Over the years, a number of ideas have sprung up alongside CBA’s provision of radio programmes.
Connecting Christians in the media
Salt was started in 2010 by CBA to connect and support Christians working within New Zealand’s media, helping them to remain faithful and effective in their workplace. The growth since then has been extraordinary, as have the positive spin offs.
You’ll be pleased to know that there are at least 300 Christians working as producers, directors, presenters, writers, journalists, editors, technicians, web-designers and a vast array of other vital roles within New Zealand’s media.
We’re able to pray for these people, support and uplift them, encourage them in their faith and assure them that – as isolated as they may feel at times – they certainly are not alone. Alongside this we offer one-on-one pastoral care and we bring Salties together for training and networking.
We’ve run a wide range of large and small events over the years, from Dragons’ Den and Shark Tank, to fondue nights, Christmas parties, and gatherings with deep thinking guest speakers. While most of these have been in Auckland, we plan to increase the number of gatherings for Salt members in Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch – and online!
Supporting New Zealand's media people
CBA extends chaplaincy support to anyone in New Zealand media who would benefit from a confidential listening ear and supportive voice.
We believe that the health and well-being of the people within NZ’s media is central to the good work that they do.
In the fast paced and changing nature of the modern media environment, achieving balance and a sense of well-being can be difficult.
For this reason we seek to provide confidential support and encouragement to all media personnel at no cost.
Grab a coffee on us
If you work in New Zealand’s media, head to the Media Chaplaincy website and contact Frank for a free coffee and chat.
Encouraging Christian media students
CBA gives out three $2,500 scholarships to media students every year. Applications are open now. Here are the application forms.
The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage and support Christian students studying for a career in mainstream media.
Our hope is that in years to come these scholarship recipients will go on to shape the conversations and stories told in New Zealand’s mass media – and we are privileged to play a small part in supporting them.
Bonus: Venn Summer Conference
All scholarship winners are invited to attend the Venn Summer Conference in January at CBA’s expense. Visit the Venn Foundation website to learn more about the conference.
Media Prayer Day
Calling New Zealand churches to pray
Every second year we promote Media Prayer Day.
On this one day we encourage hundreds of churches throughout the country to take a few minutes of their Sunday service to join together in prayer for those who work in New Zealand’s media industry.
Christians voices in the media
The focus of xvox is to identify a wide range of qualified, articulate and informed Christian voices, and make them available for comment in New Zealand’s news media.
There are currently only a handful of Christian voices,who are occasionally approached to comment in mainstream media. Most reporters and journalists do not know who to turn to when matters of faith, church, or Christian values become news - and those who are called upon, do not necessarily reflect the diversity or depth of Christian thought. No single person can reflect the Christian faith in its fullness, however our CBA team is connected to an abundance of Christians who are experts in their respective fields. We plan to put these people forward for comment in public discourse and to be part of the national conversation.
We aim to do this by developing an accessible database of commentators from all walks of life: from medical professionals, ethicists, parenting experts and scientists - through to academics, cultural commentators, economists and educators. They will consist of a mix of men and women of a range of ages, denominations, ethnicities and backgrounds - all of whom share a Christian faith. Our aim is that this list will be a ‘go to’ place for trusted voices, and become a valuable and helpful resource for NZ’s media outlets.