Over 700 Men Make Covenant at Destiny Church
Over 700 Men Make Covenant at Destiny Church Conference
This statement is released in response to media enquiries relating to the annual Labour Weekend Destiny Church Conference and the 700-man ‘covenant’ initiative.
Celebrating 11 years as a movement, Destiny Church hosted Manukau’s Mayor Len Brown and local MP’s Su’a William Sio and Peseta Sam Lotu-Inga in recognising standout achievements amongst its members in sports, business, education and social services.
The movement also celebrated the culmination of a 6-month programme aimed at helping men to become better husbands and fathers and standout contributors to local community. The initiative launched by Bishop Brian Tamaki featured over 700 men, many of whom had emerged from circumstances of severe social dysfunction, crime, alcohol/drugs and domestic violence to become functional members of society. Notably, approximately 90% of the men were of Maori or Pacific descent.
In a ceremony on Saturday evening, no less than 700 men made a covenant commitment to the vision of Destiny Church and the leadership of Bishop Tamaki to make a positive difference for whanau, children and future generations. The occasion was witnessed by several thousand people who were in attendance. The commitment was sealed by a unique covenant ring worn by the men who chose to wear it.
“Education” was also a theme highlighted by Bishop Tamaki over the weekend, with a specific emphasis on further developing the education programme of the church. Destiny Education currently caters for children from early childhood through to the second year of College commencing next year. The unique values-based curriculum also has a focus towards business and utilises the Cambridge Academic Curriculum.