“What Exactly Will You Be Doing?”

“What Exactly Will You Be Doing?”

One of the most common questions we have received during our time meeting with Ministry Partners and raising financial support in the States is “What exactly will you be doing?” Up to this point our answer has been to refer back to the overall vision and goals of the current Steiger New Zealand team. We have recently been working with our ministry leader to develop our specific ministry roles and responsibilities. These roles can be broken up into three areas: What we will each be doing and what we will be responsible for together.

Noah will be involved in leading, developing, and participating in various projects. In terms of leadership and development, he will be overseeing Jandal Journeys and Street Interviews. Jandal (a New Zealand term for sandals) Journeys is “a ministry opportunity for those who want to share the love of Jesus with backpackers while traveling around New Zealand.” Beginning in Tauranga, backpackers will be trained in the areas of how to communicate cross-culturally and how to share their faith with people they meet during their journey. Noah will also be leading the Street Interview ministry. This evangelistic team goes out regularly to the city Tauranga and interviews people with a microphone and video camera. By asking them questions about life, faith, and other current issues this team seeks to engage the local community and begin a conversation that ultimately points to an invitation to know God. Noah will also be involved in pastoral care, Steiger NZ social media, and helping to organize the monthly Open Mic Nights hosted at The Wharf Community House.

Wendy will also be involved in developing and participating in various ministries. Her focus will be both the areas of discipleship and creativity. When we arrive in New Zealand Wendy will help to develop the overall discipleship that we provide to new or pre- Christians that are impacted by our ministry. This will include personal discipleship, as well as discipleship tools that we provide online. One specific tool that she will help to develop is an App that was created by Steiger New Zealand called Jesus Words Meditation. Jesus Words contains guided audio-meditations centered on Jesus’ words in Scripture. This ministry has a huge reach and is an incredibly relevant tool to pass on to those we meet traveling through Tauranga. Wendy will also be heavily involved in the area creative ministries. One specific ministry is the Match Box Collective. This group is made up of Christian artists committed to using art to share the Gospel in Tauranga, New Zealand, and the World. So far this ministry has developed a variety of shows and galleries focused on engaging the public on current issues and topics and then introducing the hope found in having a relationship with Jesus.

In addition to our individual responsibilities, as a family we will also have the incredible opportunity to host backpackers in our home on a regular basis! Sharing God’s love though hospitality, generosity, and intentional community is something that is very important to us as a family. This is type of ministry that we have been involved with for the length of our ministry with Steiger in Minnesota, Germany, and now New Zealand. We feel very honored to be able to continue to practice and mature in this passion of ours. Along with many other people that are part of Steiger New Zealand we will be joining the Couchsurfing Network, an online resource connecting backpackers with homes with available space to stay while traveling.

If you have any further questions about what we will be doing, please feel free to let us know by sending us an email at schnieder@gmail.com.

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