The Northern Baptist Association has 98 faith communities, the furthest north is in Doubtless Bay, and the furthest south is in Waiuku. This Association includes the country’s most populated city, with 70 faith communities in the greater Auckland area.

The network of six Baptist Associations throughout New Zealand connects local churches with other local churches in their region.
Associations utilise the experience and expertise of both pastoral and other leaders to inspire, resource and encourage in order to help each local church bring gospel renewal to people and places in their own local contexts.

Northern news, stories and media

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November 24, 2022 | Myk Habets Channel: 2144749

Celebrating Baptists flying high on the world stage

Join with us as we celebrate two New Zealand Baptist scholars who have recently made big achievements on the world academic stage.

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November 8, 2022 | Melissa Wilson Channel: 2144749

What makes me weep: The 1 in 4

What makes you weep? Melissa Wilson, Senior Pastor at Beachlands Baptist Community Church, shares her response.

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October 28, 2022 | Debbie Spackman Channel: 2144749

Te Atatῡ Baptist Church might be small, but God is using it for big things

Debbie Spackman, Pastor at Te Atatῡ Baptist Church, shares with us the realised gospel renewal potential of an empty car park.

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September 14, 2022 | Monique Lee Channel: 2144749

Manurewa Baptist celebrates Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

Hear how Manurewa Baptist opened Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori in their church service.

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September 6, 2022 | Raewyn Moodie Channel: 2144749

Good news from Mount Albert Baptist Church

See what happens when one person gets intentional about making connections in their community. Who do we have on the fringes of our church community…

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September 1, 2022 | Julie Osborn Channel: 2144749

Connect Baptist Church brings gospel renewal to their neighbourhood.

Julie Osborn, pastor at Connect Baptist Church in Manukau, shares how Connect Baptist's community working bee sparks relationships in their neighbourhood.

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August 17, 2022 | Charis Fotheringham Channel: 2144749

Op Shop Encounter

The Doubtless Bay Christian Centre’s Op Shop Encounter project is fully operational after a four-year journey that began with prayer.

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Opinion
August 10, 2022 | Rick Pierce Channel: 2144749

Updraft: Embracing change

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

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August 8, 2022 | Beulah Wood Channel: 2144749

Heart and housing in Whangārei

“Here we are, all Baptists, finding a way to help needy people in Aotearoa…” through property ownership, management, and wrap-around care.

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August 4, 2022 | Grace Ellis Channel: 2144749

How two sponsored children met, fell in love and moved to New Zealand

Danny and Joyce are part of Eastgate Christian Centre. They were both sponsor children in the Philippines and are now both living in Auckland. Hear…

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July 21, 2022 | Dave Tims Channel: 2144749

Change-makers

Dave Tims, Director of UNOH New Zealand, shares how transformation begins with focusing on the people around us. Meeting the needs in our communities doesn’t…

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July 12, 2022 | Graeme Woodfield Channel: 2144749

Blood is life

We celebrate with Graeme Woodfield, a member of Orakei Baptist Church, for being recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours this year for his service to…

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March 28, 2022 Channel: 2144749

Glen Eden and Visionwest Waka Whakakitenga

Visionwest Community Housing addresses the issue of homeless in New Zealand by providing safe, warm, and quality, rental accommodation for low-income families who cannot access…

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March 24, 2022 | Tim Palmer Channel: 2144749

Red-orange-green light: a pastor, a church and unity in Christ

Tim Palmer, Senior Pastor, Franklin Baptist Church shares his journey in a local church as they seek to navigate the vaccination discussion, as they listen…

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December 14, 2021 | Pakuranga Chinese Baptist Church Channel: 2144749

Local church made a cheesy Covid safety video (And we love it!)

Pastor Albert Tang at Pakuranga Chinese Baptist Church mentioned on social media: “Just sharing the video we produced for information and clarification for returning to…

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November 6, 2021 | Rick Pierce Channel: 2144749

Emerging from a lockdown response to a global pandemic

Rick Pierce, works for the Northern Baptist Association as a Network Pastor, Health & Development. Here he shares some ways local churches can respond as we…

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November 2, 2021 | John Tucker Channel: 2144749

Carey unveils new look

Carey Baptist College launched its new branding on 2 November 2021. As Principal John Tucker explains, the new look is a reflection of its values…

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Opinion
November 2, 2021 | Ken Keyte Channel: 2144749

Cross-shaped unity for church through the COVID-19 Protection Framework

Since the Government’s announcement about the COVID-19 Protection Framework, my mind, like that of many pastors, has been occupied by what this will mean for…

