Strategic Mission Direction (North New Zealand)
2020 – 2024 VISION:
To see God’s kingdom grow in North New Zealand through servant disciples actively living out the presence of Jesus.
As we consider the condition and times in which we live and Jesus’ imperative “Go”, the need for adjusting from a church-centric perspective to Kingdom values becomes more obvious. Kingdom focus calls us to follow Jesus by being incarnational in his harvest through our identity, intentional kingdom activity and compassionate action.
Mission: Making disciples – multiplying ministries – transforming communities
The three key values that describe this mission state for us are:
- Servant disciples of Christ
- Active for the kingdom battle
- Working for the hurting
1. SERVANT DISCIPLES OF CHRIST. Our identity – called, set apart for the Gospel. This is who we are in living for and representing Jesus in everyday life and conversation. “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Matthew 4:19 NRSV
Matthew 28:19; John 8:12; John 15:8,16; Ephesians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 4:1.
2. ACTIVE FOR THE KINGDOM BATTLE. Our witnessing activity. We are witnesses authorised and sent by Christ. “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.” Luke 10:2-3. NIV
Matthew 16:18; Luke 10:1-24; 2; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:42-47; Acts 14:25-27; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:11-17; 1 Peter 2:9-10
3. WORKING FOR THE HURTING. Our compassionate activity. Encouraging the servanthood/discipleship expression of the heart of Christ – We engage as the hands and feet of Jesus. ”But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf.” Jeremiah 29:7 NRSV
Isaiah 54; 56; 58; 60; Jeremiah 29; Daniel 2; 3; 7; 9; Revelation 12; 13; 14; 18
2020 theme – Jesus in 20/20
The Hei Matau with an orange background was the symbol we chose for the 2010-2013 period. It reflected our push into new areas and the beginnings of new churches. Again we wanted to encourage health, growth and vibrancy. We also wished to highlight our commitment to being a missional movement rather than an institution.
The Pikorua with the blue background is the symbol and colour for the 2014-2016 period. It reflects our desire to see unity in our growing and diverse church. Again health, growth, vibrancy and ‘Kiwi friendly’ are key values. As we grow we wish to foster the fellowship of believers – this is our final apologetic and greatest witness.
2017 – 2020. The Kō is likened to a hoe used for soil loosening, and with a teka (foot tread) used as a Maori spade. It was the most widely used of all Maori agriculture tools in Aotearoa, to plant, weed, and harvest. It was made from a variety of woods depending on the nature of the soil, made in various shapes and lengths to fit the requirements of the user. The Kō represents a healthy variety of localised implementations designed to fit a specific soil, to sow a seed of word and deed, in its season, for the Harvest.