Te Rongopai DVD
Dr Stuart Lange presents a five-part series documenting the story of the Gospel in New Zealand from Samuel Marsden forwards – its impact, the complications, and the way Christianity has had a significant impact in shaping New Zealand society both then and now. DVD: 65 mins in 5 chapters
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A special statement has been written to mark the bicentenary (200 year anniversary) of the first recorded preaching of the Good News (Gospel) of Jesus Christ in Aotearoa New Zealand.
2014 is a very special year. The arrival of the Gospel was an extremely important event for everyone in this country, whether they are Christian or not.
The bicentenary, like any anniversary, provides an opportunity to remember important events and their significance for the present day and the future. The Bicentenary Statement records and marks the arrival of the Gospel, summarises some key points in our history, and offers an opportunity to re-affirm and re-commit to the work of the Gospel in the future.
The original idea came from Alistair Reese (Te Kohinga Reconciliation Network, historian-theologian) who mentioned the possibility and value of such a statement in a paper he presented at a forum at Laidlaw College in June 2013.
The idea was discussed further a few weeks later at a meeting organised by Glyn Carpenter (NZ Christian Network) with Alistair and David Moko (Baptist Maori Ministries) present.
The National Church Leaders Aotearoa New Zealand group (also known as the ‘Heads of Churches’ group) was informed of the idea at their meeting in September 2013 and were generally supportive. At that stage the thinking was that the NCLANZ group might organise the writing themselves, but in December, after discussion with the group chairman about the short time before the February 2014 NZCN Christian Leaders Congress being held in Waitangi, Glyn Carpenter organised a writing group to prepare a draft statement.
The main writer was Samuel Carpenter (Trustee, Karuwhā Trust, and no relation to Glyn Carpenter). Samuel is a qualified lawyer who also holds a masters degree in history, and currently works for the Office of Treaty Settlements. He has been taking education groups to Waitangi for 15 years and made a submission to the Waitangi Tribunal on behalf of the Nga Puhi treaty claim.
Samuel worked closely with the members of the writing group – David Moko, Glyn Carpenter, and especially Alistair Reese. Drafts of the document were circulated to a number of theologians, historians, and Maori leaders for their input, including Bishop Kito, Pane Kawhia, Dr Rangi Nicholson, Dr Rod Thompson, Dr Allan Davidson, and Dr Stuart Lange.
The writing group greatly appreciates the input of all these people. The final statement though stands on its own and any errors or deficiencies in the Statement are the responsibility of the writing group alone.
The status of the Statement up to 31 July 2014 is a “Discussion Paper”.
EVERYONE who supports and identifies with the Statement will be invited, and is welcome to sign the Statement. We ask only that those who sign, take seriously the Affirmations and Acknowledgements contained in the Statement.
We especially invite national, regional, local, and organisation/group leaders to sign the Statement.
Yes. From September onwards, there will be an opportunity not only to print and sign a personal copy, or a copy to be signed by your group (e.g. National Church Leadership team or local Ministers Network), but there will be a facility to log all names on a special web-page. All names logged on the web-page will be able to be viewed.
PICTURES! – in this visual age, it is hoped that any groups that sign the Statement will take a picture to mark the occasion. The picture could be posted on your own web and social media sites. We’d also love to re-post them on NZ Christian Network’s sites.
Click on Gospel Bicentenary – Discussion Paper to download or comment on the statement:
Glyn Carpenter has been National Director of New Zealand Christian Network since March 2003 and attends Northcote Baptist Church in Auckland. He is married to Christine (married in 1981) and has three sons – two in their last year at medical school and one working in computer science.
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