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Opinion
October 25, 2021 | Laurie Guy Channel: 2144749

666 and the COVID-19 pandemic

A Baptist pastor asked last week if we would provide something on why the COVID-19 vaccine should not be considered the ‘Mark of the Beast’. Our very own retired Carey Baptist…

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Opinion
October 20, 2021 | Barry Denholm Channel: 2144749
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Opinion
September 10, 2021 | Christine Saywell Channel: 2144749

The future of ministry and mission—Christine Saywell

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 7, 2021 | Dave Tims Channel: 2144749

The future of ministry and mission—Dave Tims

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 5, 2021 | Cliff Thompson Channel: 2144749

The future of ministry and mission—Cliff Thompson

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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August 31, 2021 | Grant Harris Channel: 2144749

The future of ministry and mission—Grant Harris

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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August 24, 2021 | Mike Crudge Channel: 2144749

Baptist churches sharing lockdown resources

With Aotearoa New Zealand in COVID-19 lockdowns again, one of our Regional Leaders, Reti Ah-Voa was quick to seek Sunday online gathering resources from within…

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August 24, 2021 | Kathryn Heslop Channel: 2144749

Lockdown from the perspective of a working Mum

This story was first shared in April 2020.

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July 14, 2021 | Simon Currie Channel: 2144749

Gospel Stories—Simon Currie

Part of Lifepoint’s vision statement is that we would be an authentic family sharing God’s love. One of our members befriended a work colleague who…

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June 15, 2021 | Santhosh George Channel: 2144749

Gospel Stories—Santhosh George

Santhosh shares how the church can be more than a place of generosity but can also inspire generosity in communities.

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June 10, 2021 | Linda Grigg Channel: 2144749

Iosis appoints Māori development leader

Iosis recently appointed its first Māori development leader. Teina Mita, formerly the Iosis counselling and men’s development team leader, took up the new role on…

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May 26, 2021 | Jay Win Meads Channel: 2144749

Gospel Stories—Jay Win Meads

December 2020 saw Robyn being baptised in our church...Her faith journey was not an easy one...

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May 10, 2021 | Dave Tims Channel: 2144749

A story of pātaka kai

Something that COVID-19 brought to our attention were the kai needs (food insecurity) of people in our neighbourhood. New Zealand has 1:5 children living in…

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March 20, 2021 Channel: 2144749
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February 6, 2021 Channel: 2144749

Sizzling sausages for Jesus

While some spent the last hours of 2020 winding down, Paihia Baptist Church volunteers were busy cooking 18kgs of onions and buttering 25 loaves of bread.…

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December 13, 2020 | Alastair Hall and Patsy Way Channel: 2144749

Getting COVID creative

Many churches hold Light Parties or other Halloween alternative events on or around the 31st October. In Auckland, with memories of a second lockdown still…

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December 12, 2020 Channel: 2144749

Visionwest’s 30 years of service

Visionwest Community Trust recently celebrated 30 years of community service with a VIP morning tea and book launch, held in the Glen Eden Baptist Church…

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December 5, 2020 | John Catmur Channel: 2144749

Becoming a Punua Pākehā

At Hui 2019, John Catmur was awarded the Lionel Stewart scholarship. He planned to use the scholarship for advanced studies in te reo Māori and…

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December 5, 2020 | Lisa Woolley Channel: 2144749

The challenge to do something

The current economic climate presents churches, particularly those with active community trusts, with amazing opportunities to speak into the social concerns facing New Zealand today. I’ve…

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December 5, 2020 | Greg Liston Channel: 2144749

Kingdom come

Each time we say the Lord’s Prayer, we ask for God’s Kingdom to come. This is not just a prayer of hope for the future,…

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November 29, 2020 Channel: 2144749

Meet Bronwyn Owens—community patroller

Bronwyn Owens is the children and families pastor at Kumeu Baptist Church. She is also a volunteer for Nor-West Community Patrol. This is her story.

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November 29, 2020 | William HC Channel: 2144749
Loss, laughter and love Image
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November 24, 2020 | Rachel Roche Channel: 2144749
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August 1, 2020 | Kristin and Jono Ward Channel: 2144749

God + families + outdoors = adventure

One Sunday morning each school term, Eastview Baptist Church does not schedule any Kids’ Club or Sunday School. Instead the children in primary and intermediate…

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June 3, 2020 | Brook Turner Channel: 2144749

COVID-19 & lessons learned about food insecurity

The COVID-19 crisis has seen an unprecedented demand on food banks throughout New Zealand. That’s led VisionWest Community Trust, part of Glen Eden Baptist Church,…

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April 1, 2020 | John Peachey Channel: 2144749

Belmont Baptist feeling blessed

John Peachey shares how MMM New Zealand, a unique ministry of skilled professionals, helped restore Belmont Baptist's rental villa.

