Responding to the Turkey-Syria earthquakes Image
News
February 9, 2023 | Charis Fotheringham

Responding to the Turkey-Syria earthquakes

"Our country is in great shock. Many buildings are damaged. People left their homes and their cities. There are a lot of traffic jams and…

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Stories
February 8, 2023 | Helen Brereton

Waitangi Day commemorated at Nelson Baptist Church

Helen Brereton, Transition Pastor at Nelson Baptist Church, shares how they commemorated Waitangi Day.

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Stories
February 7, 2023 | Alan Jamieson

Rodney Macann (1942-2023)

A transcript of Alan Jamieson's tribute to Rodney Macann on behalf of the Baptist Churches of New Zealand.

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Articles
February 3, 2023 | Chris Lee

Getting to know…Chris Lee

This week we are getting to know Chris Lee, Pastor of Thames Baptist Church and Chair of the Waikato Baptist Association.

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News
February 3, 2023 | Reti Ah-Voa

Prayer update: Auckland floods and extreme weather event

An update for prayer on the Auckland flooding and Baptist churches from the Northern Baptist Association Regional Leader. Please pray in your Sunday gatherings this…

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News
February 2, 2023 | Chris Berry

The next property in our college’s unfolding story

Our college site in Penrose is no longer suited to our future training and formation needs. The site is for sale and we are seeking…

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Stories
February 1, 2023 | Sandra Gordon

From charity to dignity

Sandra Gordon, Associate Pastor at Caversham Baptist Church, shares how God inspired her church to transform how they serve the families in their community.

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January 31, 2023 | Reti Ah-Voa

Auckland Severe Weather and Floods

The Northern Baptist Association are working to assist our Auckland churches. Several had property flooded by Friday’s extreme weather event. Please pray and support as…

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January 27, 2023 | Baptist NZ

Better Church Elders podcastified

A podcast version of the Better Church Elders video series from The Carey Centre for Lifelong Learning has been stashed in The Audio Drawer (a…

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January 26, 2023 | Kelly Enright

Getting to know…Kelly Enright

In this column, we discover more about our Baptist whānau, meeting someone in our team of 40,000 each post. This week we are getting to…

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January 25, 2023 | Kim Peters

Our five focuses

An update from Canterbury Westland and Top of the South Baptist Associations for 2022.

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News
January 20, 2023 | Reti Ah-Voa and Rick Pierce

Partnering in ministry across the motu

An update from the Northern Baptist Association for 2022.

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Articles
January 19, 2023 | Rachel Murray

Getting to know…Rachel Murray

This week we are getting to know Rachel Murray, Regional Leader of the Otago & Southland Baptist Association.

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News
January 18, 2023 | Dan Mazengarb

A full dividend to all shareholders

An update from the Chief Executive of Christian Savings, Dan Mazengarb, for 2022.

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Stories
January 16, 2023 | Clayton Riddle

Exciting opportunities with partnership

Clayton Riddle, Lead Pastor at Northpoint Baptist Church, New Plymouth, shares the joyful outcome of partnering with Kāinga Ora Homes and Communities.

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News
January 13, 2023 | Mike Crudge

Our comms: a new place to launch from

An update from our Communications Director, Mike Crudge, for 2022.

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Articles
January 12, 2023 | Alan Jamieson

Getting to know…Alan Jamieson

This week we are getting to know Alan Jamieson, General Director of Arotahi.

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News
January 11, 2023 | Heather Ameye-Bevers and Monique Lee

Diversity brings richness

An update from Co-Chairs of Baptist Women, Heather Ameye-Bevers and Monique Lee, for 2022.

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Articles
January 9, 2023 | Keith Harrington

7 keys to surviving and thriving in ministry

Keith Harrington, Lead Pastor at Invercargill Central Baptist Church, shares seven tips for longevity in ministry.

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News
January 6, 2023 | Das Premadas

The value of diversity to bringing gospel renewal

An update from the Multicultural Ministries Advisory Team for 2022.

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News
January 5, 2023 | Charis Fotheringham

The Audio Drawer

A new podcast has been assembled! - Storing nothing particular but hoarding everything purposeful for New Zealand Baptists.

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Articles
January 4, 2023 | Angus Budge

Getting to know…Angus Budge

This week we are getting to know Angus Budge, Baptist Assembly Council member and Pastor at Rotorua Baptist Church.

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Opinion
January 1, 2023 | Kelly Enright

New year reflections from the cell

Reflecting on a new year’s poem by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Kelly from Arotahi sets the scene for this new year…

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Stories
December 27, 2022 | Sonia Groes-Petrie

Solar success: People, location and renewal in Ōtautahi Christchurch

Sonia from A Rocha’s Eco Church writes about a solar project at Oxford Terrace Baptist Church, now providing around 25% of the church’s energy needs.

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Articles
December 25, 2022 | Ravi Musuku

Christmas Day message from the President

Happy Christmas Day to our New Zealand Baptist whānau from the President of the Baptist Union of New Zealand: Ravi Musuku.

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News
December 20, 2022 | Peter Foster

Every baptism is worth a massive celebration

A 2022 update from Waikato and Bay of Plenty & Eastland Baptist Associations Regional Leader Peter Foster.

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Articles
December 19, 2022 | Emma Wells

Getting to know…Emma Wells

This week we are getting to know Emma Wells, Youth Pastor at Whakatāne Baptist Church and member of the Baptist Women’s Board.

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Stories
December 12, 2022 | Debbie Spackman

Te Atatū Baptist: Demonstrating love

Debbie Spackman, Pastor at Te Atatū Baptist Church, shares how her church switched from floating to engaging in their local Santa Parade.

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December 9, 2022 | Kerry Brewerton

New appointment: Te Pouarataki mō te hikoi (Treaty guide)

It is with excitement that we announce the appointment of Luke Kaa-Morgan to the role of Te Pouarataki mō te hikoi—Treaty guide, commencing January 2023.…

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Stories
December 8, 2022 | Nicola Mountfort

Eastview Eco Group pitches in

Nicola Mountfort, the Interim Associate Pastor at Eastview Baptist Church in Auckland, tells us about the newly-formed Eastview Eco Group. Members as young as 11…

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News
December 7, 2022 | Mike Warring

Ngāti ikatonga

A 2022 update from Lower North Island Baptist Association Regional Leader Mike Warring.

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Opinion
December 6, 2022 | Rick Pierce

Updraft: Remembrance

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

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News
December 5, 2022 | Rachel Murray

Poised to consider and launch new ministry in the region

A 2022 update from Otago & Southland Baptist Association Regional Leader Rachel Murray.

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News
November 30, 2022 | Charles Hewlett

Spectacular Youth: Youth Catalyst

This is a news update coming from a message sent on 29 November 2022 to Baptist Youth Pastors and Leaders – we’re keen to share…

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News
November 29, 2022 | John Tucker

Three particular requests for help

An update from John Tucker, Principal of Carey Baptist College, for 2022.

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News
November 28, 2022 | Scott Muspratt

A new thing!: Otūmoetai Social Supermarket

A social supermarket has sprung at Otumoetai Baptist Church. Senior Pastor, Scott Muspratt, tells us all about it.

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Stories
November 25, 2022 | Zach Bartley

What makes me weep: our response to the rainbow community

What makes you weep? Zach Bartley, Youth Pastor at Petone Baptist Church, shares his response.

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News
November 24, 2022 | Myk Habets

Celebrating Baptists flying high on the world stage

Join with us as we celebrate two New Zealand Baptist scholars who have recently made big achievements on the world academic stage.

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News
November 23, 2022 | Wayne Schache

Are you willing to contribute what God has entrusted to you?

An update from our Operations and Finance Director, Wayne Schache, for 2022.

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Stories
November 22, 2022 | Jonathan Robinson

“Paying with Dignity”: A Mustard Seed Story

Jonathan shares the impact of hosting conversations for the church, community, experts and practitioners to network and address issues close to heart.

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Articles
November 21, 2022 | Christa McKirland

Getting to know…Christa McKirland

This week we are getting to know Christa McKirland, Lecturer in Systematic Theology at Carey Baptist College.

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November 17, 2022 | Karen Warner

Robust leaders

An update from our Leadership Co-ordination Director, Karen Warner, for 2022.

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News
November 16, 2022 | Charis Fotheringham

Watch the keynotes of our Baptist Hui 2022

Did anyone miss or want to rewatch or share the keynotes? They are now available on the Baptist NZ platform.

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Stories
November 14, 2022 | Kate Dunstan-Brown, Julie Polglaze, Grace Irwin & Andrew Meek

A home and family away from home

Did you know we have some super story-filled Baptist student hostels in New Zealand?

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November 13, 2022 | Alan Jamieson

A united focus on Christ

An update from the General Director of NZBMS, Alan Jamieson, for 2022.

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Reviews
November 10, 2022 | Martin Baldwin

Advent partners: Feilding Baptist Church and CBM

See what Feilding Baptist Church has done for Advent the last two years, and how your church can do it too.

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News
November 9, 2022 | Charles Hewlett

“…present everyone fully mature in Christ…”

An update from our National Leader, Charles Hewlett, for 2022.

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Stories
November 8, 2022 | Melissa Wilson

What makes me weep: The 1 in 4

What makes you weep? Melissa Wilson, Senior Pastor at Beachlands Baptist Community Church, shares her response.

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News
November 5, 2022 | Charis Fotheringham

Hui 2022 Day 3: The future is now

It may have been the last day of Hui, but the conversations it ignited are far from over. Here's an overview of the goings on…

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News
November 4, 2022 | Charis Fotheringham

Hui 2022 Day 2: God invites us to join his spectacular works

So much to take in, learn and action! Here's an overview of the goings on at Hui 2022: Day 2, Friday 4 November 2022.

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November 3, 2022 | Charis Fotheringham

Hui 2022 Day 1: Talking about our spectacular Jesus!

What a day! In a remarkable way! Here’s an overview of the goings on at Hui 2022: Day 1, Thursday 3 November 2022

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Opinion
November 1, 2022 | Rick Pierce

Updraft: Third space

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

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Articles
October 31, 2022 | Karyn and Ross Woodhouse

Suicide: The grief of those left behind

The phone rings; it is a mum who shares with us that her 17-year-old son has recently taken his life. She is shattered. The family…

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Stories
October 28, 2022 | Debbie Spackman

Te Atatῡ Baptist Church might be small, but God is using it for big things

Debbie Spackman, Pastor at Te Atatῡ Baptist Church, shares with us the realised gospel renewal potential of an empty car park.

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News
October 27, 2022 | Helen Brereton

Big Dream Day for Nelson Baptist Church

What do you get when you put a congregation, two senior pastors, a national leader, a regional leader and an operations and finance director in…

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News
October 21, 2022 | Peter Foster

Pray for Matamata

A Memorial Service for Sean Schutte, co-pastor at Matamata Baptist Church, will be held on Friday 28 October 2022. Our love and prayers go out…

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Education
October 20, 2022 | Karen Warner

Training the traits of leadership: a new resource

We ask Karen about the new free Robust Leadership Training resource she has created

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Articles
October 17, 2022 | Samuel Schuurman

Getting to know…Samuel Schuurman

This week we are getting to know Samuel Schuurman, a Baptist chaplain in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

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Stories
October 12, 2022 | Sarah

Discernment part 2: What success looks like to me now

NZBMS global workers share their discernment journey in their return to Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Articles
October 10, 2022 | Charles Hewlett

Getting to know…Charles Hewlett

‘Getting to know...’ is a new column where we discover more about our Baptist whānau, meeting someone in our team of 40,000 in each post.

