...One people in mission for God's glory...

...Growing in Christ and making him known in love

through word, sign and deed...

...Because all people matter to God

 

One People in mission for God’s Glory: We are united in our mission. We recognise that people are different, so we offer a range of worship styles in various locations to help people of all ages and stages of Christian maturity worship God, grow as followers of Jesus, and experience more of the Holy Spirit’s life-changing power.

One People in Mission...making Christ known in love through word, sign and deed: We believe all God’s people take part in God’s mission every day. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is near, repent and believe the good news.” Our mission is proclaiming the good news in words and demonstrating it in actions. It involves both right beliefs and right living. Faith and obedience are inseparable. It leads to the salvation of individuals and the renewal of all creation. Our vision is society benefitting in spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and economic ways by God’s mission, with people ultimately becoming disciples of Jesus and communities being transformed. We believe discipleship is at the heart of mission. Christians grow as disciples as they live as citizens of the kingdom of God and help others to become disciples.

Growing in Christ and making him known...: We are committed to opening the Bible together so we can grow in our relationship with Jesus and help other people come to know Jesus as their Saviour and Lord. This happens in various settings including biblical preaching in large, vibrant Sunday services; smaller interactive gatherings often incorporating a meal; and bible study in small groups meeting in people’s homes during the week. Our goal is growth in the number and maturity of people who are worshiping and glorifying God.

We are committed to prayer and other spiritual practices to deepen our relationship with God, and seek God’s leading in his mission. Integrity is important to us. We trust in the power of the Holy Spirit, but are also real about the struggles and suffering of life. Some key practices for our mission are hospitality and simplicity. Hospitality means we invite people to our homes and to well organised church events and treat them well. Simplicity is a challenge to our lifestyle. We seek to spend less money on ourselves and reduce the number of things we are trying to do so that we have time for spending with people, and spare resources to help those in need.

We are gathered and sent. God gathers us for worship, encouragement, equipping and celebration. Then we are sent out in mission. We believe God’s mission is carried out with people and not just to, or for, people. Consequently, we commit significant time and resources to building partnerships with community organisations and agencies, and discovering what the community actually needs.

Because All People Matter to God: We believe God loves people who come to church events, and those who do not. Sometimes our mission means inviting people to come to the church facilities for various programmes ranging from Mainly Music, and craft activities, through to Marriage Courses, Christian Counselling and Alpha. Some events such as Christmas Eve services gather hundreds of people. Other times our mission means going out to serve in the community in various ways.

We believe children and young people matter to God. We are a family friendly church. We commit substantial resources to a wide range of programmes for children and youth in both our church facilities and in local schools and communities. We believe elderly people matter to God. Our pastoral care network includes visiting home care people who are no longer able to come to church services. We also offer chaplaincy and worship services in rest homes and hospitals.

East Taieri also has a regional mission encouraging and supporting the wider church. This includes hosting large numbers of church leaders to our annual Ministry Conference, as well as hosting Training Days for such things as preaching and evangelism and regional Presbytery resource events.

We believe that people of all nations matter to God. In addition to helping people think in missional ways about their everyday life, we are committed to supporting God’s mission in other countries. We support missionaries in Thailand, Malawi and Egypt, with a particular focus on Thailand.