Bringing Christians together to strengthen the church of Aotearoa New Zealand

New Zealand Christian Network is made up of hundreds of congregations and thousands of followers of Christ who live in this land – united by our common tenets of faith

Ka mahi tahi, ka ora

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.

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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.

Christians, the Environment, and Creation Care

“Resources exist to be consumed. And consumed they will be, if not by this generation then by some future. By what right does this forgotten future seek to deny us our birthright? None I say! Let us take what is ours, chew and eat our fill.”CEO Nwabudike Morgan, "The Ethics of Greed", in the computer [...]

We are united by the Holy Spirit speaking through and in line with Scripture

Thomas Schirrmacher, Secretary General of the WEA share this Pentecost message with the Church — the DNA of Christianity and what evangelicals are all about.

Does biblical orthodoxy still matter?

In our view, absolutely yes. Because without a sound and faithful understanding of God’s truth revealed in Christ and the scriptures, we are inevitably tossed this way and that by the myriad of opinions, beliefs, and ideologies which swirl around us. And that matters…

“Another Gospel?” A review of a recent book which critiques “progressive” Christianity

Many people think atheism is the greatest threat to Christianity. Some, other religions. But could the greatest threat actually be something called progressive Christianity?

A New Global Leader for Evangelicals

Someone in the line of the Huguenots—the French Protestants who had to flee from persecution in the 16th and 17th centuries—has shown up to remind us what today’s priorities for Christian witness should be. Introducing Dr Thomas Schirrmacher.

Housing and inequity are also issues of righteousness and morality

As Christians, we must not be too selective in what we see as unrighteous. In the Word of God, there are many more types of sin we are urged to avoid.

Kiwis Deserve HOMES

There is currently a housing crisis in New Zealand. Not only has it become extremely difficult for first home buyers to buy their own home, homelessness has grown at a frightening rate.

Some additions to the Pro-Truth Pledge

Glyn Carpenter suggests some appropriate additional clauses Christians could add to the ‘Pro-Truth Pledge’ to help people deal with differing opinions.

Christians and the COVID vaccine

There are four broad categories that people fall under when considering the COVID vaccine that are shared by many, regardless of their faith.

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.

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Christians and the COVID vaccine

There are four broad categories that people fall under when considering the COVID vaccine that are shared by many, regardless of their faith.

The DNA of an evangelical

Dr Thomas Schirrmacher speaks about the roots of evangelicalism in his inaugural speech as the Secretary General of the WEA.

Rev Dr Brian Winslade, new Deputy Secretary of the WEA

Earlier this week, the WEA introduced Rev Dr Brian Winslade, of Hamilton, as the new Deputy Secretary. Brian is also a member of the NZCN Working Board.

Victoria’s new ‘gay conversion’ law is also a violation of gay peoples’ freedom

Caution: there is much more to Victoria’s legislation which bans so-called “gay conversion therapy” than most people realise.

Gay conversion therapy: some serious implications for New Zealand

The problem is that legislation outlawing “gay conversion therapy” often goes much further than merely banning coercive practices.

How Do Non-American Evangelicals Respond to the U.S.?

WEA’s Dr Brian Stiller provides a fresh evangelical perspective on USA evangelicals and the political views of many of them.

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