Our “Kaupapa” is our reason for being – the ideas/values/principles that inform all that we do. It speaks to why Northcity exists as a church whānau.
Unsurprisingly our kaupapa aligns with Jesus’ thoughts when discussing the greatest commandment:
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Our kaupapa has been important to us since our beginnings in the 1980s, and can be broken down into three parts:
Loving God (worship):
We love to worship. This is more than song. It is about growing in our love for, and relationship with, our creator God as we posture ourselves in submission to him. This is the primary reason for coming together on a Sunday, and is reflected in our songs, testimonies, and sermons. We long for Wairua Tapu (Holy Spirit) to move in us and through us, empowering us and leading us in a life that reflects who we are as sons and daughters of God, and this begins with worship.
Loving One Another (whānau):
This begins on a Sunday, as we look to connect with one another and worship together. However, it also means we have a focus on people being connected through smaller groups, in which we look to develop authentic relationships of honesty, encouragement and support for daily life; providing an environment to learn, grow, celebrate, care for and serve together. We also have pastoral care systems in place to support whānau with the ups and downs life brings.
Loving Our Neighbour (mission):
Empowered by our relationships with God and one another, we offer manākitanga (love, hospitality, respect) to those around us. We encourage all of our whānau to see our daily lives as a place of mission, where we can be God’s representatives in the world. Corporately, we are very active in serving our local community through a range of services and initiatives. Lastly, loving our neighbour is outworked through engagement with overseas mission activity, either through whānau going overseas to serve, or through supporting friends who are active internationally.