Since the mid-1900s, the Baptist Churches of New Zealand has fostered work amongst Māori. There have been various forms to this work which is currently carried out by Baptist Māori Ministries.
Te Whainga Matua (the vision) of Baptist Māori Ministries is: To see all Māori come to Jesus, reaching their full potential, and positively transforming the community and world in which they live.
Baptist Māori Ministries aims to encourage and influence all Māori to discover and live out a lifelong devotion to Jesus and His purposes. This is achieved through the resourcing and implementing of relevant leadership initiatives amongst:
rangatahi (youth), and
Over the next three years, Baptist Māori Ministries have a specific strategy to identify, support, and assess tuturu rangatahi (those whose Māori culture and language is deeply entrenched).
Kaihautu: Gives leadership to the big picture vision to see all Māori come to Jesus, and reaching their full potential and positively transforming their whanau community and world in which they live.
National Strategic Team: Are eight members from around the country whom work with the Kaihautu to develop and implement the national vision. The team meet four times a year and collaborate with regional groups to ensure the voice of those groups is heard in a coherent national vision.
Ben Wakefield - Whakatane Baptist Church
Douglas Ateremu McNeill - South West Baptist Christchurch
Josie Te Kahu - Palmerston North Central Baptist
Luke Kaa Morgan - Franklin Baptist Church
Matt Renata - Hutt City Baptist Church
Ray Totorewa - Welcome Bay Baptist Church
Steve Mihaere (Chairman) - Manukau City Baptist Church
Funding Trust: Te Haahi Iriiri Hauhake o Aotearoa Charitable Trust was established in 2001. The Board of Trustees (BOT) believe in the long term vision of Baptist Māori Ministries. Their primary role is to financially resource Baptist Māori Ministries in alignment with the national vision.
Contact our Māori Ministries Team
Kaihautu – Baptist Māori Ministries