​For more than a century God has used independent Open Brethren heritage churches to grow his Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Men, women and children have faithfully proclaimed and lived out faith in Jesus Christ, through the gospel, from the Scriptures.​

This is the rich heritage of more than 160 churches, and the regional campsites and ministries that support them. We’re thankful for a rich heritage of believers who were committed to the Scriptures and led by the Holy Spirit.

Today, Christian Community Churches of New Zealand is a movement that reflects this heritage and seeks to encourage local churches, campsites and ministries to work together to reach New Zealand for Jesus Christ.

We are a movement of independent local churches, each with God-given leadership, and yet we are united by the good news of Jesus—his death and resurrection.

We are not a denominational structure exercising authority over churches. Our staff team works amongst the churches in our movement. Our desire is to invite each church into interdependent relationships with each other with the aim of seeing people reached for Christ.

We call this process linking in.

Our hope is that you’ll see the ways your church can be further supported and strengthened by linking in with like-minded churches, campsites and ministries. This could include ministry support, fellowship, shared resources, funding… and much more! 

WHO IS CCCNZ?

Christian Community Churches of New Zealand is a movement of independent local churches, and the regional camps and national ministries that support them, working together to reach New Zealand for Jesus Christ.

OUR VISION

To reach New Zealand for Jesus Christ

OUR MISSION

To see churches working together to plant new churches, to see existing churches flourish, and to develop new leaders. 

HOW WE WORK TOGETHER

TOGETHER WORKS BETTER

Our desire is to see independent churches supporting and encouraging each other, in order to be better equipped for gospel growth and ministry. Our desire is to see each church supported to go and make disciples of Jesus Christ in their suburb, town, marae or city. Linking in to CCCNZ connects you to a growing number of independent churches, and the regional campsites and national ministries that support them. CCCNZ is made up of ordinary women and men from all around Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

GOVERNANCE AND STRUCTURE

We’re passionate about serving local churches!

The CCCNZ movement is served by the CCCNZ Service Trust. The CCCNZ Trust Board was established in 2016 and is made up of six elected members and six appointed members from among our churches. Linked in churches vote on governance of the trust at the Annual General Meeting.

The Trust Board governs the direction of the CCCNZ Staff Team, a team of people led by the Ambassador, who is accountable to the Trust Board.

The CCCNZ Staff Team seeks to support and develop local, regional, and national networks of elders, pastors, administrators, youth workers, young adults, children and family ministry workers. Our heart is that these leaders would connect with each other—the wealth of amazing people from around the movement serving in similar roles.

Our desire is to see resources developed and shared, prayer offered, and relationships nurtured with the shared vision of reaching New Zealand for Christ. 

The CCCNZ Staff Team and Trust Board are not a hierarchical authority enforcing compliance to a set of organisational obligations. The Staff Team and Trust Board exist to serve and support, and simply work amongst the churches.

Each church, campsite and national ministry has freedom and autonomy to choose what to take from CCCNZ, how to participate, and what to offer to other churches.

“The unifying factor of linking in is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s focusing on God and his mission and what he’s doing. The mission of CCCNZ is biblically grounded and missionally-focused. It doesn’t matter what we’re connecting over (Admin, Youth, Prayer...) we’re heading in the same direction.” — Peter Somervell Elder and Pastor, Grace Church, Richmond

AS A MOVEMENT WE VALUE

THE GOSPEL
We value the message of Christ crucified. At the heart of the gospel is the message of what God has done in Jesus through his death and resurrection. The proclamation of this message from Scripture is the means by which the Spirit works in the world. 

THE BIBLE
We value the Bible. We encounter the living Lord Jesus
through the gospel, by the Spirit, from the Scriptures.
We are taught by the Scriptures and led by the Spirit.
We disciple and evangelise with and through the Bible,
in the power of the Spirit. The Bible is at the heart of
our mission and our ministries. 

TEAM LEADERSHIP
We value team leadership. Team leadership recognises a variety of roles and gifts: discipling, shepherding, teaching etc. Team leadership is actively involved in reaching, growing and sending younger leaders. 

TEAM MINISTRY
We value seeing every member of every church being
reached, grown, sent out together, trained, equipped,
motivated and empowered for vital involvement in
real ministry, in the church, marketplace, and wider
society. 

TEAM MISSION
We send people together into mission locally and
globally. We participate in the mission of God together
with simplicity, flexibility, and freedom. 

