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Who's NOT in your church?

"As we looked around our churches, my friend Victor and I asked ourselves some simple questions: Who’s NOT here? Why are they not here? What can we do about it? "We realised that the gospel never changes, the good news of Jesus is the same today as it has always been. But how we present the gospel, how we package it – that has to change.  "I realised that not everybody walks into church and feels comfortable. What we wear, what we say, the “Christian” words we use can leave people f...

August 16, 2019

Meet Julie: new CCCNZ Children and Family Ministries Enabler

We're excited to introduce our new National Children and Families Ministry Enabler Julie McKinnon. Julie has been involved in children and families ministry for over a decade, employed at Hillcrest Chapel in Waikato as Children's Ministries Coordinator for the past eight years. She is married to Jason and they have four daughters. We had a chat with her about what she's looking forward to in her new role:    "I didn't grow up in a Christian family, and my desire to give famil...

August 8, 2019

Helping young leaders realise their God-given gifts

We've had a great time hosting young people and their leaders from around the country at our FIRST Training events.  FIRST Training is a leadership event for 16-18 year olds and their youth leaders.  One of the best parts about FIRST Training has been seeing the delight in youth and leaders as young people discover the unique ways God has gifted them and how he might calling them to use these gifts to lead others in the church.  Hear from Tāmaki Community Church Youth L...

July 25, 2019

2020 Applications are now open for Eden Christian Hostel

It’s dinner time at Eden Christian Hostel and sitting around tables are dozens of university students, devouring plates of freshly-made lasagna. Chatting amongst them are hostel managers Stuart and Dianne Turner, who put together the meal. But it’s not only the student’s bellies they are looking after - the couple are helping ease the transition from home life to university living. For the past 55 years, Eden Christian Hostel, in Auckland, has been the home to the first year of university....

July 12, 2019

CCCNZ at the International Brethren Mission Conference

From CCCNZ Ambassador, Mark Grace...

June 29, 2019

75 years of fun, discipleship and development

Congratulations to NZ Rally on 75 years of Rally in New Zealand!   We caught up with Denis and Joy Wallace, event organisers: “God has blessed NZ Rally so much and it was a delight and an encouragement to see so many attend the celebration of this milestone, especially those who have faithfully served the Lord over many years.”  80 people attended the jubilee dinner at Willow Park Camp in Auckland last weekend and had a wonderful time reminiscing, sharing the highs and lo...

June 28, 2019

REGOS CLOSING SOON: book in now for FIRST Training

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June 20, 2019

How a youth group photo challenge became an opportunity for growth

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June 20, 2019

Rest. Connect. Be Refreshed: CCCNZ PastorLink Retreat

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June 13, 2019

1000 God Stories in 2019

Chapel Hill Community Church in Waikato is collecting 1000 God Stories in 2019. What’s a God Story? Those moments where we notice God at work in our lives, in big ways and small ways.  The Chapel Hill community has committed to simply asking together: ‘What is God doing in our lives?’ and being prayerfully expectant to see the ways he is active. "It’s about seeing God’s fingerprints in every area of life," says pastor Philip Renner. The church has set up a special email ...

May 31, 2019

Person first, pastor second

“I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:11-12 There is a shared desire among many pastors—to be loved as a member of the church family first and as a pastor second. To be loved and cared for as an individual or couple in the first instance rather than having every relationship being under the label, title, and role of pastor. Pastors and pastor...

May 23, 2019

Developing leaders and planning for succession

By Jeremy Suisted Over the past six months, I’ve noticed that almost all of the churches across our movement—big and small, urban and rural—are struggling with the same issue. Leadership development and succession planning.  We can tend to focus on developing our own leadership skills and capabilities, and yet neglect focusing on transitioning our leadership.  This is a gap in many of our leadership teams—and one that takes dedicated time and energy to overcome. The...

May 23, 2019

After the Nelson fire

Hope Community Church (HCC) Lead Pastor Daryl Bay reflects on the way God has been at work in their church and in their community over the past two months—since a major bushfire in the Nelson-Tasman region swept over 2343 hectares to become one of the country's biggest blazes.  “After the Nelson fire, the firefighters were concerned about ‘hotspots’—unseen embers buried deep in the ground which were at risk of being fanned into flames and then a blaze. When you think ...

April 23, 2019

This year's YOUTH SUMMIT: Longevity

If you’ve ever been through the process of replacing a staff member who has resigned, you’ll know it can be a difficult and costly process. Not only are you faced with having to rework a job description, advertise for applicants, interview them and then make a decision, but you’re then having to prop up a ministry and then help a new person transition into a role without the ministry suffering.  If you’re employing a youth pastor or if you have a valued key leader who is doing an ef...

