Recently, the people of Kaikoura suffered the devastating effects of severe earthquakes. In our December update, we invited you and your church family to consider giving a financial gift (through GC3 Aid) to the people of Kaikoura, a gift that the Kaikoura Gospel Assembly would distribute in the wider community. Information on that giving is currently being collated, and when that task is done, we'll report back to you.
Nerve’s. Excitement. Joy! On Friday 9th of December, Pathways College held it’s annual Graduation Ceremony. What a delight to worship with over 300 people, friends and family, who had come to support and encourage the young graduates. It was a wonderful celebration of the goodness of God and the growth in Christ of the graduates.
For Pathways principal, Craig Barrow, graduation is always a special time. “I'm always humbled to see the incredible spiritual growth of our students. It's a big deal. And I love to see them celebrate all that God has done over their time with us."
At CCCNZ, we want to encourage you with what God is doing amongst our churches and support ministries. One way we can do that is through our Facebook page. To automatically get our CCCNZ story feeds, simply go to our page and LIKE it. Every time we post some news, you’ll receive it in your own Facebook page. CLICK HERE to go to the CCCNZ page.
“Equip to Harvest” Conference, Manurewa Life Church, Jan 13th-16th
When leaders gather from across the Samoan CCCNZ churches in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific, you know you’ll get three things: amazing hospitality, great food, and harmonised bi-lingual singing. Marvelous!
More importantly, there was a clear call to take the gospel to this nation and to the ends of the earth. During the “Equip to Harvest” Conference, practical sessions were held on local church planting and international church planting.
Russell Thorp (Missions director of GC3) attended the conference and had this to say: "It was great to be led through vision, inspirational worship and teaching. And being involved in church planting sessions encouraging mission from everywhere to everywhere, was exciting. Great to meet so many new church planters!"
From 17th-24th of January, young adults from across our churches came together to dig deep into the Bible. Life-change was bound to happen, and it did. This year, dozens enjoyed a curriculum of Old and New Testament overviews, apologetics, and evangelism.
Chris Kellym, the Youth Pastor at Te Awamutu Bible Chapel, was one of the speakers and had this to say “I can think of no better way for young people to gather together and dive deep into the word of God.”
We are delighted to let you know that Nick Goodwin has accepted the role of Regional Enabler for the Waikato. Nick and his family are moving from Wellington to begin a pastoral role at Raleigh Street Christian Centre in February. Waikato: Regional Enabler (Starting 2017)
Nick (& Jo) Goodwin:
p: 027 417 8205
John Barris, an Elder at Tawa, has accepted the role of Wellington Regional Enabler. After some quality time with family in the South Island, John is looking forward to bringing Elders and Pastors together in his region. John (& Christine) Barris:
Tawa Gospel Hall,
p: 027 257 8857
Throughout New Zealand, small numbers of men and women are answering a very specific call of God: to plant new churches, filled with people who were not followers of Christ.
As you can imagine, this kind of work can be extremely demanding. It simply cannot be done without special assistance from God.
So, pray for these servants. Ask that the Spirit of God would work through the Gospel as these church planters love, serve and speak into their communities. Here are some of the people who need your prayer support:
The David Bay* Evangelism Scholarship is a targeted support available to students from CCCNZ churches who choose to make evangelism a significant focus in their Christian studies. Special consideration will be given to supporting evangelists who intend to serve among our denominational network.
All applications for this scholarship will be treated as enquiries and should be sent to Mark Grace, email@example.com. Mark will then forward them on to the Scholarship’s Trustees for consideration.
*David Bay has a long history of serving in the Dairying Industry and wider community. He was a Justice of the Peace, and was twice honored by the Queen.
We hope you enjoyed Rongopai, our new magazine. Mark Hunter is working on the next edition which is on Church Planting. To receive the latest edition of Rongopai, it’s crucial that you subscribe! Go to http://www.cccnz.nz/page/rongopai/
We are also looking for people to distribute Rongopai in each church. It’s an easy but important job: we’ll post magazines to a local distributor who will then place them in their church’s newsletters.
If you are keen to be your church's distributor, contact Sheri on firstname.lastname@example.org
Given the array of conferences available to us, why would we attend the CCCNZ Regional Conference? Because the topic for this year’s conference is fundamental and crucial: How do we place scripture at the centre of our lives? The speaker, Nigel Pollock, is world class and the format will give you and your people plenty of space to reflect, pray and process together.
