We are imitating Jesus and participating in holistic, Kingdom transformation of all life and creation, by cultivating a biblically just and diverse community, as we strategically innovate in our ministries and remain in mutual commitment to the cause of Christ and care for people.
We live out the love and compassion of Christ, under the authority of His word, bearing witness to Him in our everyday lives, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Imitating Jesus flows from the great commandment to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength (Deut. 6:4-7), and the work of God’s spirit in us (Ezek. 36:26-28) leads us to obedient response to imitate Christ in word and deed (Eph. 5:1-2; 1 Cor. 11:1; Phil. 2:1-5).
Living in intimacy with God and in obedience to His Word
We are people of prayer who trust in the guidance of the Holy Spirit
Bearing witness to Christ through word and deed, igniting passion among God’s people for His Kingdom
Feeling and radiating the grace and compassion of Christ
Embracing our identity in Christ and being changed by the Holy Spirit
We are deeply committed to justice and righteousness; we participate with God in His Kingdom to see lives and communities transformed by the gospel worldwide.
The Old Testament emphasises concepts of God’s kingship and reign over Israel. The prophet Isaiah sketches the picture of a messenger bearing good news that, despite destruction, “God reigns” (52:7). In the New Testament, the Kingdom of God is central to Jesus’ proclamation and ministry. The good news of the Kingdom breaks into our lived realities and brings about transformation (Luke 4:18-19; Matt. 4:23; Matt.9:35; Acts 1:4).
All of life and creation come under the Lordship of Christ.
Participating with God in His greater Kingdom purposes
Holistic transformation of individuals and communities
Championing the voices of the least heard in marginalised communities in least reached areas
Being people of justice and righteousness
A Biblically Just and Diverse Community
We are Jesus followers who celebrate our diversity in Him, treating all as of equal value — men and women of different cultures, ages and theological and socio-economic backgrounds — with love and respect.
God is just (Deut. 32:4) and requires those who follow Him to act justly (Mi. 6:8) by showing no partiality and by upholding the cause of the most vulnerable. In Isaiah (58), acting justly is compared to a form of worship – a theme carried through in the ministry of Jesus. As Gentile believers were added to the New Testament Church, the community wrestled with more layers of diversity, and the early Church leaders repeatedly concluded that all are equal and one in Christ, belonging to one body and all partakers of the gospel (Col. 3:11-13; Acts 2:42-47).
We are interconnected and interdependent, sharing our lives and resources with each other
We are people of integrity, serving sacrificially, listening to each other with respect and love
Intentionally embracing and honouring people’s unique contributions to the body and work of Christ
Embracing women and men from different cultures and generations with a variety of capabilities
Seeking the best for one another, caring for and uplifting each other
We seek to be courageous, creative, relevant and agile in ministry, constantly evaluating progress as we pursue our God-given mission.
The creation account in Genesis (1:1-31) and the incarnation of Jesus (John 1:1-18) reveal God’s nature to innovate. In Jesus, all things have been made new (2 Cor. 5:17-21). In Acts, the Holy Spirit led the Apostles in preaching the gospel, where they went and whom they met and, at times, redirected them. Strategic thinking is about knowing and understanding the times we are living in and discerning the work and leading of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:29, 10:19-20, 11:12, 13:2-4, 16:6-7, 20:22; 1 Chron. 12:32).
Active listening together and following the voice of the Holy Spirit
Mission-focused, relevant and practical for the times and context
Prepared to be courageous and creative, test ideas, adjust and take risks
Research-informed decision-making and planning
Continuous, intentional evaluation, alignment and prioritisation
We intentionally collaborate with those committed to our mission with humility, grace and generosity.
The doctrine of the trinity exemplifies unity and mutual partnership, and is evident in the New Testament writing. Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer in John 17 illustrates how He accomplished His mission, being sent by the only true God and sending His unified disciples into the world. The New Testament Epistles are filled with partnership in the gospel of varying degrees with individuals, households and Churches. In Philippians 1:27, Paul emphasises very strongly that we stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel.
We are faithful to God, esteem and honour His Church and are deeply committed to each other and our cause
United in love, persevering together in prayer
Working together towards God’s mission with joy, humility and generosity and a spirit of repentance
Committed to being focused, intentional and purposeful to our cause
Collaborating with like-minded people and organisations
Statement of Faith
- We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 8:6)
- We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human. We believe that He was born of a virgin. We believe that He lived a sinless life. We believe that His miracles were true. We also believe that He died in the place of sinners on a cross, that He was truly resurrected, and ascended back to heaven. (Col. 1:15; Phil. 2:5-8; Matt. 1:18-25; 1 Pet. 2:24-25; Luke 24; Heb. 4:14-16; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 4:16-18; Matt. 25:31-46; Rev. 11:15-17; 20:4-6, 11-15)
- The Holy Spirit
- We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit. We believe He gives life, He sanctifies, He empowers and comforts all believers. We believe that it is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are born again, and that the work of the Spirit includes convicting us of sin and empowering us to be righteous. (Rom. 8; 1 Cor. 2:13; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2; John 3 and 16).
- The Scriptures
- We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error in its original manuscripts. (2 Pet. 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb.4:12; Ps. 119:89, 160; Isa. 40:8)
- We believe that mankind was created in the image of God. God gave Adam, the first man, specific commands that were to be obeyed. Through his sinful disobedience to these commands, Adam and the whole human race were alienated from God. As a result, man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own effort. (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:10, 23; 5:12-20; John 3:3; Acts 13:38-39; John 3:16; Matt. 25:46; 2 Cor. 5:1; 2 Thess. 1:7-10)
- We believe that man is saved only through repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ. We believe when we repent and express faith in this manner we are declared not guilty before God by His grace alone. We believe that baptism is not necessary for salvation but is an act of obedience. (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 5:1-2; Rom. 10: 9-10; Col. 1:19-20; 1 Cor. 1:21)
- The Church
- We believe the Church is the body of Jesus Christ, and it is composed of all true believers. We believe these local assemblies are also the Church, for it is in these local assemblies that the work of the Church is carried out. The present work of the Church is the worship of God, the loving and teaching of people, and making Him known to a lost world. We believe the purpose of the Church is to glorify God. (Acts 2:41; 15:13-17; Eph. 1:3-6; 1 Cor. 12:12-13; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:6-8; 1 Thess. 4:16-18)
- Christ's Return
- We believe in the personal and bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ. His return will complete and establish the ongoing enjoyment of our salvation in His glorious Kingdom. (1 Thess. 4:13-17; Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:11-13)