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Stories
October 5, 2022 | Sophie

Discernment part 1: Grieving KTown

NZBMS global workers share their discernment journey in their return to Aotearoa New Zealand.

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News
September 30, 2022 | Nicola Mountfort

Carey’s carvings

Have you heard about the whakairo carvings in Carey Baptist College yet?

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News
September 29, 2022 | Nicola Mountfort

2 new lecturers for our college!

Introducing Jonathan Robinson and Emma Stokes, new lecturers at Carey Baptist College!

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News
September 27, 2022 | Kelly Enright

Welcoming Arotahi: A united focus on Christ

The team at NZBMS are super excited to share some BIG news with us! Discover the new name and next step in our story.

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Stories
September 21, 2022 | Keith Harrington

Invercargill Central Baptist ‘Serves the city’

Young and old get involved in authentic worship on a Sunday morning by serving their city.

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News
September 14, 2022 | Monique Lee

Manurewa Baptist celebrates Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

Hear how Manurewa Baptist opened Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori in their church service.

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Events
September 13, 2022 | Baptist Women

Baptist Women’s Mini Summit 2022!

The Baptist Women’s Mini Summit is coming up! Join online on 14 October, 7:30 – 9:00 pm.

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Articles
September 12, 2022 | Mike Crudge

The Elect Lady

In anticipation of the Queen’s visit to New Zealand in early 1954, she made the front cover of the New Zealand Baptist newspaper. A prayer…

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Events
September 8, 2022 | Mike Crudge

You are welcome to Hui 2022

The annual Hui of our churches and faith communities is something special to be part of. What is it and why do we do it?…

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Stories
September 7, 2022 | Rachel Sangster

Alpha on Sunday mornings?!

Read about how Riccarton Baptist Church replaced their Sunday morning church services with breakfast and the Alpha course.

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Stories
September 6, 2022 | Raewyn Moodie

Good news from Mount Albert Baptist Church

See what happens when one person gets intentional about making connections in their community. Who do we have on the fringes of our church community…

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News
September 5, 2022 | Chris Chamberlain, Charles Hewlett and Glenn Melville

A new chapter for Baptist Registration

Baptist pastors and chaplains have a registration process similar to many other occupations such as teachers, medical practitioners, counselors, electricians, and lawyers.

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Stories
September 1, 2022 | Julie Osborn

Connect Baptist Church brings gospel renewal to their neighbourhood.

Julie Osborn, pastor at Connect Baptist Church in Manukau, shares how Connect Baptist's community working bee sparks relationships in their neighbourhood.

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Events
August 24, 2022 | Dale Campbell

Baptist voices at The Justice Conference 2022

The Justice Conference 2022 is just over a week away: Saturday 3 September, and it almost looks like a Baptist NZ event with so many…

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News
August 22, 2022 | Chris Chamberlain

Assembly Council update and call for nominations

Here is an update from our Assembly Council who act in a governance role and are responsible for the wellbeing of our movement of faith…

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Stories
August 20, 2022 | Kathryn Heslop

“COVID? Who cares about COVID. Look what is happening to our precious son!”

Kathryn Heslop shares how illness has impacted her son and how the church can genuinely love and care for family members struggling with their health.

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Stories
August 17, 2022 | Charis Fotheringham

Op Shop Encounter

The Doubtless Bay Christian Centre’s Op Shop Encounter project is fully operational after a four-year journey that began with prayer.

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Opinion
August 10, 2022 | Rick Pierce

Updraft: Embracing change

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

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Education
August 9, 2022 | Jenny Lee

5 things parents want you to know in order to help their neurodiverse kids

Jenny Lee, a professional educator who serves in several community roles, including Rotorua Baptist’s Kids Church, shares advice on how the church can support neurodiverse…

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News
August 8, 2022 | Beulah Wood

Heart and housing in Whangārei

“Here we are, all Baptists, finding a way to help needy people in Aotearoa…” through property ownership, management, and wrap-around care.

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Stories
August 4, 2022 | Grace Ellis

How two sponsored children met, fell in love and moved to New Zealand

Danny and Joyce are part of Eastgate Christian Centre. They were both sponsor children in the Philippines and are now both living in Auckland. Hear…

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Articles
August 3, 2022 | Ian Wright

Mentored in pastoral prayer: Roland Browning

Reflections of how a pastor mentored a young person through modelling pastoral prayer and the significance of challenge through discipleship.

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News
August 2, 2022 | Steven Goulstone

Sunday church service turns into free bike fix-up

Sunday mornings aren’t just for sermons and worship songs at Wellington South Baptist Church. See how they partnered with a local bike fix-up/repair/swap charity to…

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Education
August 1, 2022 | Charles Hewlett and Jonny Weir

“I want to be like Jesus. And Jesus gave his life for the church”

Charles Hewlett believes robust leadership of Baptist faith communities is absolutely crucial if we are to bring gospel renewal to people and places in our…

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News
July 27, 2022 | Mike Crudge

Invitation to share your COVID-19 vaccine beliefs

Christian participants from evangelical churches in New Zealand are being sought to explore their ideas, beliefs and views surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Articles
July 21, 2022 | Dave Tims

Change-makers

Dave Tims, Director of UNOH New Zealand, shares how transformation begins with focusing on the people around us. Meeting the needs in our communities doesn’t…

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News
July 19, 2022 | Kelly Enright

The dream job?

Are you or someone you know looking for a job that is people-facing with global travel, invigorating, rich, and meaningful? This could be it! Come…

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News
July 17, 2022 | J. Merritt Johnston

We care about racial justice and violence in Ukraine and Myanmar

Baptists care about the state of war, violence, and political unrest in the countries of Ukraine and Myanmar, as well as global racial justice.

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Opinion
July 12, 2022 | Rick Pierce

Updraft: Diverse and together

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

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News
July 12, 2022 | Graeme Woodfield

Blood is life

We celebrate with Graeme Woodfield, a member of Orakei Baptist Church, for being recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours this year for his service to…

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Articles
July 8, 2022 | Phil Halstead

Reconnecting as church: Timeless strategies and bowling a beamer

“How should churches journey with folks who are hurting due to the COVID pandemic as they begin to gather again?”

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Stories
July 2, 2022 | Beulah Wood

Bubbling with new opportunities

Currently back from Bangladesh, what have Cindy and Ross Meyer been up to, and what’s next for them?

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Articles
June 30, 2022 | John Tucker

The gospel and racism

To what extent should we as Christians engage with difficult questions of race and racism? What does the Bible say about race and racism?

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Events
June 28, 2022

Xtend 2022

Xtend is more than just a camp, it’s an opportunity for your life to change! Hear from Allie, Dave, Katya, Rob, and Callum about their…

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News
June 23, 2022 | Baptist NZ

The Baptist NZ app

Have you heard about Baptist NZ’s new app? It’s a hub for churches across NZ to connect, encourage and resource one another through the sharing…

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Stories
June 21, 2022 | Kelly Enright

I think I would’ve liked Uncle Eric

He recognised that his faith community was missing an opportunity to be in mutual relationship with a people group that God had created; a people…

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Opinion
June 19, 2022 | Mark Day

Is Big Good? A MEGA question

Mark Day, a Baptist pastor in Hamilton, reckons with our devotion to ‘bigger is better’, and hopes for revival: “the making of a disparate people…

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Articles
June 16, 2022 | Tiaki Leathers and Rachel Sangster

Rachel and Tiaki talk Matariki: God, family, injustice and tradition

Listen in on two people, Tiaki and Rachel, tangata whenua and tangata Tiriti, chatting about the coming season of Matariki, including the prophet Amos who…

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News
June 14, 2022 | Rachel Murray

Regional Hui highlights: Otago and Southland

Rachel Murray shares some highlights from the Regional Hui held at the Catlins River Ridge Retreat, 26-28 May 2022.

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Education
June 9, 2022 | Kelly Enright

Matariki gathers people together

NZBMS has provided a bunch of Matariki resources to help faith communities honour and celebrate the season.

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Opinion
June 8, 2022 | Rick Pierce

Updraft: Reconnect

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

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News
June 8, 2022 | Kelly Enright

Happy Birthday The Loyal Workshop!

It's been 8 years since the inception of The Loyal Workshop; a whānau of talented artisans crafting handmade, high-quality leather goods in the heart of…

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Stories
June 5, 2022 | Jan Ozanne

Matariki Celebration at Ōtūmoetai Baptist Church

Jan Ozanne is Family Pastor at Ōtūmoetai Baptist Church. In this article read about how they celebrated Matariki in 2021 – it might give you…

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Events
May 31, 2022 | Jo Hood and Elyse Stubbington

Matariki – a time to look beyond

Matariki is a gift to the Church of Aotearoa. It is a celebration of relationship, acceptance, remembrance, invitation, hospitality, and delight. This is not just…

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News
May 30, 2022 | Julie Chamberlain

Regional Hui highlights: Upper South Island

Julie Chamberlain shares some highlights from the Regional Hui held at Glenroy Lodge Baptist Camp, Canterbury 25-26 May 2022.

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Education
May 30, 2022 | Michelle Bruce

Benefiting from structures of oppression

As Christians we are called to “learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless and plead the widow’s cause” (Isiah…

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Education
May 25, 2022 | Jonathan Robinson

Who’s on your fridge? A crucial moment to act

How can we work towards a safer and fairer world for all God’s children? Right now, the New Zealand government is considering legislation that will…

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News
May 22, 2022 | Kelly Enright

Vaini Village report (Tonga eruption relief)

Working with the Pacific Leadership Forum, NZBMS were able to send NZD$8000 to the village of Vaini on the island of Tongatapu. Through the kind…

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Opinion
May 11, 2022 | Rick Pierce

Updraft: Expect new things

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

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News
May 3, 2022 | Chris Chamberlain

Assembly Council update

This is the May 2022 update from Assembly Council. These will become regular updates letting you know what we're up to, the things we are…

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Opinion
April 17, 2022 | Alan Jamieson

Easter Sunday in the megachurch

Before I started to pray, I made a silly mistake: I looked at the Stuff newsfeed. The fourth headline down depicted the demise of another…

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Opinion
April 13, 2022 | Rick Pierce

Updraft: Send me!

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

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Stories
March 28, 2022

Glen Eden and Visionwest Waka Whakakitenga

Visionwest Community Housing addresses the issue of homeless in New Zealand by providing safe, warm, and quality, rental accommodation for low-income families who cannot access…

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Opinion
March 24, 2022 | Tim Palmer

Red-orange-green light: a pastor, a church and unity in Christ

Tim Palmer, Senior Pastor, Franklin Baptist Church shares his journey in a local church as they seek to navigate the vaccination discussion, as they listen…

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Events
March 22, 2022 | Glenn Melville

What’s next? Church on the other side of Omicron

The last two years of COVID-19 have been deeply disruptive, both for society and for the church. Many Christians have drifted away from regular engagement…

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Stories
March 10, 2022 | Steven Goulstone

Imagining a gender equal world: our experience of Women’s History Sunday

Imagining a gender equal world: our experience of Women's History Sunday

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Opinion
March 9, 2022 | Rick Pierce

Updraft: Inspiring gospel renewal

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

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Opinion
March 7, 2022 | Andrew Clark-Howard

Has the time come to act?

In this opinion piece Andrew Clark-Howard continues the dialogue on mandates, vaccinations, protests and theology.

