We live and are part of the Porirua community, a city of close to 52,000 people just to the north of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand.
As a city, there is rich and diverse mix of people, there is less people of European origin and more Maori and Pacific people than other parts of New Zealand. About 50 percent of the population state that they are Christian and this has dropped from 60 percent in 2001. The city is divided on lines of deprivation, with clusters of low socioeconomic conditions in some areas and much higher conditions in other areas.
All of this mix, represents challenges to our church, to remain relevant and connected within a rich cultural and ethnic community, and also to meet people wherever they are at – whether they are struggling with life in a high pressure, double income, highly leveraged professional life or whether they are struggling to get ahead when life is tough just to put a meal on the table every week.
We believe that Jesus and the gospel bridges socioeconmic and cultural divides, restores, brings dignity and brings freedom for all people.