Steve Maina

Operations and Finance Manager

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Are you a strong financial administrator who is looking for an opportunity to put your skills to work in a much coveted role within a mission organisation? This is a unique opening that allows you to combine your keen eye for details with your passion for the big-picture of what God is doing around the globe! We are looking for someone who is competent in administration, office management and finances and who has the ability to oversee and manage various projects.

The New Zealand Church Missionary Society (NZCMS) is a mission community seeking to mobilise the Church of New Zealand for God’s mission. We are a team that has big vision and big ideas, seeking someone to help move us from ideation to implementation. We are looking for someone who is able to ask the right questions, identify pitfalls and challenges, help us move from idealism to optimistic yet pragmatic realism, and help oversee strategic activation. To this end, the Operations & Finance Manager will also assist the National Director as his Executive Assistant.

 

This role is well suited for someone who

Has the ability to self-manage Is a good administrator and can multi-task Is organised and has an eye for detail Is proficient with managing office finances and is familiar with financial systems Relates well to people from a wide range of backgrounds Is passionate about what God is doing around the world Has great communication skills Can problem solve and project manage

 

This is a full time position based in Christchurch. For more details download the job description by clicking here.

Please send your applications to steve@nzcms.org.nz. Applications close 20 July 2017

 

Released: 23 June 2017

Mission with Migrants Conference

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For some time churches and mission societies have been faced with the challenge of reaching migrant communities in New Zealand with the Gospel. The Outside In Conference is an opportunity to focus attention on the growing number of newcomers to our shores and how ordinary Christians can be mobilised and equipped to welcome them and share the good news. The goal of the weekend is to see the church in NZ motivated, equipped and networked to welcome and reach diaspora communities.

The keynote speaker is Dr. David Cashin who has wide experience in living and serving cross culturally. Kiwis will tell the stories of how they are learning to relate to new migrant communities who are now their neighbours. There will also be opportunities during the conference to attend workshops and seminars designed to increase the skills of participants in cross cultural ministry. Find out more at www.outsideinnz.org/events

 

Date: 21-23 July

Time: 7-9pm Friday; 9am-5:30pm followed by dinner Saturday

Location: Baptist Tabernacle, Queen Street, Auckland

Cost: Early Bird $45 non-salaried/$75 salaried before 1 July, Regular $60 non-salaried/$90 salaried after 1 July

Register by emailing office@eastwest.ac.nz

 

Outside In is a community of churches, colleges, and missions committed to welcoming and supporting migrants to New Zealand. We promote events that train and equip New Zealanders in their efforts to be better hosts to diaspora people who now call New Zealand home. We welcome all followers of Jesus who live by his words, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,” (Matthew 25:40) to join us in our journey in mission.

What’s our teapot?

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You may have heard how CMS was formed in England around a silver tea pot. But what’s unique about the forming of the New Zealand CMS? What’s our ‘teapot’?

Here’s one example. In 1892, the aging Bishop Edward Stuart of Waiapu invited a delegation from CMS in the UK to come and mobilise New Zealanders for mission. Three days after they left, NZCMS was born! A year later, Bishop Edward received a letter from a missionary in Persia, begging New Zealand to send the “ablest, and best, and bravest for Christ’s work abroad.” It was essentially a request for Edward to mobilise Kiwis for God’s work around the world. The next month, in an official Church publication it was announced that he’d found someone willing and ready to go – at the age of 66 he put up his own hand, retired as Bishop and set sail for Persia where he served for 16 years!

At 66 society tells us we’re supposed to quit, make ourselves comfortable and count down the rest of our days. But not in the Kingdom! God is still calling “Whom shall I send?” Like Edward, in your season of life how can you still be saying, “Here I am Lord” (Isaiah 6)?

Meet the Robbs

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We’ve​ ​spent​ ​the​ ​last​ ​couple​ ​of​ ​months​ ​searching​ ​for​ ​someone​ ​to​ ​join​ ​the​ ​NZCMS​ ​Personnel​ ​team.​ ​We’re delighted​ ​to​ ​announce​ ​that​ ​that​ ​‘someone’​ ​is​ ​actually​ ​not​ ​one​ ​person​ ​but​ ​two:​ ​Mike​ ​and​ ​Ruth​ ​Robb. 

