Steve Maina

Vocational Recruitment Coordinator

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Are you a strong motivator who is looking for opportunities to put your skills to work? Have you ever wanted to have a role within a mission organisation? This job opportunity is a unique opening that allows you to combine your heart to see people find their God-given vocations, with your passion for the big picture of what God is doing around the globe! We are looking for someone who is competent in influencing skills and who has the ability to effectively recruit global mission workers.

The New Zealand Church Missionary Society (NZCMS) is a mission community aiming to mobilise the Church of New Zealand for God’s mission. We are a team that has a big vision and big ideas who is seeking someone to help move us from ideation to implementation. This person will be able to identify strategic opportunities where we can place people overseas as well as find the right people to fill these roles. To this end, the Vocational Recruitment Coordinator will work with the NZCMS team to recruit and place a growing number of workers into the Asia/Pacific region.

This role is well suited for someone who:

Has the ability to motivate others Is able to self-manage and multi-task Has cross-cultural experience, including experience living and working overseas Understands recruitment practices Relates well to people from a wide range of backgrounds Is passionate about what God is doing around the world Has great communication skills

This is a full-time position, preferably based in Christchurch. You will only be contacted if you make the shortlist. For more details please download the job description here.

Please send your applications to steve@nzcms.org.nz. Applications close 2 July 2018.

 

Family Ministry Director

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A church in Hong Kong is presently looking for a Family Ministry Director. Resurrection Church is part of the Anglican Church in Hong Kong. It’s an English-speaking, contemporary, evangelical, Spirit-filled church serving both expatriates and locals  in beautiful Sai Kung.

They are looking for a Family Ministries Director who is theologically trained to help  develop and grow their work amongst children, youth and families, helping them to become committed followers of Christ. This role will include leading a team of volunteers, supporting and coaching them to achieve the objectives of the Family Ministry. This is a full-time position. For more information, contact mikeruth@nzcms.org.nz 

Communications Job

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We’re still receiving applications for the Communications Officer job. This role is all about connecting with people who are working in all corners of the world, and ensuring that their stories are heard. It’s a unique role, and we’re looking for just the right person with both the skills and vision to take us into the future.

Applications close this Friday (October 20), so if you or someone you know might be interested, make contact today.

A job description can be downloaded by clicking here.

For more information please email Janet@nzcms.org.nz

Communications Officer Job

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What will it take for future generations to become passionate about global mission? What will it take for the church to re-imagine her place in God’s plan of redemption? What will inspire the next wave of reformation, renewal and revival in New Zealand and beyond?

The answer: STORY.

Stories are what free our imaginations and enable us to dream in new ways. Story is what shapes how we see the world. And story is how we can ensure people not only know about mission, but see themselves a part of it!

We’re looking for a new Communications Officer who can help us capture stories of mission and convey them in a transformative way. You’ll be responsible for planning, editing and overseeing the production of a variety of mission publications that help tell the story of NZCMS and our work today. This requires both creativity and an eye for detail.

 

Applications close this October 20.

A job description can be downloaded by clicking here.

For more information please email Janet@nzcms.org.nz

When Prayer Meets Calling (Issue 32)

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By Steve Maina (NZCMS National Director)

I remember it clearly. Floating above the earth, glancing down at the world, wondering where I’d land. When my feet finally rested in Saudi Arabia, I was a little caught off guard.

No, I’m not an astronaut, and no, NASA hasn’t invested in a base in the Middle East. Let me explain. During my university years, I was part of the Christian union group. We felt God calling us to invest in prayer for the world, so we developed a unique model to make it work for us.

Every so often we’d roll out a giant map of the world and spread it across the floor. This thing was massive, easily filling the average Kiwi living room. The line from Psalm 2, “Ask of me and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,” inspired us to pray for God’s Kingdom to come to the nations as we literally stepped on different nations on the map.

