About GC3

We're all about connecting churches and mission

Global Connections (GC3) partners with local churches in New Zealand to engage in mission work. We serve Christian Brethren Heritage churches that have sent and commended mission partners worldwide by supporting both the churches and the missionaries they send.

Partnering with Churches

  • Offering guidance and practical support, grounded in the Bible

  • and mission experience, to churches sending and commending people for mission.

  • Providing a secure platform for sending financial support to mission partners.

  • Supporting local churches to increase awareness and encourage engagement with mission.

Partnering with Missionaries

  • Encouraging prayer support through our Daily Prayer Guide and weekly e-Connect email.

  • Providing financial support.

  • Keeping in touch with mission partners.

  • Providing advice and support, rooted in biblical teaching and practical mission experience.

  • Traveling to meet with mission partners around the world.

  • Collaborating with other mission agencies to network
    and share resources.

Our Statement Of Faith

Recognising the limitations of any brief and simple statement, and with no attempt to be exhaustive, GC3 holds that the following affirmations express fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith.

We believe each statement in this affirmation to be consistent with the teaching of scripture.

We believe that there is only One True God, revealed in the Trinity of the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit to each of whom equal honour is due. We uphold firmly God's three-in-oneness believing that almost everything that matters in Christianity hangs on this truth. We are committed to bringing all people into a living, personal and ever-growing relationship with God.

We believe the Bible is the complete Word of God, given to us by divine inspiration; is without error and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and living. We accept its authority as God's authority and always try to act in line with its principles in our mission activity.

We believe that all people are sinners and subject to the judgment of God; that deliverance from the guilt, penalty, power and ultimately the presence of sin is found only through the sacrificial death of Christ who died as our substitute; that our being right with God is not achieved through works, but solely through personal faith in Christ alone. We are totally committed to communicate this message of hope and salvation, in particular by those who are involved in cross-cultural and global mission.

We believe in personal baptism by immersion of all believers as an act symbolic of our union with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection and attesting to our personal commitment to Him.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, fully God and fully human but without sin; that he died for our sins but was physically resurrected from death and ascended to heaven. Therefore, we emphasize the importance of acknowledging Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, his authority in our lives. We believe that all committed Christians should regularly celebrate the Lord's Supper in remembrance of him, this act expressing our unity in him.

We believe in the work of the Holy Spirit for salvation and for spiritual growth; that all believers are permanently in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit from the time of their conversion, and that all believers should lead godly, moral and loving lives under the complete control of the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the oneness of the Church which is made up of all believers; that the local church is the visible expression of the Church in its community, each being autonomous and governed by an elder-group; that all members of a local church contribute to its ministry by means of God-given spiritual gifts. Therefore, we support programmes which prepare believers for effective service.

Our missionary task is motivated by the love of God for all people everywhere, as demonstrated by the compassionate ministry of Christ. We support the complementary nature of caring love in action, justice in human relationships, and the offer of God's saving love in words.

We believe the God we love and serve is the creator of our world with its people groups. We see ethnic and cultural diversity as part of his design and thus we will show respect and sensitivity in our cross-cultural ministries.

We believe that the supreme authority for the Church is our Lord Jesus Christ; that leadership, gifts, order and discipline at the local church level are all exercised under His authority and that all church members are to submit to the delegated authority of the elders.

We believe in the reality of life after death for all people, that Jesus Christ will personally return to take all believers to heaven and that this coming could take place at any moment. Therefore, we are committed to the importance of spiritual and eternal values.

We believe that mission is rooted in the nature of God who desires to reconcile sinful humanity to Himself. Because he continues to implement his mission through his people today, we will assist and support what he is doing in the world. We will obey the Great Commission of Christ given in Matthew 28:18-20. We accept the responsibility to work together as a team committed to this task.

Our History

GCiM commenced operating on behalf of the Christian Brethren Assembly network in January 2001 as an amalgamation of Missionary Services New Zealand and Gospel Literature Outreach.

While Global Connections in Mission (GCiM) is a recently formed mission organisation, its roots go back more than 100 years. New Zealand's first commended Assembly missionary was James Kirk who sailed for South America in 1896 and served the Lord there for 56 years.

Read more about our history.

GC Aid

There are so many needs around the world. We believe that as God’s people, we should extend love and support to our global neighbours by offering assistance where it’s needed most. 

GC Aid is dedicated to supporting the holistic development and transformation of communities and individuals around the world.

Our team

Michael Hanson

Michael serves as Executive Director. He loves wrestling with ideas, and thinking about ways to live for God. His passion is for us to be all that God created us be and to transform the world with the Gospel. Michael’s background includes pastoral ministry, theological education and cross-cultural mission. Now he oversees the GC3 team. He is married to Carolyn, and they have four adult children. Carolyn and Michael attend Orewa Community Church in Auckland.

michael@gc3.org.nz
+64 27 522 4001

John Buchanan

John is one of our Mission Ambassadors, along with his wife, Wendy. Together, they encourage and support local NZ churches to engage with missions, especially cross-cultural missions. John has a background in church pastoral ministry, secular and theological education, and overseas missions. He has a love for God's global church, and served for 10 years in a Bible College in Myanmar with Wendy.

john@gc3.org.nz
+64 6 882 9503

Wendy Buchanan

Wendy is Mission Ambassador with her husband John. Together, they seek to encourage churches and their members to engage in mission both 'here' in New Zealand and 'there' overseas, wherever God might send them. Wendy has a background in English teaching, English teacher training, and overseas missions. She has always had a keen interest in global mission, and she served with John in a Bible College in Myanmar for 10 years.

wendy@gc3.org.nz
+64 6 882 9504

Heather Taylor

Heather is our fantastic administrator, responsible for keeping in touch with our mission partners, assisting and promoting GC3 projects and looking after the day-to-day running of the office.

heather@gc3.org.nz
+64 6 357 8388.  

Johanna Birks 

Johanna is our Finance Manager. She has a background in accounting and has served in the mission field for over 10 years in West Africa as a missionary.

johanna@gc3.org.nz

Katrina Sinclair

Katrina is serving as Communications and Marketing Specialist. She is passionate about telling the amazing stories of what God is doing through the work of faithful missionaries all over the world and encouraging local churches in Aotearoa.

katrina@gc3.org.nz