March Update Featured

March Update


I have just returned from Europe. I was able to meet old friends and connect with a bunch of new ones in Amsterdam, Terneuzen, Almere, Oss, (Holland), and in Le Havre, Nice and Arras, (France). It is always excellent catching up with people and wonderful to see the network gaining strength year by year. 

Once again it was great to speak at Church Planting Training Centre ( in Terneuzen, Zeeland. It’s exciting to see what new communities of faith are being nurtured in students’ hearts. 

We had a fantastic VCI all in day with about 30 church leaders. What was particularly exciting were the leaders from Belgium and France who are looking at partnering with VCI. This is such an answer to prayer for myself and many others who have been praying for contacts in Belgium and France, so it was encouraging to see them enjoying the day. I know some will make the decision to partner with us. It felt like family coming together. Lots of laughter, prayer, ministry and food! 

During my travels, many ask what is Vision Churches International about? While in Amsterdam I made a 2-minute video addressing this.
Simply click to view: 

Karen was able go to Australia for a few days to see family. Her Dad, aged 94 had a fall so it was good timing for a visit. He is doing better now. 

I’m speaking in various churches in NZ over the next few months as well as finishing my new book, “Keep Yourself In FAITH”.  Also, our websites are being redone to make things easier and smoother for the viewer. 

Thanks again for your prayer and support. It’s very much appreciated. Thank you!!

During my travels, many ask what is Vision Churches International about? While in Amsterdam I made a 2-minute video addressing this.

February Update Featured

February Update


I trust the year has begun well for you and you are enjoying the summer months as we are.

On the 7th of Feb I leave these shores again for Europe, the first of many this year. I head straight into another ‘Church Planting Training Center’ weekend in Terneuzen in South-Western Netherlands, ( I always find these times with the students and other teachers exciting, informative, and inspiring. Then I head off to speak in churches in Almere, Oss, then into France to Le Havre - Normandy, Nice, and Arras. On February 24th we have a Vision Churches International (VCI) all-in day with all our church leaders. These are fantastic and vital times of input and connection. It looks as though we will have several other leaders join us who are keen to be part of VCI. More on this in the March update.
This year looks very fruitful as a few churches are considering partnering with the network, but also one or two new churches will begin. Please pray for the students in CPTC who will be involved in new churches. Remember that for students to graduate they must be involved in a new church plant. We have simple clear criteria around this.

The books are selling well. Maybe you have a book already. If so, perhaps consider purchasing another one to give away as a gift. The MULTIPLICATION book will help extend the church planting mandate. I’ve known from personal experience that the right book at the right time can change a life! By the way, the books you purchase help facilitate and finance our support.

Within three months I will release my latest book on “Keep Yourself In Faith”. This scripture sums it up. “Without faith it is impossible to please God!”  Heb. 11:6.  Watch this space…

John Wesley who began the Methodist movement were people of extreme faith. From 1850 – 1905 American Methodism planted on average over 700 churches a year… that’s crazy!! Within a generation of beginning the Methodist movement, one in thirty people who were living in Britain had become Methodists and the movement was becoming a worldwide phenomenon.  (For an in-depth, insightful and powerful story get the free ebook download )

Could this happen again?? I believe so and it is happening in various parts of the world… we must see this happen in Europe. Please pray!


Quotes On How To Reach The Nations


I really enjoy quotes: Why?

  • They sum up multiple thoughts,
  • They’re to the point,
  • They’re succinct and remember-able,
  • I enjoy the way that the words are used in pulling multiple thoughts together.

So here are 20 of my favourite quotes...about the BEST way to reach Nations! 

"The best way to fulfill the great commission that Jesus gave to us in Matt 28, is to plant new Churches". Rick Warren.

“The single most effective evangelistic method under Heaven is planting new churches ...who in turn reproduce themselves”. Peter Wagner.

“No missiological principle is more important than saturation church planting”. C. Peter Wagner.

