New Zealand: Vision Network News, August 2010

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    v-Zine August 2010  


World-class line-up at
climate-change forum

Organisers of the Clearing the Air forum held at Unitec in Auckland (16–17 July 2010) were pleased with the forum and the outcomes. Dr Jonathan Leaver, a lecturer at Unitec, said ‘the simple fact of academia and the Church collaborating on such an important topic as climate change was itself a significant outcome.' New Zealand Christian Network (visionnetwork) partnered with Unitec to organise a line-up of speakers described by Archbishop David Moxon in his closing summary as ‘truly world class'.
To read a full summary of the forum and abstracts of papers, click here.


Action toolkits for Micah Challenge

NZ Christian Network is urging all New Zealanders to get on board with the Micah Challenge as the world approaches the two-thirds mark on 10 October towards the Millennium Development Goals. Action toolkits and other resources are now available for people to mark the occasion. Read more…


Clergy ARE tax exempt for church houses

Consternation over an IRD tax-guide statement caused the Inter Church Working Party on Taxation to approach the department to clarify whether clergy should pay tax on their church-supplied houses. Read more…


Spiritual vacuum fallout

New Zealand Christian Network says the country's major social problems are a direct result of a spiritual vacuum. Read more…



Abortion as ‘The Lesser Evil'

Feminist Antonia Senior has surprised the pro-abortion world with an acknowledgement that a fetus is a human life. However, R. Albert Mohler Jr writes that Senior has then gone on to argue that life must yield to the inviolable feminist principle of abortion rights. Read more…


To Serve Is to Suffer

If the apostle Paul knew fatigue, anger, and anxiety in his ministry, what makes us think we can avoid them in ours? This article by Ajith Fernando is the 10th in the Lausanne Global Conversation series.



Sealed church in Indonesia

From the World Evangelical Alliance Liberty Prayer News: ‘Compass Direct News Service reports that since 11 th April, 2010, The Gereja Kristen Indonesia (GKI) Taman Yasmin Church in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, has held services on the roadside in front of the sealed church in stifling heat, after the mayor of Bogor had sealed the church building. Read more…


Latest Press releases

Latest press releases from NZ Christian Network:
Wide condemnation of medical workers killed in Afghanistan
Vuvuzelas not invited
Beware negative emails



Marketplace network leader Martien Kelderman is on sabbatical studying at Regent College and London School of Contemporary Christian Studies. While away he's been travelling, studying and also been writing some of his reflections. Read more...



Annual report

"New Zealand Christian Network's vision is to see the unity in the Church that Jesus prayed for in John 17:23 and our society living in accordance with God's will," says National Director Glyn Carpenter in his 2010 Annual Report. To read the full report of the year's activities, click here.



And now for the Rugby World Cup…

New Zealand Christian Network National Director Glyn Carpenter has been assisting a group discussing opportunities for Christian outreach at the Rugby World Cup in 2011. ‘This group is well connected,' said Mr Carpenter, ‘with links to international Christian sporting groups, as well as all of the major local groups. Read more…


Religious diversity in the workplace

NZ Christian Network's Glyn Carpenter has been involved as a member of the reference group commenting on the Human Rights Commission's draft document, and has already attended the first meetings. NZ Christian Network is hoping that many people will make their own comments. Read more…


A new season has dawned for Global Day of Prayer

Global Day of Prayer was marked for the last time in 2010, and a new focus is planned. NZ Christian Network has been involved with this campaign since 2004, first with good friend John Fulford, who died last year, and this year with Mike Knott of Elim Church in Wellington. Read more…


Restructuring for better conflict resolution

Neil Evans, CEO of Resolve, says a restructuring of Resolve, The Christian Service for Disputes Resolution, will put it in a better position to present its services to a greater number of Christians around the country. Read more…


Changing times
for evangelism

New Zealand Christian Network says new research indicates that times are changing for evangelism. Read more…


World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People

NZ Christian Network is pleased to support the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People, to be held in New Zealand at Turangawaewae, 9–17 January 2011. The gathering was founded in 1996 by Monte and Linda Ohia, and has been held in a different country every second year since then. This will be the first time back in New Zealand since then. More information can be found at http://www.wcgipnz.org/




Workshop on Sustainable Living
Saturday August 21, 9 am 1 pm, St Aidan's Church, Remuera.
‘Spirituality and the Earth: why should we care?' Dr Nicola Hoggard-Creegan, theologian.
‘Energy, carbon and water: why do they matter?' Dr Richard Milne, scientist.
‘Global crises: local solutions' Rod Oram, financial journalist and author.
PLUS: Hands-on workshops with EcoMatters Environment Trust and Auckland City Council: How to conserve energy in the home; Composting; Transport options and decisions; Ecodesign of buildings.
Sponsored by the Diocesan Climate Change Action Group. All welcome; entry by koha; tea and coffee provided. Enquiries and registration: [email protected]

Office space available
Leadership Development International and Langham Partnership New Zealand are purchasing space in the Auckland CBD, and are looking to rent to other compatible tenants. Space available is up to 150 sq m, with a minimum of 50 sq m per tenant. For more information, contact Tony Plews, 09 376 5190, email [email protected]

‘Destination World: THE CALL' conference
‘Destination World' (DW) is a collaboration of mission organisations and churches, and has recently expanded its commitment to mission education to include ‘THE CALL' conference. The ‘Destination World: THE CALL' conference will have over 30 contributing speakers and at least 26 mission organisations on site.
The Call conference on 1 4 September 2010 is mainly targeted at the 18–30 demographic (but not limited to them) to help people taking steps towards missions. It will include some Bible teaching, interactive workshops, panels, plus a day out learning about different religions and cultures. There will also be an overnight ‘slum' experience. More info can be found at www.destinationworld.net


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.
Christchurch 13 14 August | Tauranga 27 28 August | Wellington 10 11 September | Auckland 8 9 October.
Ph: 0800 PROMISE (776647) www.promisekeepers.org.nz

Coffee and Dessert Evening with Colin Edwards
Topic: The West, Islam and Grace: Responding with grace to our Muslim neighbours.
7.00 pm 24 August 2010, Missions Centre, 591 Dominion Road, Balmoral. Gold-coin donation.
RSVP: 19 August to Juliana Eu 09 630 0981 or [email protected]


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