New Zealand has traditionally been a very strong missionary sending country, with Operation World stating that “New Zealand consistently commissions a higher ratio of its church members as missionaries than the vast majority of countries”. 18% of New Zealanders would claim to be evangelical Christians, but church attendance has been steadily declining. More than 40% of people now claim to be “non-religious”. New Zealand has a lot of social problems, such as suicide, domestic violence and abuse and scores highly on international scales of obesity and cancer rates.
OM’s ministry in New Zealand was established in 1986 and our current office is located in Manukau, in the south of New Zealand’s largest city Auckland.
Our strategy is focused on three main initiatives: