2018 Hope Project Easter

Partnership requested from Kiwi Churches

The vision is explained below. We ask that all Kiwi Churches consider partnership with the Hope Project – to enable these three annual media efforts, so the Kiwi Church has a public voice.

There is no equivalent public voice for the Christian Church. Christianity is being removed from the public square. If we can see the need for this, it is not difficult to achieve if many churches will unite in it.

To partner, all a church has to do is subscribe for our monthly pastors’ updates at the homepage of this website. There is  no subscription fee. All donations are voluntary.  Partnership with us is about getting communication lines open throughout the nation to enable united effort.

Dave Mann (Director – Shining Lights Trust)

The vision of Hope Project 2018-2022

Following the 2014-2016 Hope Project efforts – motivated by the 2014 Gospel bi-centenary in New Zealand, we observed the almost complete removal of Christian references from Christmas and Easter in public media. This led us to believe that our nation’s churches might now be wise to work together to create an ongoing (annual) visible presence for the Christian faith through three annual efforts purposed to

(i) put Christ back into Easter (‘the Hope Project’ – a media effort timed for Easter),

(ii) put Christ back into Christmas (currently called ‘the Hope Project – Christmas’) and to

(iii) promote what churches are doing for families around New Zealand, because this is a felt need and valuable connection point (currently called ‘the Hope Project – Family’).

The focus of Hope Project Easter efforts 2018-2022

A WIDER THEME: Where the 2014-2016 projects told of the invited arrival and spread of the Christian faith within New Zealand, the next few projects will tell stories that reveal how the Christian faith gave us many of our most treasured values as a nation.

A CHRISTIAN PROMOTION:  Each effort will continue to also communicate an aspect of Christian belief, thinking and hope that are relevant to the stories, as well as the core Christian message of God’s love shown through Christ.

Help to make a difference by donating now

RECEPTIVITY: New Zealanders have warmed to these projects. You will find a recent report in the right-hand column of this webpage.


  • TV ads on public TV channels
  • Booklets to 85% of NZ homes
  • 200,000+ additional booklets for church use during this year (for free)
  • 2 primary equipping resources to equip members in ‘partnering’ churches. (1) Equipping videos on conversational skills here, and (2) 4-week sermon series about the mission of the Church (message outlines + small group guides) found here.


A vital part of each Hope Project campaign provides high-quality, multi-page booklets to every New Zealand household. Having done this three time to date, here you can view a draft copy of BOOKLET-4

Your help is requested

Working all together the Kiwi Church can have this voice! 

The 2019 budget is as follows

  • Hope Project (Easter) – $600,000
  • ‘Hope Project – Christmas’  – $200,000
  • All fundraising is done in the lead-up to Easter
  • If insufficient is raised for Christmas, we forgo that public presence in that year.
  • 2020: We hope to add ‘Hope Project – family’ – with a total budget of $1m.
  • Too much? Kiwi churches donate approx $170,000,000 per year just for the privilege of having pastors (without considering administrators, youth workers or other roles). The amounts are a question of value.
  • Please see the Hope Project 2018 Report for more details.

Donate via the ‘donate’ page HERE

For more information contact admin@shininglights.co.nz

2018 promotional below. 2019 promotional yet to be made 


  • 2018 Promo Videos – 1 minute or 30 second (or 1 minute about booklet).
  • OR download 1min video here
  • Posters for non-church audiences (re 10 Day Challengehere or here
  • 10 Day Challenge business cards here
  • Poster for your church members (for notice board) here
  • 2018 Church powerpoint (insert video yourself) here
  • 2018 Self-print flyer (2 on page) for giving to members here
  • 2018 A5 flyer (single as jpg) for Newsletters here



  • Easter 2018 and 2019 TV ad – 15sec spoken word with Jade here
  • Easter 2018 and 2019 TV ad – 30sec spoken word with Jade here
  • Easter 2018 TV ad – 15sec booklet ad with Dave here
  • ‘Conversational’ website about hope: HopeProject.co.nz
  • Discipleship website and app: 10DayChallenge.co.nz / Search ‘Why Jesus?’ at the app store.

Will you help the Christian message be heard throughout New Zealand each Easter?

Please participate financially