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An IMPORTANT UPDATE: A New National Service Trust for the community of Open Brethren and Open Brethren Heritage churches and Support Ministries in New Zealand
Let's help Kaikoura
 
As you are well aware the Kaikoura Earthquake has taken a huge toll on the Kaikoura region and the surrounding area. The people of Kaikoura need our support and encouragement.
 
We would like to invite you and your church family to consider giving a financial gift to the Kaikoura Gospel Assembly community (through GC3 Aid) for distribution in the wider community.
 
To use internet banking, the account details are: GC Aid: 06 0729  0522196 00. Please email admin@gc3.org.nz to let Heather know of your gift.
 

Our CCCNZ website is now online!

It has taken a lot of work from a bunch of good people, but we are delighted to tell you that the new CCCNZ website is up and running! 
 
Now you can tap into as much news and information as you want, when you want it. Want to get info and updates on significant events that relate to you and your church? They’re on the website.  Newsletter stories, blog articles, job vacancies, pastoral resources, details of who’s on the CCCNZ board
 
It’s all on the website.
 
You and your church can now see the services that CCCNZ will be offering. We’ll be writing to your church in the New Year to invite your Elders and Leaders to consider “Linking In” as a church.
 
You can easily ask us questions by emailing from the Contact Us form.  Just scroll down to the bottom of any website page to find the form.
 
 

CCCNZ’s New Quarterly Newsletter

Rongopai is the Maori word for ‘Good News’, the gospel that has profoundly shaped New Zealand since it was first proclaimed here in 1814.
 
Rongopai is also the name of our quarterly newsletter.  It represents our hope that the good news of Jesus will be proclaimed throughout our land, just as it was in the early days.
 
To be successful, our churches will need to work together.  If we pool our resources and look for opportunities to work side-by-side, we’re more likely to be effective in sharing the gospel.  With families.  With business owners. With Muslim friends.  With secular classmates. And with our neighbours.
 
In line with this hope, our first edition includes stories of churches creatively connecting with other congregations. It even features a story of God connecting Pastoral leaders from Kenya with believers in Whanagnui!

Subscribe to the newsletter
To subscribe to the printed newsletter, CLICK HERE
To download a digital copy of the newsletter, CLICK HERE:
 
Can you help us distribute our newsletters in your church?
We’re looking for people who will act as advocates and distributors for Rongopai in their churches. This will involve having printed copies of the newsletter sent to you so that you can place them in your churches newsletter. If you’d like to be part of this ministry, contact Sheri Franklyn at Sherifranklyn@cccnz.nz
What's your news?
 
At CCCNZ, one of our core jobs is to build connection between churches. 
One of the encouraging ways we do that is by sharing the stories of what’s going on throughout the country.  This could be stories of how churches are succeeding in helping others to know Jesus. It could be an account of something you’re experimenting with.  Or help you need.  Or questions you’re asking.
 
What’s going on in your church and community?
We’d love to know. Submit your news on the CCCNZ website and we’ll consider it for our blog and our newsletters (email and printed.)  Go to NEWS > SUBMIT ARTICLES, then fill out the form.  Or just click here and we'll take you right to the page!

 
We Are Coming Together
Pastorlink Meeting
For almost 20 years, the PastorLink team have been running the annual Pastors Retreat. This well-loved event is a calendar highlight for many Pastors and their spouses.  They come to rest and to be refreshed. They come to discuss issues particular to them and issues common to all. And they come simply to catch up with old friends.  The value of this annual event cannot be overstated. 

In November, Gordon Fountain and I (Mark Grace) had the privilege of meeting with the PastorLink team of Russell Grainger, Leighton Mossop, Chris Ellwood and Phil Renner. Their plan is to grow their service and support of Pastors. It was great to discuss how CCCNZ can partner with them in this hugely important work.

We are coming together in Auckland 
The Auckland Partnership of Assemblies (APA) is a voluntary association of Christian Brethren and Associated Church leaders serving the greater Auckland region.  Their mission is to strengthen Auckland & Northland churches for the work of sharing the gospel.
 
On Saturday October 8th, the APA hosted a breakfast for 45 Elders and Leaders from across Auckland.  That’s a lot of bacon! We explored how the APA and CCCNZ can partner together to see the gospel flourish across Auckland.
 
We are coming together in Christchurch
On November 13th, 20 elders and leaders from across Canterbury met together to explore how CCCNZ could help them share the gospel across their region. The event was run in partnership with Tony and the Stewards team. There were plenty of laughs and insightful questions – always a good combination. The event was hosted by Lawson Scott, the chair of the Elders at Rutland Street Community Church and the CCCNZ Regional Enabler.
 
 CCCNZ / Stewards Combined Lunch
On November 25th, the Boards of CCCNZ and Stewards had their meetings at Eden Community Church. At the heart of the time together was a shared lunch followed by a time exploring what partnership looks like. A big thanks goes to Glenys Yeoman for your wonderful hospitality and vision.


Otago’s new Regional Enabler
Lindsay Martin from Caversham Community Church in Dunedin has been appointed the Otago Regional Enabler.  Lindsay is passionate about churches working together to see the good news of Jesus impact the city and region.  Lindsay Martin 021 058 7795
 
CCCNZ Support Ministry Planning Day
Staff from CCCNZ, Pathways, PastorLink OAC Rally, Christian Camping and Living Stones met for a day on Friday 18th November. Leading the day was the question “How do we work together to see every New Zealander hearing and experiencing the Good News of Jesus." We are already looking forward to next year's planning day!

 
We Are Celebrating
Celebrating 100 Years!

On the 20th of November, the people of New Plymouth Bible Chapel celebrated 100 years of God’s
faithfulness to them. It was a delight to reflect on 100 years of gospel witness to the people of Taranaki.

Celebrating 65 Years!

On November 20th, 390 members of the Christian business, farming and community sectors from across New Zealand gathered to celebrate the 65th Birthday of the Lichfield Lands, Longview and Hillview Trusts.
 
Each of these trusts has given generously to the growth of the gospel through our family of churches and support ministries over the last 65 years.

Celebrating 50 Years!

On Sunday 27th of November, Feilding Bible Chapel honoured Norm and Shirley Lind for 50 years of leading Rally.  They are stepping down and leaving the growing work in the hands of a very capable team. As a family of churches and support ministries, we are grateful to God for their faithfulness, humour and passion.


 
Important Dates
Southland 26-27th May at Lakeland Park 
Canterbury 19th-20th May at Rutland Street
Kapiti Coast 8th-9th September at Forest Lakes
Auckland 15th-16th September at Willow Park
 
PastorLink Pastors Retreat 
8th-11th August Mi Camp Taupo

National Boards Retreat 
11th-13th August: Willow Park Auckland

 
The Final Word
It is an immense privilege to travel across New Zealand and to quietly sense God’s good hand growing us together. May these words from the writer of Hebrews be an encouragement.

“May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead
our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen”

Hebrews 13:21-21

 
Warm regards

  
Mark Grace
Ambassador of CCCNZ
markgrace@cccnz.nz


Our email address is:
markgrace@cccnz.nz

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