New Zealand Christian Network, March 2011

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    v-Zine March 2011 Special Edition

March 2011

This edition of v-Zine is shorter than usual as many people are focused on the post-earthquake situation in Christchurch. We join our prayers with others from around New Zealand and the world. We have offered the assistance of the network to national church leaders, especially those with people working on the ground in Christchurch.

Congress 2011

The 6th New Zealand Christian Leaders' Congress was a significant cutting-edge event, a must-do for many of the Christian leaders of the nation, wrote Mark Keown, Senior Lecturer at Laidlaw College's School of Theology, Mission and Ministry. Read his report here...
Congress was into its second day when the news of the Christchurch earthquake came through. Delegates were asked whether Congress should continue, and the response seemed was an overwhelming 'yes'. Six delegates from Christchurch left that day, and other leaders took the opportunity to share information about relief and recovery efforts. Most sessions were preceded by news updates and prayers.
Overall feedback from Congress was very positive. We are also grateful for the suggestions we've received about how it could be improved for the 7th Congress, to take place 10–13 February 2014.
The Congress book, New Vision New Zealand Vol IV (2011), is available at our online shop.
Speakers' notes will be on our website as they become available.
There have been many requests for the video of the opening night session on '2014 – 200 Years of the Gospel in New Zealand'. A version will be available shortly at our website. We are exploring the logistics of developing a professional version. Check future v-Zines for updates.

In memoriam
Congress delegates will remember WEA Secretary General Geoff Tunnicliffe speaking about the courage of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's Minorities Minister who was the first Christian appointed to the Pakistan cabinet. It was sad to hear one week after Congress that Shahbaz had been killed by two gunmen who opened fire on his car. We thank God for his faithful witness and efforts to improve the situation for religious minorities in Pakistan. Please pray God's comfort for his family and friends, and boldness for all who bravely seek to bring Christ's truth and love in such dangerous situations.


Christchurch earthquake aftermath

After the first tier, such as Civil Defence, Red Cross, Police and the Fire Brigade, the Church has been the biggest provider of social services and support in the aftermath of the two major earthquakes that have devastated Christchurch in the last five months. Read more…
A large number of churches, particularly historic ones, have been severely damaged or destroyed by the two earthquakes, on 4 September and 22 February. Read more…


Kingdom Economics advisory

The Kingdom Economics Forum will be held 24–25 June, in conjunction with Martien Kelderman (Fountain Institute) and Andrew Bradstock (Otago University). Mark it in your diary and see next month's v-Zine for further details.


2014 – The bicentenary of the Gospel in Aotearoa New Zealand

2014 will present many opportunities for evangelism and discipleship based around the telling of the story of the Gospel in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Are you ready? Is your church ready? Read more…


Alcohol Reform Bill

As the Select Committee hearings on the Alcohol Reform Bill continue, the Social Justice Commission of the Anglican Church has produced a brief fact sheet on alcohol. It can be read here.


People before pokies bill

Christchurch Baptist minister and member of the Christchurch City Council's Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board, Paul McMahon, has established the Coalition for People before Pokies to promote a bill to reduce the harm caused by pokie machines. There's more information at the website http://issues.co.nz/peoplebeforepokies


Note: Notices and advertisements do not necessarily reflect the views of NZ Christian Network.

Engage seeking office
Currently Engage has gratefully been hosted in the offices of Tandem Ministries in Grey Lynn (a wonderful contribution on their part), but as things move into the 'action phase' we are urgently seeking some temporary office space on the North Shore, but it also needs to be on 'very friendly terms' . The need: to house 3–4 desks minimum in open-plan, plus an office that could be used for meetings; North Shore location; ability to have a landline for phone and Internet access; availability up to November.
Terms may involve being in space that is either on the market for lease or surplus space to share with another business – it is understood that either situation means co-operation and a flexible approach.
Contact Andrew Kerr, Convenor, Christian Sports Network NZ, email [email protected]


Office Administrator, Churches Education Commission
Part-time position – 30 hours per week
Churches Education Commission (CEC) Auckland co-ordinates Bible in Schools and Chaplaincy in State Schools for the Greater Auckland region. We support and resource our 900+ volunteers. We require a team person to co-ordinate our small office in Penrose. The work is very worthwhile and involves a range of varied responsibilities. We need someone with: a bright, friendly telephone and reception manner, strong people skills, who is well organised, and attentive to detail. Must have the ability to multi-task and use their initiative. Need fluency in written and spoken English with strong MS Office computer skills being essential. Some knowledge of small office accounts and web-based accounting package would be useful. Must be enthusiastic about the special nature of our Christian work.
Email application letters only to our Business Development Manager, [email protected] with an attached CV including contact details for three referees.
Website: www.cecauckland.org.nz . Enquiries: 09 526 0052.

Promise Keepers Game On season
High-achieving sportsmen are opening the Promise Keepers Game On season with a rousing Curtain Raiser event! Promise Keepers is going on the road this autumn, taking an authentic slice of the big events to towns nationwide. Andrew Stroud and Pierre Spies are already scheduled for three events and more dates will be announced soon as other sportsmen are confirmed. The sportsmen will tell their story and how their Christian faith is lived out. There will be an opportunity for men to become Christians, so invite men who are open to change in their lives. The second speaker will be from the Promise Keepers team. The whole evening will be the genuine Promise Keepers experience.
Napier, Thursday 31 March; Tauranga, Monday 11 April; Hamilton, Tuesday 12 April; Dunedin, Wednesday 4 May (TBC); Invercargill, 5 May (TBC); other centres TBC.
Check www.promisekeepers.org.nz for updates.

Life Conference 2011
Kingdom Cause: Be Equipped, Be Inspired, Be Empowered
We'd love to invite you to Life Conference 2011 join individuals and teams from over 100 churches across New Zealand committed to developing a spirit that carries "Kingdom Cause". We're excited to be hosting some amazing, hand-picked guests - Tommy Barnett from the Dream Centre in the USA, Leon Fontaine from Canada, Wayne Alcorn from Australia, and many others.
Go in the draw for a special VIP package. Register before 15 April to come to Life Conference 2011 for the special price of $145 per person (or $250 per couple). All early bird registrations will have the chance to WIN one of two VIP packages including VIP parking, VIP seating for you and a friend, your choice of a set of DVDs or CDs of all the main conference sessions AND we'll reimburse the cost of your registration!
For more information or to register, visit lifeconference.co.nz