The Baptist magazine website provides news, information and stories relevant to Baptists’ ministry and mission at home in Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad. Our aim is to create a sense of connection across our collective of faith communities and to encourage and inspire our readers to step out in faith in their own context.
The magazine began as a print publication in August 1876, called the Canterbury Evangelist. Initially it was intended as a regional publication, published by the Canterbury Baptist Association. Several name changes followed and in 1883, as The New Zealand Baptist, the magazine came under the control of the Baptist Union of New Zealand.
Many changes in format and distribution ensued over the following years. In 2015 a website was introduced, to complement the print magazine. In late 2020, the Baptist National Centre advised subscribers that the print publication would be ceased after February 2021 while a new communications strategy was decided upon. The intention is to move more towards web-based and other digital communications.
It is fascinating to reflect on the years of heritage found in the archives of the magazine and the changes that have occurred over time. What will not change in the future is our commitment to information that matters, especially the stories of people and faith communities who are bringing gospel renewal to their local neighbourhoods.