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Opinion
February 18, 2022 | Mark Day

The other half of what we owe each other

Andrew Clark-Howard’s assessment of the anti mandate protest (What we owe each other: freedom, protest, and responsibility) draws upon excellent resources from Bonhoeffer on freedom.

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Education
February 16, 2022 | George Wieland

Biblical principles for churches wrestling with vaccine mandates

Recently, John Tucker, Principal of our theological college (Carey Baptist College) received an email from one of the leaders in our movement of churches, asking…

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Events
February 15, 2022 | Beulah Woods

Women’s History Sunday, 6th March 2022

Featuring two remarkable New Zealand Women: Elinor Thornton and Merrilyn Withers

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Opinion
February 13, 2022 | Andrew Clark-Howard

What we owe each other: freedom, protest, and responsibility

We’ve all seen it; the images and videos on our screen of people gathering to protest at parliament with a rather bewildering array of placards…

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January 17, 2022 | Karen Warner

Re-imagining registration

“Managing change” and “learning to pivot” are phrases we’ve become familiar with over the last year. Probably more than we would actually have liked! While…

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December 20, 2021 | Rebekah Kilpatrick

The End of Life Choice Act: the practicalities

What actually happens in the process of assisted dying? In this article we hear from GP Rebekah Kilpatrick who unpacks the approximately 40 hours of work…

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December 16, 2021 | Donna Denmead

The End of Life Choice Act: being a carer

The caring of a person who has made the choice to end their life through physician assisted dying is now a possibility in New Zealand.…

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December 16, 2021 | Jonathan Robinson

The End of Life Choice Act: what does faithful Christianity look like?

Assisted dying became legally available on 7 November 2021. Continuing on in this series of articles to resource and support our churches at this time, pastor and scholar Jonathan…

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December 14, 2021 | Pakuranga Chinese Baptist Church

Local church made a cheesy Covid safety video (And we love it!)

Pastor Albert Tang at Pakuranga Chinese Baptist Church mentioned on social media: “Just sharing the video we produced for information and clarification for returning to…

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Opinion
December 14, 2021 | Lynne Taylor

Caring for each other helps in many ways: churches respond to the pandemic

Human beings need many things to survive and to thrive. In addition to our obvious physical needs, self-determination theorists point to three things that are…

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December 14, 2021 | Lynne Taylor

Caring for each other helps in many ways: churches respond to the pandemic

An earlier version of this article was published in the Otago Daily Times on 15 October 2021. Reproduced with permission. Lynne Taylor is Researcher for…

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Opinion
December 14, 2021 | Simon Williams

Not vaccinated: a pastor’s personal opinion

Simon Williams is a pastor at Kaiapoi Baptist Church. The opinions expressed here are his own. View more opinion on Baptist magazine.

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December 11, 2021 | Daphne Marsden

Responding to the #MeToo movement—with a message from Jesus and the Samaritan woman

Is sexual abuse an issue for the church in 21st Century Aotearoa New Zealand? In this long-form article Daphne Marsden, one of our pastor/scholar/authors shares…

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November 28, 2021 | Lew Meyer

God’s hands and feet—Community Chaplaincy

“I value every opportunity to be God’s hands and feet where possible” says Beryl Diack, Community Chaplain of Eastside Baptist Church in Invercargill.

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November 22, 2021 | Emily MacKay

Wrapping women in aroha: Still Water Scarves

Two years ago, a small group of women from Palmerston North Central Baptist Church, inspired by a message by Tearfund during missions month, set up…

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November 17, 2021 | Phil Halstead

The End of Life Choice Act: pastoral responses

Assisted dying became legally available on 7 November 2021. Our lecturer in Pastoral Care and Counselling, Dr Phil Halstead, begins this series of articles to…

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November 7, 2021 | Gareth Jones

An individual’s Christian response to a vaccine mandate in the workplace

Vaccination mandates and the workplace: Are Christians in the firing line? Gareth Jones attends Dunedin City Baptist Church and is Emeritus Professor in Anatomy at…

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November 6, 2021 | Rick Pierce

Emerging from a lockdown response to a global pandemic

Rick Pierce, works for the Northern Baptist Association as a Network Pastor, Health & Development. Here he shares some ways local churches can respond as we…

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November 3, 2021 | Deborah Makarios

Justice like a river: immigration and prayer

Deborah Makarios of Epuni Baptist Church asks “Who is my neighbour?”

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Opinion
November 2, 2021 | Ken Keyte

Cross-shaped unity for church through the COVID-19 Protection Framework

Since the Government’s announcement about the COVID-19 Protection Framework, my mind, like that of many pastors, has been occupied by what this will mean for…

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November 2, 2021 | John Tucker

Carey unveils new look

Carey Baptist College launched its new branding on 2 November 2021. As Principal John Tucker explains, the new look is a reflection of its values…

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November 1, 2021 | Gareth Jones

An open letter to the unvaccinated in the Christian community

Gareth Jones attends Dunedin City Baptist Church and is Emeritus Professor in Anatomy at the University of Otago. He has written this letter to Christians…

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November 1, 2021 | Andrew Clark-Howard

Amidst the lockdown struggle: cracked open by joining together

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November 1, 2021 | Gareth Jones

Taking responsibility for health is not at odds with worship

This article was first published in the Otago Daily Times on 25 October 2021. Reproduced with permission.

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October 27, 2021 | Charles Hewlett

Worth giving your life for

Charles Hewlett asks Baptist pastoral leaders the question: “Is pastoral leadership worth giving your life for?” Watch their response in these short videos...

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October 25, 2021 | Laurie Guy

666 and the COVID-19 pandemic

A Baptist pastor asked last week if we would provide something on why the COVID-19 vaccine should not be considered the ‘Mark of the Beast’. Our very own retired Carey Baptist…

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October 21, 2021 | Howard Webb

We need much more time to talk on Sunday

Living through this pandemic, what are we most looking forward to about getting back to in-person church services on Sunday morning?

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Opinion
October 20, 2021 | Alan Jamieson

Time for action—what comes after staying at home and rolling my sleeve up?

As a follow on from last week's opinion piece: Vaccinations and the local church: Seven views on the current situation, Alan Jamieson, General Director of…

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October 20, 2021 | Barry Denholm

Freedom and responsibility—thoughts from a retired pastor

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October 18, 2021 | Naomi Cowan

You have influence… and your leadership matters

Board Chair of Global Leadership Network New Zealand, Naomi Cowan, is excited about the upcoming GLS One Day Online Experience. Find out more!

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October 17, 2021 | Jonathan Melville and Raewyn Moodie

A journey toward all-age discipleship

Jonathan Melville in conversation with Raewyn Moodie about how Ohoka Congregation Rangiora is on a journey toward all-age discipleship.

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Opinion
October 10, 2021 | Mike Crudge

Vaccinations and the local church: Seven views on the current situation

What we have done is seek a variety of perspectives at this time on the vaccinated/not-vaccinated discussion as New Zealand soon ends lockdowns in favour…

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September 23, 2021 | Charles Hewlett

Understanding your Neighbourhood: Conversations with Charles Hewlett

This is the webinar recording of the final in this 3-episode series (22 September 2021) where Charles Hewlett (Baptist National Leader) talked with Lynne Taylor…

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September 20, 2021 | John Tucker

COVID, government and individual soul liberty—a pastor’s question answered by the Principal

One of our Baptist pastors had a theological question. Our college Principal, Dr John Tucker answers this below.

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September 13, 2021 | Naomi Cowan

Mental wellbeing for leaders in lockdown

In 2020, as New Zealand was in its first lockdown, it was important to remind ourselves that this was a marathon, not a sprint. We had…

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September 13, 2021 | Paul Askin

Coming out of crisis

In 2020 after coping with COVID restrictions for some time, Paul Askin shared these words of encouragement in living through crisis.

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September 11, 2021 | Mike Crudge

The future of ministry and mission—Mike Crudge

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 10, 2021 | Christine Saywell

The future of ministry and mission—Christine Saywell

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 9, 2021 | Richardson Lau

The future of ministry and mission—Richardson Lau

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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Opinion
September 8, 2021 | Donna Denmead

The future of ministry and mission—Donna Denmead

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 7, 2021 | Dave Tims

The future of ministry and mission—Dave Tims

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 6, 2021 | Jamie Li

The future of ministry and mission—Jamie Li

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 6, 2021 | Mike Crudge

3 Golds for NZ Baptists

On Saturday 4th September 2021 at the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) Awards, New Zealand Baptists, through the Baptist magazine, received some great accolades for…

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Opinion
September 5, 2021 | Cliff Thompson

The future of ministry and mission—Cliff Thompson

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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Opinion
September 4, 2021 | Jonathan Edmeades

The future of ministry and mission—Jonathan Edmeades

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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Opinion
September 3, 2021 | Helen Geddes

The future of ministry and mission—Helen Geddes

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 2, 2021 | Chris Chamberlain

The future of ministry and mission—Chris Chamberlain

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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Opinion
September 1, 2021 | Kate Dunstan-Brown

The future of ministry and mission—Kate Dunstan-Brown

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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August 31, 2021 | Grant Harris

The future of ministry and mission—Grant Harris

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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August 31, 2021 | Phil Halstead

Pastoring in a bubble

This piece was first shared with Baptist church leaders in April 2020 as New Zealand was transitioning out of Level 4 COVID-19 lockdowns.

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Opinion
August 30, 2021 | Fiona Beals

The future of ministry and mission—Fiona Beals

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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August 30, 2021 | Michael Rhodes

What’s the point?

This article is a transcript of the sermon delivered on Carey Sunday (1 August 2021) by Dr Michael Rhodes, Lecturer in Old Testament. Find the…

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August 24, 2021 | Mike Crudge

Baptist churches sharing lockdown resources

With Aotearoa New Zealand in COVID-19 lockdowns again, one of our Regional Leaders, Reti Ah-Voa was quick to seek Sunday online gathering resources from within…

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Opinion
August 24, 2021 | Kathryn Heslop

Lockdown from the perspective of a working Mum

This story was first shared in April 2020.

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July 20, 2021 | Sandra Gordon

Gospel Stories—Sandra Gordon

How I would love to share a story that sounds like something from Acts: a miraculous healing or a story of complete transformation as happened…

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July 20, 2021 | Jonathan Ayling, Jonathan Robinson and Mike Crudge

Two Christian views on the proposals against incitement of hatred and discrimination

The New Zealand Government is proposing changes to strengthen and clarify the protection of people from discrimination against aspects of their identity, such as ethnicity,…

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July 14, 2021 | Simon Currie

Gospel Stories—Simon Currie

Part of Lifepoint’s vision statement is that we would be an authentic family sharing God’s love. One of our members befriended a work colleague who…

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July 6, 2021 | Sue Avery

Gospel Stories—Sue Avery

Here at Connect in Blenheim Gospel Renewal in our neighbourhood has come from individuals deliberately inviting the Holy Spirit’s presence into their community and then…

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June 29, 2021 | Karen Schilperoort

Gospel Stories—Karen Schilperoort

Gospel Renewal in a Hospice context happens when space is created for patients or families to take the opportunity to ‘say words that need to…

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June 22, 2021 | Sophie, NZBMS

Gospel Stories—Sophie

In March 2021 we had a season of 12 Days of Gospel Stories. We’re now reproducing these stories here for all to see and be…

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June 15, 2021 | Santhosh George

Gospel Stories—Santhosh George

Santhosh shares how the church can be more than a place of generosity but can also inspire generosity in communities.

