Missional Focus in New Zealand

By John Martin

More than 500 people are expected at Mission Together, New Zealand’s decennial mission conference set for Oct. 6-9 at King’s College in Auckland.

The Rev. Christopher Wright, international ministries director of Langham Partnership, is one of the featured speakers. The Rt. Rev. Dickson Chilongani, Bishop of Central Tanganyika, will lead Bible studies. Central Tanganyika is a vast diocese, with 258 parishes serving 600,000 Anglicans.

The conference will hear a former governor-general of New Zealand and judge, Anand Satyanand. He is chairman of the Commonwealth Foundation and has close links with Transparency International, founded in 1993 as a global anti-corruption coalition. He believes corruption is one of the main obstacles to development and to improving the lot of the world’s poor.

The conference has scheduled 30 workshops that will center on the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission. The climax will be the launch of New Zealand’s General Synod-mandated Decade of Mission.

A wide international presence is expected of church leaders from Africa, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, Melanesia, the Middle East, Papua New Guinea, South East Asia, Tonga, and the United States.

“What we do as a missional church is an expression of who we are as the people of God,” said the Rev. Canon Robert Kereopa, executive officer of the NZ Missions Board, “and gives us the chance to refocus on our core-calling, which Christ passed on to his disciples.”

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