The Methodist Church of New Zealand
Te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa
Our Church's Mission in Aotearoa New Zealand is to reflect and proclaim the transforming love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ and declared in the Scriptures. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to serve God in the world. The Treaty of Waitangi is the covenant establishing our nation on the basis of a power-sharing relationship, and will guide how we undertake mission. In seeking to carry out our mission we will work according to these principles:
- Christian community
- To be a worshipping, praying, and growing community, sharing and developing our faith and working through its implications in our social context.
- To challenge people to commitment to Christ and Christ's way.
- To be flexible, creative, and open to God's Spirit in a changing world and Church, so that the Church is relevant to people's needs. To release energy for mission rather than to absorb energy for maintenance.
- Church unity
- To foster networks and relationships with communities of faith having similar goals.
- To operate as a Church in ways that will enable the diversity of people (e.g. all ages, all cultures, male and female) to participate fully in the whole life of the Church, especially decision-making and worship.
- Every member a minister
- To encourage each person to develop his/her full potential by accepting and nurturing each other, developing skills and providing resources, challenging and enabling for service in the Church and community.
- Cross-cultural awareness
- To become aware of, and challenged by, each other's cultures.
- To work for justice for any who are oppressed in Aotearoa New Zealand, keeping in mind the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi. To share resources with the poor and disadvantaged in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.
- To be peacemakers between people and in the world.
- To listen for hurt and work for healing.
- To care for creation.