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June 10, 2021 | Linda Grigg

Iosis appoints Māori development leader

Iosis recently appointed its first Māori development leader. Teina Mita, formerly the Iosis counselling and men’s development team leader, took up the new role on…

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June 8, 2021 | Jonan Castillon

Celebrating eight years of Multicultural Response Ministry

We thank the Lord God Almighty for giving us the Multicultural Response Ministry and sustaining us in the past eight years.

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Stories
June 8, 2021 | Adele Vannathy

Gospel Stories—Adele Vannathy

I want to tell you about a guy called Sam. Sam comes from a background of drugs and drug dealing as being the only way…

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June 2, 2021 | Alan Jamieson

The vaccine choice—Part 4: Your sphere of influence

Soon you will be offered a vaccine. A few of you already have been; some of which have gladly accepted, others of whom have politely…

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June 1, 2021 | Alan Jamieson

The vaccine choice—Part 3: The vaccine divide

Soon you will be offered a vaccine. A few of you already have been; some of which have gladly accepted, others of whom have politely declined. And…

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Stories
June 1, 2021 | Rowen Durward

Gospel Stories—Rowen Durward

Rowen shares the journey towards freedom of a young man at her church...

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May 31, 2021 | Alan Jamieson

The vaccine choice—Part 2: Why join the herd?

Soon you will be offered a vaccine. A few of you already have been; some of which have gladly accepted, others of whom have politely…

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May 30, 2021 | Alan Jamieson

The vaccine choice—Part 1: Looking back

Soon you will be offered a vaccine. A few of you already have been, some of which have gladly accepted and others of whom have…

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Stories
May 26, 2021 | Jay Win Meads

Gospel Stories—Jay Win Meads

December 2020 saw Robyn being baptised in our church...Her faith journey was not an easy one...

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Stories
May 19, 2021 | Andy Beales‑White

Gospel Stories—Andy Beales‑White

Andy explains how gospel renewal in his current ministry season is about young people rediscovering Jesus for who he is.

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Stories
May 12, 2021 | Karen Molloy

Gospel Stories—Karen Molloy

Karen talks about Jesus showing us the way through pain and towards life again.

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May 10, 2021 | Dave Tims

A story of pātaka kai

Something that COVID-19 brought to our attention were the kai needs (food insecurity) of people in our neighbourhood. New Zealand has 1:5 children living in…

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May 9, 2021 | Jonathan Ayling

Battered, bruised, beautiful feet

For the modern, western Christian, the picture of running is often a positive one. Perhaps it is a few kilometres on a Saturday morning to…

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May 5, 2021 | Emma Wells

Gospel Stories—Emma Wells

Emma shares how gospel renewal overflows... When we allow ourselves to be renewed by the gospel it creates opportunities for our communities to be renewed…

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March 31, 2021 | Rachel Roche

Being the (well-washed) hands & feet of Jesus

This is the most exciting time, as we are part of a movement responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a positive life‑giving way. The history…

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March 31, 2021 | Wendy Budge

A centurion reflects one year on

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March 20, 2021

Iosis celebrates 15 years

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February 6, 2021 | Chris Chamberlain and Charles Hewlett

“You will be my witnesses”

Charles Hewlett and Chris Chamberlain reflect on why, from a leadership and a governance perspective, we are re-examining the way we communicate as a movement.

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February 6, 2021

Sizzling sausages for Jesus

While some spent the last hours of 2020 winding down, Paihia Baptist Church volunteers were busy cooking 18kgs of onions and buttering 25 loaves of bread.…

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February 6, 2021 | Beulah Wood

Stories worth celebrating

A chance to celebrate past women leaders will come in March 2021. Historians recognise that often women’s history was not written or recognised, so this…

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February 6, 2021 | John Tucker

Partnering with the Chinese Christian community

For 21 years Carey has delivered in Mandarin an NZQA‑accredited diploma in theology. That diploma programme will conclude in 2021. As a result, Frances Leung…

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February 6, 2021

New Lionel Stewart scholar

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February 6, 2021 | Linda Grigg

Myth busting!

One of the most popular parts of the Baptist magazine throughout its existence has been the stories about churches and individuals in the Baptist family. And…

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February 6, 2021 | Alan Jamieson

Our global future

NZBMS General Director Alan Jamieson shares his thoughts on the context we, as a missional Baptist movement, may soon find ourselves in.

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February 6, 2021 | Sophia Sinclair

It’s still good news

Maybe you prefer old-fashioned face-to-face interaction... but you still love getting out your phone or tablet to scroll through social media, video chat, send emails…

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February 6, 2021 | Jonathan Edmeades

Following Jesus into the future

Our world is a profoundly different place from what we imagined it would be 12 short months ago. In the midst of this context of…

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February 6, 2021 | Baptist Magazine Staff

A new direction

The Baptist magazine is the official publication of the Baptist Churches of New Zealand. Late last year, the Baptist National Centre advised subscribers that it…

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January 24, 2021 | Murray Noble

5 reasons why you should care about the World Watch List

The World Watch List ranks the top 50 most dangerous places to be a Christian. But why does it matter?

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January 24, 2021 | Tim Hodge

Navigating Tough Texts

Navigating Tough Texts is Harris taking 57 texts from the Gospels and Acts, and a further 66 from the Epistles and Revelation, and using his…

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Opinion
December 24, 2020 | Jonathan Ayling

High Treason

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December 13, 2020 | Grace Curtis and Vince Kilpatrick

SENDing 2020

Amidst a year of lockdowns and cancelled events it was an extra special occasion for Carey students and staff to celebrate our Ministry Training graduates…

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December 13, 2020 | Alastair Hall and Patsy Way

Getting COVID creative

Many churches hold Light Parties or other Halloween alternative events on or around the 31st October. In Auckland, with memories of a second lockdown still…

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December 12, 2020 | Rodney Duncan

Recognising long service

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December 12, 2020

Visionwest’s 30 years of service

Visionwest Community Trust recently celebrated 30 years of community service with a VIP morning tea and book launch, held in the Glen Eden Baptist Church…

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December 12, 2020

Redemptive Family

Howard Webb, founder of the ministry Love Your Neighbour and co-leader of [email protected], a Baptist church plant in Pt Chevalier, recently launched his first book, Redemptive Family. 

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December 6, 2020

7 ways to get the best out of a mission interview

This column provides information and encouragement to help church mission committees promote mission within our churches. 

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December 5, 2020

Have yourself a very mission Christmas

It’s easy to think of mission as only overseas or ‘out there somewhere’. But mission can be done wherever you are, right now—in your neighbourhood,…

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December 5, 2020 | Wendy Joyes

The Word made flesh

Christmas means different things to different people. Wendy Joyes explores how artwork has variously portrayed Jesus and his coming as a baby, and what the…

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December 5, 2020 | Alan Jamieson

Christmas Angel 2020

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December 5, 2020 | Lisa Woolley

The challenge to do something

The current economic climate presents churches, particularly those with active community trusts, with amazing opportunities to speak into the social concerns facing New Zealand today. I’ve…

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December 5, 2020 | Greg Liston

Kingdom come

Each time we say the Lord’s Prayer, we ask for God’s Kingdom to come. This is not just a prayer of hope for the future,…

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December 5, 2020 | Baptist NZ

Local Gatherings 2020—Kanohi ki te kanohi

It has been a pleasure for our leaders to visit regions around the country to connect and share our vision with churches...This is a summary…

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December 5, 2020 | John Catmur

Becoming a Punua Pākehā

At Hui 2019, John Catmur was awarded the Lionel Stewart scholarship. He planned to use the scholarship for advanced studies in te reo Māori and…

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December 5, 2020 | Charles Hewlett

Gospel renewal in my neighbourhood

The Baptist Union of New Zealand is a collective of faith communities bringing gospel renewal to people and places in our local neighbourhoods. But how…

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November 29, 2020

Meet Bronwyn Owens—community patroller

Bronwyn Owens is the children and families pastor at Kumeu Baptist Church. She is also a volunteer for Nor-West Community Patrol. This is her story.

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Opinion
November 29, 2020 | William HC

5 things I learned about preaching while stacking bread

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November 24, 2020 | Sarah Tahere

The Way of the Raukura

On 30th November 2020, Mt Albert Baptist Church made history after their senior pastor, Steve Worsley, embarked on a journey to unearth a story, a…

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November 24, 2020 | Linda Grigg

A Gentle Unfolding

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November 24, 2020 | Michael Reddell

Life Is…An ordinary Kiwi reflects

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November 24, 2020 | Rachel Roche

Loss, laughter and love

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November 24, 2020 | Linda Grigg

Relentless Kindness

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October 10, 2020

6 ways to reach out to those overseas

This column provides information and encouragement to help pastors and church mission committees promote mission within our churches. 

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October 10, 2020

Celebrating Baptist writers

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October 10, 2020

Meet Steve Withington—health professional

Steve Withington is an elder at South West Baptist Church. He is a health professional and a recent past board member of Christian Medical Fellowship…

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October 10, 2020 | Janice Norton

A decade at the helm

Alastair McLay was recently farewelled as CAP Centre Manager at Northcote Baptist Church after 10 years in the role. It had been a job that…

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Stories
October 10, 2020

Pauline Stansfield receives MNZM

Pauline Stansfield received an MNZM (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit) award at an investiture ceremony on 21st July 2020, for her services…

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October 10, 2020

Steve & Marijan Trim farewelled

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October 3, 2020 | Alan Jamieson

Sending post-COVID

Mobilisation is a word often used in the arena of global mission. What it really means is to respond in obedience to God’s call. But…

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October 3, 2020 | Mark Davie & Brian Brannigan

Church insurance

Mark Davie explains the aims and benefits of the Baptist Insurance Fund and Brian Brannigan of Trinity Baptist Church shares a cautionary tale about the…

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October 3, 2020 | Andrew Reyngoud

Community ministry runs deep

Over the last few months, new needs have been springing up in many neighbourhoods throughout our country. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by these,…

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Opinion
October 3, 2020 | Matthew Thornton

Seeking real communion

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Opinion
October 3, 2020 | Jennie Ekigbo

The church & racial justice

Jennie Ekigbo explains what she believes the church can learn from the current movement for racial justice.

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Opinion
October 3, 2020 | Charles Hewlett

Referenda statements

One of Charles Hewlett’s responsibilities as national leader is to represent Baptist churches within the National Church Leaders Aotearoa New Zealand consortium. He shares below…

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September 27, 2020 | Karen Warner

There’s a Happy Moon in my Side

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September 27, 2020 | Steve Whittle & Russell Embling

Why church?

Several weeks of online-only services or meeting in small group ‘bubbles’ may have left some wondering whether returning to in-person church attendance is necessary. Steve Whittle…

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September 21, 2020 | Linda Grigg

Touching a nerve

The Essence Image
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September 18, 2020 | Michael Reddell

The Essence

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September 17, 2020 | Caleb Haurua

Haircuts and holy moments: my barber the pastor

I’m Ralph, I’m Dad Image
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September 14, 2020 | Linda Grigg

I’m Ralph, I’m Dad

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September 7, 2020 | Karen Warner

There’s a happy moon in my side

There’s A Happy Moon in my Side helps children unpack their feelings and learn positive ways to deal with the emotions they experience.

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August 28, 2020

PYDT wins fundraising award

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August 14, 2020 | Brigitte Crowe

Come Forward!

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August 11, 2020 | Tim Hodge

The Final Choice

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August 9, 2020

From a different perspective

7 habits of highly effective church overseas mission teams Image
Articles
August 9, 2020

7 habits of highly effective church overseas mission teams

Here are seven habits of highly effective church overseas mission teams—check out how well your team is doing.