Mike​ ​and​ ​Ruth​ ​bring​ ​vast​ ​experience​ ​from​ ​their​ ​years​ ​in​ ​mission​ ​and​ ​ministry​ ​both​ ​in​ ​NZ​ ​and​ ​beyond. They’re​ ​easy-going​ ​and​ ​able​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​with​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​people.​ ​They​ ​also​ ​bring​ ​skills​ ​in​ ​pastoral​ ​care, coaching,​ ​mentoring​ ​and​ ​a​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​equip​ ​congregations​ ​to​ ​be​ ​more​ ​effective​ ​in​ ​doing​ ​their​ ​part to​ ​extend​ ​God’s​ ​Kingdom.​ ​Their​ ​life’s​ ​calling​ ​is​ ​to​ ​“Train​ ​100’s​ ​to​ ​win​ ​1000’s.”​ ​We’re​ ​sure​ ​there’s​ ​much we​ ​will​ ​gain​ ​in​ ​having​ ​them​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​NZCMS​ ​team. 

Here’s​ ​a​ ​quick​ ​introduction​ ​from​ ​each​ ​of​ ​them. 

 

Introducing​ ​Mike 

My​ ​name​ ​is​ ​Mike​ ​Robb​ ​and​ ​I​ ​was​ ​born​ ​in​ ​Rangiora,​ ​North​ ​Canterbury​ ​in​ ​1957​ ​–​ ​a​ ​very​ ​important​ ​year, the​ ​same​ ​as​ ​singer-songwriter​ ​Dave​ ​Dobbyn​ ​and​ ​All​ ​Black​ ​rugby​ ​player​ ​and​ ​coach​ ​Wayne​ ​Smith,​ ​and the​ ​year​ ​that​ ​Elvis​ ​Presley​ ​released​ ​“Jail​ ​House​ ​Rock.”​​ ​I​ ​love​ ​big​ ​motor​ ​bikes,​ ​big​ ​trout, and​ ​the​ ​big outdoors. I​ ​love​ ​music​ ​From​ ​Elvis​ ​Presley​ ​to​ ​Les​ ​Miserable​ ​to​ ​Pink​ ​Floyd​ ​and​ ​even​ ​a​ ​little​ ​21​ ​Pilots.

I​ ​wasn’t​ ​raised​ ​in​ ​a​ ​Christian​ ​home​ ​but​ ​had​ ​a​ ​Christian​ ​conversion​ ​just​ ​before​ ​my​ ​20​th​​ ​birthday.​ ​From the​ ​time​ ​of​ ​my​ ​conversion​ ​I’ve​ ​had​ ​a​ ​passion​ ​to​ ​help​ ​others​ ​to​ ​encounter​ ​our​ ​living​ ​God​ ​and​ ​discover the​ ​plans​ ​and​ ​purposes​ ​he​ ​has​ ​for​ ​their​ ​lives​ ​and​ ​the​ ​communities​ ​they’re​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of.​ ​I​ ​married​ ​my​ ​best friend​ ​in​ ​1980​ ​and,​ ​from​ ​that​ ​time,​ ​we’ve​ ​been​ ​a​ ​team​ ​of​ ​two,​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​missions​ ​in​ ​Papua​ ​New Guinea​ ​and​ ​Cambodia,​ ​and​ ​pastoring​ ​two​ ​churches​ ​in​ ​NZ.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​also​ ​a​ ​lecturer​ ​in​ ​theology​ ​and ministry​ ​studies​ ​at​ ​Vision​ ​College.

​​Ruth​ ​and​ ​I​ ​are​ ​Head​ ​Facilitators​ ​for​ ​‘Kairos’​ ​and​ ​‘Empowered​ ​to​ ​Influence’​ ​courses, produced​ ​by Simply​ ​Mobilising,​ ​and​ ​we​ ​are​ ​so​ ​encouraged​ ​to​ ​see​ ​others​ ​come​ ​to​ ​realise​ ​that​ ​God​ ​has​ ​given​ ​every believer​ ​a​ ​part​ ​to​ ​play​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Great​ ​Commission.