WHAT WE DO

In working to serve and support our movement we are active in Church Planting, Prayer, Youth, Children and Family Ministries, Training and Scholarships, Practical Resources, and CCCNZ PastorLINK. 

WHY WOULD AN INDEPENDENT CHURCH LINK IN TO A MOVEMENT?

MINISTRY NETWORKS
We offer local, regional, and national networks that
offer care, support and practical resources for elders,
pastors, administrators, prayer teams, youth pastors/
leaders, children and families ministries, and young
adult leaders. 

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
CCCNZ offers resources and support with health and safety, employment, financial planning, compliance, licensing and cost saving. The online CCCNZ Administration Resource Library is full of up to date and useful templates and tools. We recognise that faithful governance and administration is a ministry of care which releases others. We offer training and practical support for churches looking to grow in this. 

DEVELOPING LEADERS
We assist local churches in their vital task of training up gospel-shaped leaders. We facilitate events, coaching and training that serves to support local leaders as they disciple emerging leaders throughout the year. We make available funding grants for informal training to upskill younger leaders and existing leaders.

Through the JH Baldwin scholarships offered by our partners Lichfield Lands and Hillview Trust we seek to see the next generation of leaders being developed.

CHURCH PLANTING AND REVITALISATION
Practical support is available to churches considering planting, including consultation about models and approach. We offer support and training to planters through networking and forums.

Our partner Lichfield Lands has seed funding available for church planting. To be eligible for this funding, a church plant must be formally linked in to CCCNZ. Recognition gives a plant some of the support and benefits of affiliation without them needing to have a formal constitution.

MUTUAL RESOURCING
Within the movement’s churches, campsites and support ministries there are practical, pastoral and financial resources constantly being shared. We aim to strengthen the connection between local churches, regional campsites, and national ministries—for the benefit of ministry, leadership training and building up the Church.

Some examples of how this might work practically:

  • Particular campsites offering churches their sites for a koha (gift)
  • Funders that are keen to invest into local church training and evangelistic initiatives
  • National ministries keen to invest into your local church
  • Stewards Property Trust is keen to partner with churches considering church planting
  • Various campsites are keen to bless pastoral couples seeking respite or refreshment
  • Funding trusts that are keen to support evangelistic efforts that involve both churches and campsites
  • Churches with experience and resources for reaching specific ethnic groups are keen to support and share with other churches seeking to do the same 

“Belonging to CCCNZ has given us a tangible sense of what it means to be accountable to each other: to pray together for God’s work in our region” — Phil Sproul, Elder and Lead Pastor, Howick Community Church, Auckland

RESPONSIBILITIES OF LINKING IN

Linking in is open to all Open Brethren heritage Churches, regional campsites and ministries, as well as other independent churches and campsites who are approved by the board and who agree to our movement’s vision, mission, statement of faith and values.

We passionately support and affirm the independence of local churches, regional camps and ministries. At the same time, we are an inter-dependent movement. In the healthiest way possible we need each other if we are to reach our region for Christ. Therefore, every church that links in has commitments to the wider movement locally, regionally and nationally.

A COMMITMENT TO PRAY:
CCCNZ churches pray together for each other. 

A COMMITMENT TO GROW LEADERS:
CCCNZ church leaders participate together in local, regional, and national gatherings.

CCCNZ churches invite younger leaders to CCCNZ events, initiatives, and forums.

A COMMITMENT TO COME TOGETHER:
CCCNZ churches work together to reach their region
for Christ.

CCCNZ churches come together in local, regional,
and national gatherings.

CCCNZ churches help get the word out about CCCNZ
local, regional, and national gatherings.

A COMMITMENT TO SHARE:
CCCNZ churches take a gospel-shaped approach to sharing their resources with one another.

CCCNZ church leaders participate in CCCNZ retreats, forums, and initiatives through mutual giving and receiving.

OUR SHARED DNA

CCCNZ is not a denomination. We have no central control over churches, national ministries and regional campsites. We affirm the role of God-appointed leaders of churches, camps and ministries to make decisions about ministry and mission in their context. 

Our heart is that churches that link in to CCCNZ would share our convictions and vision to reach New Zealand for Jesus Christ. This includes agreeing to our Statement of Faith. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Still not sure? Take a look through these frequently asked questions or get in touch with us to work through the details of what it means to be linked in to CCCNZ.

