Seeing what God is DO-ing

Seeing what God is DO-ing
Seven teams of Baptist young people and leaders went on a DO Team mission to Fiji in 2017. This year another six teams are planned. Baptist Youth Ministries National Project Manager Heather Ameye Bevers explains what happens on a DO Team and how it impacts those who participate.

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Baptist distinctives

Baptist distinctives
What makes Baptists Baptist? John Tucker traces the Baptist vision of church and its value for ministry and mission today.

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Confessions of a Pastor

Confessions of a Pastor
Grant Harris reflects on "the funny old life" of being a pastor in his context.

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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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The lessons never stop

The lessons never stop
Ever noticed the divide between what you think and what you feel? Ethan Miller believes when we understand the reason why we feel, think and do certain things, we can then start working on what it is that we would like to change.

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Parihaka reflections

Parihaka reflections
As part of Hui 2017, delegates watched the documentary film Tatarakihi—Children of Parihaka and were then invited to Parihaka by Te Ātiawa iwi. Here are personal reflections of the experience from three members of our Baptist family.

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Banzaid—New Zealand Baptists Transforming the World

Banzaid—New Zealand Baptists Transforming the World
Banzaid is the aid and development department of NZBMS. It was established to bring specialist knowledge of development issues into NZBMS’s programmes, and to access funding sources that support specific development activity. Our projects aim to partner and work alongside other NZBMS and Baptist work in each instance. So, what are we doing?

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Community

Community
The group we have been discipling is now reaching out into neighbouring communities—that’s exciting! Each member is sharing the good news, caring for the sick, as well as helping with literacy work... and they are so excited to see how the Father is using them.

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Journeys

Journeys
Recently I had the opportunity to travel to my local friend’s remote hometown village where I became the first foreigner ever to visit. The people there gave me a warm reception, treating me to the local wheat, garlic, and wildlife—the latter being large, juicy bugs (which were also quite chewy).

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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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'New' leaders in the New Zealand Baptist movement

'New' leaders in the New Zealand Baptist movement
Among the New Zealand Baptist movement’s new leaders with national roles are Josie Te Kahu (President), John Tucker (Principal, Carey Baptist College) and Brian Krum (National Team Leader, Baptist Youth Ministries). You may know them already because they are already experienced Baptist leaders. But if you have not met them before, let us introduce them.

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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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