New Zealand Christian Network News, September 2010

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    v-Zine September 2010  

Planning for the 6th New Zealand Christian Leaders' Congress next February is well advanced. Held every three years, the congress is the only event of its kind in New Zealand and an opportunity for leaders from all denominations, cities and parachurch ministries to get together in an informal setting. Read more…


Earthquakes and other disasters:
do you have a plan?

The Christchurch earthquake brought out the best in community spirit, as family, friends and neighbours worked tirelessly to help those who were traumatised or suffered major damage. Read more… 


Separation of church and state

Separation of church and state is a good idea, New Zealand Christian Network (visionnetwork) National Director Glyn Carpenter said in a recent Newstalk ZB interview. Read more (and hear the interview)…


Foreshore and seabed discussion

New law introduced into Parliament by the National-led Government has renewed debate on how the foreshore and seabed should be administered. In 2004, New Zealand Christian Network (visionnetwork) brought together four people with specialist interest in the topic to debate the issue. Read more…


WEA concern

The International Director of the World Evangelical Alliance, Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe, has welcomed the unanimous condemnation of a Florida church's plan to burn copies of the Koran, but asks that the same level of concern be shown when acts of aggression are committed against any faith. Read more… 


Church Life Survey seminar

Since 1996, the Church Life Survey group has been working to bring out a survey of church attendees at the same time as the five-yearly New Zealand census. The process has worked in the Australia and with a wider international group. Read more… 


Thinking Matters 

One of the leading lights of the Christian apologetics group Thinking Matters Tauranga, Rodney Lake, has started a new blog, to keep people informed of the things that the Thinking Matters network is up to, and to comment on events in the public square. You can check it out at  www.rodneylake.com/blog


Lausanne delegates meet

A number of the New Zealand delegates who will be attending the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization at Cape Town from 16 to 25 October met recently to share their hopes for the event. Read more…


AGM farewells Mark Strom

The 2010 NZ Christian Network AGM was a great occasion to catch up with friends and news of activities over the past year. It was also an opportunity to hear from Mark Strom, outgoing principal of Laidlaw College, and to bid farewell as he and wife Sue head back to Australia to take up a new position. To read the AGM report, click here...


The media and religion

‘Understanding the religious dimensions of the news requires competency, expertise and training. Our journalists simply do not have this,' Professor Paul Morris, of Victoria University's Religious Studies Programme, told the Religious Diversity Forum in Christchurch on 23 August 2010. Read more…


Climate Change forum recordings

Recorded extracts from talks given at the Clearing the Air climate-change forum are now available at the NZ Christian Network website. Click here…


Prayer & fasting for  victims of sexual trafficking

The Fifth Annual International Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for victims of sexual trafficking, which is being promoted by the World Evangelical Alliance, will be held on
24–26 September. Read more here… 
In addition, the WEA Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce is holding a pre-Lausanne event in Cape Town on 15 October.


WEA head addresses Pentecostal World Conference

The International Director of the World Evangelical Alliance, Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe, has affirmed the strength of relations between Pentecostals and other evangelicals in a formal address to the triennial Pentecostal World Conference. Read more…



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Public lectures on Islam
In September there is a treat in store for those  interested in the growth of Islam and the increasing influence it is having around the world. Professor Peter Riddell, Dean of the Bible College of Victoria Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths in Melbourne, will be teaching a master's course for the Laidlaw-Carey Graduate School. In September, he will also speak at two public lectures on the evenings of September 20 and 23. The two subjects are of great interest and are: 'Diverse Voices in Islam', on Monday 20 September, and 'Christian Muslim Relations and the New Millennium', on Thursday 23 September.


Promise Keepers GPS 2010 men's events

The Promise Keepers event can become an important link in the process of guiding men on their journey of spiritual growth. This event is designed to be incorporated as part of the annual cycle of your ministry with men. It will invigorate your men so that you have a great finish with your own year-end events and build a solid base for the following year.
Auckland, 8–9 October, TelstraClear Pacific Stadium,
770 Great South Rd.
PLUS – Men's Ministry Workshops with Steve Sonderman from Elmbrook Church, USA. Proven experience of 17 years' success ministering to men in the local church context.
Auckland 11 Oct | Wellington 12 Oct | Christchurch 13 Oct
Ph: 0800 PROMISE (0800 776 647), www.promisekeepers.org.nz

Just Action Conference – ‘the power to change’
A rare opportunity to hear America’s leading Christian social justice advocate, the Rev Jim Wallis, founder and International Director of Sojourners. Another highly respected keynote speaker is Dave Andrew of Tearfund Australia, well known for his radical and practical approaches to bringing about change. Supporting the keynote speakers will be seminar presenters including Sir Paul Reeves, Sam Chapman, Ruby Duncan, Stephanie McIntyre and Campbell Roberts, plus 32 workshops lead by experienced practitioners.
The theme of the Conference is ‘the power to change’ and it will focus on the many critical issues facing our neighbourhoods, communities and nations and our need for renewed commitment and energy to make change through the next decade.
Venue: TelstraClear Pacific Event Centre, Manukau City, Wednesday 29 to Thursday 30 September. Sponsored by the Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit of The Salvation Army.
Public event on the Thursday evening commencing
7.30 pm. Co-sponsored by World Vision.

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The Real Deal Family Holiday
2– 9 January 2011, Orama on Great Barrier Island with Ian Grant and Graig Heilmann.
Have you ever wanted a REAL family holiday that didn’t require you to mortgage the house. We are talking about an overseas island holiday for the whole family, where everything is right on your doorstep, some of the best beaches in the world, great tramping, great surf, great atmosphere. For the energetic there is kayaking, abseiling, and a climbing wall, fishing, snorkelling, ball games and safe swimming. 
This is an all-meals catered island holiday at the Orama Christian Conference Centre on Great Barrier Island. Ian Grant or Craig Heilmann will be speaking for one evening session per day.  There will be a well-organised children’s programme, with experienced supervisors on site as well. For more information, email: [email protected]    www.orama.org.nz    or phone (09) 429 0063




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