New Zealand Christian Network – v-Zine June 2010

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    v-Zine June 2010                                                                                             June 22, 2010 


Towards a position on climate change

Many people have heard one side of this issue without the chance to properly assess the other side. That's why July's Clearing the Air forum has been organised with well-known speakers, such as Ian Wishart (author of Air Con), Jonathan Boston (Director of the Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University), Ralph Sims (Director, Centre for Energy Research, Massey University), and others who are also experts in their fields.. Read more…

Who says religion and

belief are private?

New Zealand Christian Network (visionnetwork) is concerned that a Human Rights Commission draft discussion paper on Freedom of Religion and Belief states that “matters of religion and belief are deemed to be a matter for the private, rather than public, sphere”. Read more...

Fast and loose with the 9th Commandment?

NZ Christian Network National Director Glyn Carpenter thinks some Christians need to be much more careful about how they handle the truth. Read more...

The Church and the public square

Christian Network National Director Glyn Carpenter is two weeks into a trial of the World Evangelical Alliance Leadership Institute's new 10-week online part-time course on public engagement. Read more...

Promoting church unity in Whanganui

A new venture to promote the work of the Church and church unity in Whanganui has the support of NZ Christian Network. The former leaders of Riverside Christian Church, Robert and Linda Scott, have stepped down to head a three-pronged local approach . Read more...

Donee status of missions money

The donee status relating to money sent by churches for mission work overseas has been clarified in a series of letters and press releases, including ones from the Interchurch Working Party on Taxation, and the Minister of Revenue, Peter Dunne. Read more...

Latest press releases

Latest press releases from NZ Christian Network:

Religion in the Workplace Guidelines progress
Queen's Birthday honours a fitting tribute
Call for action on Uzbekistan persecution
Liberty Trust declined charitable status
Immigration changes welcomed
Secularism challenged
Budget welcomed but MP's behaviour disturbs


 Meet friends, enjoy food, be inspired, and MORE!

The New Zealand Christian Network (visionnetwork) AGM will be held on Wednesday 18 August at The Life Church, 60 Rockfield Road, Penrose, Auckland. This year, in addition to the usual efficient business meeting, great food and fellowship, there will be two very special items. Read more…

Evangelicals called to unity

NZ Christian Network National Director Glyn Carpenter says he's 110 per cent behind Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe's (International Director of the World Evangelical Alliance) call for unity issued at the Edinburgh 2010 Conference. Read more...

Christ at the Checkpoint

Philip Church, Senior Lecturer at the School
of Theology, Laidlaw College, gives an account of his time at the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference hosted by Bethlehem Bible College. Bethlehem is the only evangelical training centre in the West Bank of Israel and is a World Evangelical Alliance Peace and Reconciliation Initiative partner. Philip explores issues around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which you can read here.

Know your history

The Waitangi Tribunal's hearing of Ngapuhi's Treaty claims opened on 11 May at Waitangi. Samuel Carpenter attended, and said as he listened to claimants tell their stories the sense of being presented with this “other world” induced something akin to culture shock, despite the fact that he had spent some considerable time amongst Maori communities over several years. Read Samuel Carpenter's blog here…

Micah Challenge 2010

The date 10.10.10 marks the two-thirds point in the Micah Challenge campaign. Micah 2010 is a special campaign to focus on our promise to the poor, 10 years after nations around the world committed to halve global poverty by 2015. For resources and more information, visit the website www.micahchallenge.org



LeaDev-Langham opportunity
LeaDev-Langham (Leadership Development International and Langham Partnership) has the opportunity to purchase our own office suite near the top of Queen St, Auckland – at a very low price; about 52 per cent of the current QV. This would offer us the opportunity to build equity, give us some income and give us space to grow. To make this opportunity a reality we need to find a tenant to lease some of the space. We would be happy to have any compatible Christian organisation, or professional/commercial business as our tenants and close neighbours. If you, or someone you know, would like to pursue this possibility, please contact Tony Plews, (09) 376 5190, email [email protected]

Church conferences
The following national church conferences appear on the NZ Christian Network website calendar. If yours is not here, you are invited to go to the calendar and enter your details direct.
Presbyterian General Assembly 2010, 30 September–3 October, Christchurch; Methodist Conference 2010, 6–10 November, Palmerston North; Apostolic Annual Conference, 27–30 September, North Shore, Auckland; Christian Churches of New Zealand (formerly Association of Churches of Christ) Leadership Summit, 18–21 August, Nelson; AOG National Conference, 11–14 October, New Plymouth; Baptist Gathering, 4–7 November, Tauranga; Salvation Army Territorial Congress, 29 September–3 October, Manukau.


Promise Keepers GPS 2010 men's events
This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it.”  Jer 6:16
Our life is a journey and God tells us we need to look for answers and ask for directions. When we are standing at the crossroads wondering what is the best way to our destination, it can be hard to figure out the answer. Life's choices are more complex than road maps so we need the ultimate GPS – God's Positioning System! This year's GPS Event will help you to hear God more clearly and make wise decisions on your journey through life.
Dunedin 30–31 July, Christchurch 13–14 August, Tauranga 27–28 August, Wellington 10–11 September, Auckland 8–9 October
Ph: 0800 PROMISE (776 647) www.promisekeepers.org.nz

Get Smart 2010 UNITE
Get Smart 2010 is only weeks away! New Zealand's largest youth conference is just around the corner. Youth pastors, make sure your youth and young adults are there as we unite to see a nation won as one. With two venues and plenty of amazing speakers, break-out sessions, gigs, giveaways and fun along the way, your youth ministries will not want to miss out!
Guest speakers: Jurgen Matthesius (USA), James Murray (Australia), Paul de Jong (NZ), Andrew Kubala (Australia), Andrew Gourley (Australia) and hosts Craig & Nadia Clark. Guest artists: Equippers band (Auckland) and Majestic Youth (Christchurch).
Auckland, 13–16 July, LIFE Central; Christchurch, 12–15 July, Majestic Church.
To register, visit www.getsmartconference.org.nz


“Destination World: The Call” is coming!
Are you prepared for God to change your life? Learn from experienced missionaries how they have obeyed God's call to reach the nations with the Gospel. Experience the reality of slum living in a simulated overnight sleep out! Then take your learning to the streets and choose from visiting a mosque, a Buddhist temple (among others) and find out how to be effective in today's world.
Date: Wednesday 1st–Sunday 4th September 2010
Venue: Manukau City Baptist Church, 9 Lambie Drive, Manukau City
For more information email [email protected] or go to www.destinationworld.net

Sistas Conference is just 3 months away and we are excited for all that God will do! This year, the conference will encourage women to become the ‘freedom fighter s' God has called them to be (Isaiah 61:1-3). We have special guest speakers from all over the globe coming who, along with our team, want to create a life-changing experience for you. And, in true Sistas tradition, there will also be lots of fun and pampering along the way!
Guest speakers: Helen Burns (Canada), Laura Toganivalu (Australia), Vera Kasevich (Ukraine), Bobbie Houston (Australia) and your host, Maree de Jong.
Venue: TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, Manukau, Thursday 9–Saturday 11 September.
Earlybird rate finishes 23 July, so for more information, or to register, visit www.sistas.org.nz.


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