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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.