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Mission and Ecumenical

October 2023

Methodist mission and Ecumenical are reviewing a plan for their web page, it is currently under review.

Any questions please contact:

Jackie McGeorge

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What we do

“To be church is to be missionary; to be Methodist is to be ecumenical.”

This statement reflects the commitment of Methodist Mission and Ecumenical (MME) as part of the ethos of ecumenical diakonia and koinonia of the Methodist Church of New Zealand - Te Hāhi Weteriana o Aotearoa.

Our diakonia is to promote an understanding of international mission as joining evangelism and ministry to human needs, concern for social justice and for the world. This is represented particularly in mission with the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea; and more broadly in partnership with the ecumenical overseas aid agency Christian World Service, and through our relationships with international ecumenical bodies.

Our koinonia is also for mission, to work towards embodying Jesus’ prayer the “they may all be one … so the world may believe” (John 17: 21-22). This is expressed internationally in our active membership of international ecumenical bodies, domestically in the National Dialogue for Christian Unity, and in our bilateral dialogues in conjunction with Faith and Order. A specific relationship with Te Runanga Whakawhanaunga i nga Hāhi o Aotearoa is nurtured directly by Te Taha Māori.

Who we are

Governance of the work of MME is given by the Mission and Ecumenical Board, which is appointed by and reports to MCNZ Conference. The management of the functions of MME is the responsibility of a Director, who is a ‘Connexional Appointment’ of Conference.

Board Chairperson: Jackie McGeorge


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Our Vision

Our vision is to support and strengthen the mission and ecumenical understandings of the Methodist Church of New Zealand by:

  • Working to further develop effective communication with parishes, rohe and co-operative ventures, through monthly newsletters, occasional papers, information leaflet and articles in "Touchstone".
  • Developing ecumenical understandings and commitment throughout the connexion using the "To be Methodist is to be Ecumenical" paper.
  • Using the "Transforming Mission" paper as a working paper that provides a theological base for the work of the committee and secretary.
  • Strengthening partnership relationships with the United Church of Papua New Guinea and the United Church of the Solomon Islands through personal visits, regular correspondence and sharing of resources.
  • Strengthening relationships with ecumenical agencies of which the Methodist Church of New Zealand is a member – Conference of Churches of Aotearoa New Zealand, Christian World Service, Christian Conference of Asia, and the World Council of Churches.
  • Producing resources (study and liturgical) on ecumenism and mission, suitable for use in parishes and rohe.