What is Thinking Matters?
Thinking Matters is a ministry that encourages New Zealand Christians to think more deeply about what they believe and why they believe it, so they can present the Christian faith as both rational and true.
Founded in 2008, Thinking Matters today has regional branches all over New Zealand – in Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch. We also have campus-based apologists at Auckland University, Waikato University and Victoria University.
We partner with churches, ministries and individuals to form a network of professional and lay apologists throughout New Zealand.
- Train Believers to share and defend their faith.
- Build Conviction with the confidence of why we believe in Christ.
- Encourage Christians to love God with all their minds.
- Engage Worldviews and the questions and challenges they raise.
- Transform Culture with the truth of Christianity.
What We Do
Annual Confident Christianity Conference
An annual apologetics conference to help equip Christians to confidently live and share their faith. Held in Auckland, Tauranga and Christchurch.
Annual Unshaken Youth Conference
An annual youth conference to help make the 15 to 25 age group unshaken in their faith. Held in Tauranga (and soon Auckland too!)
Workshops and Events
Training events at churches and universities throughout the country.
The latest apologetics books and DVD’s are available at our online store here – and at our events.
We provide a library of DVD’s and small group resources to church and small-group leaders. Contact us for more details.
We publicly engage with the culture, providing an articulate, intelligent voice for the Church via our blog here.
We train and support a national network of Christian apologists so we can be more effective work closely together.
We partner with various campus ministries at various universities to provide speakers and training in apologetics on campus.
We partner with churches to provide small-group resources and support for those who want to bring more apologetics training to their congregations.
We partner with churches, like-minded ministries, Christian schools and the home-schooling network to provide apologetics professional development training to staff and students.
Our Mission: Inspiring Thinking for the Common Good
As Christians we are committed to the good news of what God has done to rescue humanity in Jesus Christ. If Christianity is true, we believe there is something worse than death and something far more valuable than life at stake in thinking.
We want to encourage others to see that the claims of Christianity are more than worthy of reflection, but credible to believe and capable of intellectual justification. Jesus Christ does not invite us to trust him mindlessly or without good reason, but shows Himself trustworthy in his life, death, and resurrection. These are public claims about public events that occurred in history, open to rational scrutiny and investigation.
Christianity does not claim to be true or relevant because it works; it works because it is true – and can be known to be true
While modern life can offer countless distractions and disincentives to thinking, we believe that the pursuit of truth in religious and public life is essential for all human thought and flourishing. How we think, and especially, how we think about the nature of reality and purpose of life shape the way we live and the people we become. Without truth, we cannot know ourselves, negotiate reality, or handle life. We want to work towards cultivating a respectful and civil public square where citizens of all beliefs – whether atheist, agnostic, or religious – are free to enter and engage these great questions.