Just as new churches open and others are renewed through local mission, the season for some churches comes to an end. And while we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, it’s never easy.
As the sun rises on 1 January 2017, a group of New Zealand and Australian Lutherans and international guests will be the first in the world to greet the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation. The dawn service will be held at the location of the first Lutheran mission in New Zealand, at the north-eastern… Read more
Judy and Bernie Calder live in Mt Pleasant, an eastern suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand, which was badly hit by the devastating earthquakes the city has endured over the past six years. Judy recalls what it has been like to live through the fear, the destruction and the uncertainty of these disasters, at times wondering… Read more
‘Where’s hope when …?’ It is a question that many people ask, especially in a crisis. More than 250,000 people in Auckland, New Zealand, are hearing where there is real and lasting hope. For some of them, it may be the first time that they have heard this message of hope in Jesus Christ. On… Read more
Lutheran Media’s flagship radio program Face to Face will be heard on New Zealand’s most popular commercial stations from this month (February 2016). Face to Face will air in prime time on Newstalk ZB and The Hits radio stations throughout Auckland. Lutheran Media director Pastor Richard Fox said the programs would reach out to more… Read more
Members of the Lutheran Church in New Zealand have been re-energised in their approach to family ministry, thanks to a recent seminar with Grow Ministries’ team members in Wellington. It was the first time Grow had visited New Zealand. ‘We can continue to re-think and reflect on how we are cultivating caring relationships across all… Read more
New Zealand Lutherans have asked that the name Lutheran Church of Australia be changed. The Convention of Synod of the Lutheran Church of New Zealand (LCNZ), held in Wanganui on 23 and 24 May, said that the name should recognise also the New Zealand church. The resolution flows from the findings of the LCA Governance… Read more
An opportunity to return a ‘message of hope’ to the airwaves in New Zealand is one step closer following meetings in Auckland in mid-February. The Lutheran Church of New Zealand’s media ministry came to a close in 2002 after a long period on radio, but hopes have always been strong that a way could be… Read more