who are the found?
Welcome to our story, where we share a bit of the journey of how The Found, previously known as C3 Queenstown came to be.
In May of 2012 Pastors Andrew and Alana Waples moved from Whangaparāoa, north of Auckland, to plant a new C3 Church here in the Whakatipu. C3 Queenstown had humble beginnings, meeting from November 2012 in the St Johns Ambulance rooms in Frankton, with a intimate bunch of people who are still passionate about building a vibrant community focused church for locals and visitors alike.
We are known in our community for being authentic, having integrity, being generous and building genuine relationships; our heart is to show people the love of Jesus. “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Jesus, John 13:34-35.
In October 2020 we moved into our very own leased space at The Hangar in Arthur's Point, which was an incredible answer to prayer and a continuation of our vision to establish a places of worship, whare karakia, with spaces that can serve the community we live in and care for.
We love people wholeheartedly, we desire for people to get to know Jesus personally and to find community through genuine connection in our Church whanua. We are committed to seeing people grow and discover purpose and hope in their lives.
The found - Luke 15
Our name The Found is inspired by the three parables found in the Gospel of Luke chapter 15, where Jesus describes three situations and the incredible emphasis on the celebration of people turning from their lives of rebellion and being found by the love of God.
Because we were all once misfits going our own way, until the love of Jesus came in and turned things upside down, or right way up.
At The Found we have four streams that are equally important to us:
The Found gathered in the House, the Whare Karakia
Gathering as the Church on Sunday; the ekklesia, collective assembly of the body of Christ, for worship, prayer, teaching Scripture, moving in Spiritual gifts, expelling the emphasis of Church being the building, but rather the people, those who are Christ curious and believers alike.
The Found gathered in the Home - for Kai and Kōreo
Sharing a meal, serving and loving one another. There is always a place for you, there is always a meal. We build community with deeper relationships, pastoral care and discipleship, the safe space to development our spiritual gifts, pray and dig deeper into the Word of God together.
The Found in the Community - Manaaki tia; to care and show support
To support, take care of, give hospitality to, protect, look out for, show respect, generosity and care for others; by way of programmes and events that serve and meet needs in the community and beyond.
The Found online, which is a resource hub for helping you in your journey to Know Jesus.
We are developing a variety of offerings, empowering the people to express creatively, using their gifts in a way that engages and reaches this and the next generation for Jesus.
These four streams are not new, but they are worth equal emphasis:
They all emphasise grace, love and genuine relationship, serving one another in love.
They all offer the opportunity to take the NEXT STEP of making The Found where you belong, where you can discover your purpose and contribute to the body using your unique gifts.
Pastors Andrew and Alana Waples are passionate about seeing people be authentic in their journey of coming to know Jesus and to be filled with and in step with the Holy Spirit. They love seeing people find genuine connection and community within Church whanau. They see it as a huge delight and privilege to walk with and disciple people as they seek the purpose for which God has created them for in any given season.
Pastor Andrew works as builder and Pastor Alana works as designer, they have four amazing children Jacob, Elle, Violet (who is in heaven) and Reuben.
The Call to Queenstown:
Andrew grew up in Southland and lived in Queenstown in the early 2000's where he had his first vision of a dark cloud over the town of Queenstown, then he saw bright white light beams shot through the darkness, these light beams represented believers gathered together, shining. This same vision was seen by a prophetic elder when Ps Andrew and Alana were prayed for on their wedding day, unbeknown to the elder.
In 2004 Andrew was studying in Auckland and met Alana, who grew up in Whangaparāoa, north of Auckland, whilst leading at Peter Snell Youth Village, a Christian holiday camp. They were married in March 2006 and started their family whilst basing themselves in Whangaparāoa. They both attended and were involved in a number of areas of Church ministry and leadership over 6 years at C3 Church Hibiscus Coast, including leading connect groups, Zone Youth, C3 Kids, Sound & AV, looking after events and programmes, Ps Alana was also a Primal Youth Pastor for 3 years.
When they attended a C3 Pacific leadership gathering in 2009, they went up on an alter-call for Church planting, after knowing in their hearts since before they were married, that God was calling them to Queenstown. They continued to serve, grow and learn at C3 while also attending C3NZ Church Building Intensive training sessions for three years. They moved to Queenstown in May 2012 and the Church started meeting in November 2012.