April 11, 2019

FIRST Training

One of the most satisfying experiences for any elder or pastor is to watch a young person in their church come to faith, begin a journey towards leadership, and then to go on to begin making a real impact for the Kingdom. As leaders, we have a responsibility to not only hope and pray it happens – we need to be willing to be proactive and do all we can to make it happen.   Every church needs to be looking at ways to help young people discover the exciting truth that God wants to ...

March 30, 2019

PRAY FOR CHRISTCHURCH

Please be praying for the people and families affected by the tragic events unfolding in Christchurch this afternoon, Friday 15 March. Please pray for the medical staff at the hospital as they care for the wounded, and for the police as they protect the public and seek the perpetrators. We are horrified by the violence and hatred of this event, and utterly condemn the evil motivating it. We stand in grief with our Muslim neighbours at this time.   ...

March 15, 2019

Leadership Links

Leadership is a journey, and one in which we want to continue growing our skills in. When a leader’s growth plateaus - or worse, stagnates - the people they are leading are the ones who suffer. Paul urged the church at Colosse to work with all their hearts at whatever was in front of them. If you’re a leader - that includes your leadership. There’s no shortage of fantastic books and online resources to help up-skill your leadership, but we wanted to share a few that we’ve found helpful i...

March 14, 2019

Manawatū District Rally Camp 2019

It’s Sunday morning at 9 am. 130 Rally children and 40 leaders are at Forest Lakes on the Kāpiti Coast. The children and leaders are from rallies in Levin, Feilding, Marton, Crossroads (Palmerston North), Kingston Street (Palmerston North) and Church on Vogel (Palmerston North). The kids are laughing, singing, and competing with each other. There’s a fantastic vibe in the room. Amazing puppets, fantastic multi-media, and fun games set the scene as children’s evangelist Ray Cooper&nbs...

March 13, 2019

Three things to help engage young adults

By Coaching Coordinator Jeremy Suisted In 1964, Bob Dylan crooned that “the times they are a-changing.” In a world of nuclear missiles, television, jet-travel and a growing consumer market, Dylan recognised that the world he was part of was wildly different to the environment his grandparents were accustomed to. 45 years later and we would think that Dylan’s sentiment was a little too conservative. The times don’t seem to just be changing—they seem to be constantly in flux, with ne...

March 8, 2019

PREPARE

Here'a downloadable resource available to email or print for a young person you know who might be preparing to leave home for uni or training in the near future. ...

March 7, 2019

CHANGE THE UNIVERSITY, CHANGE THE WORLD

Dunedin is one of New Zealand’s most ‘infamous’ student cities… burning couches, wild parties, creative thinkers, and people studying medicine… So, what does day-to-day life look like for those serving in Christian ministry to students at Otago? Rongopai Editor Sophia Sinclair caught up with Jandre Niehaus, who—along with wife Micaela—is a Team Leader for Student Life; and with Simon and Rosie Sim, who work with Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (TSCF). Both ...

February 26, 2019

Waitangi Day Reflections 2019

As part of their CCCNZ commitments PastorLink Enabler Kerry Rickard and Ambassador Mark Grace had the privilege of attending Waitangi Day 2019. "What a joy! The green shoots of new growth and new life in the treaty relationship evident 5 years ago at Waitangi are budding across Waitangi Day 2019 in so many ways.  At the heart of that is the work of the Spirit of God working through the gospel and the people of God.  Some of the buds include: 140 Christians from a group who have volunte...

February 7, 2019

Youth leadership Development Day: Canterbury

A big thank you to Rutland Street Church for hosting a combined CCCNZ churches Youth Leadership Development Day. Youth Leaders and Children's Leaders from four churches across Canterbury came together for a day of training and teaching. Interested in hosting something similar in your region? We'd love to chat! Give Youth Enabler Murray Brown a call: 027 841 5321...

January 30, 2019

Youth Leaders: How ready are you?

Check out CCCNZ Youth Enabler Murray Brown's helpful checklist for Youth Leaders/Pastors to prepare for the year ahead... are you ready for 2019? Download the printable PDF here....

January 21, 2019

An Unexpected Opportunity

In July 2017 Reuben and Evelyn Smith began to pray and seek the Lord’s guidance over a two-year plan for their family’s future. Motivated by their love for the gospel and spurred on by a heart for Paraguay (where Evelyn was born and grew up) they committed to regularly praying and connecting with local leaders there, with the plan for Reuben (who works as a high school teacher) to make several trips over to bless and encourage the church. During this time God worked unexpectedly to bring Sou...

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