Who is AFFIRM?

AFFIRM (Anglican For Faith Intercession Renewal and Mission) is a partnership of voluntary societies, groups, ministry units and individuals in the New Zealand Anglican Church that have signed the following covenant:

AFFIRM seeks to recall the church to biblical faith, the life of prayer, spiritual renewal and effective mission.

How to become an Associate Member of AFFIRM

Why become an Associate of AFFIRM?

Your Ministry Unit becomes part of a growing network of churches throughout the country that have joined together to support and encourage each other in their ministries. Membership leads to automatic access to all AFFIRM Conferences and day seminars aimed at strengthening the local church in its mission. The Voluntary Agencies that initiated AFFIRM offer their expertise and resources both written and staff in Evangelism, Mission Partnerships, Theological training and the best of New Zealand based world class Theological and Biblical studies. AFFIRM will assist parishes in finding staff members for parish and other ministries including assisting in the search for the Vicar of a parish. AFFIRM has within its reach people with considerable experience in leading growing healthy churches. In partnership with Presbyterian AFFIRM a steady flow of booklets are produced that will assist individuals and churches in developing their Faith and grappling with some of the issues that confront us as Christians in New Zealand.

Application Form for Ministry Unit Associate Membership.

An individual may also become an Associate of AFFIRM by completing the following form:

Application Form for Individual Membership.

Blessing Same-Sex Unions – A Legitimate Pastoral Accommodation?

[Fulcrum by Andrew Goddard on October 10, 2016 in Articles]

As we move from shared conversation to shared deliberation, initially among the bishops, there are a number of important elements which must be at the heart of the discussion.  We do not start from a blank sheet.  The Church of England has set out its official teaching and discipline in relation to sexuality in a number of places over the last three decades (see summary here).  But we also need to recognise that the practical realities are much more complex (see summary here) and to consider how we got into this situation and where we might go next (a sketch is provided here).

Submission to the Working Group Appointed by the Primates

AFFIRM recognizes that there is a strong desire for change to allow people in life long committed Gay relationships to be ordained. While we cannot agree with this we would encourage those who seek this change to set up their own structure including being able to retain their buildings. Our concern is not to block the revisionist approach. Justice demands that no one be forced to act against their conscience. This cuts both ways. Hence our desire to see that those who seek change are given the freedom to do so without forcing others to comply.

AFFIRM held a number of meetings about possible structures culminating in a meeting in Christchurch where all of the comments and findings were presented and then preferences agreed upon. The clear preferences for all the meetings is that we would stay as we are and not go ahead with the recommendations of the "A Way Forward" report. If however this does not happen the following are our offers to the new Commission. 

The AFFIRM meeting in Christchurch was impressed with the FCA  submission and wanted to have it alongside the others so we have included it. They have it on their own website as well.

The three AFFIRM submissions forwarded to the Working Group appointed by the Primates are:

A) Extra Provincial Diocese. (This is the FCA Submission).

B) An Anglican Order of Aotearoa NZ and Polynesia.

C) An Eighth Non Geographical Diocese in Tikanga Pakeha.

To read the submissions in full, click on 'read more'...

'FAITH HAS ITS REASONS' IN NEW ZEALAND By Dr Bob Robinson

Dr Bob Robinson, (PhD, London) is Senior Research Fellow at the Christchurch campus of Laidlaw College and a long time friend and supporter of AFFIRM NZ.

Bob highlights that in the last decade or so, there has been a rich renaissance of high-quality Christian apologetics and his description and assessment of the best six of these is contained in this highly worthwhile selection of book reviews.  Go to https://wwwlaidlaw.ac.nz/stimulus/stimulus-nov-2015/ for the full article.

Some Challenging Thoughts by Rev Michael Lawrence...

Former NZCMS National Director Rev Michael Lawrence writes:

A Long Look Back...

Two important issues regarding family life in Aotearoa New Zealand arise out of Motion 30, and the “A Way Forward”, “He Anga Whakamua”, “Na Sala ki Liu” Working Group Report.  Firstly, the re-definition of marriage and secondly, and consequentially, the birth or the adoption of children into a same-sex marriage.

Five Ways Christianity Is Increasingly Viewed as Extremist

Barna Group - Research Releases in Faith & Christianity • February 23, 2016

Society is undergoing a change of mind about the way religion and people of faith intersect with public life. That is, there are intensifying perceptions that faith is at the root of a vast number of societal ills.

Though it remains the nation’s most dominant religion, Christianity faces significant headwind in the court of public opinion. The decades-old trend that Christianity is irrelevant is increasingly giving way to the notion that Christianity is bad for society.

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