NZ Christian Network v-Zine, September 2011

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   v-Zine September 2011

The state and religion

What is the proper relationship between state and religion?  New Zealand Christian Network National Director Glyn Carpenter was a panel speaker in a discussion on the State and Religion at this year's Diversity Forum organised by the Human Rights Commission, to be held in Hamilton on 22 August. Read more…

Secularisation quotes

Rapidly increasing secularisation has drawn the attention of prominent religious leaders around the world. Each week New Zealand Christian Network puts a quote from one of these leaders at our website. For a sample list, click here…

Celebrate marriage

New Zealand Christian Network is gearing up to promote and celebrate National Marriage Week, 12-19 February 2012. Many Western countries already celebrate Marriage Week, and groups in this country, including NZ Christian Network, believe it would be good to raise its profile here. NZ Christian Network has registered a web address, www.marriageweek.org.nz, and by next month will have a website available where people can log events and access resources. Watch this space.

Family Life founders visit

The founders of Family Life Ministry, Dennis and Barbara Rainey, recently visited New Zealand, and have signalled their support for National Marriage Week here. They are pictured here with Glyn Carpenter, and Andy Bray, who with wife Nikki are the New Zealand directors of the ministry. Read more…

Call for government-church partnership

In the face of latest research showing that plunging marriage rates are partly to blame for an alarming decline in the well-being of Australia's children, NZ Christian Network is calling for the government to work with church and community groups to strengthen marriage. Read more…

Website promotes
recovery of vision

A reader has drawn our attention to a very useful website called Q (subtitled "Ideas for the common good"). The founders say Q was birthed out of a vision to see Christians, especially leaders, recover a vision for their historic responsibility to renew and restore cultures. One recent article asks, "Is it conceivable that as the focus of many Christians narrowed to the political debates surrounding 'marriage', our attention was diverted from assessing the health of our own marriages?"

Way to go

NZ Christian Network National Director Glyn Carpenter was very impressed with the way one church dealt with their local school when a new principal closed down the Bible in Schools programme. Read more...

Kiwi prayer of hope on
10th anniversary of 9/11

NZ Christian Network was invited to send a special 9/11 prayer to be included in the commemoration events held in America.  Read more …

More God less crime

There is mounting evidence that increasing religiosity not only reduces crime and delinquency, but it also promotes prosocial behaviour. In More God, Less Crime renowned criminologist Byron R. Johnson proves that religion can be a powerful antidote to crime. Read more…


Evangelicals contribute more to society
A survey of 1,151 evangelical Christians in Britain has confirmed they are more active citizens than the average Brit. Read more…


Support for Fijian Methodists
The South Pacific Evangelical Alliance (SPEA) says it stands with the Methodist Church of New Zealand and the World Methodist Council in support of everyone in Fiji whose basic human rights have been infringed by the military regime. Read more…


Otago's Public Square
Otago University's Centre for Theology and Public Issues has begun a new venture that aims to broaden and deepen discussion around public issues. Read more…

Prayer for the persecuted church

In many countries, Christians are persecuted today for their faith. Believers often face violence, imprisonment, discrimination and even death. Thousands have fled their homes and countries due to persecution. International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – this year on Sunday, 13 November – is set apart for us to remember the thousands such as these who suffer persecution, simply because they confess Jesus Christ as Lord. Read more

Prayer for John Stott

Glyn Carpenter gave the following prayer at the John Stott memorial service in Auckland Cathedral on 4 September.  Read more…


John Stott legacy

A short reflection on the legacy of Christian leader John Stott, which appeared in the current issue of the London-based Standpoint magazine. Read more…

10 Rugby testimonies
in 10 minutes

With the Rugby World Cup in full swing, there is a series of 10 1-minute audio features on the 2Kplus website in which ten notable rugby players/coaches talk about an aspect of their sport and their faith.

Rugby-themed Gospel
Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship have launched a rugby-themed edition of Luke's Gospel released to coincide with RWC 2011. Read more…

Kiwi Bible competition

NZ Christian Network is giving away 10 copies of Chris Grantham's Kiwi Bible, specially updated for the Rugby World Cup. The intention is that these should then be given to non-Christian rugby-supporter friends while the Rugby World Cup is on.  Here's the deal: email NZ Christian Network with (a) the name of the main ministry promoting Christian engagement around the Cup and (b) the name and email of someone you know would appreciate receiving v-Zine, by Tuesday 27 September, and we'll draw names from a hat for the winners. Please include your own phone and postal address details in your email.

