Our archive seeks to acquire, preserve, manage and make accessible to everyone, archives collected from the family/whānau of New Zealand Baptists.  It is a rich archival resource for better understanding the New Zealand Baptist community and provides a framework for exploring the collected memory of our individual, local, and national New Zealand Baptist identity.  The collection includes archives from Baptist churches, Missionary Society (NZBMS, now Arotahi), Regional Baptist Associations, Baptist Community Ministries, Carey Baptist College, and groups currently or formerly part of the Baptist Union of New Zealand.

The archive is housed at the Ayson-Clifford Library at Carey Baptist College in Penrose, Auckland.

The contents of the archive can be searched using the library online catalogue. For more information go to the library webpage about the archive.

The New Zealand Baptist newspaper

For 135 years, the New Zealand Baptist served as the official monthly publication of the Baptist Union of New Zealand connecting the members of each local church. Held at the New Zealand Baptist Archive, the New Zealand Baptist remains an indispensable account of Baptist life on these islands. As the longest continuing religious periodical in Aotearoa, it is a significant historical resource for wider Christian history in New Zealand.

The Digital Baptist

Since 2010, the digitised records of the New Zealand Baptist have been available as the Digital Baptist and is a fully word searchable catalogue of the Baptist newspaper in its full run, right from 1876-2011.

The Digital Baptist is currently available online via a National Library of New Zealand archive of the former Baptist Research website. It is freely available as PDF files that can be downloaded – click the button below (we are grateful to the National Library for providing this service).

The Baptist magazine

In 2011 The New Zealand Baptist transitioned into to a bi-monthly magazine format until 2021. Digital versions of these are not yet available online, but much of the content is on the current Baptist NZ platform (this baptist.nz website and the Baptist NZ app).

Baptist content today

From 2022 a new way of connection and communication began with the Baptist NZ app being the central depository of content, which feeds the baptist.nz website, and Baptist NZ on Facebook. We also collate this content in a bi-monthly printable newsletter for local churches to print out for their people who are not online – a bi-monthly email newsletter is also sent out highlighting the printable newsletter and the last two months of contact – this can be subscribed to at the footer of this webpage (the white button “Sign up to our newsletter”).

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July 17, 2024 | Peter Lineham Channel: 2144749

A Baptist overview of the Church Life Survey results

A deep dive into the recent national Church Life Survey data from a Baptist perspective.

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July 15, 2024 | Christine Stride Channel: 2144749

Powerful Kiwi documentary reveals lives transformed

Mana Atua – The Power of God is a compelling Christian feature documentary about transformed lives in Aotearoa.

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July 11, 2024 | Christine Stride Channel: 2144749

We’re engaging with the world

This week members of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) vote on three proposed resolutions: world hunger, religious nationalism and peace in the Middle East.

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July 9, 2024 | Beulah Wood Channel: 2144749

Sheila Pritchard, 1945–

Sheila became a much-admired catalyst and leader who encouraged spiritual formation and the contemplative tradition in New Zealand.

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July 5, 2024 | Philip Church Channel: 2144749

Israel and Palestine: Twenty-one questions, Part 5

Does God intend to save the world through Israel? Does God intend the temple to be rebuilt and sacrifices reinstituted? Find out in this fifth…

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July 4, 2024 | Dee Holmes Channel: 2144749

Fostering intergenerational wisdom in the Baptist church

The generation gap in churches could be more easily bridged if we leave our pre-conceived ideas at the door.

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July 2, 2024 | Casey Clark Channel: 2144749

Getting to know…Casey Clark

Casey oversees intermediates ministry at Manukau City Baptist Church and is the new Director for eCamp!

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July 1, 2024 | Luke Kaa-Morgan Channel: 2144749

Register now for Hui ā Māori 2024: ‘no greater time to be unified’

A call for Baptist Māori to engage with the significant kōrero coming to Hui ā Māori 2024.

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June 27, 2024 | Ruth Clarke, James Kaa-Morgan, and Te Rangiaruaru Hema Channel: 2144749

Reflections on the season of Matariki

Three Baptist Māori share what they’ll be doing to acknowledge this season.

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June 26, 2024 | Greg Knowles Channel: 2144749

Are our social support services making a difference?

Transactional or transformational support: what services should our local church aim for to empower our communities?

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June 25, 2024 | Philip Church Channel: 2144749

Israel and Palestine: Twenty-one questions, part 4

What is the rapture? This is the fourth in a series of articles answering questions about Israel and Palestine that may resource our thinking on…

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June 20, 2024 | Rachel Roche Channel: 2144749

Children in church life

How is our faith community shaping children’s experiences and being shaped by children’s participation?

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June 19, 2024 | Susan Osborne Channel: 2144749

From the President: On the road again…

This song by Willie Nelson is easily the theme for our President’s June update. Susan shares the gold from her roadie down south.

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June 18, 2024 | Jonathan Robinson Channel: 2144749

Rare event forecast for July

What will it be like when profound individual journeys of praying, wrestling with and singing the Psalms join together?

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June 17, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: A future with hope

Equipping our churches in growing young | Meeting with the Prime Minister | Praying for our church elders | More baptisms!

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June 13, 2024 | Steph Wood Channel: 2144749

Children in relationship with God

Passing on relational connection as well as knowledge to the next generation.

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June 12, 2024 | Kevin Robertson Channel: 2144749

Salt of the earth: This is all normal

One of Kev’s bizarre pastoral experiences filled with cultural surprises and learnings in the service of his multi-ethnic church...

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June 11, 2024 | Philip Church Channel: 2144749

Israel and Palestine: Twenty-one questions, part 3

What is Christian Zionism? This is the third in a series of articles answering questions about Israel and Palestine that may resource our thinking on…

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June 10, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: Young people bring renewal

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June 7, 2024 | Emma Stokes Channel: 2144749

Singing for a change

“…be formed, confronted, enriched, and renewed as we linger in the Psalms as a community.”