Introducing Ruth

I was raised in Christchurch and attended a number of Anglican churches with my family, my father Maurice Goodall being a vicar and later Bishop. I’m very grateful for the input of my parent’s faith. I still remember God’s challenge to follow him, as a 13 year old, from a missionary talking at St John’s Latimer Square when Roger Thompson was Vicar and dad was the City Missioner.

As a teenager I loved Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar and Bread and was part of a Youth Choir. I completed my nursing training at CPIT and met my husband at a Scripture Union Coffee Bar Outreach at Waikuku Beach.

After our wedding in August 1980 we joined the Apostolic church in Christchurch. A friend invited us to go and help at a hospital in Papua New Guinea and this set the direction for the next 13 years of our lives. During this time our family grew to three daughters and twin sons.

We returned to NZ in 1993 and, following Michael’s ordination, pastored a church in Golden Bay and then joined the team at Dunedin Apostolic Church for six years. In 2004 we  spent two years in Cambodia with our 3 youngest teenagers, leading Asian Outreach, before returning, this time to Christchurch.

I started Home Schooling our children when we lived in PNG and eventually continued for 20 years! Following this I completed a part-time Spiritual Direction course and a Return to Nursing course.

With all our children grown we thought we could relax and maybe have a few overseas trips later in life but God challenged us to be available for short term needs, so we resigned from our jobs. Since 2014 we have spent a from a week to 6 months at a time in PNG doing hospital admin, pastoral care of staff, discipling of Community Health students and teaching grade seven.

Our daughters and one of our twin sons are married and we enjoy our seven grandchildren. It’s been wonderful to have multi-cultural members added to our family and see all of them continue in their own faith walks. Life thus far has been an amazing adventure with many challenges and hard times but has been a privilege to see God working in NZ and overseas, calling us to continue growing and passing on the many blessings we’ve received, as we walk alongside others.

We look forward to continuing this journey with the NZCMS family.

The  Kenya Kiwi Encounter

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The visit by the Kenyan team to our shores in October expressed the spirit of the Maori proverb “With your basket and my basket the people can thrive.” The team of 22 came from Nairobi in response to God’s call to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. The journey began with huge lessons on radical faith; most of the team waited for their visas to be issued on the day they were due to leave. Such stretches of faith would put many on edge but the team believed to the last minute that God would open the door for them to come here to encourage the Church in mission.

Spending time at a Marae in Ruatoria, engaging the homeless in Newtown, Q&A time with youth in Christchurch and sharing about Jesus on Auckland’s Queen St gave the Kenyan team an epic Kiwi mission experience. They also shared their vibrant music and many in the congregations couldn’t resist dancing to the African beat. There were many Gospel opportunities and space to experience the beauty of NZ as well as a fitting Maori farewell.

The team left having learned many lessons, such as the challenge of Biblical illiteracy in Kiwi schools and youth groups, the lack of confidence many have in the Gospel, and the need for more workers especially among youth. If you’d like to explore how your church could develop a partnership with one in another culture, drop me a line.

We’re All Called (Issue 29)

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By Steve Maina (NZCMS National Director) 

I’m often asked to speak about mission. At churches, in small groups, in Bible College classes, that’s the topic they all want me to share about. But the word ‘mission’ carries a bit of baggage with it – we all have an understanding of what it means, and more importantly, of who’s called to be involved. And that’s a major question: is mission for a select few, or is it for you? Is it for us all? The question matters, because it determines whether or not you see yourself as essential to God’s mission in the world.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT ANYWAY?

Mission belongs to and originates from God. The Bible’s grand narrative has mission at the centre: from the start to the finish, Scripture is all about a God on a mission, a God seeking to redeem his whole creation through Christ from sin and evil. “God so loved the world that he sent…” (John 3:16). Mission flows out of God’s very heart.

God is a God of mission, and his Church is supposed to be the same. The Church doesn’t send some people with a special calling in missions; the Church itself is sent. As Emil Brunner said, “The church exists by mission as a fire exists by burning.” The Church is not and cannot be the Church unless it’s orientated around mission. Whether or not someone crosses cultural or geographic boundaries to pursue mission isn’t the issue. Wherever the Church is, it’s in God’s world and is supposed to be all about God’s mission. And here’s an important reminder: if you’re a follower of Jesus, you are the church!