“The most concrete, lasting form of ministry in Acts is church planting”. C. Peter Wagner.

“The starting of new congregations … is to me the central activity to which all evangelistic methods must be bent”. Dr Ralf Winter.

The true fruit of an apple tree is not an apple, it’s another apple tree. I wonder how many orchards an apple tree could plant?

It would be more accurate to say that, Paul’s missionary journeys were church planting journeys.

Paul planted new churches, that in turn planted new churches.

The early church implemented the Great Commission mandate primarily by planting churches.

The healthiest churches are those who reproduce...

What about the thought of...disciples multiplying churches - not only the other way around...

"The only reason for any Christian to be in this world is to fulfil the great commission.” Jossy Chacko. 

“Lets not fish with a hook and a line, but with nets”. 

Plant churches like rabbits, not like elephants.

"It's time to stop counting converts and begin counting congregations." Ralph Moore.

A great goal for every church is to plant another church. Plant a new church that is pregnant!!!

To increase the Kingdom of God, we need to learn how to multiply churches, not simply adding churches.

"The only way to increase the number & percentage of Christians in a city is to plant thousands of new churches". Tim Keller 

"New church planting is the only way that we can be sure we are going to increase the number of believers in a city & one of the best ways to renew the Body of Christ." Tim Keller.

Every church that exists today has been planted by somebody or a group of people.

The conclusion:
Let's not waste hard earned mission's dollars...use them to plant new churches!
Think about how you can multiply yourself...

Many of these quotes are found and expanded in the book ‘MULTIPLICATION’.

Find out more and purchase Multiplication here.


December Update


I have just returned from Europe for the 4th time this year. 

I was in Manchester for a church planting conference – LAUNCH. ( Networking with other church planters who are working in the UK and on the continent of Europe fires me up. Meeting people like Jossy Chacko, who over the last 19 years has helped plant 22,000 churches and seen over 800,000 people baptized in India, is very inspiring! I absolutely believe this can happen on the continent of Europe. It must happen if we are serious about reaching Western Europe.

Then it was onto Belgium for a 1 day church planting mini conference that VCI hosted. I was believing for at least 30 Belgian people – 35 were there! That is a miracle.  I was also believing that seed would be sown it would bear fruit in the form of new communities of faith. People’s response was such that it strongly suggested this took place. “You will always harvest what you plant…at just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up”. Gal 6:7-9. Amen.

Then I went to speak in Axel, South Holland in one of our VCI churches. 2 people responded to Christ! This is a relatively new church and they are aiming to plant churches in nearby towns!

Then it was onto Dublin where I spoke to a number of church leaders including Elim Pastors on church planting, and had the privilege to minister in a church.

I felt it was a fruitful trip. I had some great connections and much seed was planted. I know God is nurturing and watering this seed.  I’m very encouraged. I look forward to seeing multiplication in the days ahead. 

Once again Karen and I are so thankful for all the prayer, support, and encouragement that makes this possible. Please be assured that your prayer, effort, and $ are making an eternal difference, not only for today but for generations to come…thank you!

The best way to fulfil the Great Commission is to plant churches that plant churches!

May you have a fantastic Christmas… and a fruitful 2018.

For the Kingdom.
Nick and Karen


Church Multiplication is more like gardening than construction


Today, along with my upcoming dates below, I would also like to share the following short except from an article from Ralph Moore on church planting, and I encourage you to read the full article. Around a 1000 churches could name Ralph's church and ministry as the catalyst for their church plants. He and his wife Ruby live in Honolulu where they have just planted another church, Hope Chapel.

“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” The command is repeated twice in Genesis. In Genesis 1:28 at the beginning of humanity God says this to Adam and Eve. He commands it again, in Genesis 9:1 when he reboots humanity with Noah’s family after the flood. God gave the same mandate twice—we should not miss the significance of that.

