New Zealand: Vision Network News, October 2010

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    v-Zine October 2010  

Congress update

Online registration for the 6th New Zealand Christian Leaders’ Congress in February 2011 is now available. This 3-yearly event is a unique opportunity for leaders of churches and ministries to meet, be informed, and share issues of common concern in a relaxed atmosphere. Register online at this link, and regular updates will be posted at the Congress Update section of our website.


Lausanne congress opens this week

New Zealand Christian Network National Director Glyn Carpenter heads off this week to Cape Town, South Africa, co-leading a New Zealand delegation of 20 to the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. Read more…


WEAPRI also meets

NZ Christian Network is part of the World Evangelical Alliance’s Peace and Reconciliation Initiative (WEAPRI),
which will also be meeting at the Lausanne congress in a few days.
Co-chair of the week-long event is Stephen Tollestrup, of TEAR Fund New Zealand. Regular updates on the sessions will be found at www.weapri.org and we will include a summary of the sessions in November’s v-Zine.


Glyn invited to launch of new
edition of Operation World

Operation World is the definitive prayer guide to every nation. Glyn Carpenter will attend the official launch of the newly completed 7th edition at the Lausanne congress. ‘Many will know this book and the value of the information it contains,’ says Mr Carpenter. More information on the new edition can be found here.


Religious defamation at UN

New Zealand Christian Network says there is good reason to be concerned over the Defamation of Religions resolution being tabled at the UN General Assembly later this year. Read more…


There is no such thing as Christianity, only competing Christianities

‘There is not one “Christianity”. There are instead competing Christianities,’ writes David Gushee, Professor of Christian ethics at Mercer University. ‘To say that there are competing versions of Christianity is not to say that any version is as good as any other one.’ Read more…


Are people quitting Church?

Are people leaving Church, or simply going less regularly. This is teased out in a new blog by David Macfarlane, a former Home Mission co-ordinator for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada – a sister organisation of NZ Christian Network – and now with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.


Emphasising the good

With so much to concern us in society, it’s good to honour any group which seeks to emphasise the goodness that is out there also. In that spirit, we draw your attention to the Human Rights Commission e-zine On the Bright Side. Read more…


Blair's faith envoy to visit

The Rt Hon. John Battle, who from 2001–2007 was link-person between Prime Minister Tony Blair and faith communities in the UK, will be in Dunedin in November as a guest of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues and St Margaret’s College. Appointed by Blair shortly before 9/11, Battle played a key role in ensuring that Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Christian and other voices were heard at No 10, and his skills at bringing faith communities together at grass-roots level were particularly highlighted in 2005 following the discovery that the 7/7 London bombers were from his electorate in Leeds, Yorkshire. John Battle, who recently retired after 23 years as a Westminster MP, will take part in a number of events during his stay in Dunedin.


Call to find new economic order based on biblical vision

Glyn Carpenter says when Michael Schluter, from the UK-based Jubilee Centre, speaks, Christians would do well to listen. Schluter argues that capitalism is deeply flawed, the failings arising substantially from corporations, which have developed as its primary engine. ‘I spent a day with Michael when he was in Auckland a couple of years back,’ says Mr Carpenter. ‘I’ve read his books, including The R Factor, and have appreciated the Cambridge Papers produced by the Jubilee Centre for years. He is a hugely in-demand speaker around evangelical think tanks in Europe and beyond.' Schluter’s paper can be read here.



We've changed our name

visionnetwork has changed its name, and from now on will be known as New Zealand Christian Network. Read more…


Have your say

Last year we conducted a survey about what issues Christian leaders thought NZ Christian Network (visionnetwork) should be involved with. The results of that survey have guided our work this year. Now we would appreciate your feedback to help us sharpen our focus. Read more…


Less than a year to
RWC kick-off

There is less than one year to go until the Rugby World Cup
(RWC) kicks off in New Zealand. In preparation, many in the Christian commmunity have united to form the Engage RWC Ministry as a way to engage with and serve the teams, the sports-loving nation, and the thousands of visitors. Read more…


Micah 10.10.10

Christians around the world marked the two-thirds point of the Millennium Development Goals on 10 October. The goals, which the United Nations initiated, are an historic response from world governments to combating poverty. They also require an equally significant response from the worldwide Church as they hold governments to account on delivering on these promises. Read more at the Micah Challenge NZ website.


