The desire in Elim is to have churches that are all God wants them to be. The vision is for ministries and churches to be free to diversify and be as creative as possible to share the message of Jesus Christ.
The Bible teaches that the church is a family. Therefore we should operate on the basis of relationship, not rules.
The Elim churches were birthed out of the Welsh revival of 1904, a powerful spiritual awakening that brought 100,000 people to Christ.
The revival storm that hit the hills and valleys of Wales in 1904 soon became a hurricane that affected the world. Visitors caught the flame then passed it on to new countries. In 1915, the Elim Pentecostal Church was founded by a Welshman named George Jeffreys, an outstanding evangelist and church planter.
The beginning of the Pentecostal Church of New Zealand came after a well known Evangelist, Smith Wigglesworth came to New Zealand for crusades in 1922. In August 1949, negotiations were set in motion by the Conference of the Pentecostal Church of New Zealand to link up with the Elim Church of Great Britain.
Today, the Elim Church of New Zealand has over 40 churches throughout the nation with significant churches in the main centres. The Elim Pentecostal church in the United Kingdom has over 500 churches with over 9000 churches in many countries around the world. It is our belief that Elim has a significant part to play in the world today, and we are looking forward to what God will do in the future.