It is almost as if that command is at the core of our creative DNA. But it didn’t take long for man to forget the very first thing he was told to do. This is most notable in Genesis 11 where we see humanity coming together to build the Tower of Babel. Mankind was not sending and spreading, but gathering and building. The self-centered dream took the place of the vision God gave us. As a result, God scattered what humans had gathered.

This type of garden vs tower thinking isn’t unique to Genesis. It also has taken root in the church…

Continue reading Ralph's Article here...

Upcoming Dates

This is simply a reminder for prayer and letting you know that I fly out next week to UK, Belgium and Ireland… I do appreciate your prayer and support. Thank you.

  • I’m speaking in one of the new Ivy Church plants. Ps Anthony Delaney and the Ivy Church team have become encouraging friends in this journey of church planting. They are a unique church that is aiming to plant many churches. Ivy church is also hosting “LAUNCH” Launch is a National and European focused church planting conference which I’ll be speaking at. Please pray.
  • After LAUNCH, its onto Zottegem, Belgium for our second Church Planting Conference there on the 18th November; hosted by local Belgium and Dutch leaders and in partnership with VCI. I am believing for this to be a key time sowing seeds into a very needy part of Europe. Please pray for this.
  • Then to Ireland with some of the the Elim church leaders talking about… you guessed it – church planting!! Please pray.

I arrive back in NZ on the 29th Nov.


My Multiplication book is selling well. It is already proving to be an extremely helpful resource for people. I would like a few to partner with me to sponsor a number of books at cost. This helps gets the word out there to people who need it, and of course helps our cash flow.

If you would like to partner with me use the link below to purchase individual books or use the giving information below to sponsor books using online giving.

Please pray for MULTIPLICATION to be an insightful resource.

Buy Multiplication Online Now


Thank you again for your prayer, support and encouragement, this is so vital for us.

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For the Kingdom.
Nick and Karen

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We've made history! October Update


I have just returned from Holland and France, and while there I believe we made History… A dream was seeded 28 years ago, of a Church Planting Training Centre (CPTC) where students graduate when they have been involved in planting a church. This has now begun in Terneuzen, Zeeland, see the website for more information

It kicked off with 17 students – and it is likely that at least 3 churches will come out of this intake. We also began with a church planting conference. CPTC was nothing less than brilliant. The laughter, prayer times, presence of God was very evident and presentations were excellent. I felt the smile of God.

A cake at our CptC Launch featuring some of the lecturers.

It was great to be with VCI churches in Terneuzen with Cors and Coby Ephraim, and Joa and Thirza Ephraim. Also in Oss, with Christiaan and Jedidja and in Arras, (North France) with Irene and Paul. Most of the churches are putting plans in place to plant churches in nearby towns and cities. We had another VCI all-in-day in the OSS Church. It was great. This is where we connect with all the church leaders and others aiming to partner with us. Christiaan Bakker and Joa Ephriam led the day, both have an incredible apostolic gifting. It’s simply a joy to see people excited about His call on their lives, connecting with those of like mind and catching the multiplication DNA.


Now, I have a number of NZ speaking engagements in late October and early November, then its back on the plane on 8th for Manchester, UK.

  • I’m speaking in one of the new Ivy Church plants. Ps Anthony Delaney and the Ivy Church team have become encouraging friends in this journey of church planting. They are a unique church that is aiming to plant many churches. Ivy church is also hosting “LAUNCH”  Launch is a National and European focused church planting conference which I’ll be speaking in. Please pray.
  • After LAUNCH, its onto Zottegem, Belgium for the second Church Planting Conference on the 18th November; hosted by local Belgium and Dutch leaders and in partnership with VCI. I am believing for this to be a key time sowing seeds into a very needy part of Europe. Please pray for this.
  • Then to Ireland with some of the the Elim church leaders talking about… you guessed it – church planting!! Please pray. 

I arrive back in NZ on the 29th Nov. It’s very encouraging to see doors opening and addition happening. My sense is that before the end of 2021 (I’m giving myself space here) we will see multiplication begin.

