The Wesleyan Methodist Calling
Discipling across the generations
To Exalt Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is evidenced in both preaching and focus. It is the foundation and focus of our evangelism, discipleship and compassion. Jesus said, “…when I am lifted up … I will draw everyone to myself." (John 12:32). It is the heartbeat of our worship, both corporately and in the life and service of believers.
We accept the Great Commission's instruction for us to go and make disciples. This includes inviting believers to receive God's gift of the Holy Spirit, enabling them to live holy lives, fulfilling the Great Commandment to love God completely and their neighbours as themselves.
Educated and competent leadership has always been a characteristic of effective Wesleyan work and witness. We equip and empower those called to leadership in the church through an integrated training of head, heart, hand and habits expressed in the paradigm of praxis and preparation (doing and being). The Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand strives to have a Godly education for our leaders which enables them to be well equipped and fruitful in ministry.
We recognise the condition of all persons outside of the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and fully embrace the responsibility of the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20). This authentically expresses the passion of our Saviour, who came to seek and to save the lost. We seek to do this by planting new congregations in New Zealand, working with other Christian groups where this will strengthen our Christian witness, as well as by actively participating in Christian mission overseas.
We were born in societal reformation and affirm that holy lives bring a holy impact upon culture. This includes both evangelism and compassion. We recognise that the key to the reforming of society is the transformation of persons by the grace of God. We encourage and empower believers to allow God to transform them into new persons (Rom 12:2) and to share the benefits of the gospel with all people everywhere. We seek to influence our local communities with Christian grace and wisdom by working with, and praying for, government and other leaders.
Discipling across the Generations
We value the multi-generational nature of the body of Christ and encourage each generation to disciple those who follow them (Titus 2). We value the participation of all generations including children, youth and younger adults, and are committed to resourcing people as they grow and take their place in the church today.
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