Christchurch, New Zealand
South New Zealand Conference (SNZC) and It Is Written Oceania (IIWO) partnered to run an evangelistic series across Christchurch.
Historically our Church has grown through media, evangelism and church planting. With continued emphasis on these strategies . . . we are optimistic about the future progress of the work in New Zealand.
The series opened on February 22 with an audience that included 130 non-Adventists. It Is Written presenter Pastor Gary Kent was the profiled speaker.
Due to limitations on venue availability, the meetings were held consecutively every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Despite this, after four weeks, around 50 non-Adventists were still attending each evening.
“More than 40 decisions have been made for baptism and many contacts are already attending church or are involved in Bible studies,” reported SNZC president Pastor Damien Rice.
He also noted that the Conference intentionally advertised the program with a clear connection to the Adventist Church’s name and logo.
“We found this had no negative impact,” Pastor Rice said. “In time, we believe the Church brand will become better known and trusted in conjunction with biblical and lifestyle programs.”
SNZC team with advertising. [Photo courtesy: IIWO]
SNZC ministerial secretary Pastor Mike Sikuri believes the success of the campaign demonstrates that there are people in secular countries who are open to the gospel.
“Historically our Church has grown through media, evangelism and church planting,” Pastor Rice said. “With continued emphasis on these strategies and nurturing of healthy churches, strong members and competent leaders, we are optimistic about the future progress of the work in New Zealand.”