In 1518, Martin Luther is reputed to have nailed his"95 Theses" to the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg, an actthat sparked the Protestant Reformation. Luther sought change in theCatholic Church: a return to an unmediated relationship withGod based on a direct understanding of the Word. This may be seen asinherently contradictory: the Word is always a translation,especially when used by Protestant evangelists, whose congregations maynot even share a common language. Meanings are produced in theperformance of evangelism - action, music, and the use of space -and influenced by the pre-existing horizon of expectations of thecongregation.In New Zealand, Protestant evangelism has gonehand-in-hand with colonisation, with significant social impact. Thisbook undertakes performance analyses of Samuel Marsden s firstservice in New Zealand in 1814 (in which he preached in English to acongregation who primarily spoke only Maori), contemporarytelevangelist Benny Hinn, who performs miracles to television cameras,and the religious and political performances of Brian Tamaki, Bishop ofDestiny Church, New Zealand.