28 May 2014

Scot McKnight issues a challenge to the churches of Aotearoa New Zealand

Laidlaw College recently hosted biblical scholar, theologian and author, Scot McKnight, who spoke at the Mission of the Church in the 21st Century conference on 7 and 8 May 2014. Taking an honest and challenging look at what it truly means to be “the Church” – across culture, language, race and background – the conference made a deep and lasting impression on all who attended. Along with Scot’s three keynote talks, over 100 participants heard presentations by Maori and Pasifika church leaders and had the opportunity to attend workshops focusing on different ministries of the Church along with an early morning prayer vigil for the churches of Aotearoa. As part of the conference, Laidlaw also hosted a night of celebration and testimony which was a beautiful expression of the Church in all its colourful diversity.

We are very grateful to Scot and Kris for their presence among us and their gentle invitation to reconsider how we think about the Church and its mission.

We invite you to take some time to listen to the talks online and be challenged and inspired about the future of the Church in Aotearoa New Zealand. Scot’s talks, the two addresses from Maori and Pasifika leaders and a full-length recording of the evening of celebration and testimony can be viewed below.