Spotlight on 24-7 Youth Work

‘Being local, staying committed’ 24-7 Youth Work places church-based youth workers in high schools across New Zealand, an initiative begun in Christchurch 16 years ago. With a presence in almost every Christchurch high school, 24-7 believes in local churches supporting their youth workers to effective change in local schools. Speaking with national coordinator Jay Geldard […]

Pastor’s Groups

Thursday pastors group meets fortnightly at Spreydon Baptist. It is for sole or senior pastors who share a vision for renewal and mission for their churches. Each gathering consists of a time of worship together followed by some input on a ministry related theme. This is followed by a robust discussion around the topic that […]

The danger of the single story

Arriving in America as a young college student, Chimamanda Adichie realised that she was viewed no longer within her Nigerian middle-class context, but as the ‘other’ – an African.  The depth of her own culture was reduced by those around her to a two dimensional cut-out, where in America a single story dominated of beautiful […]

Anglican Social Justice Unit

The Social Justice Unit is part of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch (NZ) and Anglican Care Canterbury and Westland. The Social Justice Unit works collaboratively with a variety of NGOs and agencies on a wide range of issues. They are currently involved with; child poverty, the Living Wage, penal reform, rental housing, predatory alcohol placement, […]

2014 in Aotearoa

2014 is upon us, a year of great significance and expectation. Next week we celebrate Waitangi, and although controversy has often marked this day, we are again invited to reflect upon the significance of a covenant that is foundational to our nation. Next year marks the 175th anniversary of the Treaty, and along with the bi-centenary […]

Listening to the Story

An amazing week in the beautiful city of Christchurch, 25 degrees one day, then plummeting to 8 degrees shortly thereafter! Warm days, cold days, the Lord God made them all!“Listening to the Story” is part of the kaupapa (reason for being) for Te Raranga. Having just read Keith Newman’s latest book “Beyond Betrayal”, a wonderful […]

Reflection on our Story

Last week’s hui at Northcity church was a great opportunity to listen to and reflect upon our story as a nation. It seems that the next 18 months present us with a great opportunity to celebrate our identity as Kiwis/ New Zealanders, with the much talked about bi-centennial of the first gospel sermon in NZ […]

Church Planting

There are about 300 churches alive and active in the Greater Christchurch area.   If every church had over 500 people attending, still less than half of the city would be in our churches.  Whilst there are people to be reached, there is room for more churches. A team of leaders who have been recognised by pastors […]

Young Adults

The Society of Salt and Light is a network of young adults engaging in the questions and issues that 18-30s wrestle with when it comes to faith. On the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month young adults, from  both local churches and none, come together at Addington Coffee Co-op for a night of fast […]

Multiculturalism

Network Convenor Max Palmer Life Church International max@lr.org.nz In preparation for an Exploring our Diversity gathering we identified over 50 separate ethnic /diverse churches and ministries across the city .The questions we asked then are still relevant as we seek to weave such diversity together. Understanding our Diversity Who are the ethnic leaders in Christchurch/Canterbury? […]