KiwiMade Preaching was born at a day-long forum held in Auckland in April 2009. The forum had a four-fold purpose:
- to encourage preachers and biblical preaching in our NZ context
- to probe the questions faced by preachers in NZ today
- to gather the experienced and the emerging and let the synergy flow
- to explore possibilities for an ongoing focus on Kiwi preaching
This blog is a core aspect of that “ongoing focus”…
We want to help build a heritage for biblical preaching here in Aotearoa-New Zealand. While open to others, we want to wrestle with the place of preaching within this country. We want to struggle with the questions and not merely find the fast-track to simple and shallow answers. We want to include people from across the generations, the cultures and the genders of this land and people.
The site was commissioned by Langham Partnership (New Zealand) at the time that Paul Windsor was appointed to the international staff team of Langham as the Associate Director (Langham Preaching). Paul works with others to ‘change the culture’ of preaching in the countries of the majority world. It was this passion and vision which drove the idea to work with others to do the same in New Zealand.
In 2012, Geoff New was approached to take over the leadership of KiwiMade Preaching.
Geoff has been minister of Papakura East & Hunua Presbtyterian Church since 1997. His Doctor of Ministry thesis explored the effect of using Ignatian Gospel Contemplation and lectio divina in sermon preparation. He commenced as director of KiwiMade Preaching in 2012. He also has responsibility for the Langham Preaching work in North-East India. He is married to Ruth and has three adult children; Rebekah (married to James), Josiah and Luke.
Please visit the various features of this site. There will be a team of 25 contributors from around the country posting short articles weekly on which you are welcome to comment. There will be a range of resources which will gradually accumulate, along with samples of fine sermons. There will be a calendar of upcoming events related to preaching. There will also be an ‘images that speak’ feature where photos will be posted and you are invited to suggest truths which they illustrate.
So… there is plenty planned that will have you wanting to come back for more!