Because of the busy uni schedule, many of us would start gathering as early as 5am, and since sleep might be unnecessary distraction at that hour, it only made sense to walk about while praying. We’d walk across the map without looking down, praying for God to be at work in his world. It wasn’t until you felt the Spirit’s nudge to stop walking that we’d look down to see where in the world we were stepping, and at that point we were encouraged to spend 10 minutes interceding for that specific country. We had Patrick Johnstone’s Operation World as a resource if we needed more info on how to pray for specific countries, but often we’d find God give us the words – and the heart – to pray for places we previously had no connection to. In prayer, God shared with us a glimpse of his heart for the nations! 

I remember the morning I landed on Saudi Arabia, the heartland of the Middle East. I didn’t just pray for those 10 minutes and move on, but felt God lead me time and again to pray for this country for a number of years. In fact, over this time I felt a growing sense the Lord was calling me there as a cross-cultural worker one day. But I didn’t know at the time how to take the next step. With a growing heart for the Middle East, after university I stumbled upon a dream job with an organisation that was seeking to disciple followers of Isa in this region of the world. I studied the Koran and helped run a discipleship correspondence course for several thousand inquirers and young Christians from Muslim backgrounds. That involved writing many thousands of letters – by hand! – for the next year and a half.

I’ve still never been to Saudi Arabia and I don’t know if there’s ‘unfinished business’ for me there, but I do know that this ‘mapping prayer’ helped ignite in me a global mission vision that has shaped my vocation as a Mission Mobiliser and eventually led to me being based here in New Zealand. With so many Saudis in this country, perhaps there’s now an opportunity to step further into that original sense of calling right here on my Kiwi doorstep. 

Prayer enables us to align our priorities with God’s and to subject our will to his. I believe prayer is vital in helping us identify the places God is calling us to be involved. There are things God has stored up for you that will only be discovered as you pray! I find many young Christians desiring a sense of calling and purpose in the world, but often that will only come about when they first turn their eyes off themselves and towards God and his world. 

In that moment of prayer I didn’t just intercede for a country I knew nothing about. It was a true kairos moment where God invited me to enter in and started me on a journey of discovering my purpose in his world! The question is: What might he be inviting you into?

For discussion

Like Steve’s prayer map example, what sort of things could your group do together to make prayer more engaging?

Have you ever felt God inviting you into something new during prayer? Have you actually pursued it? Is God inviting you into something new?

Exploring today’s missional issues from a variety of angles, each edition of the Intermission magazine will equip you and your group to engage with God in your community and beyond. To signup to receive the Intermission in the post, email office@nzcms.org.nz. Intermission articles can also be found online at nzcms.org.nz/intermission.

Bob Glen

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Bob Glen passed away peacefully away peacefully on Saturday 19 August. His funeral will be held Monday 28 August at 11am at St Michael’s and All Angels Church in Henderson, Auckland. The following is a short tribute about Bob’s life. 

Bob came to know Christ as his Saviour and Lord through the ministry of Harvey Teulon and the Crusader movement, and while a student he attended the Bible Class on Sunday afternoons at St. Martin’s, Spreydon in the late forties and early fifties. He went on to have a Bible teaching ministry in Tanzania and New Zealand, after ordination and a curacy under Harry Thomson at Wooston in 1959.

From 1960-65 the Rev. Bob Glen served with NZCMS in the Diocese of Victoria Nyanza in Tanzania, under the leadership of Bishop Max Wiggins, also from Christchurch. After his marriage to Marian they were mainly at St Philip’s Theological College in Kongwa from 1965-73 with their children Mary, Jennifer and Robyn, where Bob was the Principal. Bob also compiled a Church History Atlas with a special focus on East Africa and wrote several Swahili textbooks for the same subject.

On returning to New Zealand the family lived in Christchurch, before moving to Henderson for Bob to teach at the Bible College of New Zealand (now Laidlaw College) from 1975 until retirement. While there Bob edited Mission & Moko, a book about missionary events in New Zealand. The Glens were at a theological college in Singapore from 1995-97.

Bob became an honorary life member in 2008, served on the NZCMS Council and was Vice President from 2002 – 2004.