NOT IF BUT WHERE

The question is not if I’m called but where I’m called. It’s time we stopped legitimising some places as ‘mission fields’ and others not. We’re sent to follow Christ as Lord in a broken world and to shine Christ’s light wherever we are.

We need to pause to ask God where our ‘wherever’ is supposed to be. It may mean leaving one’s own location (social, cultural, geographical, intellectual) to enter a new space we’re unfamiliar with. Maybe it’ll be found across an ocean, in a shift within your city or country, or simply by going out of your way to meet people you otherwise wouldn’t. Moving from the known to be with the other is exactly what Christ did. He emptied himself and left behind the glories of heaven to enter the darkness and poverty of our world (Philippians 2:5-8).

Or perhaps you’ve already discovered the ‘wherever’ that God’s called you to. But even there, maybe God’s opening new doors: opportunities with neighbours, workmates, family. Being sent by God isn’t so much about where you go, but the posture of your heart – people who know they’re ‘sent’ have a readiness deep within them for whatever God brings along.

MAKING MISSION THE CENTRE

For a while we’ve wrestled with the question: how can you sum up who NZCMS is and what we’re about? Many people view us as essentially a mission sending agency – an organisation that sends people overseas. That’s a big part of what we do, but the core of who we are is much deeper and bigger. Our purpose is to partner with the Church in order to make mission central for every follower of Jesus.

That’s it: Making Mission the Centre.

But if we’re to help believers discover what God’s mission is all about and how they can make it central to their entire lives, we need a shared understanding of what a missional follower of Jesus looks like. We’ve identified five postures – five lived-out attitudes – shared by people participating in God’s mission. These postures are the same whether you’re serving overseas or engaging here in New Zealand.

And we’ve not taken these out of thin air. These reach back at least as far as a NZCMS bookmark from 2008 that invited people to make four simple commitments: to keep informed, pray regularly, give generously and go willingly. The simplicity of this list was great and made clear that we all have a role to play, though unfortunately it implied that mission is ‘over there’ and not here; mission is for the go-ers meaning the rest of us are more-or-less merely senders. (We, of course, do need to be sending some people as Mission Partners to different parts of the world, which involves supporting, praying and financing their efforts. But all of us have a role to play in mission, not just supporting others in it.) So we’ve made some updates, keeping true to the list but making it clear that mission is for us all.

We’re all called to belong

We’re all called to participate

We’re all called to pray

We’re all called to give

We’re all called to Go

We’ve arranged this Intermission around these five missional postures, exploring what each can look like in hopes that you’ll join us in committing to living these out as best you can. That’s what it means to belong to the CMS family: it’s not about signing a piece of paper or a membership form but sharing this missional DNA.

Join us as we seek to Make Mission the Centre for every follower of Jesus.

 

For discussion

Are you familiar with the earlier four NZCMS commitments? Share what these meant in your journey of faith.

What would it mean for you, your group, your church to ‘Make Mission the Centre’? What challenges or obstacles might get in the way?

Through Their Eyes (Issue 28)

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“Finally got a cuddle with a white baby! #savingnewzealand.” Imagine me writing that in a support letter back to Kenya. Sound offensive? Yet how many short-term teams send home photos of themselves holding dark skinned orphans? It’s so commonplace that ‘instagramming Africa’ is actually a thing. We can be certain about one lasting change for almost every short-term team member: their Facebook profile image!

It’s often said that short-term teams benefit more from their trips than the locals they visit. But what do the locals think about teams visiting from the West?

I’ve hosted many short-term teams back in Kenya and now I send teams from New Zealand. While most of the teams that visited Kenya brought encouragement, I’d like to reflect on things we often don’t talk about. Here’s some don’ts for Encounter Teams written from a host’s perspective.

DON’T MAKE IT ALL ABOUT YOU

Many people have realised that short-term trips don’t always do much for those we visit. So why do we keep doing them? Often it’s for the personal growth of the team. That might sound good until we reword it: we use someone else’s poverty and suffering and shame for our own self-development. Does that sound right to you? Is that the ‘Jesus-way’ of mission? (See Philippians 2:1-11.)

