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An invitation to Pastors and Leadership teams

What got us here won't get us there

We want to provide more opportunity for pastors and leadership teams to talk honestly about defining our current reality and how do we move into uncharted territory. Questions will address the issue, what got us here won’t get us there and what local churches can do by themselves and what can we do together.

We are planning five venues and dates around the region to make it as easy as possible for people to attend.

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Baptist Lead Conference

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Rev Lionel Stewart Scholarship

This scholarship seeks to encourage NZ Baptist Pastors to further the work of bi-cultural reconciliation between Europeans and NZ Maori. Applications are now open for this scholarship.

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Work of Manurewa Children’s Home lives on

Manurewa Children's home 1914This year marks the centenary of the opening of the Manurewa Children’s Home. A commemoration of this event will be held later this year. It will be an opportunity to reflect on the work of the Home, which was a national response by Baptist churches to the plight of orphans and vulnerable children. 

With hindsight, an official speech at the opening of the Manurewa Children’s Home was almost prophetic. Who could have known that, 75 years later, the Home would be closed and its last remaining young residents dispersed?

 

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The Treaty of Waitangi is a gift from God

Craig Vernall, National Leader for the Baptist Churches of New Zealand, delivered the address at the Waitangi Day Ecumenical Service on February 6. He is believed to be the first Baptist to speak at this event. The following is an abridged version of what he said. (Photos courtesy of Jay Matenga Wood, Pioneers NZ)

There are 246 Baptist churches in New Zealand. We are a mainline evangelical movement of churches. We occupy grand buildings on Queen Street [Auckland] and shop fronts. We have churches in provincial towns, cafés and any old pub that’s run out of beer.

 

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Gospel and Treaty relationships at critical crossroads for church

Keith Newman, author of Bible & Treaty and Beyond Betrayal was a keynote speaker at last November’s Baptist Gathering in Auckland. The following is based on the various presentations he gave.

By Keith Newman

Keith Newman at the Gathering 2013Over this year the Christian church has a unique opportunity to reflect on how it will respond to the commemoration of two nation-shaping events, the 200th anniversary of the first Christian sermon and 175 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

While some maintain that New Zealand is no longer a Christian nation, or perhaps never was, the reality is that many of our foundational stories, including those surrounding the Treaty, are profoundly Christian.

Through writing about the Maori prophet T.W. Ratana and the interconnected stories of missionary and Maori in Bible & Treaty (Penguin 2010) and Beyond Betrayal (Penguin 2013), I was left wondering why such rich local church history has been so badly neglected.

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Soaked in cultural dye

Culture is like a vat of dye. We get soaked in it as children and it permeates every part of us. We don't even know it's happening, Iosis Family Solutions CEO Ruby Duncan told Gathering delegates.

Iosis is one of the families ministry of the NZ Baptist Union, based in South Auckland, and Ruby's message was that we can't escape our cultural upbringing 

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Rebuilding a city takes co-operative effort

Duncan GibbMost of us are now familiar with CERA—the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority—but perhaps SCIRT is an acronym we may not know.

Yet it is SCIRT—the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team—that has the crucial job of rebuilding the city's public "horizontal" infrastructure (water, sewerage, drainage and roading) in the wake of the earthquakes. What's more, the man in charge of SCIRT is a Baptist, Duncan Gibb.

 

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New campaign against slavery launched at Gathering

SAS at the GatheringStand Against Slavery (SAS), an organisation targeting the evils of modern slavery, was launched at this year’s Baptist Gathering with the unanimous endorsement of the Mission Council of NZBMS and the Assembly Council of the Baptist Union. This new independent entity is to be headed by Peter Mihaere, who is standing down from his position as General Director of NZBMS to take on the new role. 

 

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A home at last for Russell Baptist

The Methodist Church in Russell becomes home to a Baptist congregationRussell Baptist Church, in the Bay of Islands, has finally got its own home.

In April the Russell Methodist Church celebrated its centenary. And then closed its doors. Russell Baptist was keen to tender for the building, but were told there could be as many as 12 other tenders.

"In the end we were the only tender. I really believe God had set this building aside for us," says Russell Baptist pastor Miles Frankum.

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Upcoming Events

 

Northern Baptist Association - Coach Training 2017
3 day workshop will introduce you to the COACH model, a successful Christian model of coaching
18 - 20 July 2017

Baptist Lead Conference
3-5 July 2017

Hui 2017
9-11 November | Northpoint Baptist
New Plymouth

9.30 am Thursday, 9 November to 10.00 pm Saturday, 11 November 2017

Baptist Mission Day will be incorporated into the main Hui programme

Chaplain Retreat Day: Wednesday, 8 November | Northpoint Baptist

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