Our vision then is to see communities from all nations transformed by Jesus to the glory of God.
Our mission is to, under God, grow a network of small multicultural churches who are committed to digging deeply into God’s Word and to living it out obediently. Part of this obedience is actively working to see new people come to Christ and hopefully new churches planted.
We’d love to share with you a bit about who we are. We’re a multicultural network of churches who are committed to listening to, loving and living out the Bible. To do this we meet weekly in smaller gatherings (virtually on Zoom) that go deep into God’s word. Then on the first Sunday of each month we meet together as one big network (also over Zoom) with all the small churches together for a time of multicultural celebration. We’re committed to connecting with people who are different from us to learn to glorify God among many different communities together. We also share kids and youth classes and other resources among our church network.
You might ask why we meet in smaller gatherings most weeks? That’s a great question. Partly it’s due to the fact that we cannot currently conduct big gatherings due to COVID-19. However, it also comes from a conviction that we want to raise up lots of leaders from many nations in our multicultural community. Small churches where people can meet and study God’s word ideally in their heart language are a great way to do this. Every week our small church leaders are intensively trained in how to handle God’s word faithfully in their unique context. The multicultural make-up of our church means that when we gather together in an English service, sadly for many, much of our content is lost in translation. Small groups are our way to show we are committed to everyone learning in a way that is accessible, that they can digest and live out. It’s also a great way to offer accountability to one another as we seek to share Jesus with those around us.
This format might be a little different to what you are used to. Perhaps you wonder if this is really a proper church? Is it a bit weird? These are questions we have grappled deeply with. We believe a real biblical church is defined as a group of people gathered by God to hear his word and respond as his Spirit works in us. Jesus promises to be present when they meet (even if it’s just 2-3 people) and no matter how ordinary it looks, it anticipates the heavenly gathering that Jesus has saved us to (Hebrews 12:18-24). Each church needs elders who fit the biblical criteria (1 Tim 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9), but not special priests or rituals to be legitimate. We believe smaller churches enable us to be this kind of biblical church well in our context under COVID-19 and because of our diverse community.
So, is it a bit strange? Doing things a bit differently always takes time to get used to, but we’d love to share with you a few testimonials of what it’s been like for those in our smaller churches. Watch this space for a video about why people love meeting in small churches.