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)
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’).
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.
RECEPTIVITY: New Zealanders have warmed to these projects. You will find a recent report in the right-hand column of this webpage.
MULTI-MEDIA EFFORTS – WITH 50,000 CONVERSATION INITIATORS
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
Working all together the Kiwi Church can have this voice!
The 2019 budget is as follows
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