What we believe

Mission Statement:

“Raising world changing Christians”

“Serving Northland Churches”


We aspire to impact Our Community by introducing tamariki to Jesus and effectively
nurturing them to mature faith.

We will build a strong multi-generational family of believers providing us the best context
for excellent child discipleship.

We want to invest in the lives of our tamariki and their whanau creating a legacy of faith
spanning generations and impacting thousands.

We will put children’s needs above our own developing a faith community that they are
excited to be part of.

Our culture, facility and services will reflect our passion to disciple children.

We will help our children understand they are part of Jesus’ church today.

We will develop a discipleship strategy that sets up a life-long growth in faith.

We will support the churches of the North to fulfil their mission.

Core Values & Beliefs
To proclaim Jesus;
to serve others;
to grow in Christ;
to join in fellowship;
to worship God.

Our church was started in 1903 with a small group of enthusiastic and enterprising members. A building was soon erected and is incorporated into our current building today, as part of our hall. Over the years Whangarei Central Baptist church has sent a steady stream of missionaries to serve in the Pacific, Asia and various other areas of the globe as well as sending people to Carey Baptist College for training for ministry.

A focus on young people and camping has always been part of the church, and so in 1951 the Manaia Camp Site was purchased which continues to be used for camps by our members, as well as by schools and other community groups from Northland and beyond (for more information about the campsite and bookings see Manaia Campsite).

Whangarei Central has a strong commitment to supporting and helping the people in our community. Over the years we have introduced a range of community initiatives including Regent Training Centre – to help unemployed young people (now sold); Arataki Ministries – to support people affected by mental ill health and illness; Whangarei Community Toy Library to serve families; 4Cs to nurture and assist the elderly and lonely, Cityouth to grow and challenge high school students; Lynk to engage and develop intermediate age students and Overcomers to support, equip and encourage those who are facing difficulties or a crisis. There is a range of other specialist support services currently running through our church – contact the church office at Ministry inquiry to find out more.

We have planted other churches over the years, and we continue to support other Baptist churches in Northland in a variety of ways. We continue to look for further ways to support the people of Whangarei and Northland to better serve our community’s needs. Please see our Elders & Governance and Staff pages to find out more about our leadership structure and church workers.

Here is a copy of the 2017  WCBC Constitution.