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is an excellent way to keep up with articles about key issues facing society and the church in New Zealand

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

Honouring Glyn Carpenter

Glyn very capably served as National Director of NZCN from 2003 to early 2017. Coming to Christ as an adult, Glyn was a man of convinced Christian faith. He had a strong Gospel focus, and a keen social conscience. Glyn was personable, a superb networker, and was...

A smorgasbord of options

As the Traffic Light system begins, there is an impressive range of ways in which New Zealand churches are planning to move forward.

Christianity, politics, and secular intolerance

It is good if governments are inspired by a range of Christian values. However, too close or direct a connection between Christianity and politics can lead to very unhelpful distortions.

Decision time & mandates

Whatever the decisions, it is important we respect one another, care for everyone, and strenuously guard our unity. Churches must also do everything they can to keep people safe.

“Original sin”: the doctrine that allows none of us to feel morally superior to anyone else

There is a lot of push back today against the doctrine of “original sin”. Some question whether the Bible teaches it, others question whether it is fair that someone pay the consequences for someone else’s sin.

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

Honouring Glyn Carpenter

Glyn very capably served as National Director of NZCN from 2003 to early 2017. Coming to Christ as an adult, Glyn was a man of convinced Christian faith. He had a strong Gospel focus, and a keen social conscience. Glyn was personable, a superb networker, and was...

A smorgasbord of options

As the Traffic Light system begins, there is an impressive range of ways in which New Zealand churches are planning to move forward.

Christianity, politics, and secular intolerance

It is good if governments are inspired by a range of Christian values. However, too close or direct a connection between Christianity and politics can lead to very unhelpful distortions.

Decision time & mandates

Whatever the decisions, it is important we respect one another, care for everyone, and strenuously guard our unity. Churches must also do everything they can to keep people safe.

“Original sin”: the doctrine that allows none of us to feel morally superior to anyone else

There is a lot of push back today against the doctrine of “original sin”. Some question whether the Bible teaches it, others question whether it is fair that someone pay the consequences for someone else’s sin.

Challenging Choices

As in wider society, there is significant anxiety among many Christians. o all Christians we say: love and honour one another, listen to one another, show the fruit of the Spirit, and whatever your views on lesser matters always keep Christ at the centre.

A Christian Code of Mutual Respect: Covid edition

A reminder to all that we are called to live in unity – to love our brother as we love ourselves. To respect one another’s views, consciences, and choices made.

New Zealand churches and the new Covid Protection Framework

We set out our take on the new rules as they apply to churches, and also suggest some options for how churches may gather. These are far from easy times, but we are confident that with God’s guidance we can find our way through.

Many issues, many views – and ONE Lord, ONE Body

In the last week or so we have become aware of many Christians writing on the matters we have been discussing regarding church and vaccination status. Here are some of them…

Christian churches and Covid lockdowns, the jab, and vaccination certificates

As in society at large, Christian people and churches hold a wide range of views on all sorts of things, including some of the current issues around Covid and vaccinations. But here’s our take on what the majority of Christians and churches think in these matters…

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