new zealand / asia

Spiritual Climate

As other spiritual and religious options such as New Age become more widely accepted and practiced, Christianity is faced with more challenges. The percentage of people who claimed to be non-religious in 1951 was 1.1%, but recent polls show that number has increased to 40.9%. The strong secular attention of the state education system greatly affects the young people inside, although most remain spiritually open. New and creative ways to share the Gospel with them, such as sporting events and music festivals, have proved to be effective and the nation is on it's way towards a youth church movement. Unless active and intentional evangelical ministry increases, Christianity will no longer be the majority religion before 2020.

Ground-Level Perspectives

The Holy Spirit has moved in many denominations since the 1960s. A host of new charismatic and Pentecostal groups emerged, and the large mainline denominations became more evangelical. There is a wealth of dynamic new churches, and strength remains in many of the traditional churches as well. The predicted decline and disappearance of Christianity from New Zealand is very premature indeed.
— Operation World

New Zealand as a sending nation consistently commissions a higher ratio of its church members as missionaries than the vast majority of countries.
— Operation World

More about New Zealand

A Couple Raw Facts


Those claiming to be non-religious increased from 1.1% in 1951 to 40.9% in 2010; at current rates of change, Christianity will cease to be the majority religion before 2020.

Church Illustration

Church attendance is also in decline. About 14% attend weekly; 40% of Kiwis attended church in the past but no longer do so.


History & Future


WorldVenture History in New Zealand

The focus of WorldVenture’s team in New Zealand is university based ministry to reach international students.

Today &

New Zealand Team Goals

The New Zealand team has goals to expand in the future in creative and innovative ministries.

5 Global

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here








Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

new zealand source:bbc - Google News
Glasgow 2014: New Zealand beat England to Team Sprint gold - BBC Sport

Glasgow 2014: New Zealand beat England to Team Sprint gold
BBC Sport
A strong New Zealand team produced a crushing performance to beat England and take gold in the Men's Team Sprint final. New Zealanders Edwards Dawkins, Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster recorded a new commonwealth record time of 43.181 seconds.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:35:44 AM

New Zealand: The teenage girl who plays men's rugby - BBC News

BBC News

New Zealand: The teenage girl who plays men's rugby
BBC News
An 18-year-old girl in New Zealand has reportedly joined a men's rugby team and is playing competitively with them. April Miller has already played "four or five games" for Pukerau Rugby Club, an amateur team, The Southland Times reports. Miller, whose ...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 3:49:50 AM

New Zealand fights 'plague' of stoats and rats - BBC News

BBC News

New Zealand fights 'plague' of stoats and rats
BBC News
The New Zealand government has given the go-ahead for the poisoning of "a plague" of rats and stoats which it says threatens the country's native wildlife. A controversial bio-degradable poison, called 1080, is to be dropped onto one million hectares ...

Monday, July 14, 2014 1:07:32 PM

New Zealand set to play historic Test match in Samoa - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

New Zealand set to play historic Test match in Samoa
BBC Sport
The fixture was announced by Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who said the match would take place on 8 July next year. International Rugby Board CEO Brett Gosper welcomed the news on Twitter, writing: "Congrats New Zealand Rugby ...

Friday, July 18, 2014 4:40:55 AM

New Zealand seeks 'sex assault' Malaysia diplomat - BBC News

BBC News

New Zealand seeks 'sex assault' Malaysia diplomat
BBC News
New Zealand seeks 'sex assault' Malaysia diplomat. New Zealand's Prime minister John Key addresses a breakfast meeting at the Chamber of Commerce on New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key said he expects the Malaysian diplomat to be "held to ...

