our heart

Miraclecentre Hastings is affiliated with the Assemblies of God NZ (AGNZ) and has been introducing people to the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus in Hastings NZ, since 1962. As an affiliated church our doctrinal foundations align with the AGNZ statement of fundamental truths published HERE.

Understanding our heart is to understand what shapes our identity and expression as a local church. Our heart is defined by three elements: OUR MISSION, OUR MESSAGE, and OUR MEASURE.

our mission

empowered and equipped, in the grace of jesus christ

We are passionate about the work and life of the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to flow through every facet of our lives, individually and corporately. Through His empowering, we are then motivated by God’s love to exercise our individual gifts to equip others, always pointing people to the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.

Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and to build up the Church…the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

our message

grace changes everything

We believe in sounding a constant note of grace through all that we do. We understand that true grace always results in changed lives that now display holiness and justice. Grace changes how we see people. It changes how we understand scripture. It changes how we respond to others. It changes how we respond to God. Our desire is that people encounter not only the conviction of sin but the beauty of grace.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8, 9)

jesus at the centre

Everything we need is found in Jesus. Everything we do is because of Him, through Him and for Him. We are a church dependant on Jesus Christ. Without Him at the centre, we lose all meaning and purpose.

“All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

people not programs

One result of our transformed lives is that we love God, each other and our community. All our ministries are birthed out of this love. Rather than copy someone else’s successful program, it is our desire to find God-inspired ways to love, engage with and challenge our own local community and cultures.

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35)

our measure

the word is our measure

We want to make sure we are doing exactly what God tells us to do. If it is time for a mid-stream adjustment, we will make it because we desire, individually and as a church, to be in alignment with His will – even when it means inconvenient or even massive change.  The Miraclecentre culture is one that honours faithfulness and commitment.  We also recognise the need for fruitfulness and productivity.  Our trust and reliance is on the guiding hand of the Lord.  When we don’t know what God wants us to do, we ask Him. When we do know what God wants us to do, we do it. As the Psalmist says:

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you.

Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.

Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.

May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. (Psalm 143:8-10)