However great the experience may be for us, the primary purpose has to be blessing those we go to. In fact, research suggests the transformation teams experience doesn’t often last very long. Once we’ve shown the photos, what actually changes in our lifestyle? Could making the primary goal a ‘good experience’ for the traveller be a reflection of our self-focused and consumerist culture?

DON’T ‘JUST DO IT’

You may say that you didn’t just go to ‘feel good’; you went to do something practical. One of the teams I hosted insisted they paint some school classrooms. Were they skilled painters? No. Had they ever even painted a room before? Perhaps not. We not only had to re-paint some rooms after they left, but also put our workers out of jobs for two weeks.

When you’re in a country with an unemployment rate of 60%, is it ethical to do what the locals could easily do themselves? It’s not necessarily that they can’t do it, or that they don’t have the money. It may just not be a priority.

Going into another culture, do we stop to ask what local resources already exist? Will our involvement lead to future sustainability and self-reliance? Will it develop creativity, communal concern and responsibility? Is our perception of their needs even correct?

DON’T COME UNPREPARED

Many teams end up doing things they never do back home. Why is it ok to preach while overseas but not in your home country? Or share the Gospel on the streets without any experience back home? Visiting teams need to prepare themselves for effective service, even if it takes a couple of months or even years. This includes learning something of the culture before you arrive.

DON’T IGNORE US

Let’s be honest – Westerners love tasks! (That’s the stereotype anyway.) But completion of tasks can obscure relationship-building. One team was so focused on building a church facility that they virtually refused to interact with locals. In contrast, if a team ends up not doing ‘any work’ because they spent time having lots of cups of tea and talking, that’s okay. That may be what’s needed to open doors for ministry in that culture. If mission is framed as a project that can be accomplished and therefore left behind, what is communicated to the developing community that received workers in a spirit of friendship? How can teams instead prepare to initiate or enhance a long-term partnership?

DON’T DO IT ALONE

If relationships are key, visitors shouldn’t be the only ones singing, preaching, witnessing and serving during the visit. When we hosted teams, we tried arranging home-stays for a couple of days so visitors experienced Kenyan family life. We also ensured there were enough locals on the team to help, not just with translation, but as equal co-participants in ministry. This reminds us that we’re a ‘body of many parts’ that need to work together (1 Corinthians 12:12-26).

DON’T SNUB OUR HOSPITALITY

In many parts of the world, hospitality is such a strong value that hosts often super-extend themselves to make visitors welcome (sometimes even putting themselves into debt). The ‘gifts’ host communities offer need to be valued – including non-material things such as a warm welcome, forgiveness for cultural blunders, their time and energy, protection from thieves, social guidance to negotiate an unfamiliar culture. Local food may not be to your taste but it’s served in a spirit of generosity. Often hosts provide food that‘s rarely eaten, such as chicken or goat, sacrificing part of their livelihood to honour the visitors. How offensive, then, is it for us to spend every meal complaining about what we’ve been served when it’s better than what they typically get to eat themselves?

DON’T DISRUPT OUR CULTURE

I once insisted a team couldn’t take pictures in the slums or take more than five people at a time as it’d generate unnecessary attention. I was ignored. After the visitors returned home, we went back to the slum to do some teaching. The people who’d seen us with the mzungus insisted we give them any money we’d received and pay them for the photos taken. That team had left us with issues we had to sort out for many weeks to build credibility again. Encounter Teams need to humbly accept they don’t always know what’s best, or else they may unintentionally do things in the community that are culturally disorienting and disruptive.

DON’T FIX US!

A team I hosted brought a 40 foot container full of electrical appliances. Washing machines are great … but not in the community I was working. They had no regular running water, power bills were high, the machines’ voltage was 110 instead of 240, and we would have put people who do laundry out of a job. The team planned to ’fix’ our laundry issue but we didn’t need to be fixed. At least not that way. And the icing on the cake: the money used to clear customs could have employed 20 local people for a year!