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 12:46:12 AM

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Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
Campus Ministry Team Leader4 YearsLifetimeAsiaNew ZealandPerson to build a student ministry team to work on city campuses. Work with staff to coordinate city campus ministry. Develop a small team of people to work with international students on campuses. Able to develop and lead a small team in campus ministry. Good at organizing volunteers. Previous leadership experience, admin, capable organizer. Knowledge of any Asian language knowledge preferred.1601
Campus Ministry Team Member4 YearsLifetimeAsiaNew ZealandWork in a small international team serving international students on a university campus.Campus friendship evangelism, discipling, equipping, training.Able to work well with a team of internationals, mostly young people. Experience in campus outreach helpful. Knowledge of any Asian language preferred. 1602
Campus Outreach Trainee2 Years2 YearsAsiaNew ZealandOpening for trainees in campus ministry, evangelism, discipleship. The trainee will work under the supervision of ISM NZ in various aspects of campus ministry. Chinese and/or Japanese language would be very helpful and is preferred. 1603
City Team Leader4 YearsLifetimeAsiaNew ZealandA married couple is needed to lead a multi-national staff team in Auckland, focusing on reaching out to the large international student population.Lead and guide multi-national people in teams. Focus efforts on diverse ministry.Previous team leading experience. Able to develop and lead a multi-national staff team. Good at organizing volunteers. Previous leadership experience, administrative skills, capable organizer. Knowledge of any Asian language knowledge preferred.1726
City Team Mobilizer: Community / Church Projects2 Years3 Years (renewable)AsiaNew ZealandCommunity/Church Project Coordinator needed for mobilising volunteer resources in Auckland area. Person(s) would act as liaison between campus groups and community groups to highlight and develop programs focused on pastoral care outreach to international students. Partner with local churches and community organizations to discover ministry possibilities. Coordinate opportunities with campus team leaders. Work closely with the Auckland City Team Leader.Organized and enjoys working with a variety of people. Good communication skills. Detail minded. 1727
Communications Coordinator2 Years3 Years (renewable)AsiaNew ZealandA person is needed to work in the International Student Ministry National Office in the role of Communications Coordinator. Coordinate media needs, such as DVD projects, website development and management, promotional material, etc.Training and experience in media development and production. Someone who seeks excellence in their work and enjoys working with others but is able to work independently.1728
Post Grad / Mature Students Ministry Leaders2 Years3 Years (renewable)AsiaNew ZealandA married couple is needed to work with the growing Post Graduate/Mature Students ministry. This is a ministry focused on international students. Focus of this position would be to support and help meet student and family needs, as well as reach them with the gospel and discipleship.Married couple. Minimum of Bachelors degree. Experience discipling or mentoring young adults. Able to share the gospel message and direct students to applicable scriptures. 1729
Japanese Student Ministry2 Years3 Years (renewable)AsiaNew ZealandA couple is needed to work with Japanese international students in partnership with International Student Ministries, New Zealand.Focus of this position would include equipping student ministry leaders, as well as reaching and discipling studentsMarried couple. Knowledge of Japanese helpful. Experience in discipling or mentoring. Able to share the gospel message and direct students to applicable scriptures. 1730
Indian Student Ministry Leaders2 Years3 Years (renewable)AsiaNew ZealandA couple is needed to work with Indian international students in partnership with International Student Ministries, New Zealand.Focus of this position would include equipping student ministry leaders, as well as reaching and discipling students.Married couple. Knowledge of Indian culture helpful. Experience in discipling or mentoring. Able to share the gospel message and direct students to applicable scriptures. 1731
Campus Staff Worker2 Years3 Years (renewable)AsiaNew ZealandWork with International Student Ministries of New Zealand: Campus ministry work – reach out to and disciple international students alongside existing team. Also available are positions to help in pioneering international student ministry. Auckland: opportunities throughout city for student outreach and discipleship with existing ministry team. Hamilton: focused on Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology) and language schools for outreach and discipleship with existing ministry team. Wellington: Whitereia and Hutt Valley focus on outreach and discipleship with existing ministry team. Christchurch: Canterbury, Lincoln and CPIT (Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology) focus on pioneering an international student ministry. Dunedin: Otago University and Otago Polytechnic focus on pioneering an international student ministry. Able to work well with internationals, mostly young people. Experience in campus outreach and discipleship helpful. Knowledge of any Asian language preferred. 1732
Staff Training and Development2 Years 3 Years (renewable)AsiaNew ZealandPerson(s) needed for training staff, volunteers and ministry interns in the area of international student ministry in multiple locations in New Zealand. This position would include developing training curriculum as well as delivery of training for staff, volunteers and ISMNZ Ministry interns. Experience in international student ministry. Training and development experience. Ability to clearly communicate. Organizational skills. 1733
ISMNZ Ministry Interns2 Years2 YearsAsiaNew ZealandOpportunity for a variety of people to train and minister with International Student Ministries in New Zealand. Their international student intern program would provide opportunity for recent graduates or people who desire to train in cross-cultural ministry or contextualized mission. The program is an accredited two-year diploma in partnership with Pathways Bible & Mission College. Tuition: Interns are expected to provide their own tuition fees. ISMNZ and Pathways assist students in applying for scholarships and raising support through their churches. Students are expected to work part-time as well for their living expenses. Interest in international student ministry. Flexible. Learner's attitude. This opportunity is available beginning in February 2011.1734
Mid-Term Volunteers3 Months1 YearAsiaNew ZealandJoin an International Student Ministies team in New Zealand as they seek to minister cross culturally in reaching the nations at their doorstep. Volunteer to minister through friendship & hospitality outreach, English help programs, and Christian discipleship.Heart for international students. Ability to participate in minsitry through hospitality, teaching English or discipleship.1735

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Missionary Team

Malcolm & Mary Elliot-Hogg

Reaching international students studying at New Zealand universities.

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.


Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .


Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.


People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.


Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.


People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.


Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.


Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.


Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.


Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.


Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.


Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.


TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.


"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.


Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.


National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.


National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.




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