We believe God is calling us to be a Christ-centred, healing, serving, international, community; maintaining unity, valuing diversity and growing in maturity in Christ.
We are a growing, intergenerational and international community of people from a variety of backgrounds, committed to whole-life discipleship with Jesus at the centre in all that we are and do.
By whole-life discipleship, we mean that while God accepts us and welcomes us as we are, freely on the basis of Jesus’ merits alone, no corner of our lives is to be exempted from his truth and authority. Salvation is more than just about getting into heaven; it is also about the life that follows, lived for the glory and pleasure of God. While Jesus’ disciples did not always live up to his expectations, they were left in no doubt over what following him involved. “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). At the heart of whole-life discipleship is relinquishing total control to Jesus. It is not so much giving things up for Jesus as it is giving in to Jesus, applying all of his teachings to every area of life.
The other point we mean by whole-life discipleship is the twin expressions of church in gathered and scattered forms are to be encouraged and nurtured. Church is not just a place we go to; church is who we are. Jesus charged us in John 20:21, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (NIV). The moment we say, ‘Yes’ to Jesus, we are called. He chooses the location and the means of service. Os Guiness writes, “Our primary calling as followers of Christ is by him, to him and for him. First and foremost, we are called to Someone (God), not to something (such as motherhood…) or somewhere (such as the inner city…)”. If we believe it is God’s providence that we are living, studying, working, playing where we are, then they are are potentially fruitful contexts for personal growth, witness and ministry through word and deed, no matter how ordinary life feels. As Doug Spada writes, “The church on Monday is evidence that the church on Sunday is real!”