Rev Dr Emma and Rev Dr Mark Keown
Emma is the minister at Glenfield Presbyterian. Over her 12 years at the church she has seen a huge shift in the ethnic and cultural makeup of the local community. The church has embraced these changes and seen this as a wonderful opportunity. As a result, the ethnic and cultural makeup of Glenfield Presbyterian has changed and this has come with its challenges, trials and tribulations, as well as its joys. The reality is that living together as one in Christ, whilst a biblical mandate, is not always as easy as it sounds. The early church struggled with it and so do we. How can we address this, how can we understand this, embrace this and flesh-out our oneness in Christ when we are often so different?
Mark is Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Laidlaw College. His publications include the EEC commentary on Philippians, Congregational Evangelism in Philippians, and What’s God Up to on Planet Earth. He specialises in Pauline studies. An aspect of NT study that fascinates him is the cultural struggles of the early church, an issue which dominates most of the New Testament. His presentation will focus on Galatians and reading it from the lens of multiculturalism. Its message calls for both a celebration of cultural diversity and the breaking down of all racial divisions in the people of God constituted in Christ.
Steve Maina (National Director, NZCMS)
Steve describes himself as a Kenyan Missionary to Aoteaora, New Zealand. Since 2009 Steve has served as the National Director of the New Zealand Church Missionary Society (NZCMS) and spends time encouraging mission partnerships in New Zealand and globally. You’ll often find Steve in pulpits around the country passionately advocating God’s mission.
His interests include family, discipleship and mentoring, church planting movements and mission mobilization. He also loves fixing cars, running and eating roast goat meat! Steve is married to Watiri, a Counselling psychologist, they have two daughters and live in Christchurch.
As someone who comes from a non-Western context, Steve is uniquely placed to give his insights into NZ churches and culture, the obstacles non-Westerners face, and some suggested pathways forward for churches seeking to become intercultural.
The day will also include three sessions offering a variety of workshops led by NZ local church and mission practitioners, and will conclude with a panel of local church pastors reflecting on “the good, the bad and the ugly” in their efforts to become intercultural.