OUR MISSION: MAKING AND MATURING DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST FOR GOD’S GLORY.
In 2014, after a process of discernment, we launched our vision as a church in our desire to serve God. This process involved listening to God, our church, and our local community. It involved our small groups identifying core values, a parish survey, consideration of past planning processes, visiting churches (in Toowoomba, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Tasmania, and Auckland), analysing our regional demographics, door-knocking in our local community, and a lot of prayer! The result is a vision that excites and inspires us. Throughout the process we were mindful of two things:
First, as we seek to discern God’s vision for our church, we are completely aware that it is God who does the growth. “What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe–as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:5-6) This passage has been a constant shaping force, reminding us that we are completely dependent upon God.
Second, that the mission of our church is to make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ for God’s glory. In the Great Commission, Jesus clearly articulates that the central role of his disciples is to make and mature more passionate followers. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20a) As we look to the future, we want to ensure that we do everything possible as a church to partner with God in this endeavor. We long to be a church that is characterised by disciple-making and maturing.
- Biblical: We are Bible-based and gospel-centred, teaching and being guided by the Word of God in all matters of faith, life, and ministry. We are open to growing and seek to be fed by God’s authoritative word.
- Proclaiming: We proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, and are the fragrance of Christ in reaching out to the broad needs of a broken world (through word and action). We long to see our city transformed, partnering in the gospel with those near and far.
Prayerful: We are a house of prayer, individually and corporately totally dependent on God in all aspects of our life and ministry.
Relational and Inclusive: We are inclusive, honouring, and welcoming of a broad cross-section of people as family, and in all aspects of church life and ministry. We share life together through generous love and service.
Equipping, Mobilising, and Growing: We long for every person to be growing as the unique person God made them to be, so that they can both enjoy and partner with God, and with us in growing his kingdom in a broken world.