The new church that we have been involved with, Hope Chapel Cambridge is progressing well and is building month by month. We meet in the Ignite Arts Academy at 20 Milicich Place in Cambridge, New Zealand on Sundays at 5pm.  While it’s a great venue it’s getting too small, so we’re on the hunt for another space.

Thank you once again for those who pray and support. You are making a difference. A special shout out to those who have recently sponsored books and travel…thank you!


What has Gibraltar got to do with planting churches?


A few years ago I had the privilege to speak in the oldest Methodist Church in Europe – Gibraltar! It was planted by one of John Wesley’s converts, a soldier from England, some 250 years ago.

It was very sobering to read the names on a wooden board inside the church building of the pastors, leaders, and their wives. Some went there for only a few months before a sickness took them; some were there many years! What an amazing history. 

This fires me up...WHY? Because for 250 years a group of people has been faithfully ministering in that community. We are not talking about a one-off crusade, concert, or conference, which by the way are all valid, but they NEVER replace the church. Week in & week out, year after year, decade after decade, come difficulties, problems, deaths, and heartaches…Celebrations, birthdays, marriages, and God's word preached. God's people have been able to speak into that community, encourage and support one another, and pray for one another for over two centuries. Missionaries have been supported and sent from this church. 

This for me is another proof that Christianity works and His Church will absolutely prevail. Today the pastor and church have influence on not only the Christian community, but also to the Governor and leaders of Gibraltar. It is still a healthy, vibrant, caring, evangelistic church. 

I wonder if indeed John Wesley, let alone the people who began the church, had it in their mind the legacy they would leave, two and a half centuries later!! We are not talking about a large church either, but one that certainly has a large influence! The power of the Church...Wow! I want to say it again, but with a twist, "truly church planting is the BEST long term continuous method of evangelism under God's Heaven..." 

This really hits home for me, as I was brought up in the Methodist Church in NZ...and I first realized the call of God in my life there. In fact, I can take you to the building and exact spot where this happened. Also, I became a Christ-follower in that church. 

With Jesus as the centre, it is still true, as Bill Hybels so firmly states, "the church is the hope of the world..." 


September Update


In today’s world we want things to happen instantly… right now, straight away. And when it doesn’t, we can be inclined to give up. Whereas I have found it to be true, that perseverance and fruitfulness go hand in hand.

On the weekend of 29 Sept – 1st October, a dream, 30 years in the making, is coming true! The very first Church Planting Training Centre begins.

I will be arriving in Holland a few days before this history-making weekend; beginning with a free church planting conference.  Please pray for this. 

The following 2 weeks…

  • I speak in a church in Almere, who are wanting to be part of VCI network.
  • Then we have a VCI all-in-day, with all our leaders on Saturday 7th October, in Oss (Sth Holland) & I speak in the church there on Sunday. Please pray.
  • I then travel back to Terneuzen for the next CPTC weekend.
  • Sunday & Monday - VCI church in Arras, France.
  • Back home to NZ by 19th

I have speaking engagements in NZ over the next 3 weekends. On the 8th Nov

I leave for Manchester, Belgium, and Ireland… but that’s for the next update!

Karen and I are involved in a new church plant in our home town of Cambridge. This is progressing well and on Sunday 17th September we begin meeting every Sunday. Please pray. It’s going extremely well.

My Multiplication book is selling well. It is already proving to be an extremely helpful resource for people. I would like a few to partner with me to sponsor a number of books at cost. This helps gets the word out there to people who need it, and of course helps our cash flow.

If you would like to partner with me simply send me an email or call me. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to purchase a book please visit visit our multiplication pagePlease pray for MULTIPLICATION to be an insightful resource.

Thank you - for your prayer and support…

Nick & Karen.


Seven churches in seven years!


