Renew anglican church, Tuggeranong
Steve fell in love with Canberra by accident. When he was 18 he began praying regularly that 10% of Canberrans would be part of gospel-hearted churches in his lifetime. This prayer requires a quintupling of the gospel work currently in Canberra. At the time he had no intention of pastoring a church or living in Canberra. God put this prayer of Steve’s heart because he wanted Canberra on Steve’s heart. He now loves the crisp winter nights and sunny days, walking our daughter Florrie and dog Quincey around national landmarks, and smart people talking about complicated things. Anna already knew Canberra was great - she required no where near as much prompting by the Lord.
Steve and Anna have served in an Anglican Church in South Canberra for the last several years and in 2017 have been released to plant Renew Anglican Church in Tuggeranong, in Canberra’s South. We have a great team of people who are eager to see your church grow and plant other churches to the glory of Jesus. We are begging God to see Canberra transformed by the love of Jesus. Canberra is a diplomatic city. There’s embassies and consulates and high commissions everywhere. Renew is an embassy of the Kingdom of God. We are convinced that when Jesus returns he will make all things new (Rev 21.5). Because of this we want to treat our city in the direction that Jesus will treat it when he de-thorns and de-thistles the earth. We long to see Canberra and Canberrans transformed spiritually, socially and in the public square - starting with us. Find out more about Renew Anglican here.
Village church, burleigh HEADS
Village is a church plant of Newlife Uniting Church, started in May, 2017. We are situated in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, with the vision to go to the 85% of Australians in Burleigh who will never come to church, bless them and invite them to follow Jesus. Village is led by Ralph Mayhew, married to Lyndal with their two kids, and by Ori Zacher, married to Bec, with their three kids.
Ori and Ralph wanted to create a church where people who are completely unfamiliar with anything Christian or ‘churchy’ will feel at home, be transformed by Jesus and then invite their friends to meet Jesus too. Burleigh is the first of many church plants into other surrounding postcodes, contributing to making more disciples across the Gold Coast. Find out more about Village Church here.
St Cath's Caulfield South
A little under four years ago, Heather and I moved to the south side of Melbourne to work across three Churches. Heather fell in love with a small community in Caulfield South and led the charge of major change-management while I was primarily involved in planting a new young adults congregation in Elsternwick. It was clear that the small community in Caulfield South was looking more and more like a plant than an existing congregation and required permission to be that if it was going to truly thrive and be an effective centre for making disciples and growing leaders. So in October 2013 it re-launched as St Cath's Caulfield South, with the tag-line: 'Real God, Real People' - a Church seeking to reach a post-church generation with authentic encounters with God through authentic people.
The re-launch gave way to a new worship style and informal services as well as new ways of doing ministry which have included free community meals, short courses and the hosting of concerts at our church as a way of seeking out people of peace. We are a fun, relaxed community for people of all ages. We offer a unique blend of emphasis on Bible teaching, Spirit-led prayer, social outreach and engagement in global issues. Our team is working towards being a church that nurtures passion and a disciplined prayer-life in a way that is tailored to each individual’s needs and gifts.
The arrival of our beautiful daughter, Mary, in March 2014 necessitated a re-imagining of our roles. In 2014, I was appointed as the lead pastor of St Cath's and gradually fazed myself out of the ministries at the other two churches. Heather is on the staff team and is also the chaplain at a nearby girls school, Shelford Grammar.
You can find out more about who we are by visiting the St Cath's Caulfield South website.
Camberwell South Anglican Church
Camberwell South Anglican Church was relaunched in 2014. We are a small and thriving multicultural and multi-generational gospel-shaped community. We are not perfect, rather we are aware of our deeply ingrained sinfulness and the wonderful rescue of our Lord Jesus Christ in paying the price for our sin on a Roman cross. Therefore we are passionate about God’s historic plan of salvation to make, mature and mobilise disciples from every nation. These are expressed daily through our REAL discipleship program to Read the Bible, Engage in Prayer, Abound in Love and to Live for Jesus. Find out more about Camberwell South Anglican Church here.
St Augustine's, Mont Albert North
St. Augustine’s is part of the St. Hilary’s Network of churches (sthils.com) and was officially launched on the 19th October 2014. On that day we started a brand new congregation – our 4pm congregation (whilst keeping a Traditional Service which is at 9.30am). It's our conviction that we need to get back to the basics of being disciples of Jesus. Not following some new program or way of doing church, but living out our identity as God’s people: a family of missionary servants and asking God for imagination to figure out what that looks like in our context. The world around us is changing so fast. But people are still essentially the same: looking for happiness and meaning in their lives. And God is still the same: All-Powerful, Loving, Holy and earnestly seeking for us to know Him. We celebrated our first birthday in October 2015. Coming under the St. Hilary's Network has been fabulous and provided a lot of support. Things are really starting to come together under God. We are making lots of connections to the local community and life is starting to grow! Praise him! Click here to visit the St Augustine's website.
Inner west church, kensington
Melbourne’s Inner West is a richly diverse and close-knit community. I fell in love with it the very day I moved in, and yet was also saddened that there did not seem to be many local Gospel-centered, mission-focused churches.
Fast forward 4 years, and by God’s grace I was able to spearhead the planting of Inner West Church as a planting initiative of St. Jude’s Church. We launched in March 2015 with a small core team of around 15 people, but with a big vision to be a church committed to intentional community and local mission. We are focused largely in the suburbs of Kensington, Flemington, North Melbourne and Footscray, but hoping to reach out further westward as we grow.
