Special Challenges

  • A diverse population with a wide-range of values. Almost a quarter of today’s population was born overseas.
  • Claimed religious affiliations, as of 2006
    • Christian: 55% — down by 5% since 2001
    • No religion: 35% — up 5% from 2001
    • Eastern religions: <5%, but Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam grew more than 50% from 2001 to 2006
  • Approx. 20% of all couples are living as “partners”

Points of Comparison

  • In the U.S., 82% claim an affiliation to some form of Christian religion
  • In the U.K., 49% claim an affiliation to some form of Christian religion
  • In the U.S. as of 2007, approx. 10% of all opposite-sex couples are living together but not married

Still Searching

State or Religion

Sample beliefs among New Zealanders today.

A lot of New Zealanders have given up on God and “organized” religion, but they still have a yearning for the “Other.”

We can reach out to people who are desperately searching for truth, but who are searching in all the wrong places.

And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. — Acts 17:26-27

Source: http://www.salient.org.nz/features/the-state-of-religion-in-nz