The vision for Lichfield Lands, Longview Trust and Hillview Trust from their establishment has been to grow the New Zealand church through the profits that they make. They have been investing profits from their farming practices into Christian work and serving their local communities since 1951. It is this vision that has allowed the establishment of these three scholarships in the hope that Christian leaders may be developed, trained and released for the building up of God's kingdom in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
The heart of each of these trusts is to see:
The right people… These are leaders who have the scriptural character qualities of Elders. They will place a very high value on the Bible, the cross, conversion and serving society. They’ll be able to teach the Bible, shepherd, serve, and disciple.
Studying in the right institutions… These training institutions will prepare our leaders for the multicultural secular New Zealand that is coming. They will establish our leaders in the Scriptures, they will place a significant emphasis on expository preaching to a multicultural secularizing society, and they will help our leaders disciple leaders in the home, ministry and the marketplace.
And heading into the right places… We want to support the people we’ve invested into, to be placed in the right ministry context for them, for us as a network of churches and ultimately for the growth of the gospel in New Zealand.
"Jesus once said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'. In our trusts, we have been privileged to see the truth of this statement and to see it outworked over decades."
Stuart Bay (Member of Lichfield Lands, Trustee for Longview Trust and Chairman of Hillview Trust).
Rob Morton is the 3TRUSTS Scholarship Coordinator. Rob has been involved in pastoral ministry for the last 10 years. He is currently working with a small team planning a church plant for Hastings, as well as running church-based training courses to equip everyday Christians for service. Before training for ministry, Rob worked in commercial radio. Rob is married to Adelle and they have four children.
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