The Upper South Island Baptist Association has 37 faith communities, the furthest north is in Motueka, the most southern is Oamaru, Greymouth in the west, and 13 within Christchurch on the eastern side of the island.

The network of six Baptist Associations throughout New Zealand connects local churches with other local churches in their region. Associations utilise the experience and expertise of both pastoral and other leaders to inspire, resource and encourage in order to help each local church bring gospel
renewal to people and places in their own local contexts.

Upper South Island news, stories and media

Connecting communities through kai Image
March 28, 2023 | Sophie Bond

Connecting communities through kai

Oxford Baptist Church partners with Foodtogether to help with local food security.

Rachel and Tiaki talk Matariki: God, family, injustice and tradition Image
June 16, 2022 | Tiaki Leathers and Rachel Sangster

Rachel and Tiaki talk Matariki: God, family, injustice and tradition

Listen in on two people, Tiaki and Rachel, tangata whenua and tangata Tiriti, chatting about the coming season of Matariki, including the prophet Amos who…

Gospel Stories—Sue Avery Image
July 6, 2021 | Sue Avery

Gospel Stories—Sue Avery

Here at Connect in Blenheim Gospel Renewal in our neighbourhood has come from individuals deliberately inviting the Holy Spirit’s presence into their community and then…

Our Regional Associations

Baptists have used the word ‘association’ for a long time, because local churches want to associate with each other:
we are better together!

Each Regional Association has a board or executive elected by the collective of associating churches in each region. Each Association has a Regional Leader who is responsible for supporting and resourcing local churches. The Board or Executive and the Regional Leader work together to facilitate the encouragement and resourcing of churches. The Regional Leader meets regularly with the National Leader and other Regional Leaders.

Contact Upper South Island Region