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.
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.
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.
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?).
Locomotive über-geek and Dad-joke virtuoso, sucrose enabler and admin go-to. Jeeves to your Wooster, aging with gentlemanly grace. Anyone for tea?
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.
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).
Lifelong learner, novel edible gardener and lover of all things Japanese (mainly food!). Proud mother (one), partner of John. Forever overcoming serial multitasking. Greatest achievement in recent memory — 546 day streak on Duolingo!
Teacher, administrator, bread maker, op-shopper, taxi-driver (aka mum!). Friend to Lifepoint’s kids and youth and always up for a chat, a stroll, a game of 500. Fan of spreadsheets, ukuleles, washable paints and homemade doughnuts (yum!).
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, and safeguard our passion for mission, always 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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