Above: Rev Frank Ritchie in our Penrose studio recording an episode of our new Media Chaplaincy podcast, ‘re_covering’.
As a teenager in the 1980s, I remember hearing the somewhat daunting quote, “The pace of change has never been this fast, and it will never again be this slow”.
This has proven to be very true, as I look back over the last three decades of technological advancements, social and cultural shifts, and political changes.
The delivery and consumption of media have changed significantly too. We’ve seen radio programming evolve to include online streaming, podcasts and video, and become heavily augmented by social media. Online news is now far more popular than newspapers - and we can assume this will continue to develop at a rapid speed.
Thanks to our supporters, I am pleased to say that CBA has kept pace. Our programming and ministry initiatives have remained at the forefront of all these changes while ensuring we stay relevant and in touch with the needs of media networks and listeners.
Over the past decade, we have had to constantly update ourselves and use a variety of channels to share the Christian faith, continually keeping up with the changes in technology.
Alongside all our radio programming, we now have a suite of digital elements and podcasts, so we can utilise the internet to share our messages.
Above: Last year, we employed a digital media specialist, Stephanie Soh, who is focused on sharing all our Gospel-infused content via social media.
As a result of this approach, we have seen many excellent opportunities open up to us. Last month, we became the first outside media organisation to independently produce a podcast hosted by Radio New Zealand. We are also working on multiple new podcast projects with other major mainstream media organisations (we’ll tell you more in the Spring edition of CBA News).
But to continue to take advantage of these opportunities in New Zealand’s media, we need to ensure we have the financial resources to do so.
CBA has 349 supporters who give by regular payment. Many more give from time to time, or as they are able, in response to our fundraising letters.
If you haven't already, we’d like to ask you to consider joining those who give regularly, by monthly payment. For a small charity like CBA, having a regular income can make such a difference when it comes to planning future projects and maintaining momentum for ongoing work.
You, and others, coming on board as regular monthly givers, will enable us to continue to bring a Christian voice of hope to NZ’s mainstream media.
Above: Last month, the team had a strategic planning day to pray and sharpen our vision for the next four to five years. Exciting times!
As a team, we are energised by God’s words in Isaiah 43: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” We know God is not fazed by the rapid changes!
Please join us as we continue to follow God’s leading. Secure monthly donations can be made, hassle-free, from your nominated account or credit/debit card. It is a convenient way to give, and you remain in control; you can change or stop your donation at any time. And we will send you an annual receipt for tax purposes at the end of each financial year.
This will make a huge difference, enabling us to make the most of every opportunity to shine the light of Christ’s love in New Zealand’s media.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Phil Guyan - CEO