The following excerpt from his End of Service letter from NZCMS in 1973 captures something of Bob’s character and personality: “Mr Glen will be especially remembered for the quality of his teaching, for his literary contributions to the Church in East Africa, for his love of orderliness and his care of properties, and for his sparkling wit and sound judgement.”

He passed away peacefully on Saturday 19 August with his family. His funeral will be held Monday 28 August at 11am at St Michael’s and All Angels Church, 425 Great North Road, Henderson, Auckland.

125 Years

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As you’ll see in this month’s Intermission, NZCMS deeply values prayer. In fact, we’ve been praying together for 125 years!

That’s right: on October 25 we’ll be celebrating our 125th birthday. Back in 1892 God’s Spirit was stirring something in our land. There was a restlessness, a sense that there was more for the people of God to step into, a sense that mission is much bigger than what we’d seen.

It was out of that space that NZCMS was born. Within 8 months of our founding we accepted our first missionary, Miss M L Pasley, for service in Japan. Della Hunter-Brown followed only two months later. Then in October, at the age of 66, Bishop Edward Stuart of Waiapu retired from his position and headed to Persia to serve for 16 years! By the end of the century, we’d sent seven missionaries overseas, and were supporting three working in NZ.

This rapid growth was birthed out of a movement of ‘ordinary believers’ who were committed to seeing the Gospel spread to all corners of the world. And no doubt, early on they recognised that prayer was the key to seeing this happen. It wasn’t long before 55 NZCMS branches were regularly meeting across the country to not only hear about mission, but to pray for God to be moving among the nations.

So as we celebrate God’s faithfulness to us over the past 125 years, let’s pause to remember that “We’re all called to pray.”

125 years

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As you’ll see in August’s Intermission, NZCMS deeply values prayer. In fact, we’ve been praying together for 125 years!

That’s right: on October 25 we’ll be celebrating our 125th birthday. Back in 1892 God’s Spirit was stirring something in our land. There was a restlessness, a sense that there was more for the people of God to step into, a sense that mission is much bigger than what we’d seen.

It was out of that space that NZCMS was born. Within 8 months of our founding we accepted our first missionary, Miss M L Pasley, for service in Japan. Della Hunter-Brown followed only two months later. Then in October, at the age of 66, Bishop Edward Stuart of Waiapu retired from his position and headed to Persia to serve for 16 years! By the end of the century, we’d sent seven missionaries overseas, and were supporting three working in NZ.

This rapid growth was birthed out of a movement of ‘ordinary believers’ who were committed to seeing the Gospel spread to all corners of the world. And no doubt, early on they recognised that prayer was the key to seeing this happen. It wasn’t long before 55 NZCMS branches were regularly meeting across the country to not only hear about mission, but to pray for God to be moving among the nations.

So as we celebrate God’s faithfulness to us over the past 125 years, let’s pause to remember that “We’re all called to pray.”

 

Is there something you can do in your region to celebrate this 125 year anniversary – as a family, a church, a group, a NZCMS branch? If you are planning something please let us know by emailing office@nzcms.org.nz

Ethnic Communities Enabler

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The Anglican Diocese of Wellington and NZ Church Missionary Society are seeking to appoint the first Ethnic Communities Enabler (ECE)

Rapid social, technological and political changes in the world have acted as catalysts for migration and movement. New Zealand has increasingly become a multi-cultural society. About 25% of those living in New Zealand were born in other nations, and our close proximity and cultural makeup means our nation can be seen as a strategic gateway to Asia and the Pacific.

The Anglican Diocese of Wellington is seeking to build on its growing reputation for innovative approaches to mission. The mission of the Anglican Diocese of Wellington is to be a transformative, Kingdom of God movement of local faith communities. We care for the last, the lost, and the least. We are seeking someone to be part of what God is doing in the diverse and exciting cultural environment of the Wellington Diocese in order to see more followers of Jesus in ethnic communities while also increasing their representation and full participation in all parts of the Diocese and beyond. This position aims to provide a tangible way of growing the Kingdom of God among ethnic communities in the Anglican Diocese of Wellington by identifying current communities and looking for opportunities for development and partnership. The creation of this new role of Ethnic Communities Enabler is the first step of this vision.

