (Jn 17), our vision is to see unity in the Church and God’s kingdom come in Aotearoa New Zealand.

    MISSION - Helping Christians work together, build the Church, and positively influence society.

    We do this by … developing relationships, identifying critical issues where the Church can be more effective by working together and providing leadership for change. We seek to promote the unity of the Church and reflect publicly the commonly held views by the 500,000 biblically orthodox or evangelical Christians in New Zealand.

    KUPU - Ka mahi tahi, ka ora (From united work comes fulfilment)

  3. What we do

    Since our launch in 2002 we have…

    • organised, participated in, and resourced, dozens of groups and hundreds of significant conversations
    • run 5 Congresses
    • given and mobilised support for large and small evangelism campaigns
    • networked evangelicals in areas such as prayer, marriage, sanctity of life, evangelism, business, and politics
    • represented Heads of Churches in interfaith dialogues
    • issued media releases and made submissions to government select committees where a biblical/evangelical voice was needed
    • appeared on radio and TV
    • participated in public and university debates and forums on important topics.

  4. How to connect

    The best way to keep connected is by subscribing to our newsletter or following us on Facebook.

    We appreciate your support. Please contact us with any queries you have regarding general business, donations, advertising and event listings.

Abortion Legislation Bill

We acknowledge this is a painful issue

For many people, abortion is a very painful and divisive issue. Convictions and feelings run deep. Many find abortion tragic. Others, finding themselves unexpectedly pregnant, have been thrown into a life crisis. In anguish and fear, they have agonised over whether or not to seek an abortion, and have had to live with that decision ever since. Some grieve for family members who were never born. Many people alive today are aware that they could have been aborted, but are pleased they were not.  We acknowledge that all those who proceed with unwelcome pregnancies need strong support from others, and those who have undergone an abortion need compassionate understanding.   READ MORE…

An interview with Dr Norman MacLean, Member of NZ Order of Merit for services in obstetrics and gynaecology.

NZCN|News – August 2019

 

What does it mean to be an ‘evangelical’?

Like many others who grew up in a non-Christian household, I had Bible-believing grandparents. I remember vividly my grandma asking me as a teenager if I fancied the idea of marrying an evangelist. “No way!” To me, evangelists and evangelicals were one and the same. And I didn’t really know what either of them was.

It turns out, I wasn’t alone. In response to recent events, Dr Stuart Lange has written an article that looks into what it means to be ‘evangelical’ and another that looks into probable reasons why a recent survey found that New Zealanders find evangelicals to be the least trusted religious group.

Since the first reading of the abortion bill in Parliament, Alex Penk of MAXIM wrote a piece about removing rage from our public debates that I highly recommend. In addition to the messages NZCN sent to all the sitting MPs before and to those who opposed the bill afterwards, we have produced a guide to help you make your voice heard. Next week, we will send a special email about this issue with key information about how you can help advocate for both mother and child in this battle for health and life.

Another key topic highlighted by events and politics in New Zealand is religious freedom. We are fortunate to have Dr Thomas and Dr Christine Schirrmacher visiting New Zealand for 2 days next week. We will be hosting an evening meeting with them in Auckland on Monday 2 September. See the notice below for more details.

Also coming up is the inaugural Hamilton Prayer Breakfast next week and the 4th annual Auckland Prayer Breakfast on the 3rd of October. Next week begins our 3-week campaign to fill Eden Park’s North Lounge. There are just over 2 weeks of Earlybird prices left before the price goes up to $40 each for the final week – which makes this the perfect time to book a table for your church, group or organisation or get any number of tickets at non-allocated tables so you can meet other people!

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