NZ call for 12 weeks
of prayer

A nationwide 12 weeks of continuous prayer during the Rugby World Cup is being called for by Intercessors For New Zealand and Call To Prayer Ministries International. Read more…

Latest from WEA
NZ Christian Network is connected to the WEA Religious Liberties Commission. The latest newsletter includes the following reports:
Somalia is this decade's outcast
Global evangelicals leaders reflect on the tenth anniversary of 9/11
Christians May Face More Restrictions in Kazakhstan
Global Mission: Reflections and Case Studies in Contextualization for the Whole Church


Superannuation for missionaries
The Ministry of Social Development has published an important fact sheet regarding superannuation for missionaries. It can be accessed here.


Maori phrase
of the month

He rama tau kupu ki oku wae.
Your word is a lamp for my feet.
(Psalm 119:105)


 Note: Notices and advertisements do not necessarily reflect the views of NZ Christian Network.
Coming launch of CViC
A year ago, the partners of the Love Your Neighbour Network recognised the critical need to raise up and equip 'Community Links' - volunteers with a passion for seeing their church engage with their community in ways that grow relationships and open doors for the Gospel.  A new trust called Churches Volunteering in Communities (CViC) was formed with the initial task of establishing a Community Link training programme . To learn more, visit www.cvic.org.nz .
Peter Cheyne, moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, says: "Often, some time after a church has enthusiastically embraced community service, it fizzles out - and often because the key leader has moved on or lacked support. CViC is an initiative to equip those key "community link people" and therefore also their churches."
We extend an open invitation for interested parties to join us for lunch at a special launch event to be held at Laidlaw College on Friday 30 September, 12:00—2:00pm.  RSVP essential to [email protected] by 23 September.

A New Zealand YWAM leader, Chris Donaldson, is now based in Turkey, trying to mobilise young Christian ANZACs to visit that land in a series of tours to run between now and 2015, the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. More information from the website

Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit
Willow Creek's Global Leadership Summit will be held in 9 centres during October and November. Dates and venues are: Christchurch - Hornby Presbyterian Church, 27 Amyes Rd, Hornby, 14th October; Whangerei - Whangarei Baptist, 202 Banks St, Whangarei, 14th October; Auckland - Albany Christian Centre, 28 William Pickering Dr, Albany, 28th October; Dunedin - Dunedin City Elim Church, 67 Harrow St, Dunedin, 28th October, 2011; Blenheim - Blenheim Baptist, Cnr High and Beaver Rd, Blenheim, 4th November; Auckland - Eastgate Christian Centre, 5 Ben Lomond Cres, Pakuranga, 5th November; Porirua - Porirua Elim Church, 11 Heriot Dr, Porirua, 11th November; Tauranga - Changepoint Church, 131 Poike Rd, Ohauiti, Tauranga, 18th November; Hamilton - Gateway Christian Centre, 950 Victoria St, Hamilton, 25th November.
More information from www.willowcreek.org.nz/conferences/38




Promise Keepers – Game On
Game On events are under way! After the Tauranga Event, Lance said, "I attend a number of conferences during the year but Promise Keepers is my highlight, there is nothing like a bunch of guys worshipping together. Highlights: Great speakers, great company, spiritual growth, the power of God, the power of prayer - fantastic."
Not-yet Christians are also being reached. Pastor Ken said, "It was great to bring an unsaved man along from home and watch him make a first time commitment."
Consider how you can use the Game On events as a stepping stone to boost your ministry with men. Resources and support to form groups are available from the Promise Keepers office. This is one live event you don't want to miss – Game On!
Final 2011 Men's Event: AUCKLAND 7-8 October
0800 PROMISE (776647) | www.promisekeepers.org.nz

The Shack Week
Orama is pleased to present Paul Young, the author of The Shack, in a unique opportunity to meet and hear him in person, while enjoying a relaxing holiday on Great Barrier Island. Paul will share  his personal journey, which is the real story behind The Shack, and his many insights into the nature and character of God. The Shack has been the centre of much controversy. However, The Shack is really just a metaphor for the place we keep all of our pain, sorrow, abuse and disappointment we have encountered through life. The God encounter described in The Shack represents 11 years of Paul's life, his journey of recovery, forgiveness and healing. This will be a week to inspire, challenge, renew and hopefully bring you a fresh revelation of the Father, who is "particularly fond of you". For more information go to www.orama.org.nz