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In August of each year, we celebrate being in the Baptist whānau of Aotearoa New Zealand by running CareySunday. In 2023, we provided three sermons as well as discussion questions and other helpful resources.

Carey exists to serve churches by training leaders for ministry and mission. It is a privilege partnering with churches across Aotearoa in this way. If you have any questions, or any suggestions as to how we can better serve you, please let us know.

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Previous Carey Sunday Messages

Carey Sunday 2023: Hope for the Weary
Emma Stokes
Lecturer in Bible and Mission

Where do we find strength when we are weary? Isaiah 40:25-31 lifts our eyes to the breath-taking grandeur, the holiness and incomparability, of our wise and mighty God. It calls us to put our trust in God’s plans and purposes rather than our own. When we look to God in trusting expectation, we find both that God does new and unexpected things, and that we are energised and summoned forward by radical hope.


Carey Sunday 2023: What does it meant to be prophetic?
Michael Rhodes
Lecturer in Old Testament

What does it mean for God’s people to be prophetic? Jeremiah 4:11-28 invites us to pursue prophetic ministry by hearing, speaking, seeing, and feeling out of hearts closely attuned to God’s own heart. Doing so will invite God’s people to turn towards the Living Lord, both for our own good and for the good of our neighbours.


Carey Sunday 2023: Word and Spirit
John Tucker

The Swiss theologian, Emil Brunner, once compared hope to oxygen. Take it away, he said, and we suffocate. Hope is the air we breathe. Ezekiel 37:1-14 is a message of hope for people who have lost hope. In this extraordinary prophetic vision, we see that God can breathe new life in us and through us as we acknowledge our dependence on both the word of God and the Spirit of God.


Carey Sunday 2022
John Tucker
In this message John Tucker, Carey’s principal, shares from Isaiah 43 on the promises of God to people in need of hope. What God said to the Israelite exiles, he says to us:

“I am passionately committed to you, my people. And I am present with all my power to bring new life, both to you, and to the neighbourhoods in which I have you placed you as my witnesses. See, I am doing a new thing!”

Carey Sunday 2021
Michael Rhodes
Lecturer in Old Testament

Have you ever found yourself wondering, “What’s the point of the people of God?” Dr Michael Rhodes invites you to join him in listening to how Scripture, from Abraham to Matthew, Isaiah to Acts, calls the church to embrace God’s purposes for his people.

“At Carey we believe that the God of mission is at work in the world by the Spirit to renew people and places in Christ. Our calling is to equip Christian leaders with the convictions, competencies, and capacity to participate in that mission, bringing gospel renewal in churches and communities across Aotearoa and around the world.”

– John Tucker, Principal