There are other important upsides
You’ll hear talks that help you place scripture at the center of your life and ministry
You’ll learn how to practically read the Bible with someone younger than yourself
You’ll share meals with those in similar ministries to you
You’ll hear how a range of Support Ministries can serve you and your church
You’ll unpack how the content applies to your local church
You’ll learn what God is doing in your region
We are aiming for a simple but deeply significant time together. We’d love you to join us at the Regional Conferences, so if there’s any way we can help you and your church family join us, let us know.
To register your interest, please contact Teri Lauder at email@example.com
CCCNZ Regional Conferences - 2017
Southland - 26th-27th May @ Lakeland Park
Canterbury - 19th-20th May @ Rutland Street Church
Kapiti Coast - 8th-9th September @ Forest Lakes
Auckland - 15th-16th September @ Willow Park
Auckland Partnership of Assemblies, Saturday 25th February
This is a breakfast for Auckland Elders and Pastors: 25th of February, 7:45am at Eden Community Church. Contact Richard Hemmingsen to register firstname.lastname@example.org
Mini Bible School: Porirua The Anchor Church in Porirua will be running a 3-night Mini Bible School. Greg Burgess will be leading the series and will cover the following topics:
End Times: Tuesday 7th of March
Church History from the Reformation: Wednesday 8th of March
Understanding the Trinity: Thursday 9th of March
TIMES: All three blocks are made of two 45-minute sessions and go from 7.15pm – 9.00pm LOCATION: The Anchor Church, 1 Joseph Banks Drive, Whitby, Porirua REGISTRATION: To Register please contact Darryl Ward on email@example.com or 04 2341390
Wellington Elders and Leaders Prayer Breakfast Saturday March 11 @ 8.45 am at Tawa Gospel Hall, 3 Elena Place, Tawa.
This is an invite for elders and leaders of the various assemblies/community churches in the Wellington
area to get together for breakfast: to fellowship, pray, network and seek God’s guidance.
Please let John know if you plan to come to help him gauge numbers. Email John Barris at firstname.lastname@example.org
Northland Open Brethren Churches invited to Good Friday Marsden Cross gathering: Good Friday 14th of April
This event is being hosted by Clark Rd Chapel. This is a special opportunity to gather together
to reflect on the death and ressurection of Jesus and it’s impact on New Zealand. Meet at the
Marsden Cross Car Park ( on the edge of the Rangihou Heritage Park) at 10:00am April 14th.
Regional Enabler Gatherings
Regional Enablers from around New Zealand will meet in Wellington twice this year to pray together and to explore ways of serving you in taking the gospel to New Zealand.
April 7th and 8th @ Silverstream and October 13th and 14th @ Silverstream.
Staff Day for Support Ministries, Monday, 10th July, 9am-5pm @ Raleigh Street Christian Centre
This is an afternoon where leaders from support ministries can come together to network and explore how we can work together to support our churches.To register your interest, please contact Teri Lauder at email@example.com
National Boards Retreat (Speaker Malcolm Gill)
The Boards of Hillview, Longview, Litchfield Lands, the APA, PastorLink, CCCNZ, Pathways and GC3 are meeting together at Willow Park, Auckland.
STARTS: Friday 11th of August, 7.00pm
FINISHES: Sunday 13th of August, 3.00pm
CCCNZ Board Meetings
Wednesday 22nd March, 10-5pm, @ Eden Community Church, Auckland
Friday 19th May, 11-4pm @ Rutland Street Church, Christchurch
Friday 11th August, 10-5pm @ Willow Park, Auckland
Friday 6th October, 1-5pm, Digital Meeting
Friday 24th November, 1-5pm, Digital Meeting
If you’d like to chat with the Co-Board Chairs, don’t hesitate to touch base with Gordon Fountain (GordonF@butland.co.nz) or Stuart Bay (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CCCAUS AUSTRALIAN National Conference, 2-4th March 2018
Join with Australian church leaders from across CCCAUS churches at the beautiful Phillip Island Adventure Resort. In 2016, a team from CCCNZ attended the conference and the organisers were immensely encouraged to have us. In 2018 we are keen to take a larger Kiwi delegation. Let Teri know if you are interested in joining us: email@example.com
CCCNZ Regional Conferences - 2018
Southland 11th-12th May @ Lakeland Park
Canterbury 18th-19th May @ Rutland Street Church
Kapiti Coast 7th-8th September @ Forest Lakes
Auckland 14th-15th September @ Willow Park
International Brethren Conference on Missions
The 7th International Brethren Conference on Mission (IBCM) is to take place at the Hotel Selene, Pomezia, Rome, Italy from Monday 24 - Friday 28 June 2019.
Russell Thorpe from GC3 will be leading a Kiwi delegation.
Contact Russell for more details: Russell Thorpe firstname.lastname@example.org