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Arotahi Mission

Our mission is simple. We want to see every community in a relationship of mutual gospel renewal. That means faith communities in committed relationships with people and places that are different from themselves; that they might learn, receive, give, teach, and be transformed.

Our Vision

is to see mutual gospel renewal in all people and places of the world. The hands and feet to our vision is how we outwork this through action; encouraging and equipping every Baptist Church of Aotearoa New Zealand committed to a people and a place in a relationship of mutual gospel renewal.

Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”

Our Values

are the taonga that guide and guard our decisions, investments and actions. We celebrate mission as God’s mahi; the Missio Dei. God is already working in all people and in all places. The part where we come in, is trusting that God is working in others and seeking to identify, point to, join, and nurture this work.

We are committed to seeking gospel renewal that is kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face), is expressed in mutual humility, and urges us to be risk-takers and innovators as we partner in God’s mission.

Respectful Relationships

We seek honest respectful relationships in which to give and receive, teach and learn, lead and follow, direct and serve. We do this trusting Jesus in others and seeking the loving unity that Jesus prayed will cause the world to know that the Father sent him.

John 17:18-26.
Mutual Humility

We aspire to follow Jesus’ example seeking mutual humility and cross-shaped living, in service of others.

Philippians 2:1-8.

Like the wayfinders of scripture, Pacific navigators and NZBMS missionaries before us we commit to watching and interpreting local and global shifts, seeking opportunities for gospel renewal and in faith, daring to embark on innovative ventures that carry risk but also promise fruit for the sake of the gospel.

Acts 10.

Our Strengths

are the God-given gifts in our kete, ones we have always carried with us.

240 faith communities

that have a heart for global mission – Our Baptist churches have a DNA that is missional and an overflowing love for Jesus that is impelled outward. 30 years ago, our small island nation had the highest per capita number of global workers in the world. Aotearoa carries a beautiful missional history. Be a part of the renewal story and take a look at our Renew Together resources for 2023.

Almost 140 years

of practiced missional experience and local involvement in global contexts – This meaningful history and substantial trust allows us credibility, access, and a solid, relational foundation for future partnership. This is particularly true in specific regions of South Asia.

Trailblazing mission leaders

The shoulders we stand on of generations past are known as pioneers and changemakers in their global mission movements. Just read the story of Rosalie MacGeorge. We inherit an abundance of knowledge and insight when it comes to wholistic, informed mission, and sustainable business in mission.

bi-cultural hīkoi and relationship

We have the privilege of living out our faith in a bi-cultural hīkoi and relationship – This brings into the heart of our understanding and practice the insight of the colonised; not only the colonisers. Working together as Te Tiriti partners offers models for partnering with local and indigenous people and church leaders in global contexts. Take a look at the work we are part of supporting in Aotearoa.