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Articles
August 9, 2020

School life

We love sharing the different ways God is transforming the communities we are a part of. Here we feature two reports.

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August 9, 2020

Lisa Woolley receives an ONZM

Naomi Cowan receives an MNZM Image
Stories
August 9, 2020

Naomi Cowan receives an MNZM

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Stories
August 9, 2020

Luka’s Little Kitchen

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Stories
August 9, 2020

Contagious generosity

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Stories
August 9, 2020 | The Manurewa Baptist Church family

Loving local

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Articles
August 2, 2020

NZBMS & biculturalism—a journey just begun

The first Mission Council meeting of 2020 included a historic and poignant moment as we met with Te Kapa Rautaki, (the Māori Baptist Strat Team)…

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Opinion
August 2, 2020 | Jenny Beck

“Now thank we all our God”

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Opinion
August 2, 2020 | Timothy Lee

My journey into suffering

Just over 10 years ago, Timothy Lee survived a serious mountain bike accident. Now living with tetraplegia, he has learnt a lot about suffering and…

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Opinion
August 2, 2020 | Josie Te Kahu & Andy Shudall

Racism—repentance, reversal & repair

Speaking at an ‘hour of prayer’ event on 18th June 2020 to mark an international stand by Baptists against racism, the general secretary of the…

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Articles
August 2, 2020 | Charles Hewlett

Forming leaders for the future

For local Baptist faith communities to thrive, it is crucial that we have robust leadership. Charles Hewlett interviews Jonny Weir, the director of Ministry Training at…

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Opinion
August 2, 2020 | Christa McKirland

Imitating Christ, earning influence

Christa McKirland, a lecturer in systematic theology at Carey, offers a personal view of church leadership. 

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Articles
August 2, 2020 | Cameron Fisher

4 benefits of a good accounting system

During this time of economic uncertainty, a modern accounting system is important to provide key and timely information to church leaders. Cameron Fisher of CATAS…

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Stories
August 2, 2020 | Donna Denmead

The compassionate confidante

A hallmark of chaplaincy is trust and privilege—privilege to go from complete stranger to trusted confidante of another’s story. In hospice ministry especially, those stories…

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Education
August 1, 2020 | Cameron Fisher

4 benefits of a good accounting system

During this time of economic uncertainty, a modern accounting system is important to provide key and timely information to church leaders. Cameron Fisher of CATAS…

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Stories
August 1, 2020 | Kristin and Jono Ward

God + families + outdoors = adventure

One Sunday morning each school term, Eastview Baptist Church does not schedule any Kids’ Club or Sunday School. Instead the children in primary and intermediate…

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July 28, 2020 | Ross Banbury

Last Writes

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July 23, 2020

Meet Elesha Gordon—media chaplain

Elesha Gordon attends Hills Church (Hillsborough Baptist). A former journalist, Elesha now manages Media Chaplaincy New Zealand, an organisation that supports people working in mainstream…

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Opinion
July 21, 2020 | Jonathan Ayling

Overcoming through the Lord of Life

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Opinion
July 19, 2020 | Sarita Divis

Fighting stigma with kindness

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Stories
June 30, 2020 | Rangiaruaru Winston Hema

Rangiaruaru Hema—“Pursuing Jesus”

In June 2020, the national administrator for the Baptist Churches of New Zealand, Winston Hema, announced he had changed his name. His decision, he explains,…

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Stories
June 4, 2020

Eastgate launches online op shop

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Stories
June 4, 2020 | Bruce Patrick

Learning from our history

Bruce Patrick examines a dramatic incident in New Zealand’s colonial mission history and the example it gives of the importance of understanding others’ world view perspectives. 

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Opinion
June 3, 2020 | Rebecca Hoverd 

“How’s that working for you?”

How does a young adult in 2020 learn to cope with the stress and anxiety of the world? How do they resolve the unease they experience, and…

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Opinion
June 3, 2020 | Grant Harris

Leadership in lockdown

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Articles
June 3, 2020 | Charles Hewlett

Eyes still firmly fixed on Jesus

There is much important discussion happening about COVID-19 and the future of ministry and mission. Charles Hewlett shares why he thinks it would be a…

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Opinion
June 3, 2020 | Greg Liston

Life after lockdown

Two earthquakes and then a massacre in Christchurch. An eruption at White Island. And now a pandemic, a nationwide lockdown, and a massive economic recession.…

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Stories
June 3, 2020 | Tranzsend

Life with COVID

It’s not long ago we had never heard of COVID-19; now the lives of most of the world’s population have been affected by it in…

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Stories
June 3, 2020

Meet Mikayla Williams—volunteer

Mikayla Williams grew up in Hutt City Baptist Church. For the last two years she has volunteered with the Australia/New Zealand division of Dignity Freedom…

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Stories
June 3, 2020 | Raewyn Moodie

Virtual spiritual retreats

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Stories
June 3, 2020 | Christa McKirland

TheoPsych grant

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Articles
June 3, 2020

Alan’s updates

A lot has been happening lately. Alan Jamieson brings us up to date with some of the goings on.

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Articles
June 3, 2020 | Susan Barrett

“The Perfect Picture”

Susan Barrett reflects on the third theme of Prayer and Self-Denial 2020: ‘The Perfect Picture’. Susan served with Tranzsend in South Asia and is a current member of Mission Council.

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Opinion
June 3, 2020 | Mike Crudge

A whole new world of possibilities

On my blog mikecrudge.com I’ve written before about problems with Sunday church services as our primary expression of Christian faith—they can be inauthentic and lacking…

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Opinion
June 3, 2020 | Jonathan Ayling

A politics of heaven

As New Zealand once again enters into an election period, referenda on drugs and death, education policy changes, and the value of family are all…

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Stories
June 3, 2020 | Jacky Gartner, Thomas Hendricks and Martin Armstrong

Tūtaki Taku community meal

What began as a simple room hire has evolved into a vibrant ministry that feeds people physically, socially and spiritually. Jacky Gartner, Thomas Hendricks and…

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Stories
June 3, 2020 | Brian Krum

Easter Camps: from lockdown to long-term faith

Hear how our incredible collaboration and creativity made Easter Camp happen and impact lives during lockdown...

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Articles
June 3, 2020 | Brook Turner

COVID-19 & lessons learned about food insecurity

The COVID-19 crisis has seen an unprecedented demand on food banks throughout New Zealand. That’s led VisionWest Community Trust, part of Glen Eden Baptist Church,…

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Reviews
June 2, 2020 | Michael Reddell

Bless You Heart Attack for Being in My Life

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Reviews
April 21, 2020 | Tim Hodge

Centred

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Stories
April 1, 2020 | Tranzsend

Seeing people grow

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Stories
April 1, 2020 | Tranzsend

Seeing people encouraged

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Events
April 1, 2020 | NZBMS

2020 NZBMS staff conference

Over New Year 2020, the NZBMS staff conference, held in Hoi An, Vietnam, brought together our NZBMS family for a time of reflection, inspiration and…

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Stories
April 1, 2020 | John Peachey

Belmont Baptist feeling blessed

John Peachey shares how MMM New Zealand, a unique ministry of skilled professionals, helped restore Belmont Baptist's rental villa.

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Articles
March 31, 2020 | Patsy Way

A little child shall lead them

Patsy Way was on the pastoral care team at Windsor Park Baptist Church for six years before transitioning to director of their children’s ministry, WindsorKids,…

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Articles
March 31, 2020 | Helen Brereton

Let’s all celebrate!

Helen Brereton believes celebrations—both the events themselves, and the work associated with celebrating—strengthen communities. They do this, she says, by reinforcing a shared identity and…

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Articles
March 31, 2020 | NZBMS

Setting up a church missions programme

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Stories
March 31, 2020 | Lynley Capon

“Mending the Mess”

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Opinion
March 31, 2020 | Andrew Graham

Worship in te reo

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Opinion
March 31, 2020 | Andrew Connolly

Confessions of a sex addiction counsellor

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Articles
March 31, 2020 | Caleb Haurua

Elections for the elect

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Articles
March 31, 2020 | Dr John Douglas

The heart of celebration is reorientation

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Opinion
March 31, 2020 | Ben Carswell

Take them to the cross!

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Reviews
March 31, 2020 | Ross Banbury

Alcohol: A Dangerous Love Affair

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Articles
March 31, 2020 | Rachel Roche

Being the (well-washed) hands & feet of Jesus

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Articles
March 31, 2020 | Charles Hewlett

“That’s just the way we do things!” part 2

In the previous Baptist magazine, Charles Hewlett reflected on some of the things he would like Baptist churches in New Zealand to be marked out…

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Stories
March 31, 2020 | Andrew Meek

A God-given opportunity

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Stories
March 31, 2020 | Charles Hewlett

Baptist Leaders’ Retreat 2020

On the 19th and 20th February 2020, 50 Baptist leaders came together for a Baptist Leaders' Retreat centred on the theme ‘That’s just the way…

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Stories
March 31, 2020

Meet Cam Hill—co-founder of Good Neighbour

Cam Hill and his wife Christine attend Bethlehem Baptist Church. He is the community impact manager for Good Neighbour Aotearoa Trust. This is his story.

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Articles
March 31, 2020 | Amy Williams

Breaking down walls

Amy Williams explains why the Mt Albert Baptist Church camp was resurrected and how it helped a congregation of more than 30 ethnicities come together…

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Articles
February 17, 2020 | Kiwii Taranaki, Val Goold, Manaakinui Te Kahu, Wendy Emsley, James and Natua Kaa-Morgan

Ngā Pou Amorangi

Ngā Pou Amorangi (NPA) is a community of learners at Carey who are supporting each other to to serve humbly and competently within Māori and…

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Education
February 16, 2020 | Mike Crudge

5 ways to strengthen your eldership team

One of the most frequent requests to Carey’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (CCLL) is for church eldership resources. Mike Crudge shares five ways to strengthen…

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Opinion
February 16, 2020 | Brian Winslade

Boundaries—do they inhibit or create freedom?

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Stories
February 16, 2020 | Tranzsend

Two reports from Asia

We love sharing the different ways God is transforming the communities Tranzsend is a part of. Here we feature two reports from Asia.

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Articles
February 16, 2020 | Lyn Davis

“Woven Together”

Mission Council member, Lyn Davis, reflects on 'Woven Together', one of the themes surrounding Prayer and Self-Denial 2020.

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News
February 9, 2020 | John Tucker

Come and see

Māori students, together with their whānau, Carey staff and the Manatū Iriiri Māori strategic team, celebrate what God is doing among Māori at Carey Baptist…

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News
February 9, 2020 | Mark Poole

Orewa Baptist celebrates new facilities

On 19th to 20th October 2019, Orewa Baptist Church held its ‘Dedication and Celebration Weekend’ at their renovated facilities located at 2-8 Loop Rd, Orewa.

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News
February 8, 2020 | Christian Savings

Christian Savings

This year Christian Savings (previously Baptist Savings and Development Society) is celebrating 58 years of partnering with churches.

