A church family on a mission - Craig's story

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. The church is intentionally patterned on Alpha. Howard Webb tells us about one person this new church has touched.

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Producing profound change

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 Church, is one of these.

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Meet Marina Young - founder of Buttons Project

Meet Marina Young - founder of Buttons Project
Marina Young and her husband attend Doubtless Bay Christian Centre. This is her story.

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Meet Jana Branca - artist

Meet Jana Branca - artist
Jana Branca and her family attend Northpoint Baptist Church. This is her story.

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New multicultural ministry consultant

New multicultural ministry consultant
The Northern Baptist Association has appointed Lindsay Jones as their new regional multicultural ministries consultant.

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Celebrating Māori achievement

Celebrating Māori achievement
Carey Baptist College students and staff had much to celebrate at the Māori Achievement Dinner, held in November 2017.

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Church in Action

Church in Action
Lungs heaving, saturated with perspiration, and spattered with mud; it is not the way you would usually expect to find yourself at the end of a Sunday morning Baptist service. But that’s how many of the folk at Glenfield Baptist Church have found themselves as they have participated in community service activities each quarter for the past 18 months.

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Te Whare Oranga

Te Whare Oranga
As part of its bicultural journey, Carey Baptist College has plans for a new centre for Māori learning, to be called Te Whare Oranga. In effect, it will be a new kind of meeting and teaching space for Carey and the Baptist Union, and a marae for our Baptist movement. It is a rare opportunity to develop a place that will alter the way we relate, teach and learn together.

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Oxford Terrace re-build

Oxford Terrace re-build
On Christmas Eve 2017, Oxford Terrace Baptist Church (OTBC) held its first worship services in their new facilities. The build took about 13 months, after three years’ work on the design with architect Dr Andrew Barrie of Auckland.

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A prayer shop

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 the third year the initiative had been run.

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More than just a toy story

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 initiative provides plenty of opportunities for listening—to people and to God.

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What God has built

What God has built
VisionWest had its beginnings in Glen Eden Baptist Church. Today it 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 the church. We asked CEO Lisa Woolley to tell us what VisionWest has been up recently, their plans for the future, and what she believes is behind the trust’s continued growth.

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Billy Graham and Gramps

Billy Graham and Gramps
JON COOMBS reflects on the role his grandfather and Opawa Baptist Church played in the 1959 Billy Graham crusade.

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Judgement day: celebrating transformation

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.

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Baptist World Alliance Stands Against Slavery

Baptist World Alliance Stands Against Slavery
PETER MIHAERE, a member of Eastview Baptist Church and CEO of the Baptist justice initiative, Stand Against Slavery, reports on a resolution made by BWA General Council that acknowledges the issue of modern slavery and that urges Baptists worldwide to take a stand for the rights of "the least of these".

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Our commitment to love well

Our commitment to love well
Something revolutionary is happening at Manurewa Baptist Church—and as it permeates our congregation, the result is we are growing together, both in our appreciation of each other and the God we serve.

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40 years young... and still going strong!

40 years young... and still going strong!
This month, HBH Senior Living celebrates forty years since the doors of Howick Baptist Home and Hospital (as it was then known) were first opened in 1977. A great deal has changed since then although, as their Director of Nursing explains, the little things that make HBH special still remain the same.

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Fifty years strong

Fifty years strong
Way back in 1967, a group of young mums from Northcote Baptist Church were bottling apples at the Auckland City Mission when someone suggested starting an op shop to raise money for the new church building. All money raised from the shop is given away again. Over the past fifty years those donations have topped one million dollars.

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A long walk in one direction

A long walk in one direction
As Senior Pastor of Morrinsville Baptist Church, Phil Pawley had fifty-five days of study leave owing to him. He wanted to do something that would be good for his spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being, and that also would benefit his church in some way. A hikoi seemed to him like the ideal solution to achieve these outcomes.

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Park Up for Homes

Park Up for Homes
Last year, a group of friends in Mangere were meeting three or four mornings a week for a short time of prayer. One of the prayers that was regularly coming up was for those who were sleeping in cars. After a few more prayers and discussions, as well as pulling in a few more key people, a decision was made to do some kind of protest—and Park Up for Homes was born.

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Building without a mortgage… is it possible?

Building without a mortgage… is it possible?
For churches contemplating building projects, St Albans Baptist Church Senior Pastor John Alpe encourages you to believe that Jesus can take you through the whole process and out the other side, ending up with stunning facilities, yet no debt. In the belief that God wants to help you through their experience, he offers the following comments.

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Carey welcomes new students

Carey welcomes new students
Undertaking tertiary study can be a daunting experience for new students. That is why Orientation Day, traditionally held a week before semester starts, is extremely important as an opportunity for staff and faculty to welcome new students. It is a way to prepare them for the rigours of study, and introduces them to the Carey community so that they can confidently start the year.

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The Baptist Worship Project

The Baptist Worship Project
Have you had the privilege of visiting different Baptist churches and camps around New Zealand? There are some excellent worship leaders, and hearing worship songs produced by local artists is inspiring—it serves to connect us deeply with Christ. But it is a sad reality that lots of other Kiwis will never get to hear these amazing songs of praise. It is a tragic loss and a buried treasure.

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Big changes for Christian Savings

Big changes for Christian Savings
Christian Savings has been on a massive journey of change since 2014. Back in the day, Baptist Savings borrowed money from Baptist churches and people, and lent to other Baptist churches. It was like a small mutual society, which the great and the good in the financial world were not remotely interested in.

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Jim Patrick is the 2017 President of the Baptist Churches of New Zealand & NZBMS

Jim Patrick is the 2017 President of the Baptist Churches of New Zealand & NZBMS
At the Hui 2016, Ben Wakefield passed the mantle of presidency onto Jim Patrick. Jim and Lois are planning to travel the country to provide support and encouragement to the Baptist churches in New Zealand.

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Justice Initiative group set up

Justice Initiative group set up
It could be fair to say that, as Baptists, we like to think that we treat all people fairly and equally. Moral and ethical standards may make us sound judgemental to outsiders, but our heart’s desire is to be just. We are practical people. If there’s something that can be done to help, we pitch in and do stuff.

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Itinerant Gospel Musician Nicky Moran Tours All New Zealand Prisons

Itinerant Gospel Musician Nicky Moran Tours All New Zealand Prisons
Touring New Zealand prisons with encouraging gospel concerts, Nicky Moran completed her first full nationwide prison tour during September and October 2016 with fifty-four concerts. Led by the Lord, and leaving her family and nursing job behind for a month, Nicky went into all the prisons to sing, share her testimony, and call those in prison back to the Lord.

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Knowing when to let go and a legend retires

Knowing when to let go and a legend retires
How do we know if a ministry has become something that needs to be released? This is a journey that Palmerston North Central Baptist Church (PNCBC) and Te Aroha Noa have been on.

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My Brother

My Brother
Pain in families can cause rifts that God wants to see healed.

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A Conversation with a Neighbour

A Conversation with a Neighbour
Yesterday a neighbour reminded me of something so simple, and yet so vital to my spirituality. Something so simple I often neglect it, put it to the back of my mind, saying it is for other people. Tim Shallard, he does more important things, he doesn't waste his time like that...

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Lifepoint's fiftieth anniversary

Lifepoint's fiftieth anniversary
Surrounded with photos of the past, seventy people from Lifepoint’s current and past membership gathered recently to celebrate the heritage that God has provided them over the past fifty years.

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The Bad Thing

The Bad Thing
Some years ago (in what now seems like a previous lifetime and in some ways even something that happened to someone else), a bad thing happened...

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