What we believe
Welcome to Elim, we are so excited you are here.
Elim Church Christchurch City has been in Christchurch for over 25 years. Lead by Clinton and Jan Kelleher until 2012 when Ps Nu and Taua Telea were invited to take over the Church. We meet every Sunday at 285 Cashel Street. We have a great Early Learning Centre an Afterschool and Holiday programme and run a Christians Against Poverty Centre.
We have groups for all ages and stages of life from our Music and Munchies group for under twos right through to our Prime Connect group for those 60 years young and over.
We believe Christianity is not a "Religion" but a Relationship and the role of the church is to see people come to know Jesus in a personal way.
Our Lead Pastors Nu and Taua have a passion for God and a passion to see people experience the fullness of God and all that He has for them.
We personally invite you to join us at one of our Sunday meetings.
Our meetings start at 10am and 5pm, with children's programmes available for all ages. We also have midweek connect groups in homes across the city.
Elim Church is a Pentecostal church within the Elim Churches of New Zealand (inc) movement. The Elim Church of New Zealand (Inc) stands for and teaches:
The Elim Church of New Zealand (Inc) stands for and teaches:
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and that none may add to or take
away from, except at their peril.
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
and these three are one God.
We believe that the church consists of all persons who have been regenerated by the Holy
Spirit and made new creatures in Christ Jesus.
We believe that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and that through the
death and risen power of Christ all who believe and confess Jesus as Lord can be saved
from the penalty and power of sin.
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Healer, and that healing is provided for in the
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Baptiser in the Holy Spirit, and that this
Baptism with signs following is promised to every believer.
The Coming King
We believe in the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to receive unto Himself all born
We believe that every believer on the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour should produce the
ninefold fruit of His Spirit, as in Galatians 5:22‑23.
We believe that the church should claim and manifest the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, as in
1 Corinthians 12:8‑10.
We believe that God has given some Apostles, and some Prophets and some Evangelists,
and some Pastors and Teachers, for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the
ministry, and for the edifying of the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11‑12.
Marriage and The Family
We believe that marriage is the legal, moral and spiritual union of one man and one woman
to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life. We believe God intended
marriage to be a partnership of mutual love, respect and honour, and that it is the biblical
context for God’s gift of sexual intimacy. We believe that marriage between one man and
one woman is the ideal and God-intended context in which to conceive and raise children.
We believe that the Minister must live a life which displays adherence to the teachings of
the Bible and Elim’s statement of faith. We believe that the minister must live a life worthy
of our Lord Jesus Christ by living in accordance with standards of biblical morality and
Christ-like character, and by seeking to grow in the knowledge of God. We believe that the
standards of Biblical morality dictate that a minister must not engage in sexual immorality,
including sexual relationships outside of the marriage relationship, or homosexuality, a
minister must not be a thief, a coveter, a drunkard, a person who secures money or
favours by intimidation or the misuse of authority, or a worshipper of idols. A minister must
not marry any persons or other than a heterosexual couple. Colossians 1:10, 1 Corinthians
The Future State
We believe in the resurrection of the dead, the eternal happiness of all true believers in
Christ, and the eternal punishment of all Christ rejecters.
We believe in the following Ordinances:
Partaking of the Lord's Supper in memory of our Lord's death and anticipating His
imminent return; Baptism by immersion for believers; The Laying on of hands;
The Anointing of the Sick with oil.