To see this vision fulfilled, the Diocese is partnering with the New Zealand Church Missionary Society. NZCMS is a mission organisation seeking to mobilise the Church of New Zealand for God’s mission. We partner with individuals and churches who share a common vision, particularly Anglican churches. NZCMS is recognising the opportunities for cross-cultural mission within New Zealand and seeks to support the Church in New Zealand in growing in its passion and engagement for cross-cultural mission both locally and globally.

 

The Purpose

The three year role’s primary focus is to:

increase the number of disciples of Jesus in ethnic communities support leaders within existing churches as well as fresh expressions of church develop closer mission partnerships with other ethnic congregations and explore opportunities for growth and partnership help parishes and ministry units to better reflect the ethnic identity of their communities help lay and ordained leadership in the Diocese to recognise the ethnic bias within themselves and their congregations in order to consciously engage with those at the fringes of their communities and help those groups to grow in culturally relevant ways

This is a full time position based in Wellington.

Request a fuller job description can be downloaded by clicking here. Please send your application to steve@nzcms.org.nz with a CV, and a statement about your faith and personal approach to ministry. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Reverse Mission Update

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I thought it’s about time I gave you an update on our efforts to support what we’ve been calling ‘reverse mission’ here in New Zealand. New Zealand has become a largely secular nation despite its deep Christian roots. At the latest census in 2013, no fewer than 1.8 million people declared themselves as having no religious affiliation or objected to answering the question. That made up 43% of the population and could soon surpass the number of New Zealanders (44%) who identify themselves as ‘Christian.’ If we look at the Christian scene, most traditional denominations are in decline and Roman Catholics now outnumber Anglicans.

A second trend is also evident: the rapid growth of non-Christian religions in New Zealand. Almost 300 000 residents belong to others faiths, the largest group being Hindus which has grown 126% in number since 2001. Overall, affiliation to non-Christian faiths has grown by 67% in the past 15 years.

All that makes it clear: New Zealand is no longer just a ‘sending country,’ but also one in need of focused mission engagement! Kiwis need to hear the Good News in fresh and relevant ways, and sometimes ‘outsiders’ can do this more effectively than those immersed in their own culture. Missional Christians from other cultures can also play an important role in encouraging Kiwi churches to get involved in mission, both locally and beyond our borders, and can help them become better skilled and more effective in cross-cultural ministry.

Like Paul, many Christians from places like Africa and Asia have heard a ‘Macedonian call’, “Please come to help us” (Acts 16:9). These are people who follow Jesus as a result of the hard work of missionaries from places like New Zealand over the past two centuries, but now the Gospel need in our own land is driving them to come as missionaries to our shores: the tables have turned, mission has been reversed and now we’re in need at least as much as their countries. But is the Kiwi Church ready to recognise our own struggles, faults and failures, and are we open to being challenged and changed by new ideas, outside voices and fresh approaches? 

The NZCMS Board has recently endorsed ‘Reverse Mission’ as part of our broader mission strategy. Essentially, what’s envisaged is a greater emphasis on facilitating the placement of these ‘reverse missionaries’ in ministry in New Zealand churches.

I see one of NZCMS’s main contributions as facilitating contact between ‘reverse missionaries’ and host churches – a bit like a dating agency really. We’ll receive requests from New Zealand churches and use our global networks to connect these churches with overseas people who have the skills, abilities and experience needed. We’ll also provide cross-cultural orientation for ‘reverse missionaries,’ pastoral care back-up, advice in crisis situations and prayer support, as well as help host churches prepare to receive their ‘reverse missionaries.’ Please pray that God raises workers from other parts of the world to come to NZ to support the Kiwi Church in her mission, and that we’ll have open hearts to respond to what God is doing.