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Articles
February 8, 2020

Round the Table

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Stories
February 3, 2020

Meet Heather Roberts—Just Kai

Heather Roberts and her husband Martin attend Avondale Baptist Church. Together with friends Anna Seccombe and Sarah Woodfield, they formed Just Kai, a group that…

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Articles
February 1, 2020 | Lynne Taylor

2018 Census data

The 2018 Census confirmed we now live in a country where less than half the population consider themselves to be Christian. Lynne Taylor says we…

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Articles
February 1, 2020 | Lisa Woolley and Gary Grut

Transform20

The inspiring story of the collaboration between Glen Eden Baptist Church and the community organisation it birthed, VisionWest Community Trust, was told at their Transform18…

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Stories
February 1, 2020 | Wayne Poutoa, Chris Dugdale and Andrew Procuta

A cord of three strands

Small churches’ reach and impact can be multiplied exponentially when they work in partnership with others. ‘The Village’ at Carterton Baptist Church is an example…

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Stories
January 28, 2020 | Rev Jude Benton

In the face of bush fire

Former Carey student Rev Jude Benton shares what it has been like ministering in the midst of the horrific bush fires burning through much of…

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Articles
January 27, 2020 | Charles Hewlett

“That’s just the way we do things!”

What do we want Baptist churches in New Zealand to be known for? If you had to describe the culture of the faith community you…

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Articles
January 27, 2020 | Manuele Teofilo

Conversations are valuable

Your story counts Image
Opinion
January 27, 2020 | Grant Harris

Your story counts

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Articles
December 8, 2019 | Alan Jamieson

Introducing Alan Jamieson—General Director of NZBMS

At the 2019 Hui, the Baptist Churches of New Zealand inducted Alan Jamieson as the new general director of the New Zealand Baptist Missionary Society.

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Articles
December 8, 2019 | Tranzsend

What is Christmas Angel?

Over Christmas each year, NZBMS holds the Christmas Angel Appeal to promote the work that we, as New Zealand Baptist churches, are involved in amongst…

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Stories
December 8, 2019 | Julie Redwood

Carey SENDing 2019

SENDing is a highlight on the Carey Baptist College calendar, as students and staff are celebrated. For the past two years I have been an…

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Stories
December 8, 2019

65, not out

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Stories
December 8, 2019

Fast4—Online Teaching Series

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Events
December 7, 2019 | Fiona Maisey

Hui 2019 – Kia Tupu Whakaritorito

The 137th Assembly of the Baptist Union of New Zealand and the 134th Assembly of the New Zealand Baptist Missionary Society (NZBMS) were held 7th…

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Stories
December 7, 2019 | Stephen Parker

Investments bring significant ministry returns

Three Northland projects that received grants from the Baptist Foundation have demonstrated the principle of wise investment and the big difference it can make for…

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Articles
December 2, 2019 | Jan Ozanne & Andrew Brown

Faith formation in the home

How can we raise children and teens to become lifelong followers of Jesus? Family Pastor Jan Ozanne and Senior Pastor Andrew Brown say the process is easier,…

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Articles
December 2, 2019 | Bonnie Robinson

Leading with justice

Throughout Scripture we see God’s call to those who follow him to care for ‘the least of these’, to overthrow oppression, to beat swords into…

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Articles
December 1, 2019 | Steve Davis

Positioned for impact

We’re aware that the church in Aotearoa New Zealand has been in decline for a number of years, but is that the whole story? Steve Davis says…

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Articles
December 1, 2019 | Myk Habets

The end game & the gospel

Have we become too familiar with our own well-worn version of the gospel? Are we willing to proclaim what we actually believe, instead of waffling…

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Articles
December 1, 2019 | Wyatt Butcher

‘Least’ we forget… or neglect

One in four New Zealanders will experience mental illness in their lifetime. Not all will require hospitalisation. Many will recover, few will be cured.1 All…

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Articles
December 1, 2019 | Elke Keeling

mainly music—a worthwhile investment

Last year Elke Keeling undertook a research project with mainly music. It was a work of practical theology, to explore mainly music as a place of spiritual…

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Articles
December 1, 2019 | Charles Hewlett

A New Zealand Baptist vision for church

The Baptist movement’s one great distinctive—and its one great contribution to the wider body of Christ—is its radical vision of the church. Charles Hewlett shares…

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Articles
December 1, 2019 | Lynne Taylor

A faithful friend

Lynne Taylor spent a few years exploring what motivated previously unchurched people to come to faith, and the roles that other Christians and God played…

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Stories
November 26, 2019 | Alexandra Perkins

More than a roof over their heads

The Bays Community Housing Trust was set up in 2004 in affiliation with Long Bay Baptist Church on Auckland’s North Shore. The trust provides quality,…

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Reviews
November 25, 2019 | Janette Busch

The First Kiwi Christmas

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Reviews
November 24, 2019 | Michael Reddell

Pluralism & Peace—The Religions in Global Civil Society

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Reviews
November 24, 2019 | Ross Banbury

In One Spirit

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Stories
October 12, 2019

Meet Suz Holmes—Lead of Brave Love NZ

Suz Holmes is a mother of four beautiful daughters, and a pastor at Manukau City Baptist Church. In 2018 she brought the Brave Love women’s…

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Stories
October 12, 2019 | Gail and Tony Langdon

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Every Wednesday, Napier Baptist Church’s auditorium reverberates with music, songs, haka and laughter. It is all part of the church’s fun-filled ministry Shake, Rattle &…

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Stories
October 12, 2019

All aboard

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Stories
October 12, 2019

Amazing Friendship Group

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Stories
October 12, 2019

Mission van crawl 2019

During the July 2019 semester break, nine students from Carey Baptist College, along with an extra friend, toured with Dave Tims of Urban Neighbours of…

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Stories
October 12, 2019 | Lindsay Jones

Worship 7:9

On Saturday 7th September 2019, more than 300 people gathered to celebrate the diversity of cultures and identity that make up the Northern Baptist Association…

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Stories
October 12, 2019 | Benhur Matautia

Waihi intergenerational home group

In February 2019 Waihi Baptist Church began an intergenerational whānau home group on a Sunday evening. It started with 14 people but now 40-50 people…

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Stories
October 7, 2019 | Jason and Sandy Watson

Cyclone Gita relief

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Stories
October 5, 2019 | Neil Shaw

The Pied Piper of Putaruru

Neil Shaw is one of those larger-than-life characters who stands out in a small rural town. His background has given him a heart for the…

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Stories
October 5, 2019 | Greg Motu

The spirit of restoration

Greg Motu is the recipient of the Lionel Stewart scholarship for 2019. The scholarship supports Baptist leaders in the pursuit of bicultural reconciliation. He shares…

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Stories
October 5, 2019 | Andrew Sinclair

Caring companions

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Stories
October 5, 2019 | Steve Muir

On your bike!

Steve Muir has purchased 10 e-bikes over the past year and is loaning them long term to Baptist church leaders. The idea behind the project…

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Articles
October 5, 2019 | Charles Hewlett

Effective leadership

Charles Hewlett has been thinking about the effective leaders he has had the opportunity to work alongside. He believes that these leaders make a number of similar…

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Articles
October 5, 2019 | Brian Krum & Linda Grigg

We need to talk about porn

The porn landscape has meteorically changed. We cannot ignore it because it invades everyday life. Brian Krum says it is time to talk honestly about…

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Stories
October 3, 2019

iconz4girlz celebrates 10 years

How Good is the Golden Rule? Learning the Language of Love Image
Reviews
September 29, 2019 | Michael Reddell

How Good is the Golden Rule? Learning the Language of Love

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Stories
September 24, 2019 | Erin Capps

Stone soup

Soup. It’s easy to prepare and serve. It feeds a crowd and fills your belly. Those simple qualities, combined with the desire to promote connection and…

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Stories
September 24, 2019 | Lucy Talsma

Church: grace celebrated

Lucy Talsma reflects on her experience of ‘doing life’ with a family-centred intergenerational home group and what it has taught her about church and grace.

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Articles
September 23, 2019 | Andrew Clark-Howard

Murals and malls

Andrew Clark-Howard is a Carey Baptist College student on placement with Urban Neighbours of Hope in Randwick Park, a subdivision in the Auckland suburb of…

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Articles
August 13, 2019 | Edmonds Namburi

“Finding Strength in the Power of Prayer”

Edmonds Namburi, who has just concluded his time as a Mission Council member, reflects on “Finding Strength in the Power of Prayer”, which is one of the…

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Stories
August 12, 2019 | Paul Thompson

Celebrating the never-ending good news

Paul Thompson had the privilege of representing New Zealand Baptists at the celebrations of 70 years of Baptist work in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Here…

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Stories
August 11, 2019 | Melissa Wilson

Hauoratanga young adults camp

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Stories
August 11, 2019

Small things matter

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Stories
August 11, 2019 | Andrea Page

You can help Baptist Women

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Stories
August 11, 2019 | Paul Ungemuth

40 years of Baptist tramping

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Stories
August 11, 2019 | Raewyn Moodie

Being ‘messy’ together

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Stories
August 11, 2019 | Simon Williams

Refreshment, renewal… and registration

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Events
August 10, 2019 | Baptist NZ

LEAD Conference 2019

LEAD Conference 2019 was a huge success. A record 280 Baptist leaders from around the country attended the event. Hear what a couple of have to…

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Stories
August 6, 2019 | Valda Mehrtens

Time for change

Valda Mehrtens writes about Hamilton South Baptist Church’s partnership with an op shop to serve the local community.

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Stories
August 5, 2019 | Jackson Kaya Steele Roach

The cutting edge

Twenty-year-old Jackson Roach is the youth leader at Long Bay Baptist Church. Earlier this year he opened a barber shop called 'Fresh Cuts for Freedom'…

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Stories
August 4, 2019 | Tunumafono Tracey-Leigh Peters

Our hearts wide open

Law changes made on 1st July 2019 aim to raise the standard and improve the practice of foster care in New Zealand. We asked Tunumafono…

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Stories
August 4, 2019 | Blue Bradley

The parable of the pig

Some years ago a small bunch of suburban Christians surveyed their neighbourhood to find out what locals felt was missing. The answer? A sense of…

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Articles
August 4, 2019 | Rob Markley

The cuppa of kindness

One wintry morning in 2015 a volunteer leader arrived to set up for Birkenhead Baptist Church’s mainly music. To her surprise she found a man…

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Articles
August 4, 2019 | George Wieland

Hosts and guests in the mission of God

Practising hospitality is a basic of Christian life. In Hebrews we are urged to “extend hospitality to strangers”. We get that. But what if there…

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Articles
August 4, 2019 | Charles Hewlett

The saturated leader

Charles Hewlett says over the years he has learnt that saturating himself in the love of God is one of the most important things that…

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Stories
August 4, 2019 | Stephanie and Brian Bullen

Dropped into the middle

For nine years, ever since a lone Ni-Vanuatu man walked into their service, Kerikeri Baptist Church has had ever-strengthening ties to that Pacific nation. Brian…

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Stories
July 18, 2019 | Kevin Robertson

Finding my tūrangawaewae

Kevin Robertson writes of his ‘bicultural journey with a twist’ and how he has found his tūrangawaewae.

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Reviews
July 17, 2019 | Ross Banbury

Boundaries

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Reviews
July 17, 2019 | Janette Busch

Big Questions

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Stories
June 17, 2019 | Andrew Bollen

Arohanui Rachel

Rachel Murray has announced her decision to stand down from the position of General Director of NZBMS, a position she has held since August 2014.…

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Articles
June 17, 2019 | David Allen

“Does God care for these people?”

David Allen, a member of Mission Council, reflects on one of the themes surrounding Prayer and Self Denial 2019: “Does God care for these people?”

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Stories
June 17, 2019 | Elizabeth Shearer

Central Baptist’s 125th anniversary

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Stories
June 17, 2019 | Russell Embling

BOP Baptist Sacred Hui

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Stories
June 17, 2019

Easter Camps

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Stories
June 16, 2019 | Tranzsend

Something new. Something exciting. Something valuable.

