& the p•int is…

What is the point? Of your life? Of all life?  For Lifepoint, the point is a person: Jesus. To know him intimately, to follow him closely, into every corner of life, into every corner of the world: this is the point of our lives and of our lives together.

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WE BELIEVE

We believe that Jesus calls real people to real life. Real people face life without pretence, recognizing its complexity, alert to its challenge. Real people do not settle for a life of ease, drifting with the cultural current. In our services, and in doing life together, Lifepoint pursues something better.

in real worship

Lifepoint knows that God is Three-in-One – and that we are many. We match our diversity of colour, conviction and life circumstance with diversity in style. Communities worship with liturgy and silence; prayer gatherings are vibrant with song and loud voices. What we share is a creative spirit, and an urgency in worship: to give to Jesus His place as Lord among us, and to give ourselves, in every dimension of life, creatively and without reserve, to Him.

in real community

Lifepoint has discovered that real life is something you do with others. Some of us choose to live in residential communities, sharing a common life, modelling simplicity and truthfulness in their relationships. Others meet in homes or in the Lifepoint building, whether as ethnic groups, groups for young mums, or in “life groups” around the city. What all these share is a thirst for real life, sharing joys and sorrows openly, offering real help to one another, depending together on the grace and power of Jesus Christ.

in real witness

Lifepoint is convinced that God has sent us into the world to be a witness for Him. For most of us the world is local: Wellington, our workplaces, our places of education, our homes. For some the world is the urban poor, in our city and beyond. For others the world is overseas, in mission to far-flung places. Together we puzzle over how to live as witnesses; we pray for each other and for the nations; and we seek the renewing power of the Holy Spirit.

Lifepoint DNA

DNA: it’s the signature of life, different for every person. That’s true of churches, too. Certainly, it’s true of Lifepoint—a church of passionate, real people, all very different from one another. Inspired to ask why we love being Lifepoint together, we had a go at “cracking the genome”. Several months of heartfelt conversations and “post-it” sessions gave us what we were looking for: 12 strands of DNA. Read them, and see if they resonate with you.

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Lifepoint People – Staff

Lifepoint overflows with leadership. Our staff are the tip of the iceberg. They don’t call all the shots, but they have a fair idea of what’s going on. Catch them after a service on Sunday, or drop by Lifepoint during the week.

MATTHEW SCOTT

Pastor & Team Leader

Connoisseur of contemplation, fine wine, ancient texts, Roland keys, kitty-kats, one beautiful wife, three kids (disputatious) and the early works of Art Tatum. Male model in a past life (do I look like I'm kidding?).

KIRSTY STEWART

Pastoral Staff worker & Elder

Chief artistic ninja, enthusiast, Friesian lover, baby whisssssperer, sauv blanc aficionada, coffee queen. Shod in Doc Martens™. Legendary maker of afghans (the edible kind). Ever seeking fun with bridge-maker Phil and the girls (two).

ANDREW PENHEY

Pastoral Staffworker

Maestro of DIY, movies, and things with wheels (high-speed only), the lovely Pip (not quite maestro of) and two splendid boys. Mission cognoscente, lord of all things admin.

NADINE SMYTH

Office Administrator

High priestess of the office, admin alchemist, mischievous in a wig, natural with the kiddies, ice cool with numbers, sworn enemy of sucrose. Lives out in the wops with three luverly boys, married to the eldest.

MATT WATSON

Pastoral Staffworker

Designer, illustrator, typographer, photographer, youth pastor. Powered by peppermint tea and kefir grains. Nepal, NZ, Star Trek and art lover. Thing automator, husband and dad (3), paragliding enthusiast (in his dreams), part-time DJ (DJ Love doctor), and infrequent wearer of ties.

Lifepoint People – Elders

Our elders keep the iceberg from tipping over. They think deeply, pray fervently, and make sure the wood is never lost for the trees.
They love to visit with anyone needing healing.

Lifepoint People – Council

Lifepoint’s Council: a bunch of reps, elected every year, who watch over the financial stewardship of Lifepoint, with an eye to the big picture.
Real people, every one.

Lifepoint loves leadership too much to keep it all in the hands of leaders, capable as they are.  In our church, everyone has a say.  Even the youngest – and there are lots of kids in Lifepoint – show us something of who we are and what God is calling us to be.  We’re like a wasgij: no one has the whole picture, but everyone has a piece of the puzzle.


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