Tragedy struck in 2013, when Violet went to heaven:
Nine months into the Church starting, on 6 August 2013 Ps Andrew and Alana's daughter Violet died at the young age of 2 years, 10 month. Violet unexpectedly wandered from their lakefront home in Kelvin Heights and drowned in Lake Whakatipu.
Ps Andrew and Alana are always willing to share about their daughter Violet and their experience of grief and pain, what it feel like to have the peace of God with you that surpasses human understanding, the hope of Heaven that we have through Jesus Christ and how keeping in step with the Holy Spirit helps to get through the tough times. They have a great deal of compassion for those who have experienced grief and loss in any form, their belief is that we are all called to walk this journey of faith and questions together, supporting and loving one another with a commitment to remain in Christ. John 15:1-17
feels like home
Home is a place where you can be yourself - be who God made you to be. Jesus meets you where you’re at and welcomes you with His embrace. We hope you feel a real sense of belonging, the presence of the Holy Spirit and His steadfast, unfailing love. We aim to be inclusive and genuine; we love connecting and doing life well together. We are a family, of all generations, who value, appreciate and encourage each other in all stages of life.
We love God & we love people; we speak well, we use our words and actions to instill courage, build up, honour, energize, boost, refresh and restore. God can use us to bring faith, hope and love into people’s lives and circumstances. We live with the Holy Spirit alive in us, and that means we carry His presence where-ever we go. We have the ability to shift the atmosphere by what we say and how we act. Choose joy and be an encouragement.
We are a Church that adds and multiplies, we grow we lead, we inspire and influence for the better. We actively seek wisdom individually and as a group. We influence with integrity, excellence, honesty, loyalty and faithfulness in our personal lives and the market place. We lead people to: Jesus and the work of the cross; to being filled with & living by the Holy Spirit, our guide & comforter; to prayer and reading the Bible for personal growth & revelation; to Church & being connection into a community of believers, contributing & committed.
We embrace & celebrate life! We enjoy the big moments and delight in the little things. We celebrate with enthusiasm and passion for Jesus as our Lord and Saviour; what He has done, what He is doing & what He will do. We celebrate with open hearts and we are generous people, we love God and we love people, we celebrate each other’s successes, do life together connecting as a family. Jesus loved a party & so do we!
ask, seek, knock
We believe in having an active personal relationship with Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Having questions is good, because God has all the answers and solutions. Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” God gave each of us a body/brain, heart/soul & spirit and we all have the responsibility to engage in prayer, seek the Word of God, by reading the Bible and live in step with the Holy Spirit.
We have an incredibly creative God, and we are made in His image, each with gifts and talents. We can reflect and express this through being innovative, be it the arts, music, dance, sports, business, in the home, market place and Church. We express with freedom, worship and servant-hood the timeless message of Salvation. We believe God is into doing new things, singing new songs, making a way where there is no way, we explore, express, enjoy, create and cultivate.
We have a big God, who has given each of us a great purpose. We believe we all have our part to play in the body of Christ, building the Church & seeing the Kingdom of Heaven established here on Earth. We believe in thinking big, dreaming big, with big vision and big faith, we step out and have faith in our God, who makes the impossible possible. Ephesians 3.20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.
c3 global family
The Found, originally known as C3 Queenstown, is part of the C3 Global Movement of Churches founded by Ps Phil and Chris Pringle. Ps Phil and Chris moved from New Zealand to Sydney, Australia in 1980 and set out to start a contemporary Church with vibrant music and relevant messages.
Since then, as well as pastoring C3 Sydney, they sent much loved friends and like-minded church builders out to plant churches around the world, now with over 500 churches in 64 countries.
The C3 movement is committed to healthy relationships and connection between ministers and churches. Our leaders meet locally, nationally and globally and online for prayer, conferences, training and time to simply connect. Our priority as a movement is to empower Senior Pastors and facilitate a culture of community, because we believe that life is better together.
As an international family you are able to walk into any C3 around the world and feel at home. We are united with Christ in His vision, therefore our mission is to save the lost, make disciples and build His Church and our vision for you is that you know Jesus, find community and discover your purpose as part of your church family.
Together, we have a dream of seeing 1 million people in our C3 congregations around the world every weekend. The C3 of the future will be even more vibrant, diverse and energetic than it is now. As we look to the future, we’re excited about all that God is doing and all that he will do.