Developing a passion for sharing, supporting and reaching out to others is important, but it needs to be well informed. Throwing money at a project can actually have negative impacts in the Majority World, often hindering where we’re trying to help. Well intentioned aid can develop a culture of dependency, and a subtle message can be communicated – that communities can’t help themselves and that local ways of doing things are always wrong.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT US

If involvement in an Encounter trip is to be more than a tick on your bucket list then keep in touch with your hosts. The trip is the beginning of a journey, a relationship, an encounter.

Perhaps I’ve raised more questions than answers. I don’t want to discourage Encounter trips or generous giving, but these are questions we need to wrestle with, along with opening our wallets and investing our time.

 

For discussion

Go through and discuss the don’ts that stood out.

Read Philippians 2:1-11. How do these principles apply to your group’s local mission involvement?

 

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.

Job Opportunity: Personnel Director

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Is God calling you to join our team?

Are you passionate about cross cultural ministry? Are you a warm and caring people person? Have you experienced living in another culture? Are you organised yet flexible? Could you manage the adventure of travel within New Zealand and overseas? Do you have the right to live and work in New Zealand? If so, NZCMS needs you!

We are looking for a Personnel Director to join our team. This role is primarily about offering care and support for a number of our many Mission Partners who are scattered across the planet. That includes providing pastoral care, administrative support, risk management and crisis planning support, and cross-cultural advice. The role also involves intentionally seeking and identifying suitable people as Mission Partners, placing them in locations as set out in the NZCMS Strategic Plan, and developing and maintaining effective relationships with them as well as with the Church in New Zealand and our placement partners overseas.

This is a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic individual, or even a couple who could share the varied responsibilities involved in this role.

The New Zealand Church Missionary Society – NZCMS for short – is an evangelical mission community seeking to mobilise the Church of New Zealand for God’s mission. We are primarily linked to the Anglican Church though we also work with other churches with which we share a common vision. Our passion is to see God’s people taking the whole gospel of Jesus to the whole world.

 

A full job description can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

Please email any questions to our National Director Steve Maina. Applications, including a detailed CV with contact details for three referees and covering letter, must be received by 30 October 2016 addressed to National Director, NZCMS: steve@nzcms.org.nz

The next wave from Kenya

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A new day has dawned where missionaries are coming from places such as Africa and Asia. After the successful ‘reverse mission encounter trip’ by various groups of Kenyans in 2014, we are excited that the Kenyans are coming again. The ‘Kenya-Kiwi Mission Project 2016’ is about encouraging and supporting the Kiwi church in mission so that kiwis might hear the Good News proclaimed afresh. We’ve invited 26 talented, Gospel-loving individuals from Nairobi Chapel in Nairobi, Kenya to be involved in evangelistic events organised by churches in Auckland, Ruatoria/Gisborne, Wellington and Christchurch.

We’re delighted by the commitment of the African Church to send a team to us for three weeks in October. The Kenyan team are raising their return airfares to New Zealand (about $3000 per person). NZCMS would like to raise funds to cover other local expenses while they are here, including for their orientation and debrief. It’s good to host well aye?  Can you help?

We need people to partner with us by donating towards this important Gospel cause. Donations can be made online by clicking here. For the reference use: Reverse Mission.

The Multicultural Face of Mission

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How do we reach an increasingly multicultural society with the Gospel?

More than 25% of New Zealander’s were born overseas. Last year 60,000 permanent and long term migrants made NZ their home and this is projected to increase. In God’s great kindness the nations are coming to us – how can we hold out the gospel of life to our increasingly multicultural society?

On Wednesday June 15 at 7pm, our very own Steve Maina will be speaking on this topic at a Multiply gathering. He’ll shave about his experience of seeing the Gospel proclaimed in different cultural contexts all around the world and will be joined by a panel of local church leaders to dig into how their churches are working to engage the nations that have come to our doorstep with the Gospel.

What are the opportunities we have for reaching the nations that have come to NZ? Where are our cultural blind spots that inhibit gospel growth? How can we change anything apart from the gospel to remove and stumbling blocks for people from other cultures?

The event will be held at Lone Star, 364 Riccarton Road in Christchurch. The bar is open for you to grab a drink, and we will kick off with some nibbles. See you there!