International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Three-quarters of all religious persecution is directed at Christians, a new Roman Catholic bishops' report claims. The month of November has been set aside to remember and pray for the persecuted Church, with special focus on Sunday 7 November. Information and resources can be found at the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) New Zealand website.


New DVDs on ethics

‘The sure consequence of the attempt to liberate oneself from demanding moral norms and obligations is slavery', says Dr Robert George, Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. The collapse of ethics and the moral foundation of America (as in New Zealand) has become a hot topic. Read more…


Guidelines to a lifestyle
of 24/7 prayer

Jericho Walls: International Prayer Network is offering a range of resources to help Christians grow in their prayer life. The Global Day of Prayer organisation highlights two models on how to pray for one hour, here and here, plus guidelines here on how to use the Bible/Scripture for prayer. Several helpful articles can be found under the section: God and His Word.


Important conference
for promoting life

‘If you are concerned about pro-life issues (shouldn’t we all be?) I strongly encourage you to try to get a representative from your church to the All for Life conference in Nelson for the weekend of 29–30 October,’ suggests Glyn Carpenter, National Director, NZ Christian Network. Click here to see a 2-minute video clip about the conference.


Evangelicals for Social Action updates website

Evangelicals for Social Action has launched an updated website. The organisation aims to promote engagement, analysis and understanding of major social, cultural and public-policy issues.
Note: Notices and advertisements do not necessarily reflect the views of NZ Christian Network.

All for Life conference
Nelson, 29-30 October 2010.
A conference for doctors, nurses, health workers, midwives, counsellors, volunteers, policy makers, pastors, priests, researchers, students, lawyers, teachers and anyone interested in working to promote a culture of life in New Zealand. Presenters include: Apostolic Nuncio (NZ and Pacific) Archbishop Charles Balvo; David Reardon PhD, US biomedical ethicist, author and researcher (on the adverse after-effects of abortion on women); Tina Jack, Director of Loving for Life, WA (a programme for teaching about relationships, sexuality and values to teenagers); Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First, NZ.
Conference starts at the Rutherford Hotel 6.30 pm Friday, registrations $150. (Pre-conference Youth Sexuality Education Seminar 1–5 pm Friday 29 October $35.) Registrations close 20 October. Conveners: Dr Joseph and Cushla Hassan, St Luke's Health Centre, Nelson; Dr Ate Moala, public health physician, Wellington. Email: [email protected] . Updated info posted on website: www.focusonthefamily.co.nz

Liberty Trust
Liberty Trust is having a public celebration to mark its 21st birthday on 30 October, at Liberty Life Centre, Whakatane. Liberty is also celebrating lending $20 million interest-free. All are welcome. To book lunch or for more information, contact Jenny on 0800 Lib Trust
(0800 542 878)

Karuwha workshop
A training and information day for those interested in becoming part of the Mission Karuwha 2011 team will be held on 27 November, at Franklin Baptist Church, Pukekohe. To register email [email protected], and for more information visit the website www.karuwha.org.nz or phone (09) 239 0876.

Reach NZ
Reach NZ is a group of Christians from different fellowships throughout New Zealand who aim to provide a network for evangelism, training and outreach. We have over 23 trade sites booked, mainly at A&P shows throughout New Zealand and plan to have a tent or gazebo, tables and chairs, and offer the public at least free cold drinks. We invite your fellowship to partner with us as the Host Church to seek and save the lost in your community. Email [email protected] for more information or visit our website, www.reachnz.org

Speaking engagements with David and Josie Silver
A Kiwi husband and wife with a passion for Israel, David and Josie Silver, will speak at a series of engagements starting in Auckland on 24 October, culminating in a seminar and an outreach evangelistic meeting during Christchurch Show weekend, 12 November. More information from Out of Zion Ministries, www.out-of-zion.com, or email [email protected]