We are followers of Jesus
We are a community learning to follow Jesus in this land of Aotearoa today. We believe God’s Spirit is alive and at work in this land, its history, its people - tāngata whenua and tāngata tiriti - leading us together into freedom and peace. We don't believe everyone needs to think the same way, but we are committed to learning to live life together. Below you will find more information about our community as well as central professions of the faith that shapes our community.
If you would like to find out more about the Christian faith, you can contact of our interim minister.
Knox Church Dunedin
We are captivated by the biblical vision of the realm of God,
made known in Jesus,
given in grace.
We believe we are called to be a community following Jesus,
alive to God’s Spirit,
living into God’s coming realm.
The values that inform our life together are:
Unity in Christ
Justice for all creation
Worship of God
Love and hospitality
Diversity and inclusiveness
You can read the 2021-2023 Knox Plan plan here.
Who we are
He whānau kotahi tātou i roto i te Karaiti, in Christ we are one family. We are a people on the way, committing to the path of reconciliation between Māori and Pākehā, immigrant and local, rainbow and straight. We encourage diversity and are on the journey to grounding our worship and life together in the context of Aotearoa. We are committed to the work of decolonisation and making space for a multitude of voices, languages, cultures, orientations and expressions. Come, add your voice to the mix!
Our heritage of music – of organ and choir – has evolved and continues to evolve to resonate with people’s experiences and faith today. We try to bring good scholarship to Bible and theology and church. We host world scholars and have people who have spent a life-time studying the faith. We have a tradition of prayer and spirituality that is true to us: honest, authentic, genuine. Our faith is not dryly intellectual or unemotional or detached.
There is a spirit of inclusion. We seek to follow the boundary-crossing Jesus. We can discuss controversial subjects without being consumed by competing claims to truth. That is much more than tolerance. We have a stream of new people, bringing fresh questions and challenges and energy. We have children and young people who are articulate and thoughtful, who inspire and educate us. We engage our local community on issues of justice. Many are engaged in political or community movements. We have a heritage of going to people where they are, rather than expecting them to come to us – Donald Stuart was the first minister of Knox and had a remarkable ministry of visiting people in their homes. We seek to be part of the action of the Holy Spirit, at our door step, drawing us into her life in the community, inviting us to be part of her action out on the street, in the shops and hospital and university and polytechnic and work places, in the lives of people, in the questions and spirit of people beyond us.
The Church Council provides pastoral and spiritual oversight of Knox Church.
Knox Church policy documents can be accessed here
If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Council Clerk,
who will pass on your concerns to Council.
Lincoln Coe (Clerk)
The Deacons' Court manage the finances and property of Knox Church. Through wise stewardship of our resources, we seek to better serve our community and more fully share in God's generous love to the world. For queries, relating to finance and property, please contact the Clerk of Deacons' Court.
Presbyterian Church of
Aotearoa New Zealand
Knox Church Dunedin is part of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Five Faces of Mission
The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
believes it is called by God to work with others
in making Jesus Christ known through:
Teaching and nurturing people in the Christian faith
Loving service responding to human need
Proclaiming the gospel
Seeking to transform society
Caring for God's creation
From this land of Aotearoa New Zealand
we confess that we believe in and belong
to the one true and living God,
who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Love before all love.
We believe in God the Father,
sovereign and holy,
Creator and nurturer of all,
Father of Jesus Christ,
sender of the Holy Spirit,
and Judge of all the earth.
We believe in God the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour,
truly human and truly divine,
who lived among us full of grace and truth.
For our sin he was crucified
and by the power of God was raised from death,
forgiving us, setting us free and bringing to birth God’s new creation.
Now ascended, he calls us to repentance and faith
and restores us to God and to one another.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
the giver of life at work in all creation,
who inspired the Scriptures and makes Christ known,
who transforms hearts and minds
and gathers us into the community of Christ,
empowering the Church in worship and in mission.
We belong to this triune God,
women and men,
young and old,
from many nations,
in Christ he iwi kotahi tatou, [we are one people]
witnesses to God’s love in word and action,
servants of reconciliation,
and stewards of creation.
As God’s people,
we look forward in hope and joy
to the return of Christ,
to the new heaven and earth,
where evil and death will be no more,
justice and peace will flourish,
and we shall forever delight in the glory of God.
Mai tēnei whenua o Aotearoa Niu Tireni
E whakaatu ana mātou
Ki te Atua kotahi, te Atua ora
Te Matua, Tama, Wairua Tapu
Te aroha i mua i te aroha
E Whakapono ana mātou ki te Atua Matua
Ki tōna mana me tōna tapu
Te Kaihanga, te Kaiāwhina o nga mea katoa
Te Matua o Ihu Karaiti
Te Kaituku o te Wairua Tapu
Te Kaiwhakawā o te ao katoa
E Whakapono ana mātou ki te Atua Tama
Kia Ihu Karaiti te ariki, te kaiwhakaora
he tāngata he Atua
Ka noho ia kei waenganui i a mātou
i te atawhai me te pono.
Mo o mātou hara ka ripekatia ia
na te mana o te Atua
ka ara ake ai ia i te mate
I murua o matou hara, kia wātea mātou
ki te whanau hou ki te mea hou
e noho mai nei i te rangi
ka karanga ia kia mātou ki te ripeneta me te
whakapono, na, ka honoa mātou ki te Atua
me mātou kia mātou ano.
E Whakapono ana mātou ki te Atua, te Wairua Tapu
te Kaihomai o te ora
te Kaimahi i roto i te ao katoa
te Kaihāpai i nga karaipiture
ki te whakamārama te Karaiti kia mātou
kia tahuri o mātou ngākau me o mātou hinengaro
kia noho ai mātou
hei iwi mo te Karaiti
kia kaha ai te Haahi ki te whakatinana haere
i nga whakahau o te Karaiti
No tātou tēnei Atua Tokotoru Tapu
Wāhine me nga tāne,
rangatahi me nga pakeke
o ngā iwi katoa
He iwi kotahi tātou i roto i te Karaiti,
I kite ai mātou i te aroha o te Atua
I roto i te kupu me te mahi
A tātou mahi he hohou i te rongo
me te manaaki, tiaki ranei
kia Rangi raua ko Papa-tū-ā-nuku
He iwi whakapono mātou
ka titiro whakamua mātou ki te hari me te koa
ki te hokinga mai o te Karaiti
Ki te rangi me te whenua hou
kua mutu te kino me te mate
ka puāwai te tika me te rongo
ka noho mātou i roto i te
kororia o te Atua mo ake tonu atu
Confession of Faith (2010)
We belong to the Universal Church
As a community that gathers around the table of the risen Jesus, Knox Church Dunedin is part of the worldwide church, sharing communion with Christians through space and time. We look to the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed as a concrete expression of our unity, professing the same faith in the triune God of love. If you would like to find out more about being a Christian, feel free to contact the minister or click on the links in the Apostles' Creed below.
Each of the statements from the Apostles' Creed links to a series of short addresses by Dr. Ben Myers (2013). He provides one helpful interpretation of the central professions of faith.