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The 3rd Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization (16–25 October) will affect participants and their churches and ministries for many years. New Zealand Christian Network's National Director Glyn Carpenter, who was co-leader of the 20-strong Kiwi contingent to the congress, reflects on this significant event. Read more…
Glyn is happy to talk to churches about Lausanne and its implications for New Zealand. If you would like him to visit, contact him at [email protected] or phone 022 184 7466.
Lausanne – what the
The 20 New Zealand delegates to Lausanne experienced the congress in many different ways. We asked them to share a few brief thoughts and this is what some of them said. Don't be surprised that two delegates may have completely opposite reactions to the same speaker. Read more…
Human trafficking in NZ
'Countries, such as New Zealand, are implicated in this issue in terms of the demand created by viewers of pornography,' says Glyn Carpenter, National Director of NZ Christian Network (visionnetwork). 'Pornography is addictive and damaging to everyone involved and there are many reports that say this is a serious problem, even inside the Church. As well, there have been news reports about people trafficked into New Zealand to work in massage parlours, brothels, and sweat shops.' Glyn Carpenter talked with Christine McMillan, head of the WEA's task force on human trafficking, while at Lausanne. NZ Christian Network is a member of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). Click here to read more about WEA's work through the Human Trafficking Taskforce.
Nuclear weapons – an
Glyn Carpenter also spent time with Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, who has just been appointed to lead the World Evangelical Alliance's new task force on nuclear arms. In this capacity he joined Glyn and around 30 others for a day-long WEA ILT (International Leadership Team) meeting on the Lausanne free day. Read more…
'Peacemaking so much better than peace-breaking'
'Many of us will remember the distress of the Irish "troubles",' writes Martien Kelderman. 'We saw Northern Irish paramilitaries in open warfare on the streets; shooting, bombing, assassinations with innocent bystanders as often as not the victims. Defiant murals declared fierce loyalties.' Martien, Chairman of Resolve and New Zealand Christian Network board member, recently visited Northern Ireland to see his daughter and her husband. He reflects on the changes in the almost 10 years since a 'peace agreement' was signed. Read more…
Dr Rod Thompson was recently inducted as the new Principal of Laidlaw College. NZ Christian Network's Glyn Carpenter presented the call to Dr Thompson on behalf of friends of the college. One of those present was the Rev Dr David Stewart, a former principal of Laidlaw College (when it was known as the Bible College of New Zealand), and who was also a member of the team that drafted the first Lausanne Covenant in 1974.
Call to pray for Sudan
New Zealand Christian Network is asking Christians in New Zealand to join a global day of prayer for Sudan on 5 December. Read more…
Update – 6th New Zealand Leaders' Congress
The 6th New Zealand Leaders' Congress is the unique opportunity for Christian leaders from denominations, cities, ministries, and spheres of influence, to come together every three years. The theme of congress (21–24 February 2011) is 2020 Vision – The Gospel in the Decade Ahead.
Congress opening night will be a multi-format focus on the Bicentenary of the Gospel in New Zealand (coming up in 2014). For congress updates, visit http://nzchristiannetwork.org.nz/
Religious diversity in
STOP PRESS: The meeting with the Human Rights Commission for a final check on the Religion in the Workplace document has now been rescheduled for next week, 22 November. An update immediately after this meeting will be posted on our website.
What IS the trouble with Paris?
Glyn Carpenter was part of a group of around 60 people – mainly leaders of youth and young adult groups – who recently spent a profitable Saturday with Mark Sayers, author of The Trouble With Paris. Mark, brought to New Zealand by Compass Ministries, shared some great insights on the ways our modern culture is effecting our youth and young adults, especially on how the consumer-driven lifestyle sabotages their faith. NZ Christian Network strongly recommends you check out his website, www.uberlife.com.au. Mark's New Humans DVD is a shorter version of the day seminar he held in New Zealand, although this is not yet featured on his website.
'Crime and Justice'
Few issues today evoke such a strong emotional response as crime and its consequences,, says a new study from the Presbyterian Church, titled 'Crime and Justice'. Ideally public debate around crime would be informed but most discussion is based on rhetoric and emotion, the report says. The aim of the booklet is to explore ways of sharing Christian thinking about crime and justice with churches and communities to bring hope and transformation. A copy can be downloaded from http://presbyterian.org.nz/sites/
Rethinking Crime and Punishment website
Rethinking Crime and Punishment has launched an upgraded website www.rethinking.org.nz. The organisation says it's intended to be 'a significant resource and clearing house of information designed to help us be more informed as a nation on matters of crime and punishment'.
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