Inspire every child to make positive life choices.


To equip and inspire Kiwi kids through values-based Christian Religious Education.


  1. Excellence in the classroom
  2. Strengthening relationships
  3. Passing the baton on
  4. Innovation

Our core priorities are designed to assist each regional CEC office in New Zealand as they encourage, educate and equip CRE teachers to add value to their local school community.

We are working on projects aimed at

  • Serving schools with excellence
  • Inspiring our current volunteers
  • Engaging with a new generation of volunteers
  • Delivering new and innovative training and resources


These denominations are members of CEC:

  • Anglican
  • Apostolic
  • Assemblies of God
  • Associating Churches and Ministries of New Zealand
  • Baptist
  • Christian Brethren
  • Christian Churches of New Zealand
  • Congregational
  • Elim
  • Lutheran
  • Methodist
  • New Life
  • Presbyterian
  • The Christian Covenant Church NZ
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Wesleyan Methodist Church
  • The Catholic Church has observer status.


“Religious Education means learning to understand and appreciate the beliefs by which people live, as an aid to the development of the student’s own beliefs and values. While acknowledging that there are other views of life that would have a place in religious programmes, we believe it is appropriate in New Zealand to give particular emphasis to the Christian faith, the Bible, and the life and teachings of Jesus, because of their pervasive influence through our cultural heritage and history, and their continuing power and relevance.”


What was known as the ‘Nelson System’ allowed schools to close officially for half an hour per week, during which time religious instruction took place.


NZ Council for Christian Education is established. The National Council for Churches cooperated with the Bible in Schools League to form the NZ Council for Christian Education, which liaised between churches and the Education Department to service the Nelson system.


The Churches Education Commission (CEC) was formed as the successor to the NZ Council for Christian Education.


Approximately 2500 volunteers teaching the CRE programme in over 650 schools throughout New Zealand.


Excellence in the classroom.

Passing the baton on to the next generation.

Development of innovative CRE programmes and resources.

Adding value to school communities throughout the nation.