We love sharing the different ways God is transforming the communities we are a part of. Here are three Tranzsend stories featuring reports from the…

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Stories
June 16, 2019 | Greg Hollier

Rock ‘n’ Roll Sunday

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Opinion
June 16, 2019 | Paul Askin

Reflections from Christchurch on the mosques massacre

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Stories
June 16, 2019 | Lauran Bethell

Meet Lauran Bethell—Global consultant

Lauran Bethell is a global consultant on the issue of human trafficking, working with the support of International Ministries, the mission agency of American Baptist…

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Stories
June 1, 2019 | Elesha Gordon

A prophecy in paint

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Articles
June 1, 2019 | Charles Hewlett

Jesus and my leadership

Charles Hewlett invites us all to examine our relationship with Jesus, especially those who are in leadership roles in the church.

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Stories
June 1, 2019 | Steve Davis & Albert Tang

Let the salmon swim!

Second-generation youth and young adults who have grown up within migrant churches often struggle to find where they belong. Is it with their parents’ traditional-style,…

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Stories
June 1, 2019 | Myrle Bunn & Grant Harris  

Knit two together

Myrle Bunn and Grant Harris write about the unique collaboration between two Auckland churches, for ministry and mission on Waiheke Island. 

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Articles
June 1, 2019 | Nigel Irwin

Many hands, one heart

Jesus’ prayer for unity among his disciples has rung out down through the generations. Nigel Irwin believes this prayer remains in effect to this day.…

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June 1, 2019 | Nick Regnault

#YouAreNotAlone

When we initially commissioned Nick Regnault to write this article, our brief was for him to update us about the pilot refugee scheme in which…

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Opinion
May 25, 2019 | Dave Tims

A loss of innocence?

The Christchurch mosque shootings on 15th March 2019 tarnished forever New Zealand’s reputation as a low-threat environment. Many commented that the nation had “lost its…

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Articles
May 25, 2019 | Gareth Davies

Modelling spiritual disciplines

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May 15, 2019 | Tim Hodge

The Hero from Nithdale Station

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Opinion
April 14, 2019 | Pete Slaney

Life is worship

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Opinion
April 14, 2019 | Phillip Donnell

All thy works shall praise thy name

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April 14, 2019 | Andrew Urquhart

Meet Andrew Urquhart—Radio/TV announcer

Andrew Urquhart and his wife Johanna attend Māngere Bridge Baptist Church. Andrew is an announcer at Rhema Media, where he co-hosts a radio interview show…

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April 14, 2019 | Steve Muir

Baptist bike ministry

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April 14, 2019

Waitangi Community Fun Day

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April 14, 2019

Te Atatū pātaka kai

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April 13, 2019

100 Years of BBCF

Between 21st and 23rd February 2019, the Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship (BBCF) celebrated their centenary. Many people gathered from all over the country and overseas, including…

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April 13, 2019 | Rāwiri Auty

“We’re making a difference.”

Each Baptist magazine edition, in this column, a member of Mission Council reflects on one of the themes surrounding Prayer and Self Denial 2019. This month, Rāwiri Auty reflects on…

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April 7, 2019 | Markus Schonberger

When the Spirit moves… HE MOVES!

At the 2018 LEAD Conference, Markus Schonberger spoke about making room for the Holy Spirit to move during church services. He said, “At times it gets…

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April 7, 2019 | Larissa Tamaseu

God prepares the table

Henderson Baptist Church’s community meal has been running weekly for almost seven years. Larissa Tamaseu shares how it all began when God spoke to her…

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April 7, 2019 | Tina Houser

From the mouths of babes

Every once in a while, a child hits us with a profound thought that comes out of their innocent point of view. It causes us…

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April 7, 2019 | Akang Ko

The impossible God

In 2010 Akang Ko and his wife Xiaoou Tang settled in Palmerston North to make a fresh start. Today he is an associate pastor at…

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April 7, 2019 | Charles Hewlett

Getting to know the new national leader

On 20th February 2019, the Assembly Council together with the Mission Council nominated Charles Hewlett to the position of national leader of the Baptist Churches…

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Opinion
April 7, 2019 | Alan Burnett

Worship—A beautiful Expression!

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord.” How do you respond to these six words? Alan Burnett reflects on our response to the beauty of God.

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Reviews
March 22, 2019 | Tim Hodge

Questions & Responses

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Opinion
March 19, 2019 | Ethan Miller 

We all need a Logan

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Reviews
March 7, 2019 | Janette Busch

The Train—a Pilgrim Odyssey

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Articles
February 17, 2019

Focus webinar series

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February 17, 2019

Memoir encourages forgiveness

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February 17, 2019 | Sue McIntosh

Luisa leaves kindy after 23 years’ service

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February 17, 2019

An unmissable light

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February 17, 2019 | Nigel Irwin

Transformation through unity

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February 17, 2019 | Elesha Gordon

Gathering brings together cultures

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February 17, 2019 | Neil and Barb (Transcend)

New believers

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Stories
February 17, 2019

Meet Pete Olds—Navy Chaplain

Pete Olds is a Baptist chaplain with the Royal New Zealand Navy. This is his story.

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Stories
February 16, 2019 | Oxford Baptist Church

‘A Night in Bethlehem’

Hear how Oxford Baptist Church transformed their auditorium and hall into a Nativity-themed bustling ‘night market’ that drew around 500 people.

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Articles
February 4, 2019

“Expect great things, attempt great things.”

Each Baptist magazine edition, a member of Mission Council reflects on one of the themes surrounding Prayer and Self Denial 2019. This month, Lyn Davis reflects on “Expect…

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February 3, 2019 | Dave Tims

Making poverty personal

Dave Tims explains why he believes New Zealanders need to wake up to an economic system ingrained in our society, and why Jesus followers should be…

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February 3, 2019 | Linda Grigg

Building for the future

Frank and Zoe Grant led Ōpōtiki Baptist Church, a once dwindling congregation in small-town Eastern Bay of Plenty, on a journey to become a church…

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February 3, 2019 | Matthew Thornton

Faith over feelings

We’ve probably all heard the advice to “follow your heart”. Whilst this advice is well‑intentioned, Matthew Thornton explains why he doesn’t think it is the…

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February 3, 2019 | Jordyn Rapana

A fervour for justice

During World War II, the New Zealand Government appropriated land in Te Kōpua, Raglan, to build an aerodrome. When no longer required for military purposes,…

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Articles
February 3, 2019 | Rick Pierce

Re-envisioning discipleship

Many of our Baptist churches are experiencing a declining number of attendees at Sunday services, and a significant reduction in the number of people being…

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Articles
January 22, 2019 | Janene Forlong

Fear: a deviation from trust in God

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Opinion
January 22, 2019 | Peter Foster

Baptisms

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January 22, 2019 | Patricia (Pat) Booth

Being a missionary kid

Pat Booth grew up in the 1950s in North-East India, the daughter of NZBMS missionaries Malcolm and Cath Eade. Even though she is now in…

Where Fear Rules Image
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January 22, 2019 | Michael Reddell

Where Fear Rules

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Reviews
January 21, 2019 | Michael Reddell

Pat’s India: Memories of Childhood

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Reviews
January 17, 2019 | Julia Martin

Two Slices of Bread

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Articles
December 2, 2018 | Trevor Geddes

Whatever happened to the team?

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Articles
December 2, 2018 | Steve Davis

The multitude from every nation

Steve Davis looks at the advantages and disadvantages of a migrant church constituting as a stand-alone church community, especially in our New Zealand context.

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Articles
December 2, 2018 | Craig Vernall

The strength of relationships

At the 2018 Hui, in his last official address as National Leader, Craig Vernall reflected on the importance of relational intelligence in our movement and…

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Opinion
December 2, 2018 | Greg Liston

Live your best ordinary life

Greg Liston encourages us to slow down, embrace our limitations and rethink what it means to #liveyourbestlife.

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Stories
December 2, 2018 | Gay Cochran

Caring for the Caregivers

Tiredness, culture-shock, homesickness—it can be tough living in another country, especially when those you live among are poor and often struggling to survive. As the…

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December 2, 2018 | Rachel Roche

Carey SENDing 2018

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December 2, 2018

Baptist Chaplains’ Retreat Day

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Opinion
December 2, 2018 | Beulah Wood

The power of the yoke

For her Hui address, our new President, Beulah Wood, drew messages from the remarkable biblical symbol of the yoke. This is an abbreviated version of…

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December 2, 2018 | Peter and Leonora; Neil and Barb; Noah, Miles and Theo; Gary and Heather

Christmas where we are

We ask some of our Tranzsend folk to share a little of what Christmas is like where they are.

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November 22, 2018 | Gwyneth Arnold

Girls’ Brigade turns 90

2018 was the 90th anniversary of Girls’ Brigade in New Zealand, which was introduced to New Zealand through Baptist missionaries, at Caversham Baptist Church. Gwyneth…

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Stories
October 7, 2018 | Phil McQueen

Newlands Baptist turns 50

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Stories
October 7, 2018 | Elizabeth Jones

Thames Baptist—150 years

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October 7, 2018 | Sue Hodson

Women of Destiny

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Stories
October 7, 2018 | Kelly Maude

Matariki in Malvern

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Articles
October 7, 2018 | The Justice Initiative

West Papua statement

The Justice Initiative writes about a terrible example of injustice unfolding right on our country’s backdoor, in West Papua, and explains what New Zealand Baptists…

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Stories
October 7, 2018 | Adrienne Thompson

He mihi mai he ngākau iti

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October 7, 2018 | Matilda Poasa

Listen up!

Matilda Poasa is a New Zealand-born Samoan, has a Bachelor of Māori Development in Māori Media, and recently completed an internship with the Native American…

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Articles
October 7, 2018 | Craig Vernall

One decision or 52?

Change may happen almost imperceptibly over time but we can measure trends. Craig Vernall explains why one of the most worrying changes in our Baptist…

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Articles
October 7, 2018 | Paul Askin

He iwi tahi tātou

Paul Askin was the recipient of the Lionel Stewart Scholarship in 2017. The scholarship seeks to encourage New Zealand Baptist pastors to further the work…

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October 7, 2018 | Brian Krum

BYM’s ‘You’re a Gift’ Christmas Challenge

Youth Ministries are collaborating with Life FM and other denominations to create a viral social media sensation of hope and generosity this December.

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October 6, 2018 | Carley (Tranzsend)

The student

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Articles
October 6, 2018

Education can change everything

Education can be the key to lifting a person out of poverty and enabling them to create a legacy for themselves and their family. Cindy, with…

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Articles
October 1, 2018 | Mark Roques

From Prince Philip to Jesus—joy in evangelism

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Stories
October 1, 2018 | Grant Harris

Health. It’s mental.

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Articles
September 30, 2018 | Andrew Brown

The hidden power of the all-age service

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Opinion
August 9, 2018 | Elliot Rice

C. S. Lewis, books and evangelism

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Stories
August 9, 2018

Meet Katie Herron—environmentalist

Sixteen-year-old Katie Herron and her family attend Palmerston North Central Baptist Church. This is her story.