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March 31, 2020 | Amy Williams Channel: 2144749

Breaking down walls

Amy Williams explains why the Mt Albert Baptist Church camp was resurrected and how it helped a congregation of more than 30 ethnicities come together…

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February 9, 2020 | Mark Poole Channel: 2144749

Orewa Baptist celebrates new facilities

On 19th to 20th October 2019, Orewa Baptist Church held its ‘Dedication and Celebration Weekend’ at their renovated facilities located at 2-8 Loop Rd, Orewa.

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December 7, 2019 | Stephen Parker Channel: 2144749

Investments bring significant ministry returns

Three Northland projects that received grants from the Baptist Foundation have demonstrated the principle of wise investment and the big difference it can make for…

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October 12, 2019 | Lindsay Jones Channel: 2144749

Worship 7:9

On Saturday 7th September 2019, more than 300 people gathered to celebrate the diversity of cultures and identity that make up the Northern Baptist Association…

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June 1, 2019 | Myrle Bunn & Grant Harris   Channel: 2144749

Knit two together

Myrle Bunn and Grant Harris write about the unique collaboration between two Auckland churches, for ministry and mission on Waiheke Island. 

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March 5, 2018 | Grant Harris Channel: 2144749

Stop the hurting

Grant Harris talks about the journey of dealing with pain and the scars left from a history of racism in our world. What can the…

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February 5, 2018 | Amanda Bailey, Linda Grigg and Ruby Duncan Channel: 2144749

More than just a toy story

Franklin Community Toy Library has been serving the Pukekohe, South Auckland, community for more than 20 years. Toy Librarian Amanda Bailey shares how this neighbourhood…

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February 5, 2018 | Carey Baptist College Channel: 2144749

Celebrating Māori achievement

Carey Baptist College celebrates the record-breaking 92% pass rate of Māori students. One is the first Māori student to complete a Master of Applied Theology…

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February 5, 2018 | Sandy Kerr Channel: 2144749

Te Whare Oranga

Learn more about Carey Baptist College's bicultural journey and plans or a new centre for Māori learning, to be called Te Whare Oranga.

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February 4, 2018 | Marina Young Channel: 2144749

Meet Marina Young—founder of Buttons Project

Marina Young and her husband attend Doubtless Bay Christian Centre. Marina is the founder of Buttons Project, which helps bring awareness to the effects of…

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February 4, 2018 | Grant Pollock Channel: 2144749

Church in Action

Grant Pollock, Growth Group Leader at Glenfield Baptist Church, shares how his church turns sermons into actions...

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February 4, 2018 | CORT Channel: 2144749

Producing profound change

Almost 20 Baptist trusts provide some form of social housing or emergency accommodation in New Zealand. CORT Community Housing, whose roots lie in Ponsonby Baptist…

Rick's monthly column: Updraft

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Opinion
November 1, 2022 | Rick Pierce Channel: 2144749

Updraft: Third space

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

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Opinion
August 10, 2022 | Rick Pierce Channel: 2144749

Updraft: Embracing change

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

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July 12, 2022 | Rick Pierce Channel: 2144749

Updraft: Diverse and together

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

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June 8, 2022 | Rick Pierce Channel: 2144749

Updraft: Reconnect

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

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May 11, 2022 | Rick Pierce Channel: 2144749

Updraft: Expect new things

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

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April 13, 2022 | Rick Pierce Channel: 2144749

Updraft: Send me!

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

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March 9, 2022 | Rick Pierce Channel: 2144749

Updraft: Inspiring gospel renewal

Column by Rick Pierce reproduced from the Northern Baptist Association ‘Northern Lights’ e-newsletter.

Our Regional Associations

Baptists have used the word ‘association’ for a long time, because local churches want to associate with each other:
we are better together!

Each Regional Association has a board or executive elected by the collective of associating churches in each region. Each Association has a Regional Leader who is responsible for supporting and resourcing local churches. The Board or Executive and the Regional Leader work together to facilitate the encouragement and resourcing of churches. The Regional Leader meets regularly with the National Leader and other Regional Leaders.

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