New Zealand will become the first country in the world to create a church that has a literal connection to the divine.
The first Baptist church in the country, which will be formally opened next month, is part of the Anglican Communion.
The church, which was established in October last year, will be led by a priest who is part-time, and will also be staffed by people from various denominations.
“The church will bring together believers in a way that will allow them to live the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Anglican Bishop of Christchurch, Dr Peter Liddell, said in a statement.
“Our aim is to give Christians the spiritual life of Jesus in a community where they can feel welcomed, to feel valued, and to be a part of a Christian community.”
The church is expected to be open to people from across the country and the world, with the goal of having 500 people attending services in a two-week period.
A new church in New Zealand The Anglican Church of New Zealand was founded in October 2018 by the New Zealand Anglican and Baptist Churches in a bid to bring together the Anglicans and Baptists of the world.
Dr Liddells intention was to build a church where all people from all walks of life would feel welcomed and have a place of worship.
He said the goal was to create an environment where all Christians could feel welcome.
“This is about bringing together a broad and diverse range of people, and all who share a commitment to the gospel,” he said.
“It’s about a place where all can worship and learn together in a world where diversity is welcomed and valued.”
A new place for allThe church also plans to host its first services on Friday and Saturday mornings in Auckland.
DrLiddells mission is to ensure the congregation feels welcome, as well as an environment of respect and unity for the local communities.
“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to give people the opportunity to come together, be in the community, and see how they feel in a very welcoming environment,” he told CBC Radio’s The Current.