We started this crazy faith journey 7 years ago of ‘Igniting Church Planting Movements in Western Europe’. Now we have 7 churches that are part of the network! What I felt God gave me 28 years ago is finally taking place.
I’ve just returned from my second trip this year to Europe. We had a great “VCI all-in day” in Le Havre (France). It was another fruitful, fun day and it’s always great to pray, impart, learn and hear what God is doing in the various churches. Every time, we meet new people and the network moves forward by another leap. We presented each church with a VCI certificate and some Euros to use for church planting. 

Following this, I had the privilege of speaking in Le Havre, Axel and Oss Churches, staying with leaders in their homes and meeting new leaders who are aiming to plant churches or join VCI. Very exciting. (It's the reason I go!)
The ‘Church Planting Training Center’  is now full steam ahead.  We are beginning in September 29th – 1st October in Terneuzen; and will have a Church planting Conference on Saturday 30th. I will be back in Europe for this. We already have 6 students who know where they are going to plant… Yay! 

STOP PRESS: While the CPTC students pay a fee, there are other costs that are necessary, for advertising, sponsorship of 2-3 students (50% only), extra books and overseas teachers. If you would like to support this very worthwhile endeavour, please email me and I can give you details.

‘Multiplication’, my new book is selling well and is already proving to be an excellent resource for leaders and others thinking of planting new churches. If you want to sponsor 30 or 50 or 100 at cost - please let me know by emailing me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This would be a tremendous help in getting the message out there.

Something we need to realize is for those who are Christians and 99% of leaders in Europe the thought of planting churches and networks is a totally foreign concept. In fact, it’s even frowned upon. It’s an uphill battle every step of the way. In one City where we have a new church there are at least 249,000+ people who don’t have any personal relationship with Jesus. The City has a population of 250,000!! And the other leaders in the City are not happy with a new church beginning!!! 

So that’s the environment that most church planters in Europe face. That’s why partnership is vital, as I believe our leaders, church planters and churches will only reach their God-given destiny as we network together and really support one another.
Over the next few months I will be speaking in churches and seminars in NZ. Karen and I will continue to oversee the new church plant in our home town, Hope Chapel Cambridge. This new church is progressing exceptionally well.


Let's be rabbits and not elephants


Addition is good, for example 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 12; That’s OK and certainly better than nothing, BUT what about 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 = 81? That’s multiplication!! Often we think bigger is better, for example a leader may talk about having a church of 500 then over time it grows to 1200. That’s growth, but let’s not mistake that for multiplication. 

Let's look at how Elephants reproduction: The are only fertile four times a year. One baby per pregnancy. A 22 month gestation period. Sexual maturity at 18 years. Maximum growth potential in 3 years from 2 elephants to 3! 

Now let’s look at Rabbits reproduction: Almost continuously fertile. Average of 7 babies per pregnancy. 1 Month gestation period. Sexual maturity at 4 months. Maximum growth potential in 3 years...from 2 rabbits to 476 million!!

The DNA of Jesus, His disciples and Abraham is one of Multiplication!

Jesus spoke about multiplication often. For example, look at forgiveness, 70 x 7. Also what about when Jesus mentions 30, 60, 100 times!! Matt 13:23, Mk 4:8. The feeding of the 5000 men (probably 13000 people in total) is a story of multiplication.

Of course look at the promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Gen 1:28 / 22:15-18, Deut 1:10-11. My life verse in Eph 3:20-21, “God is able, to do exceedingly, abundantly more then we could ask, think or imagine…”  

Let’s not forget Jesus’ Commission in Matt 28:  “Go, make disciples of the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you!”

Often I see leaders wanting to build larger churches. After all, healthy things grow! But an apple tree will always be an apple tree, it will never be an oak tree or a poplar tree. I can pray & fast 40 days and 40 nights, but it will never be an oak tree!! But it is able to multiply! In fact if the seeds of one apple tree could all be planted, we would have an orchard, and in time orchards! That’s multiplication.

Even nature declares multiplication. So if you’re an apple tree, be the best apple tree you can be and do what you are meant to do: multiply!

So with the resources you have, how can you multiply? 


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