WE’RE A CHURCH WITH AN OPEN BRETHREN HERITAGE. DO WE STILL NEED TO LINK IN TO CCCNZ?

Does having an Open Brethren heritage mean a church is automatically linked in? No.

We support and affirm each church’s independent structure and leadership, which is why linking in is an opt-in decision, not a forced or automatic one. We recommend a church and its leadership team take time to get to know CCCNZ. Read the website, understand our doctrinal statement, vision, and values.

Download the Trust Deed and subscribe to newsletters. Chat with churches that have already linked in. Don’t hesitate to talk with the CCCNZ Staff Team or Trust Board members.

Once your leadership team is ready, one of the CCCNZ Board or Staff will make a time to visit your leadership team and talk through the opportunities and responsibilities of linking in. Once you are ready to link in we invite your eldership team to sign the document and return it to us.

WE’RE AN INDEPENDENT CHURCH WITHOUT AN OPEN BRETHREN HERITAGE. CAN WE LINK IN?

We’d like to invite your elders to write a signed letter to CCCNZ with your request to link in with the CCCNZ Trust. We’d ask that your statement of faith, documentation of vision and mission, and a brief history of your church accompanies this signed letter. 

Linking in with CCCNZ affirms that you are not primarily affiliated to another movement or organisation, and that the CCCNZ movement will be your primary affiliation. We will send you a copy of our Trust Deed and Statement of Faith. Our Ambassador and a board member will visit your eldership and church. If you are not well-known to us, we’ll ask about your doctrine, vision and values, and for external referees etc. We’d love to chat about what your church can bring to the

CCCNZ family. This will not be a one-way process! We’d love your leaders to have questions for us.
Based on your application, and time spent together, the Ambassador and board member will make a recommendation for the CCCNZ Board to consider. The Ambassador and the team will notify you of their decision in writing.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO LINK IN TO CCCNZ? 

CCCNZ charges NO membership fee or ongoing financial commitment for linking in. How do you continue to offer support? To be able to continue serving and supporting churches, CCCNZ does need an income. CCCNZ is generously supported through a number of trusts, individuals, churches and families. We are so grateful to God for his provision to us through the faithful support of his

people.

If you, or your church, are able to give financially to supporting the movement we welcome this
contribution. However, we recognise that not every church, campsite or national ministry is in this position. 

Our perspective is that when a church, campsite or national ministry links in with CCCNZ it brings more than money. It brings experiences, it brings prayers, and it brings resources of people and ministries. Linking in is a commitment to joining the wider movement in the mission to reach New Zealand for Jesus Christ.

WILL CCCNZ REMOVE OUR ABILITY TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT OUR CHURCH? 

No. CCCNZ is not a hierarchal authority structure or denomination. CCCNZ affirms and supports the God-given leadership appointed in each independent local church. This means your leadership or eldership team are the ones making the decisions. 

We offer a range of benefits, support and fellowship for you to link into. This includes everything from administrative support and resourcing; coaching for leaders; training for young people; support and connection for pastoral staff… What you choose to take is up to you. One church describes this as a Pick ‘n’ Mix, where leaders can choose what they need. 

Our heart is that churches sharing our vision and mission, and a similar heritage, would choose to link in with others for the sake of seeing people in New Zealand come to know Jesus, through the gospel, from the Scriptures. 

“We love being part of a movement that prays and longs for our great nation to be reached for the gospel.” — Daryl Bay, Elder and Lead Pastor, Hope Community Church, Nelson

CCCNZ IS ONLY FOR SMALL CHURCHES, RIGHT? 

Maybe you’re a larger church that is well-resourced and equipped: What’s the point in linking in with
CCCNZ? 

There is a great diversity in the churches linked in to CCCNZ. From large city churches with many congregations, to smaller churches in regional towns. There are churches where services are held in languages other than English, churches where there are mostly older people, churches where there is a mix of ages, churches with community outreaches… 

For some larger churches, an important part of being linked in is about sharing in God’s work on a regional and national level. Some larger churches are interested in church planting and want to connect with others on a similar journey for support and encouragement. 

A key benefit of linking in is the mutual sharing and encouragement churches receive from connection with each other.  

There is also access to support when facing some of the logistical issues that come with a growing church family, such as navigating legal issues, pay scale advice, or health and safety requirements. 