From the very beginning we felt the call to make disciples who make disciples and plant churches that plant churches. To do that we realised that we would need a new strategy to not only call people to the gospel, but also to see them grow up into maturity in Christ. After careful thought we established a structure that has at its heart small groups of people committed to loving each other like family and serving their neighbourhoods like Jesus. We call these ‘missional communities’. In support of these communities, we also gather all together on Sundays to celebrate who God is and what he has done.
Pete is the lead pastor of Inner West Church and is married to Jackie. Find out more about Inner West Church here.
Regeneration church monash
In 2013, Stephen attended a church planting conference where the theme was “Multicultural Australia” and the strategic mission opportunity we have with thousands of migrants moving to Australia every year. As a Malaysian Chinese migrant, Stephen felt challenged to plant a church that would effectively reach the many migrants who were moving to Australia. Stephen’s pastor at the time wanted to plant a church that reached the students of Monash University. According to one SBS report, Clayton where Monash University is located is the most ethnically diverse suburb in Australia. Both visions were amalgamated and Stephen was sent out by Mentone Baptist Church to plant Regeneration Church.
In late 2016, Stephen and his wife Kallie were able to gather a core team which have been meeting weekly and are hoping to launch in July 2017. Regeneration Church is guided by three core values: 1) Gospel-Centred 2) Transcultural Community 3) Missional. To find out more or to get in touch, visit the Regeneration Church website.
Bondi beach church plant
My dad is not a church guy, but he understands the world pretty well and so moving to Bondi Beach I asked him, “How do I convince the richest and best looking people in Sydney that we’re lost and we really need Jesus for full life?” Dad said, “Didn’t Jesus himself say that it will be as hard as getting a camel through the eye of a needle?”
Bondi Beach is rich in so many ways. But there isn’t much going on down here in terms of the good news that Jesus is the Lord and that he saves. The gospel seems to be on low. But as well as it being extra hard for the rich to be saved, Jesus said that things that are impossible for us are easy for God. And so, having been set aside by Bondi Anglican, we’re asking God to plant a local church here where people will engage with Jesus and be changed for good. We're currently meeting and developing our site, plan and team (numbers and maturity). Find out more about Bondi Beach Church Plant here.
Joshua Tree, Petersham
This year God has brought together our vision for more people coming to follow Jesus in Sydney's inner west, with Ashfield Presbyterian's desire for a new work to be based out of a vacant property in Petersham. We are spending this year working out the details of this move and seeking to build a larger core group of Christians who desire to launch a new church in 2015. God is continuing to work in the lives of the team as we seek to grow in Him and desire to see others come to know Him. If you or someone you know are interested in finding out more about Joshua Tree, click here.
Hornsby presbyterian church
The planning for Hornsby Presbyterian Church (HPC) began in 2014 when Jonathan, Murray and James (along with added wisdom from their lovely wives!) got together and started doing some "Gospel dreaming" about planting a new church in the north of Sydney. After receiving official support from the Presbyterian Church (Presbytery of Sydney North), the process of building a Launch Team began in July 2016. After much prayer and planning, HPC held its first service of Gathered Worship on the 5th February 2017! We are deeply grateful to Barker College for allowing us to meet in one of their rooms in this initial period. We were also very encouraged to have 85 people attend the service. Our prayer is that this new church will join other local churches in proclaiming the life-changing Gospel of Jesus to the people of Hornsby. Find out more about HPC here.
Redemption hill, green square
Redemption Hill is a new church in Green Square launching on Sunday, 19 March 2017. Our vision is ‘Jesus. Everyday.’. This means we are a church that is not just about Sundays, but we believe the everyday spaces of our lives, where we work, where we live, where we eat and where we play, matter to Jesus. He says about all these spaces: “Mine. It’s all mine”.
In August 2016, we began gathering fortnightly as a small group to dream, plan, pray and work out what a new church would look like in Green Square, an area which over the next 15-20 years, will see 40,000 people move in. Our prayer is to see whole lives, the whole of Green Square, our city renewed in a holistic way: socially, culturally, physically, relationally, and spiritually, until Jesus’ song resound and His Name is heard everywhere on earth.
Is this something you want to be part of? We’d love you to join us. To find out more, please visit our website.
CHAPEL HILL, ROZELLE
Chapel Hill Rozelle is passionate about bringing new life in Jesus to the people in Sydney’s Inner West. The Inner West is the cultural centre of Sydney and planting Chapel Hill has been a strategic gospel ministry opportunity to reach Sydney's ‘new urbanism’, the growing movement of many creatives, students, professionals and young families moving into the area.
If you are looking for a community on mission to Sydney’s growing inner city basin, at Chapel Hill you will find a group of people who are passionate about loving and serving Jesus and are eager to meet you. Michael Nhieu is the pastor leading Chapel Hill and is married to Amy. To visit and learn more about Chapel Hill please go to their website.
Grace City Church, green square
At the beginning of May, Grace City Church held its public launch at the International Screen Academy at 242 Young Street Waterloo. It is exciting to see the birth of a new church in a new area where the gospel can be preached clearly and faithfully.
Green Square is a new development area just 5km from Sydney's CBD. Over the next 15 years, Green Square is predicted to grow by 30,000 people. Most of these will be highly educated young professionals. We believe that Green Square provides a unique opportunity to plant a strategic gospel ministry in one of Sydney's fastest growing regions.
Our prayer is that God would use Grace City Church to see thousands of disciples throughout Sydney and beyond become radically committed to the cause of Christ. By God’s grace they will worship God passionately, love their church deeply, and serve their city boldly.
Over the next few months, Grace City hopes to encourage people to attend LIFE or ONBOARD. LIFE is designed for those who are still investigating Jesus and would like to know more about Him. ONBOARD is for those who are considering calling Grace City home and would like to learn more about us as a church as they look to join us.
Tim is leading Grace City and is married to Emma. To learn more about Grace City Church, check out their website.