13 Aug, 2019 In One Spirit – PRESS RELEASE


True Impact Through a Genuinely United Church


New book: In One Spirit,by Dave Mann

New Zealand needs a more functionally united Church


While the Church is no longer in the majority in our nation, it could yet become an effectively activated minority. What is needed is functional unity.


Dave Mann, the originator of the Hope Project, has a released a new book on the need for greater Church unity. In One Spiritreflects and captures the essence of Mann’s conversations with over 1000 Kiwi pastors over the past eight years.


“The authorship of the book can be credited to the city and town pastors’ groups I’ve had the privilege to listen to over the past eight years,” explains Mann.


“Too often unity within cities and towns is little more than a coming together to sing ‘Kumbayah me Lord’. We sing and pray – and this is needed and good,” says Mann.


“But it is necessary that the goal be far more than this. Jesus’ prayer for unity in John 17 was made in a context of outreach. We have lost our public voice in this nation, even though our numbers are sufficient to have a positive impact upon public perception and belief.


“Only through a deeper commitment to our unity in each town and city, and then nationally, can we change this. Our individual efforts are not enough.


“While denominations can support the various congregations in their networks well, they are inadequate conduits for local mission alone, and certainly in these times. The kinds of efforts enabled through unity within each place are also needed!


“Churches can achieve things together in cities and towns that they cannot achieve apart. There is real potential here for greater impact, if we are willing!”


A closed FB page has been started for Christian leaders who are interested in this conversation, called Mahi Ngātahi (Working together). This is to enable leaders around our nation to share their various ideas for application of principles, so we learn from each other and develop a common vision.


See BigBookPublishing.co.nz/product/in-one-spirit or a local Christian bookstore for more.

(For another article/blog about the topic of this book, click here)
DAVE MANN. Dave is a creative communicator with a vision to see an understanding of the Christian faith continuing, and also being valued, in the public square in Aotearoa-New Zealand. He has innovated numerous conversational resources for churches, and recently coordinated a 5th nationwide multimedia Easter project purposed to help open conversation between church and non-church people about Christianity take place, including regarding the specifically Christian origins of many of our nation’s most treasured values. Dave is the author of various books and booklets including “Because we care”, “That Leaders might last”, “The Elephant in the Room”, and available for free on this site: “The What and How of Youth and Young Adult ministry”. Married  to Heather, they have four young boys and reside in Tauranga, New Zealand.  
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