All these things—and more—are available when you link in to CCCNZ. 

CCCNZ IS ONLY FOR LARGE CHURCHES, RIGHT?

Maybe you’re a smaller church and wondering what place you could have within the CCCNZ movement? 

There is a great diversity in the churches linked in to CCCNZ. From large city churches with many congregations, to smaller churches in regional towns. There are churches where services are held in languages other than English, churches where there are mostly older people, churches where there is a mix of ages, churches with community outreaches…

We believe there is great value in working together, and that each church—no matter size—is able to contribute something significant for the benefit of seeing New Zealand reached with the good news about Jesus. CCCNZ is not about taking individual churches and forcing them to look like each other. We believe healthy and flourishing churches exist at every size and in every context.

As a smaller church you may be looking for administrative support, or like-minded speakers, others from your region to pray with, or similar churches to mutually encourage. All these things—and more—are available when you link in to CCCNZ. 

“Linking in has meant we can engage locally to get the help we’re looking for. We’ve linked with other local churches to support different ministries. We’ve done pulpit swaps, a combined eldership retreat, and regional training.” — Lieuwe Doubleday Elder, Rowley Bible Church, Christchurch

WHAT IF WE CHOOSE NOT TO LINK IN TO CCCNZ?

For various reasons, your church may not be ready to link in to CCCNZ. That’s totally understandable. We respect and honour that decision. CCCNZ exists to serve all New Zealand churches that have an Open Brethren Heritage. If you choose not to link in for now, we invite you to make the most of the support we offer in the way that is most helpful to you; please sign up for our communications, use the resources, and take whatever will bless what God is doing in and through your church. 

If there are ways we can serve you, let us know. We’d love to help.

WHAT NEXT?

Linking in to the CCCNZ movement isn’t just about what you can get from us— it’s also about your church, campsite or ministry adding its experience, prayers and gospel partnership to our national vision to reach New Zealand for Jesus Christ.

If you've gone through the process above with your elders and leadership team, download the LINK IN booklet and fill in and sign the form.  

JOIN US!

LINKED IN CHURCHES (AS OF OCTOBER 2020)

NORTHLAND
Clark Road Chapel
Raumati Crescent Chapel

BAY OF PLENTY
Fenton Park Bible Church
Lifezone Church
Lakes Church Rotorua
Paengaroa Bible Chapel
Redeemer Church
Roosevelt Road Chapel
The Orchard Church

TARANAKI
New Plymouth Community Church

HAWKE’S BAY
Heretaunga Community Church
Onekawa Bible Church
Riverbend Bible Church

NELSON-TASMAN
Grace Church, Richmond
Hope Community Church
Tasman Bible Church

OTAGO
Caversham Community Church
Cornerstone International Bible Church
Orwell Street Church
Riverside Chapel

AUCKLAND
Auckland Bible Church
Birkenhead Community Church
Eden Community Church
Howick Community Church
Kelston Community Church
Lifechurch Manurewa
Lincoln Road Bible Chapel
Manurewa Bible Church
Massey Community Church
Mt Wellington Community Church
New Lynn Bible Chapel
Ngaire Avenue Bible Church
Northcross Community Church
Orewa Community Church
Papatoetoe Bible Chapel
Samoan Open Brethren, Ranui
Summit Church
Tāmaki Community Church
Wiremu Street Bible Chapel

WELLINGTON
Onslow Community Church
Porirua Gospel Chapel
The Anchor Church
Titahi Bay Community Church

HOROWHENUA
Queen Street Chapel
York Street Chapel

WAIKATO
Chapel Hill Community Church
Hillcrest Chapel
Hukanui Bible Church
Manawarū Bible Chapel
Matamata Bible Church
Northgate Community Church
Paeroa Bible Chapel
Putaruru Gospel Chapel
Raleigh Street Christian Centre
Te Awamutu Bible Chapel
Whitiora Bible Church

MANAWATŪ-WHANGANUI
Crossroads Church
Feilding Bible Chapel
Kingston Community Church
Ingestre Street Bible Church

SOUTHLAND
Rosedale Bible Chapel

CANTERBURY
Bryndwr Chapel
Church Street Bible Chapel
EAUKS (Ekalesia Au Uso Kerisiano Samoa)
Redemption Church Christchurch
Rowley Avenue Bible Chapel
Rutland Street Church
Wairakei Road Bible Church

 

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