We are an interdenominational evangelical organisation. Like our affiliates and Partner Schools, we affirm the statement of faith of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA).
We have an extensive international reach through our affiliation with two strongly allied global networks. Here in New Zealand we are the only office internationally, where one team of staff and Board of Trustees simultaneously serve ministries from both the two networks. Collaboration, cooperation and unity are very high on our list of values, and this is further shown by the range of denominations represented by Christians from around New Zealand, who are part of our network. Combining elements from the two networks is how we derive our name:
Overseas Council supports about 120 international Christian training agencies in more than 60 countries throughout the Majority World. In any given year more than 50,000 students are training to be Christian leaders.
The ministry began in 1974 as the vision of Charles Spicer from the USA. It initially focused exclusively on supporting Seoul Theological Seminary, which more than doubled in size by 1980, becoming the third largest seminary in the non-western world. From then it began expanding its support to include strategic schools in all regions of the Majority World. We became affiliated to Overseas Council in 1989.
Langham Partnership International has a strong focus on the effective preaching of God’s Word, with a vision to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through the ministry of pastors and leaders who believe, teach and live by the Word of God. This is done through the training of preachers, the production and distribution of Christian literature, and the support of scholars.
The ministry began in 1969 as the vision of John Stott in the United Kingdom. Today it is global fellowship of partner countries sharing the same vision, mission and commitment to strengthen the church. We became affiliated to Langham Partnership International in 2007
Here’s the New Zealand history of LeaDev-Langham.