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To some of us, it seems summer has only just started; to others, calmer weather can't come soon enough; to most of us... it's business as usual. Welcome to 2017! A year of challenges, change, and countless possibilities. 

It's all hands on deck at NZ Christian Network as we build towards the 8th Christian Leaders Congress - (hard to believe they started in 1993!). This one will be particularly significant because we have Dr Rosalee Velloso-Ewell as our keynote speaker. Rosalee is Executive Director of the Theology Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, and she will be sharing both theology and some very practical applications. (See the newspaper article below for more details).

We are very excited about some strategic connections developing with Christian Savings (see note below) and Laidlaw College (we are looking forward to the new principal Dr Roshan Allpress speaking at Congress).

NZ Christian Network regularly posts news items and current events that affect the Christian faith, in New Zealand and around the world, on our Facebook page? We even post events we run, so you can express your interest, share it with your contacts and see who else is attending or interested in the event. 

Congress 2017 Facebook Event
We know that not everybody uses Facebook and appreciate that some people are wary off being drawn into social media. So, to make all our posts accessible, we have a Facebook feed live on our site, so you can keep up to date without having to log into Facebook! Just follow the link below or click "Facebook" on the main menu of our website.
View NZ Christian Network Facebook page on our website

 Examples of recent posts made on Facebook 

Congress 2017 Event
Jeff Fountain's "Weekly Word - Hoping in God"
Marriage Week
Helpful resources as we approach Waitangi Day
Stanley Hauerwas Opinion | Christians, don't be fooled...
Quote by Ravi Zacharias
Sharing false information... hurts our witness
6 Disruptive Church Trends That Will Rule 2017

Blessings from,

Glyn Carpenter and the NZCN team

Christian leaders are gathering at the end of March for the 8th Christian Leaders Congress

Congress is a unique 3-yearly event for Christian leaders of all denominations, ministries, ages, and ethnicities, to come together, witness our unity in Christ, and be encouraged and equipped.
This Congress, the keynote speaker is Dr Rosalee Velloso-Ewell, Executive Director of the World Evangelical Alliance Theology Commission. Rosalee works with evangelical leaders from 130 national and regional alliances, and has a wealth of experience to share with delegates.
The Congress theme is “Difficult Conversations | How do we maintain unity”. In the face of so many issues that polarise the Church, common responses often include conflict leading to divisions, or trying to avoid issues altogether. Even local churches can struggle in this area. But is this what Scripture teaches?
Dr Velloso-Ewell will share from scripture and experience a rationale and approach to handling difficult conversations. Other speakers will speak directly to a range of important topical issues including sexuality and sexual morality, Treaty and bicultural issues, women in leadership, youth and a vision for the future, and evangelism and discipleship.
“Even though Congress programmes are always full of useful and important content” says NZ Christian Director and Congress organiser, Glyn Carpenter, “quite often what people value is simply the time to be with each other. Building relationships with other leaders is important, but that takes time.
“We hope that this time, people will also leave with tools that will help Christians move closer to the complete unity that Jesus prayed for”.
Congress runs 21-23 March at the Hope Centre, Lower Hutt.
Full conference details:
Early-bird registrations close 28th February!

$260/person  |  $490/married couple
(after 28 Feb $295 and $560)
Includes Tuesday Banquet, Wed and Thurs

$115 single day passes available for Wednesday and Thursday
Register now

Financial Workshop

Friday, 24 Feb 

Free Workshop aimed at providing resources and information to church administrators, treasurers, finance committee members and ministers

  • James Palmer, Chief Executive Christian Savings
  • Colin Austin, Authorised Financial Advisor, Decision Makers
This workshop is on the following important issues:
  1. Practical examples of churches integrating ministry and investment. This will explore churches that have successfully boosted outreach and cash flow by operating day-care centres, affordable housing and/or op shops.
  2. Strategic planning, long term maintenance plans 101. Learn the best way to plan and budget for maintenance.
  3. Christian Savings: options available for churches and Christian ministry for loans and deposits.
  4. Legacies and surplus: having an investment plan and exploring investment options with an ethical Kingdom focus to money.
Manukau City Baptist Church
9 Lambie Drive,
Papatoetoe, Manukau
To register for this event, please confirm your name and the location you are attending to one of the following contacts:

WEA and Lausanne work closely in a number of areas

One of these is in the area of Creation Care. NZ Christian Network is closely involved in this area as the local member of the WEA.

Plans are underway for a conference in March or April 2018 about Creation Care in the South Pacific region: So watch the website for details.

The conference will be held at Tahlee conference center (north of Sydney).
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