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Articles
August 5, 2018 | Alan Jamieson & Andrew Meek

Training new missional leaders

Jesus’ main task for the three years of his ministry was training leaders for a new movement, and training leaders remains a crucial task for…

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August 5, 2018 | Russell Watts

Evangelise those most open

In every church Russell Watts has pastored, God has given a different strategy for evangelism. However, in his current position as Senior Pastor at Whangarei Central…

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Opinion
August 5, 2018 | George Wieland

Migration & Mission in Acts & Aotearoa

Aotearoa New Zealand is undergoing profound demographic change. This means, as New Zealand Baptists, we are in a changed—and changing—mission context. How are we to live,…

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Stories
August 5, 2018 | Cliff Thompson

“Kia ora, Cuzzy, I’ve saved you a seat”

When Clendon Baptist Church called their pastor’s son to lead them on to the next thing, they were ready for change. Even so, some of…

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August 5, 2018 | Transcend

Prepared in advance

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Stories
August 5, 2018

Easter conversion

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Stories
August 5, 2018

A courageous stand

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Opinion
July 23, 2018 | Grant Harris

I want it all, and I want it now

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Opinion
July 23, 2018 | Phillip Donnell

A major modern means of mission

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Opinion
July 19, 2018 | Matthew Thornton

From disillusionment to contentment

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Articles
June 6, 2018

I am doing a new thing…

Through the prophet Isaiah our God says, “See, I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:19 NIV). Today, he continues to do new things in…

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Stories
June 6, 2018 | Peter in East Asia

A party for children with disabilities

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Stories
June 6, 2018 | Jo in South Asia

It’s the small things

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Stories
June 4, 2018 | Brian Krum

An Easter Camp pilgrimage

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Stories
June 3, 2018 | Rob Lovatt

Church runs international street food festival

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Stories
June 3, 2018

Carey graduation

Carey had their 2018 Graduation at the end of March. Here is a couple of stories...

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Stories
June 3, 2018 | John Catmur 

God at work on Makaurau Marae

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Articles
June 2, 2018 | Rick Pierce

PressingOn… together

Rick Pierce tells us about a growing initiative called PressingOn, which combines the teaching resources and networking power of seven Baptist churches in Auckland.

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Articles
June 2, 2018 | Delia Edmeades and Helen Vaughan

Health & well-being

In recent years, Cambridge Baptist Church has run four community events to raise awareness of services for seniors and to provide health screening for men.…

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Stories
June 2, 2018

Sports chaplain award

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Articles
June 2, 2018 | Daniel Marshall and Emma Melville

Ethical clothing

Emma Melville is a member of the youth group at Glen Eden Baptist Church. She tells us why she has been championing the issue of…

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June 2, 2018 | Judith Smith

Meet Judith Smith—volunteer

Judith Smith attends Caversham Baptist Church. This is her story.

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Opinion
June 2, 2018 | Stephen Davies

Feet washing

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Stories
June 2, 2018 | Elesha Gordon

Hillsborough Bollywood

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Opinion
June 2, 2018 | John Tucker

Baptist distinctives

What makes Baptists Baptist? John Tucker traces the Baptist vision of church and its value for ministry and mission today. 

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Opinion
May 15, 2018 | Grant Harris

Confessions of a Pastor

It’s a funny old life being a pastor in my context. I’m in a denomination that has a historical strength about the value of congregational…

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May 11, 2018 | Howard Webb

A church family on a mission—Craig’s story

[email protected] is an experimental church plant supported by Baptists at the site of the former Pt Chevalier Baptist Church at 126 Pt Chevalier Road in…

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Opinion
May 11, 2018 | Ethan Miller

The lessons never stop

Have you ever noticed the divide between what you think and what you feel?

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Stories
April 2, 2018

Meet Fraser Grut—filmmaker

Fraser Grut and his wife attend Titirangi Baptist Church. In December 2016 he embarked on a personal project to film 10,000 people’s dreams. This is his story.

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April 2, 2018

Meet Neil Hamilton—the ‘fire padre’

Neil Hamilton is the Pastor at Beachlands Baptist Church. He is also a recipient of an Honorary Chaplain’s medal from the United Fire Brigades’ Association. This is…

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Stories
April 1, 2018

Rotorua Baptist turns 75

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Stories
April 1, 2018 | Colin and Tania in South Asia

Goat project update

We recently reported on the goat project in South Asia—here is the latest update.

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April 1, 2018

Carey welcomes new students

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Opinion
April 1, 2018 | Dave Tims

Naming the God Image

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Opinion
April 1, 2018 | Ruby Duncan

Don’t be that monkey!

As people of God, how can we understand the hearts of our neighbours? How can we demonstrate a hospitality that tells them they are welcome,…

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Stories
April 1, 2018 | Dean (Jordy) Jordan

Chinese with a dose of Kiwi-ness

Invercargill’s Asian population grew by 170% between 2001 and 2013. People are drawn to Southland because of its low unemployment rates, affordable housing and education…

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April 1, 2018 | Steve Worsley

10 things I wish I’d known about cults

Cults—do you think these were a phenomenon that died out decades ago and only appealed to easily-led people? That’s what Steve Worsley used to think before…

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Stories
April 1, 2018 | Craig Ashby & Karen Warner

We’re all in this together

Craig Ashby reflects on what Alexandra Baptist Church is doing to bring all ages together in intergenerational worship, learning and fellowship.

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Opinion
April 1, 2018 | Craig Vernall

Faith in fairness?

“Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?” asked Job (Job 2:10). Although he meant it rhetorically, it’s a…

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April 1, 2018 | Robyn Mellar-Smith 

Discernment: Seeking the will of God

Discernment is the Christian practice of seeking God’s will when making decisions. Robyn Mellar-Smith reveals findings from her research into this topic in a New…

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Education
March 31, 2018 | Steve Worsley

10 things I wish I’d known about cults

Cults—do you think these were a phenomenon that died out decades ago and only appealed to easily-led people? That’s what Steve Worsley used to think…

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Stories
March 7, 2018 | Rachel White

The Kids’ Box

Earlier this year we were discussing the fact that we currently didn’t have many young families at the church and that our children weren’t visible…

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Stories
March 5, 2018 | Jon Coombs

Billy Graham and Gramps

With the passing of Billy Graham there is much to thank God for in terms of his ministry and impact, not only within Christianity in…

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Opinion
March 5, 2018 | Grant Harris

Stop the hurting

Grant Harris talks about the journey of dealing with pain and the scars left from a history of racism in our world. What can the…

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News
February 7, 2018 | Josie Te Kahu, John Tucker and Brian Krum

‘New’ leaders in the New Zealand Baptist movement

Among the New Zealand Baptist movement’s new leaders with national roles are Josie Te Kahu (President), John Tucker (Principal, Carey Baptist College) and Brian Krum…

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Education
February 7, 2018 | John Catmur, Lorraine Taogaga and Roi Nu Maran

Parihaka reflections: A vision for our country

As part of Hui 2017, delegates watched the documentary film Tatarakihi—Children of Parihaka and were then invited to Parihaka by Te Ātiawa iwi. Here are…

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February 6, 2018 | Peter and Leonora

Community

Peter and Leonora share good news about the overflow effect of discipling in a community in South Asia.

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February 5, 2018 | Heather Ameye-Bevers

Seeing what God is DO-ing

Seven teams of Baptist young people and leaders went on a DO Team mission to Fiji in 2017. This year another six teams are planned.…

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Stories
February 5, 2018 | Amanda Bailey, Linda Grigg and Ruby Duncan

More than just a toy story

Franklin Community Toy Library has been serving the Pukekohe, South Auckland, community for more than 20 years. Toy Librarian Amanda Bailey shares how this neighbourhood…

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News
February 5, 2018 | Carey Baptist College

Celebrating Māori achievement

Carey Baptist College celebrates the record-breaking 92% pass rate of Māori students. One is the first Māori student to complete a Master of Applied Theology…

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February 5, 2018 | Sandy Kerr

Te Whare Oranga

Learn more about Carey Baptist College's bicultural journey and plans or a new centre for Māori learning, to be called Te Whare Oranga.

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Articles
February 4, 2018 | Marina Young

Meet Marina Young—founder of Buttons Project

Marina Young and her husband attend Doubtless Bay Christian Centre. Marina is the founder of Buttons Project, which helps bring awareness to the effects of…

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Stories
February 4, 2018 | Jana Branca

Meet Jana Branca—artist

Artist Jana Branca and her family attend Northpoint Baptist Church. In her art she illustrates how "we are all still a work in progress". This…

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News
February 4, 2018 | Chris Chamberlain

Oxford Terrace rebuild

On Christmas Eve 2017, Oxford Terrace Baptist Church held their first worship services in their new facilities. Hear more about the journey of their rebuild...

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Stories
February 4, 2018 | Alan George

A prayer shop

For one week in November 2017, Paeroa had a prayer shop. All the local churches took part, with Paeroa Baptist Church leading it. It was…

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February 4, 2018 | Grant Pollock

Church in Action

Grant Pollock, Growth Group Leader at Glenfield Baptist Church, shares how his church turns sermons into actions...

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February 4, 2018 | Wendy Emsley

Ka tuu, ka rongo, ki te whakapono

At Hui 2017 we were reminded and challenged that some voices are not heard, or hardly heard, in our denomination. Wendy Emsley, former community pastor…

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February 4, 2018 | CORT

Producing profound change

Almost 20 Baptist trusts provide some form of social housing or emergency accommodation in New Zealand. CORT Community Housing, whose roots lie in Ponsonby Baptist…

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February 4, 2018 | Lisa Woolley

What God has built

VisionWest is one of the largest not-for-profit community trusts in New Zealand, but it still holds tightly to its faith-based roots and its connection to…

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January 23, 2018 | Fay Nanai

Judgement day—celebrating transformation

In November 2017, Iosis hosted 40 female judges who preside over Family, Criminal and High Courts in New Zealand and Australia. Hear the stories of…

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Opinion
November 30, 2017 | Charles Hewlett and Mike Crudge

I’m glad you’re not my doctor!

Charles Hewlett and Mike Crudge reflect on the benefits of lifelong learning for Baptist pastors—for the pastors themselves and for the churches they lead.

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July 3, 2017 | Sarah Vaine and Alan Jamieson

Life in neighbourhood

South West Baptist Church (SWBC) has been on a journey over the last little while, resulting in a church structure that is a bit different…

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Articles
June 8, 2017 | Beulah Wood

God’s upside-down kingdom

Beulah Wood talks about the role and leadership of women in the 'upside-down' kingdom of God.

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February 4, 2017 | Sarah Harris

God made me lime green

In an earlier post, Sarah Harris reflected on the women who travelled with Jesus. In this article, she considers how the apostle Paul viewed women.

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Opinion
December 13, 2016 | Sarah Harris

What does God think about girls and women?

Sarah Harris, New Testament lecturer at Carey Baptist College, reflects on the predominance of male leaders in churches and discusses God, girls and women.

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Education
November 30, 2016 | Sarah Harris

Gifted and Called: Women walking with Jesus

The Bible tells us about women who were disciples, leaders, teachers, prophets, and preachers. What can we learn from them? Sarah Harris considers some of…

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November 30, 2016 | Sarah Harris

Gifted and Called: Women walking with Jesus

The Bible tells us about women who were disciples, leaders, teachers, prophets, and preachers. What can we learn from them? Sarah Harris considers some of…

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September 30, 2016 | Greg Liston 

I believe in the church: joining in with the life of the Trinity

It’s no secret that church attendance is falling. Arguments rage about what we should do to regain the size and status we once had. But…

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January 31, 2016 | Alistair Reese

Why Pākehā need to know who they are: belonging in Aotearoa

Alistair Reese considers the need for Pākehā to understand who they are and how they belong in Aotearoa New Zealand.