It takes a team.
To plant a sustainable church in New Zealand, you need a core group of committed church members from day one, but you'll also need some church planters. Two families with previous church planting experience have teamed again up to form the nucleus of what is already a growing church plant team.
Hamish & Molly Taylor
Born and raised in New Zealand, Hamish grew up attending Shore Community Church in Auckland, one of our partner churches for this project. He studied at Cincinnati Christian University where he met his wife, Molly. They have three boys: Liam, Dillon, and Riley.
Nate & Whitney Hutchison
Residents of NZ since 2007, this family now calls New Zealand home. After planting a church in Christchurch with the Taylors, Nate and Whitney moved to Auckland to work with Shore CC and to prepare for the new church. They have three children: Lane, Henry, and Finn.
Hamish // Team + Teaching Leader
Molly // Children + Families Leader
Nate // Music + Counselling Leader
Additional staff positions will be added as needed and as God provides.
Northwest Auckland. 50,000 new homes. 13,000 new jobs.
Auckland's Northwest corridor is in the middle of massive growth due to overcrowding around the city. The project has become the largest scale development in New Zealand's history. The area will see at least 100,000 new residents in the years ahead! The harvest is ripe so we're planting a church right in the middle of it.
Our partnering church, Shore Community Church sits just 15 minutes from Westgate, the location of our church plant.
While the new church will be fully autonomous, we will have a close family-like connection to Shore CC. This will allow the new church leadership to cast a unique vision for reaching NW Auckland while reaping the benefits of partnering with a caring and nearby established church. Such benefits will include the establishment of an eldership, as well as some support including people and resources. We're thrilled to have family nearby!
While we aren't technically affiliated with a church planting organisation, we have a long history and cooperative partnership with both New Missions Systems International (NMSI) and South Pacific Christian Fellowship (SPCF). Oversight and management of this project is being handled locally through Shore Community Church and the leadership team we are forming with their help.