If you are looking for a safe place to explore your big questions of faith and to grow with others into all that God has created you for, then you are in the right place. Whoever you are, and wherever you come from, you are welcome!
Are you new here?
If you are a guest we'd love you to come and say hi at the Welcome Corner on Sundays. Here you'll receive a guest pack with some info on church life. We can't wait to meet you!
Our Sunday worship services are designed for you to draw close to God in a real and personal way. We place a high priority on biblical teaching and engaging worship.
We love kids and have a vibrant children’s ministry. We also have a mother’s room for newborns - 18 months with an audiovisual link to the main auditorium.
Every Nation Christchurch has been honouring God, loving people and serving nations in the beautiful city of Christchurch, New Zealand since 2000. We are delighted that you are here, and we invite you to experience the benefit of being part of a spiritual family.
When you hear the word church you may think of a building with a cross on top, a religious organisation, or even a worship service. The New Testament Greek word for church - ekklesia - always referred to an assembly of people, not a building. The church in the New Testament was first and foremost a spiritual family.
"Go and make disciples of all the nations. Nâ reira haere, meinga hei âkonga o ngâ iwi katoa."
- Matthew 28:18,19
In response to a vision of the fire of God breaking out in Cape Town, South Africa and spreading to the nations, Pastors Bernhard and Colleen and their young family were sent out from the Every Nation Church, Cape Town (previously His People) and came to Christchurch full of faith and certainty that God had called them to establish an apostolic centre.
In this community you will learn that serving one another is a joyful and mutual way of life under divine authority, and that your life and gifting can grow in Jesus through discipleship. This family is committed to faith in action, to living authentic, intentional, Spirit-led lives, to sharing the truth of God’s word with all people, and to developing fully devoted followers of Christ who will go for Him. It is our desire to help you flourish in life and find your place in church life.
Multigenerational + multicultural
The Bible says that “Every tribe, every tongue, every nation will worship before the throne." God's favor has enabled us to establish a multi-generational and multicultural church of many different backgrounds and ethnicities who have been united for one cause - to worship Him.
"Nô ngâ iwi katoa, nô ngâ hapû, nô ngâ huihuinga tângata, nô ngâ reo" (Revelation 7:9).
"The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbour."
- Mark 12:29-31
A global family
We are a local expression of a global family and we're proud to be part of a world-wide network of churches. Together we’re dedicated to establishing church-planting churches, reaching the next generation on the campus, and preaching the gospel to every nation.
We are currently in 76 nations in Asia, Latin America, Northern America, Europe, Oceania, the Middle East and Africa. In our region (Oceania), we have churches in Auckland and Christchurch, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth.
For more information on our global family please visit www.everynation.org
Every Nation Christchurch has full-time pastors and staff who lead and oversee the affairs of the church. This team are called full time to serve, pastor and administrate.
Our pastoral team supports the full time staff pastors in the pastoral oversight of the church.
This leadership team is made up of all Life Group leaders and Ministry team leaders. The aim of this group is to fulfill the great commision by making disciples through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The board stewards and administers the finances of the church.
Bernhard & Colleen Wewege
Nathan & Kirsty McGowan
John and Janie Birdwell
A Missional Culture
God’s heart is for the lost of the world. We value impacting our communities and the nations by lovingly serving them in their need and imparting God’s love. In this we are loving the Lord our God and loving our neighbour as ourselves (Mat 22:37-40). We believe that community service, missions, and social responsibility is a natural outflow of transformational Gospel (John 3:16; Luke 19:10; Prov 14:31).
A Discipleship Culture
We are committed to following the heart of Jesus’ mission on earth, to usher in the Kingdom of God and to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-29). Not only leading people to Christ but also walking alongside them in their God-given destinies.
A Culture of Faith
Faith is the currency of Heaven and miracles are part of the normal every-day Christian life. We believe in the impossible. We are not wishers, hopers, or spectators. We are believers! We pursue and expect the impossible knowing that we are meant for the “greater things” (John 14:12).
A Culture of Family
We value relationships and community, and seek to build a healthy spiritual family built upon genuine relationship, trust, honesty and fun amongst people of all walks of life from every nation and culture (Psalm 127:13).
A Culture of Empowering
We’re intentionally multi-generational and we deliberately create opportunities and platforms to develop the next generation of leaders (1 Timothy 2:2).
A Culture of Diversity
We are convinced that God wants us to create a culture that is based on Revelations 7:9. Diversity needs to be celebrated. We celebrate all generations, all ethnicities, men and women. We release the uniqueness of every believer.
Hosting God’s Presence Culture
We believe we are called to be Spirit empowered and that we have been freely given God’s presence so that we can freely release it “on the Earth as it is in heaven” as ambassadors of Christ (Matthew 6:10). To represent Jesus is to literally re-present Him to the world: works and greater works, miracles and extraordinary miracles - these are the expression of a lifestyle that hosts God’s presence (Acts 1:8).
A Culture of Honour
When we honour people, we honour and please God as well. The church should be a place of freedom, respect, empowerment and healthy discipline, treating each other like the royalty we are. Honour brings life and creates an environment for the miraculous.
A Culture of Word, Worship & Prayer
Preaching, teaching, reading, studying, obeying and applying scripture is our pursuit & practice. Worship remains a core value as we desire to be a people who passionately worship God and attract and enjoy His Presence. Prayer is foundational to all we do and we believe it is powerful and effective (Col. 1:17-18).
As followers of Jesus Christ, we embrace and adhere to the World Evangelical Alliance of Faith. We believe in the infallibility and authority of the Bible, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit for sanctification.
'Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us...’
"This church will be an airport - many will come and go and be refreshed, trained, empowered, equipped, established and healed. The church, like an airport, will welcome and send people to the four corners of the world."
The word we received for the building before we moved in was "epicentre." This was long before Christchurch experienced years of earthquakes. An epicentre for the fires of revival.
A house of healing
The inheritance and call of the house is healing. We must partner with this birthright. The inheritance of signs and wonders and miracles will be unlocked and it will unlock an inheritance.